One of the essays in my new book Why We Fish is entitled “The Big Story.”
It explores our desire to “catch a big one” as a motivation for why we go fishing. And it includes the stories of several anglers, including Bill Dance and bass pro Kevin Short, who lost big ones that they’ll never forget.
Here’s an excerpt from Bill’s story:
But the next time the bass ran under the boat, the line went slack, and Dance retrieved his fishless popper.
He was devastated.
“I wanted to catch him so bad,” he remembers. “I went back there for weeks and months. I went back early and late. I went back at night.
“I fished up and down that bluff, knowing that smallmouth bass have home-range tendencies. I went for a year, I know.”
And he spoke often of the one that got away.
Finally, wife Diane said, “I know what that fish means to you. It will be imprinted on your mind for the rest of your life. I know how you feel and I am so sorry.
“But will you please stop talking about that fish?
Decades later, though, he still talks.
You can learn more about Bill’s battle with that big smallmouth and what happened afterward in Why We Fish.
Here are two links for purchase: