I'm like Smack, really can't remember the first time. My earliest memories is fishing for bass at my Dad's deer lease, putting a minnow on a hook and waiting for the cork to go under. We also river fished alot so i had plenty of practice catching bait for the lines. I didn't hit the salt til i was in my teens, my Dad was a freshwater only kinda guy. Hopefully my kids will have great memories also.