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That's Funny!

Q. How many fishermen does it take to change a light bulb?
A. One, but you should have seen the bulb, it must have been THIS big.


A man was fishing in the jungle. After a while another angler came to join him. "Have you had any bites?" asked the second man. "Yes, lots," replied the first one, "but they were all mosquitoes."


Playing Hooky

The priest was a fisherman, but he hadn't fished in months. One perfect Sunday morning he couldn't resist. He called up the Bishop and claimed he had laryngitis. The priest then headed out to his favorite fishing spot. The hook hadn't been in the water five minutes before he got a strike, and landed the biggest fish he had ever caught--although he had seen bigger ones. A half hour later he caught the biggest fish he had ever seen. Another forty-five minutes later he landed a fish that broke the world record. All this time Saint Peter and God had been watching the priest from heaven. Saint Peter turned to God and said, "How can you reward this priest? He lied. He let down his congregation." God smiled at Saint Peter and replied, "I am punishing him." Saint Peter was confused, so God continued, "Well after he finishes, who can he tell his fish story to?"

Hook and Release

Basic Release Technique

1. Once hooked, keep a good tension on the line keeping a large bow in the rod. If the fish isn't moving try applying "side pressure" by dropping your rod to 45 degrees to the water. This often gets the fish moving.

2. Try to bring the fish in as quickly as possible. Over playing a fish will lessen the chance of survival.

3. Get the fish out of current to a slower area of water roughly 12 to 18 inches deep.

4. Use a dip net with soft scale friendly netting.

5. Place the net in the water avoiding quick or sudden movements. Try bringing the fish over the submerged net, lifting the handle once over the hoop.

6. Once in the net, keep the fish fully submerged in the water.

7. Remove the barbless hook from the fish quickly. Use hemostats if necessary. If the fly is down into the throat or gill area, simply clip the leader leaving the fly in the fish. This can help prevent bleeding.

8. Gently grasp the fish by the narrow section ahead of the tail, supporting its weight with the other hand under the belly area. If a photo is desired, have a friend get the camera ready to snap before lifting the fish out of water. Make sure it is only out of water for a couple of seconds or still partially submerged with water flowing through the gill area.

9. Once ready to release hold the fish head facing up river in the same manner as outlined in # 8. Let the water flow through the gills. This can sometimes take up to a few minutes. Once the fish is ready to go, it will kick its tail and be gone.

Congratulations!