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|A whale of a fish story|
Two West Monroe women, who went out on an lake on a raft wanting to catch a tan last week, caught lots more than they intended to catch when they got the surprise of their lives. What they definitely hadn't planned on was going fishing.
JoAnn Harper of West Monroe relates the following.
"I've heard a lot of fish stories," Harper said. "This is the wildest. We went out there to go on our rafts and get a tan. But I believe this beats them all. My friend Faye and I were floating on our rafts on an area lake, and this bass was swimming around Faye. I screamed at Faye to put her finger in its mouth. She caught him and he slipped out of her hands. He came back and this time she grabbed his mouth and two not so petite women wrestling this fish into the raft. After getting him into the raft it was the chore of keeping him securely there, swimming to shore." The rest as they say is history.
"We saw several large bass out there in the morning," Harper said. "I don't know why. There was a fast current and the fish was lethargic. The first time Faye grabbed it, it jumped out away from her, but then it came back and the second time she grabbed it and put her finger in its mouth."
Harper said there would be no more evidence as Smith took the fish home and the family had it for supper.
All this action took place in one of the swimming areas on Caney Lake.
The picture confirms this story. There are no rods or reels showing anywhere around the raft and the inner tube.