from the book, "Our Fascinating Earth"
When people refer to small fish, they usually identify them as minnows, as though this were generic for any common small freshwater fish. But in the western United States, particularly in central California, dwells a fish called the Colorado squawfish, which frequently weighs as much as one hundred pounds and grows to nearly six feet in length. It may be disillusioning to fishermen, but the squawfish is a minnow. Not suprisingly, it is the largest minnow in the Western Hemisphere!
No doubt many humans have great affection for their pets and would go to any length to keep them healthy and happy. But even the care and pampering of a pet can be overdone. A recorded case in Newfoundland tells of a man whose unreasonable fondness for his pet fish cost him his wife. The woman applied for a divorce on the grounds that her husband insisted on keeping a large catfish in the only bathtub in the house! The divorce was granted.
A husband bent on gong fishing, over the protestations of his nagging wife, is a classical theme depicted in television situation comedies. She is the harping nuisance who behaves unreasonably, gets in the way, and sabotages the entire fishing expedition. It may be funny, but it is far from reality, for there is no reason why the wife could not be equally skilled at fishing, as demonstrated by a most unusual fish story.
Recently, while a couple was angling in a North Carolina lake, the woman managed to snag her hook. Her noble husband scrambled into the water to free her line and found it held fast to an automobile tire. He threw the tire up onto the bank to remove the hook, and there ended the day's fishing venture — out of the old tire came nine pan—ready catfish!
A fisherman recently managed to hook a fair—sized bass in a small lake in Illinois. There was nothing particularly unusual about this feat except that the fish was wearing spectacles! Obviously someone had dropped the glasses overboard, and they subsequently were caught in the fish's gills. This caused them to hang partially over its eyes. On the other hand, perhaps the fish was simply trying to get a better look at what was on the other end of the line.