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June 19, 2013

Shane Fields making memories on the lake

EUFAULA — Perhaps more than any other sport, fishing demands patience. Shane Fields knows this, and it keeps him from getting too frustrated on those days — like Tuesday night — when the fish just aren’t biting.

“It’s not about what we catch,” Fields said Tuesday. “It’s about having fun and making memories.”

For Fields, those memories date back to his childhood in Valliant. He and his father Roger Fields would regularly head to Pine Creek Lake in McCurtain County to go fishing.

“I was 5 years old; me and my dad were on a farm pond, and he tied on a topwater bait for me,” Fields said. “I had a Zebco 33 (rod), and I remember like yesterday, because it was like a 7-pound bass. ... The rod pretty much put me into the water, because I was real small for a 5-year-old. My dad, he made me actually catch it.”

Fields said his father was sometimes so strict on the water that his friends refused to go fishing with him, but Fields kept coming back for more. The two continued fishing together until 2010, when Roger Fields passed away.

“Sometimes I can hear him in the background, still chastising me for making a mistake or laughing, ‘I can’t believe we caught that many in one day,’” Fields said. “I think about him a lot.”

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