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Page 12 :le , ra - May 23, 201 ? bail II00F SqLES FOR ALL YOUR SPORTING GOOD NEEDS 610 MAIN S.TREET 541.367.5544 i HOURS: MON.- SAT. 9 - 6 I SUN. 10 - 4 J5 DUllER - S4.41 1 OZ. EACH I 2-PACK RAYS 03 CHEVROLET IMPALA Auto Leather Power Sunroof Stock#4287A $7917 NATIVE 8UN5LflMi:8- ]a% OFF FLYING FISHERMAN I COYOTE Nothing like Big Fish Stories OUTDOORS Scott Staats pensive these days and they don't grow on trees. However, after walking along streams and rivers, I do wonder when I see several of them hanging from high-up branches. Fishing used to be for subsis- tence. You ate fish to live. Now it's more of a hobby, a recre- ational activity, a small business, a commercial industry and yes, even a sport to be watched on sports and outdoor channels. These bass pros have so many sponsors they dress like NASCAR drivers. And their boats look like race cars without the tires. Since there's big money involved, they want to hook the fish good and get it to the boat as fast as possible, around 3 to 5 seconds. They then toss it in the live well and cast out again. They set the hook so hard it would break the fish's neck. (Do fish have necks?) It seems like most of these fishing shows are 'filmed in the Deep South and you need an in- terpreter to understand most of the talk. (If the bass could talk would they have heavy southern drawls as well?) Fish on ! It's hard enough to find fish, let alone hook them, let alone catch them. Yes, there is a difference be- tween hooking a fish and catch- ing a fish. Catching a fish means getting it in the net, in the boat or in your hands. You'll hear many anglers, and especially guides going after bigger fish such as steelhead, say things like, "We hooked six fish today." When pressed further they usually say, "We landed two." But at least it's fun to play a big fish for a while, whether you land it or not. I should know. I'm not just a member of the Big Fish Lost Club, I'm the president. I'm also a member of the Catch and Release Club, with emphasis on the release. When people get a fish on, they shout out the obvious "Fish on!" River Monster guy Jeremy Wade always yells, "Fish on, fish on, fish on!" He always repeats everything three times. I guess this turns 20 minutes of fishing into an hour show. After having the fish on for a few seconds, anglers often say, "This feels like a big one." It rarely ever is. Seems like about half the fish people hook get off. That big smile quickly turns into a frown and any reli- gious person within a mile needs to cover their ears. However, in such situations, folks with better manners try to opt for phrases such as "Gosh darn," "Dang 'ole," "What in tarnation" or "Gol durn it." It's bad enough losing a fish, but losing a lure can result in more cuss words, a headache and even a few tears. Lures are ex- "The Real Deal" PFIIMASING MOTORS Come on now, how hard is it to fish all day and catch five nice bass? Actually, I've tried it; it can be quite difficult. But in the end there's always a winner. He holds up two or three of his big- gest fish, which are now 20 to 30 miles from their home. I like to fish but don't care to watch people catching fish and definitely don't want to hear ana- lysts talking about people catch- ing fish. And I wonder: Do kids really aspire to be professional bass anglers? That would be something, though, to be known as the best bass angler in the world. I've hooked a lot of big fish but have run into some trouble landing them. It's not my fault; they just find a way to get off. If I'm fishing with a guide and get a fish on and he says, "This is a big one, don't lose it," he "might just as well cut the line right then and there and get it over vith and save us both a lot of grief. It's difficult to work under so much pressure. I recall a two-day John Day River winter steelhead float trip a few years ago. During that first day we pulled our two drift boats to an island for lunch. The guide got lunch together and told the rest of us to keep fishing. If we got one on we were to yell and he'd come running with the net. I went about 100 yards down- river and around a slight bend. In a few minutes I hooked a big steelhead and shouted the reqt/i- site "Fish on!" No one answered or came running. The wind was blowing downriver and no one heard me. I brought the fish in closer to shore and gave a few loud whistles. Still nothing. The fish was now only about 10 feet from shore and in only a foot of water or less. Finally the guide came run- ning with the net. He got right next to me and swung the net to- ward the fish and it got off. Oh well, it's not good to handle the fish anyway, right? However, if it was a hatchery fish I could have kept it. Scott Staats is a'full-time outdoor writer who lives in Prineville. 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