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The Cement Boat
Too funny! I still bear psychological scars from when Mal would take my brothers and I to the "Crick" for eel fishing. Eel: Snake Fish. Ohhhhhhh.......I still shudder when I think about it.
By: Al Penwasser on August 18, 2014
Great story Steve. If I could catch something, say for instance a marlin, I'd probably enjoy fishing, but with my luck fishing is sorta like playing golf....BORING! I do enjoy eating fish, though. :)
By: Scott Park on August 18, 2014
oh, glad they could retrieve his gear! :)
By: TexWisGirl on August 18, 2014
Never had to oil or clean fishing rods that I know of in Minnesota. ?? Must be a briny sea water thing. Northerns and Muskies and such are the big fish in the freshwater lakes up here. Never caught one of those. Just big sunfish. ;)
By: Rita McGregor on August 18, 2014
Poor Dad. I thought you might say he gave up fishing. As for your question, I caught a five-pound bass in a Mississippi farm pond.
By: Snowbrush on August 18, 2014
Married to an addicted fisherman and I do have stories, forgettable, but many of them. Hubby only washes his reel with fresh water...maybe he oils it once in a blue moon.
By: Tabor on August 18, 2014
Since i feel sorry for the poor fish, i don't actually do any fishing, although i will supervise the younger cousins when they do.
By: mimi on August 18, 2014
Anything has the ability to float. All it takes is to displace one's weight in water. At that point suspension is achieved. So if you have cement, it just needs to have a shape sufficient to displace its own weight (or more) in water.
By: Michael Offutt on August 18, 2014
I always thought fishing was really boring. Plus I never wanted to deal with anything we caught anyway.
By: PT Dilloway on August 18, 2014
OH your stories make me laugh out loud! I have a fish story for ya: Growing up we always went camping in the summer- sometimes with my cousin and her family. The men always went fishing! This time I got to go fishing too and was the only one to catch a fish that day. It was barely legal- ie only 6 inches long. Mom cooked it up and we all had a bite. My portion was the crispy crunchy tail ....it was quite delicious. Fast forward many years and I am eating another tasty trout, but for some reason that crispy crunchy tail was not good at all. I guess it's because my Mom didn't cook it and we weren't outside camping. Have a great week Stephen!
By: Kathe W. on August 18, 2014
That cement boat brings back memories. Some kids built one in Florida--rather a big one but like yours it remained tied to the pier. I am such a weenie, I can't stand spearing an innocent bait with a hook so I can tear up the mouth out of fish. Guess you can tell I don't fish. However my favorite ball team are the Marlins if that counts..
By: Akansas Patti on August 18, 2014
I went fishing once as a young child. One of my older sisters got to go along, although she had already been fishing once (one turn for each of us). That #$%&! caught a fish. I caught nothing. Unforgivable. It was nice of you to put the snack bar owner's children through college. I have paid for the education of the children of an orthodontist and a couple of vets. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on August 18, 2014
Wonderful story! I, too, don't enjoy fishing and would be bored to tears.
By: Pixel Peeper on August 18, 2014
I enjoy fishing from the bank of a pond or river. None of that deep sea stuff for me. I once caught a walleye with a grasshopper at a little pond in a lake development one September afternoon. I was all by myself. Thought I'd hooked a largemouth bass, because that fish hit my bait and ran. Then he stopped. I thought I'd lost my catch, but he was just sitting on the bottom. When I reeled him in, I was shocked to see TEETH! I'd never heard of a walleye here in southeast Missouri. I thought I had snagged some prehistoric coelacanth.
By: Val on August 18, 2014
Who knew a toothless Italian fisherman would bring such good luck? I love the Santa Cruz beach. Is the cement ship still there? I don't remember seeing it, though I don't know how I could miss something so big.
By: Robyn Engel on August 18, 2014
Ahhh- what a great story! And a cement boat- wow. If a cement boat won't sink, maybe it's safe for me to swim in the ocean.
By: Shelly on August 18, 2014
I like you used to fish but not anymore. I did catch a 34 lb. lake trout in Great Bear lake!
By: red on August 18, 2014
A real feel-good story, and another fine tribute to your dad - despite never meeting him I'm sure I would have liked and respected the man. And the only time I went fishing as a child the mission had to be aborted when I managed to get my thumb impaled on the hook - never again!
By: Bryan Jones on August 19, 2014
A great tale, I did a little fishing when I was a boy, anything I caught though was more by accident than design. How can a fish snag its back on a hook...................
By: John on August 19, 2014
I'm not the fishing type, read I can think of better things to do. That said, with a cottage on a lake many hours have been spent (wasted I might add) trolling hoping to snag something. I'm really not to fussy on eating fish.
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 19, 2014
A great fish story. The largest catch for me was a five pound channel catfish on an old bamboo cane pole, the kind you used a bobber with. I was young and thought I had landed the whale that swallowed Jonah.
By: Tom Cochrun on August 19, 2014
Super Story The concept of a cement boat actually floating somehow seems unreal but there is was in 1918. I'm not much of a fisherman but my son is.
By: Eddie Bluelights on August 20, 2014
Wonderful story! Alas, back when I could go fishing, I didn't enjoy it unless I was actually catching some fish. I could sure enjoy just being out there on the water now, though.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on August 20, 2014
No, I don't have the patience, much like golf.
By: Michael Manning on August 25, 2014
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