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Liz Ciancone

April 7, 2014

LIZ CIANCONE: Angling for a mate not fond of fishing

TERRE HAUTE — While many little girls daydream about the dream man they hope to find, it seems to me that they concentrate on all the wrong things. I can’t discount the appeal of beauty, brains and virtue, but my dream man was one who was not dedicated to fishing.

To explain, Dad was a dedicated fisherman. He sought out “fishing holes” along every river or lake within comfortable driving distance, and his annual 10 days of vacation were spent lakeside in either Wisconsin or Minnesota.

I lost count of the hours I sat, virtually marooned, in a rowboat in the middle of a lake without a book and nothing to do but watch Dad use every lure in his tackle box to attract anything with fins. I have consumed blue gill, smelt, Northern trout and catfish with pleasure, but the process of catching them was, frankly, dull. But this was Dad’s idea of a family outing or a family vacation, and we were in that boat together no matter how long it took to catch supper.

My Best Friend scored a lot of points with me when I learned that he wasn’t interested in fishing for the fun of it. Unfortunately — probably a regressive gene from Dad — Number One son was interested in fishing. Dad took him, although when Number One got tired and bored and wanted to go home, Dad rowed for the shore.

Now and then our son would appear with worms he dug up, and my BF dutifully did his duty as a father figure and took him fishing.

On the other hand, Number Two son seems to have inherited my preference for going somewhere — anywhere. He once begged to go along on a fishing trip with his big brother and my BF and was allowed. Predictably it didn’t take long before he was bored to tears and wanted to go home. His brother insisted they could not go home until all the worms had been consumed by the fish.

After about an hour of lots of sitting and very little action, Number Two son picked up the can of worms, threw it as far out into the lake as he could and said, “OK, now let’s go home!” His brother was annoyed and insisted he could never go along again. I’m sure it was agreeable to both.

So, somewhere out on the bottom of the lake at Deming Park you probably can find a rusty can which once held a smorgasbord of worms for the fish. If you find it, don’t bother returning it.

Liz Ciancone is a retired Tribune-Star reporter. Send email to

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