As with any angling addict, I watch most every television program that relates to fishing. That includes Jeremy Wade’s River Monsters on the Animal Planet channel.
His over-the-top dramatization of stories about and encounters with “killer” fish drive me crazy, but still I watch. Seeing the people, the places, and the fish featured are worth enduring a little mental anguish, I guess.
But now it seems that the Brit’s yellow journalism --- for which his countrymen are so famous--- is infecting other outdoor media, perhaps because of his success.
Here’s what I mean: “U.K. Angler Dragged into Lake by Giant Catfish.”
That headline appears in Outdoor Hub’s June 18 Fishing News.
Makes you want to read the story, huh?
But that’s not what happened.
Now, I like the Outdoor Hub. I read its stories often. But it misled its readers with this one.
What happened is that the angler waded into the lake to battle the 108-pound wels catfish and lost his balance a couple of times.
What he accomplished was remarkable in and of itself. His tale needed no embellishment.
He was fishing for carp with 8-pound line and a spinning rod, when the big fish struck. He fought it for two hours, wading into the water to get as close as he could to the catfish to relieve stress on his line and tackle.
And now a shameless plug:
I did much the same thing to catch a tarpon from a Costa Rica beach, while fishing for snook with light tackle. I recount that battle in an essay entitled “You Just Never Know,” which is part of my new book, Why We Fish--- Reel Wisdom from Real Fishermen.
Go here to learn more about the book, including the names of others who contributed.