Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mr. Richard]
“How long have you fished?
“Well, ever since I have been large enough to follow around after my daddy. He was a great fisherman. I have fished in all the streams in Clarke County as well as other nearby counties. And I have really fished in this old Oconee River. I have had good luck, and bad luck in fishing. Many is the time I have went back to look at my hooks and find them all gone, but you will find some interesting things on the banks of the river. One of them is a very large Indian mound. It has been there so long that large trees are growing on it. I heard a few days ago that the government was going to open it and see what is in it.
“What kind of fish do you catch around here?
“Well, they are mostly catfish, perch and minnows, but in the fresh water lakes you catch bass and perch. The largest fish I ever caught around here was a blue cat, weighing twenty-one pounds.
He laughed and said, “As long as you don't do any fishing I will tell you this, fish are just like a woman. When they get excited and scared, why I have even had them to jump in the boat.
“Is that just a fish story?” I asked, “or is it really facts.
“I believe you are learning,” he said.