I don’t know how many posts I’m going to do per day but I just felt the need to tell everyone a story about my childhood.
When I was 8 years old, me and my best friend Danny went fishing at the pond in between our 2 houses. Now this pond, although small, was very abundant with fish. I also stole a whole loaf of bread out of my parents kitchen cabinet to use as bait and took my fishing pole down to the pond. Halfway through my magical fishing experience I felt a slight tug on my line…I immediately began screaming with excitement because this might be my first time ever catching a fish!!! I fought for what seemed like hours with the massive beast and ended up pulling it onto the bank of the pond!! I Travis Clark had caught my first fish :) Now in any typical story, this is where the book says “the end” and you leave with a smile on your face, however, my first fishing experience ended with a slight twist….
… It was around 4:35 in the afternoon when I pulled my first fish ever from the pond, I was happier then a pleasantly plump kid catching up to the ice cream truck. I arrived at my first problem, the hook! The fish, which was a fresh water Tilapia, had swallowed the hook all the way into it’s belly. I asked my friend Danny to go get his older brother so that he could help us save the fish. His brother who was a teenager at the time came to the scene with a pair of wire cutters. He took the line and cut it..everything seemed normal up to this point. When I asked him if I could release it back into the water like I had seen on the History Channel, he told me “No, I got it.” Wondering what he meant, I followed him about 20 feet away from the pond, before I could say anything, he turned around with a devilish grin and took the fish and punted it like David Beckham back into the center of the pond. The only thing I remember is screaming “NOOOOOOO!!!!” as the fish hit the water and floated upside down in the center of the pond. He laughed and ran inside as me and my friend Danny sat there in tears….
Now I’m not 100%, but I’m pretty sure this is the reason I’m an animal lover.
If you ever see a kid catch his first fish….please….please…..do NOT punt it like a football back into the water…. you will traumatize them for the rest of their lives.