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Real Big Fish

June 30th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Yahoo! News Photo – Mekong River Fish

One day when I was around 13 years old my dad and I were fishing off a dock with my step-grandfather. At the time they lived on a nice spot of land with a back yard that gently sloped down to a small dock and what was essentially their own boat launch.

My family spent a lot of time fishing off that dock, and on this particular day we were asking my grand-dad about the variety of fish he’d caught there.

“Have you ever accidentally caught a turtle?” my dad asked, and before he could get the last syllable out his rod bent towards the water. Thirty seconds later he had his catch reeled in, and guess what it was?

A turtle.

It was the first and only time I’ve seen this happen. Thankfully we got the little guy off the hook without hurting him and gently dropped him back in the lake.

Apart from fishing this tale has nothing to do with the link above, but it’s one of my more favorite childhood stories.

Oh yeah… if you happen to have some odd fear of catfish (or just plain don’t like ’em) you probably shouldn’t click that link. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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