Almost everyone has a favorite fishing tale. Sometimes it's about the fish that got away or something unusual that happened. Here are a few humorous ones:
A woman dock-fishing for catfish: Not long ago, a woman fishing off a friend's pier hooked a large catfish. After quite a battle, she was able to get the fish out of the water and onto the dock, but she didn't know how to unhook it. So she left it on the fishing pole and took it to her car. She opened the back window and let the fish hang out the door as she drove home.
When she got home, her sleeping husband awakened to find the catfish dangling above his face, still hooked. She begged him to unhook it so she could go back and catch another. He asked her why she drove all the way home, when all she had to do was cut the hook off. Her reply: "I only have one hook and was afraid to touch the fish."
Friends? A guy bought a new boat and motor. He bragged constantly about how good the gas mileage was and encouraged everyone to buy a boat like his. The longer he used it, the better the gas mileage became. Eventually he would say, "It uses little to no gas at all."
What he didn't know was that his friends sneaked over to the garage after each trip and refilled the gas tank. The prank went on until he quit thinking about ever refilling the tank. That's when his friends stopped adding fuel. Within a few trips, the proud boat owner found himself out of gas in the middle of a big lake.
Nutty professor? A college student and a professor were fishing for walleye. The pipe-smoking educator hooked a big one and brought it near the boat. The walleye was so huge that both anglers gasped. In his excitement, the professor tried to lift his trophy fish into the boat instead of waiting for the net.
The line broke, and the big walleye swam away. After a moment and a puff on his pipe, the professor said, "Well, I won't be bothered by that one anymore." He never again mentioned losing the fish.
You know someone is telling a fish story if it begins with "I know you won't believe it, but this is no lie."
Light House Marine Services will offer a 21/2-hour course, "How to Safely Navigate Lake Norman," at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Gander Mountain, off I-77 Exit 36 in Mooresville. I will discuss "Understanding Lake Norman's Marker and Buoy System," "Identifying and Learning How to Avoid Lake Norman's Most Dangerous Shoals" and "How to Use and Interpret Lake Maps." Registration is $25. To register or for info: Scott Spivey, 704-587-0325, or visit www.lmservice.org.
Light House Marine Services will offer an eight-hour boater safety and personal watercraft class at 9 a.m. Saturday at North Point Watersports, off I-77 Exit 36, Mooresville. Registration is $49. To register or for info, call Scott Spivey, 704-587-0325, or visit www.lmservice.org.
The lake level is about 2 feet below full pond. The water surface temperature is in the 70s.