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by Abigail Van Buren

Going Fishing With Wife Puts New Cast on Husband's Hobby

DEAR ABBY: In reference to the letter from "Waiting With Baited Hook," I am a 47-year-old, happily married fisherman. I have had the loveliest fishing partner in the world for the past 14 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. There's nothing like sharing the outdoors with your soul mate, teaching her and sharing her excitement in catching a fish. The excitement of fishing is doubled when the experience is shared by someone who is close to you instead of just a "good ole boy" fishing partner.

A turtle on a log, a full moon on a summer night or a gray heron lifting off the water shouldn't be wasted with just one of the guys. Eat your hearts out, guys -- my fishing partner is prettier than yours! -- TERRY DRAUGHON, FROM THE BIG BASS CAPITAL OF TEXAS, LAKE FORK

DEAR TERRY: You'll be pleased to know that my desk has been swamped by a tidal wave of letters carrying similar sentiments. Read on:

DEAR ABBY: The letter from "Waiting With Baited Hook" brought to mind my daughter and son-in-law. They met 10 years ago at a dance. After they'd been dating a few months, we invited him along on a deep-sea fishing trip. When he discovered that our daughter not only enjoyed fishing, but could bait her own hook with live anchovies, he was really impressed. They have been married for nine years and are expecting their first baby in a couple of months.

I'll bet that baby will be fishing as soon as he or she can hold a fishing pole. -- FISHING GRANDMA, BURBANK, CALIF.

DEAR FISHING: It appears that he fell for your daughter hook, line and sinker. (I couldn't resist.)