What gets you chasing the cats? Is it the pursuit of that once-in-a-lifetime catch? Is it just getting out of the house? Maybe it's the time spent with the kids and family and friends. It might even be to get away from the family and get some peace and quiet for a little bit. Maybe you tourney fish and it brings out the competitive side in you. Most people have there reasons for continually hitting the waters and targeting the cats. Maybe it's the comraderie with others that share a common interest. It could even be to put fod on the table. When I was young, it was the getting out on the water in the summer. getting some bait and fishing from dawn to dusk. It was that chance of hooking up with something that could rip the rod right out of the boat. I'd get my tube and walk up to the dam and drift with the currect and just have a blast. Every once in a while hooking up with bubba and having him pull me around on that tube. Going through a couple dozen minnows or crawfish. Coming home already thinking about heading back out the next day to do it all again. Since I've gotten older, I still have the passion as I did when I was just a kid. only now I look forward to taking people out for a day on the water who might not have a chance to normally experience the cats. I enjoy getting with the wounded warriors and getting them some time away from the hospital for a day, their problems there facing, Getting them something to look forward when it's time for them to take that next step. It's a humbling experience yet rewarding. Some of these guys have lived a lifetime in a matter of a couple years. Having to deal with more then the average person. One guy I took out said it was the best day he had in quite a long time and to see him smile, well it was priceless. I enjoy getting the kids out and getting them hooked up with a big ole blue. Seeing that smile and hearing the hoops and hollers when that cat comes up to the side of the boat. When you can introduce a youngster to something so simple, yet rewarding. Thats a good thing for the future of fishing. Helping to keep that young one off the streets and out of trouble. Giving them a path to look forward to going down. Thats what fishing for the cats is about, at least to me.Fishing is like paying it forward, passing on what I was taught as a youngster.