I was prowling around the Snopes.com site debunking a forwarded email that I received from a family member, when I decided to see what they had in the urban legends file about fishing. Here are a few of the more interesting nuggets that I dug up. Click the links to see the truth of the matter:
A boy mistakes baby copperheads for fishing worms and is fatally bitten : "the fish aren't biting, but the worms sure are." More proof of the merits of fly fishing (Link)
Do those photo's really show President Bush fishing in the Louisiana flood waters? If so they have some mighty nice striped bass near the Superdome. Honestly, to be fooled by this one you would have to have never heard of photoshop. (Link)
Do unkind people fish for sharks using live dogs for bait? Warning: this one, while doubtful, contains a disturbing photo that has been floating around the net for a while. (Link)
Did a catfish actually swallow a child's basketball and end up floating around until some kind soul deflated the ball? (Hint: its true) (Link)
Speaking of catfish, do giant catfish really inhabit the base of dams and scare the wetsuits off of the divers who must repair them? (Link)
Did a Roto Rooter employee catch a 2.5 pound trout while cleaning out a drain line between a pond and nearby stream? (Link)
As you can see there are lots of fish stories floating around on the net. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments section.