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Coleman's first crappie - "in the box"

Fishing with Coleman Walker --
Five days a week, from 7-8 A.M., Coleman Walker visits with folks on the radio.

If you have lived here long, you have heard him on WANT (FM 98.9) and WCOR (AM 1490). To say he is a Wilson County fixture is a gross understatement.

What many don't know is, Coleman is also a budding crappie angler. He is somewhat entry level in some aspects of the sport but he is a quick learner.

I'll kinda put it this way. He is getting better at putting minnows on the hook.

So, one day a few weeks ago, after Coleman got off the air, we went fishing.

The first thing I did was lock most of his equipment in the back of the truck. I said, we would use mine.

He is quite good at holding the boat while I park the truck and he got the lifejacket on right, the first try.

So up the lake we go to my secret spot only 2,176 other anglers know about.

The fishing had been so slow, we only saw one other boat all morning. Not a good omen. But, no discouragement for us.

The first hour produced nothing but it gave us both a chance to practice getting un-hung and we eliminated a lot of unproductive water.

The first fish was a bream. "In the box," says Coleman and I quickly discerned he wanted enough fish for a meal. If they were legal, it was "In the box."

Then, slowly we started catching crappie. They were not in numbers or clusters, just one here, one there but good crappie.

I think we only had two under the 10-inch size limit all morning.

I would venture to guess, our live well of nice crappie was as good as anyone caught that morning and were, for sure, a good meal.

It was a pleasant morning with plenty of time to talk and tie on new hooks and such.

Coleman is four years my senior but does not look or act like it. He handled the back of the boat well and pretty much matched me, fish for fish.

I was surprised at how our lives and careers, paralleled. I was a radio announcer in 1968-69, although we called them disc jockeys back then.

I too sold insurance for a few years-hated it and quit. We both had/have a jaunt in the newspaper business. And...we both like fishing.

I am particular about who I fish with. That is the main reason I quit guiding. I am not really much of a people person and in a boat, 16 feet is as far away from someone as you can get.

So, I choose my fishing partners with care. Today, I fish for enjoyment. I don't want it to be work. Coleman...I would have no problem fishing with him again.

We quit after four hours with enough fat crappie for a couple meals.

At our ages, four hours is enough time doing anything. Neither of us was bleeding too badly and we didn't tear up much equipment.

That's a good trip anyway you look at it.

Plus, he went home with not only a good mess of fish, enough or two meals, but he also went home with my zippered, red, cooler bag. But he brought that back.

Good trip. I enjoyed a morning on Old Hickory with Coleman. He's good company. We'll do it again.

NOTE -- Friday, June 16 I'll be on Coleman & Company at 7:30 talking about a very important matter to all Tennessee sportsmen and women.

Please tune in to WANT 98.9 on your FM dial. Trust me, this is not a "fluff" matter.

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