The best place to start when figuring out a theme statement for any story is to establish what the crux of the story is. This short bildungsroman seems to focus on regret and the importance of good decision-making. It is about a young man who takes a woman out for a date on a fishing boat. She is displeased with his choice of location and is unimpressed when he catches a huge bass. The narrator must then choose whether to reel the bass in and have a great fishing story or release it and have a chance with a pretty girl. The themes in this short story include fishing, coming of age, romance, and priorities.
With the advantages of hindsight, the narrator realizes that the memory of catching a huge bass—and the associated story that he would have had to tell—would have been far more significant than his memory of pleasing a girl who means nothing to him in the long run. This realization of regret needs to be reflected in your theme statement.
While his interest in Sheila was short-lived,...
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