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Opinion

March 16, 2014

We’re all hooked on fishing in Oklahoma

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His challenge originally was to catch a fish every month. Then he raised the bar to a different fish every month for a year.

He actually caught more than 12 fish and had to substitute upwards on the fish food chain. “A nice Smallmouth has to trump a Carp and only one could be the Fish of the Month.” he writes.

Here’s his list from 2013: January, Large Mouth Bass; February, Rainbow Trout; March, Walleye; April, White Bass; May, Channel Catfish; June, Spotted Bass; July, Smallmouth Bass; August, Sunfish; September, Striped Bass; October, Brown Trout; November, Blue Catfish and December, White Crappie.

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Oklahoma has become a fishing-frenzy state. Outdoor Oklahoma magazine reports in just two years, Oklahomans have landed multiple state records in Largemouth Bass, a state record Smallmouth Bass and a state record trout.

Oklahomans love fishing. We think nothing of traveling hundreds of miles to find a good fishing hole. We study techniques and watch the professional fishing shows. Hundreds of spectators came to the weigh-in at the Bassmaster Classic held in Tulsa this past year.

There are several theories on fishing’s popularity. Mine is simple: It looks like a healthy pastime that might easily burn some calories. Milligan has another angle on the resurgence of outdoor sports.

“Maybe it’s cable television,” Milligan said. “You can find a fishing show on just about any time of day.”

Andy Rieger

366-3543

editor@normantranscript.com

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