A Fish Tale

 For this week’s Fun Monday, Olive has asked us to tell about a whopper of a fish story.  I signedFM12fish up knowing that I’m pretty good at coming up with quite the story from just a little kernel of truth.  (Just ask my family…it drives them nuts when I use my Creative License to liven up a tale.  Only once or twice of course…)

Despite having a week to come up with a great story…I’ve got nothing.  See, you have to have at least that kernel of truth in there.  I’ve only been fishing twice in my life, and neither was a good experience for me.

The first time I went fishing was in the Pacific when I was a kid.  All I really remember is that the grown ups drank a lot and that I caught a sand shark.  Somehow that shark got twisted up in my mind with a movie that I had watched. (I think I’m scarred for life.)

The next time was on a Co-Op preschool field trip to the Trout Pond.  The pond was really a shallow cement pool with nasty looking water in it. We helped our children drop a pre-baited hook into the water and waited about ten seconds until one of the many starving trout attacked it.  Then a “fisherman” that worked there took it off the hook and wrapped it up for us. 

I tried really hard not to show my horror at such cruelty to my daughter who was beaming with pride.  Then I suggested that we give that very special fish to friends of ours.  Thankfully she agreed. (There was no way I was going to clean and eat that poor fish.)

Of course that reminds me of the time my dad brought home a monster sized fish from somewhere and insisted that I clean it for him.  That poor dead fish and I looked each other in the eye and I lost it.  It was the first of many times that I became a vegetarian. 

I’m sure a better person than me could write a heck of a story about any of those…but I’m still waaaay too traumatized.  

Poor me…

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26 Responses to A Fish Tale

  1. Peter says:

    You haven’t been fishing unless there are a few crocs and sharks about Susan… good deal on not eating that trout though.

  2. Karisma says:

    Oh I hear you baby! Its just down right nasty! I also did not go fishing so to speak! And I would not be cleaning that fish either!

  3. chrisb says:

    Fishing is not on my list of fun things to do! However, I do love to eat fish but only after someone else had done the catching!!

  4. Faye says:

    I’m with you on the fishing. Yesterday on Iron Chef the competing chefs had to catch their own live black fish out of a tank and butcher before they could cook. Chef Mourimoto kept commenting on how hard they were to catch. . .duh!

  5. Hootin Anni says:

    We’re in the ‘same boat’ on this this week. Fishing is NOT my forte either.

    Loved your Fun Monday fish tale.

  6. Tracey says:

    Don’t blame you. Have you ever seen that video on “Funniest Home Videos” where the restaurant brings out a fish that is still alive? *gag* I tried to find a link for you, but couldn’t find one!

  7. I’ve never been fishing. No interest in the activity, and I’m allergic to fish. Why interact with slimy creatures just to get a food that will make my throat close up?

    Loved your fish tale.

  8. storyteller says:

    I never cleaned fish we caught, but I did enjoy cooking and eating them. I spent a lot of time fishing with my ‘ex’ while we were married, but I didn’t enjoy it all that much. I spent most of my time reading with a pole in the water ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

  9. Jan says:

    Yah, I’m with you, except I do like to eat ’em.

  10. I will cook the fish, but there is no way I’m cleaning them.

    I feel the same way about circuses as I do about those fishing places.

  11. Jo Beaufoix says:

    I’m a bit funny with fish too. They spook me a bit. Shiver. 😀

  12. Alison says:

    I think I would have been scarred for life also if I caught a shark!!!

  13. Lisa's Chaos says:

    I still have horror thoughts of the catfish in the freezer after one expedition. But I think it’s cool you caught a shark. 🙂

  14. hulagirl says:

    I must admit I’m a little wigged out by their eyes.

  15. mrs darling says:

    I love teh fact that you use your Creative License in telling stories. My family tried to tell me that it was lying to do that. I proved to them on the Internet that even memoirs are not word for word. Its impossible. Sometimes there has to be a bit of embellishment to even make the story interesting.

  16. Becky says:

    I’m genuinely, and I mean it, scared of fish. Terrified.

  17. Erin says:

    who was the friend? The trash can? ‘Cause he’s one of my best friends.

  18. Molly says:

    That is a rather nice quality being able to write a story from a kernel of truth. My daughter-in-law, the writer, says a story does not have to be literally true to have emotional truth.

    Luckily, I have never had to clean a fish. I won a fish once that I turned down because of the cleaning dilemma.

  19. Sayre says:

    I am not keen on cleaning fish – which is why I don’t do it anymore!

  20. IamwhoIam says:

    Oh I must agree with the whole fishing thing. Much to much sitting being quite for me, and I haven’t a clue how to clean and prep a fish.

  21. Britt says:

    tHanks for your advice. It has been hard but it’s beginning to get better. I love the fish story. My family used to go fishing all the time and I still shudder when I remember the only time I ever watched a fish being cleaned!

  22. Amanda says:

    Cleaning fish is yucky. For some reason their beady, little eyes staring at me made me feel something resembling pity for them. Sigh.

  23. Amanda D says:

    This totally makes me think of fishing with my dad when I was younger. He has always been into fishing. I remember the first time I caught a fish, and he made me hold it with my finger in the fish’s mouth for a picture. Yuck. And, I had a belt on that was just a piece of rope. Weird thing to remember. I’ll have to find that picture and do a post about it!

  24. Rebecca says:

    POOR little fish! 🙁

  25. grace says:

    I could tell you more horrible fish stories, but I am not going to spoil your post, I liked reading it though

  26. Swampy says:

    OMG! So here’s my catfish ! You had him all along and I thought he was at the bottom of the Kiamichi River in Oklahoma.

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