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by Abigail Van Buren

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

DEAR ABBY: In response to "Waiting With Baited Hook in Nevada," please let me assure you that just because a woman knows how to fish is no guarantee that she'll be attractive to men.

I am a single middle-aged woman who is addicted to fishing. I own several kinds of boats and enough tackle to sink one.

Guess what? Not one fisherman has taken the bait in more than 20 years. I'm no mermaid, but I'm also not a carp. So much for fishing to catch a man. -- 'THE HAPPY HOOKER' FROM NEW YORK

DEAR HAPPY HOOKER: Most of the readers I've heard from verified the experience of "Waiting With Baited Hook." Perhaps you should be casting your lure in other waters.