|Old Man's fishing inspiration came from his Uncle "Cliff"
(James Kelly) shown here with a 25 3/4 - pound snook caught 30 years ago.
was still in high school when his uncle Cliff brought home this prized snook.
The caption in the News-Press read:
"TWINS ALMOST, Mahlon Bock of Fort Myers Beach (left) and James Kelly of North
Fort Myers argue about who has the largest snook. Both fish were 41 inches in
length, but Mahon's topped the other 26 pounds to 25 3/4 pounds. His had an inch
more girth. The anglers were baiting with needlefish when they took these lunkers
from the Wooden Bridge at SanCarlos Island in bright daylight Wednesday. (New-Press photo
by Richard Byland)"
Old Man has yet to top his uncles catch. But hopes to some day.
Uncle Cliff explains that his fish had been out of the water longer and was not full of
water (like the other fish). If his snook had been weighed in sooner... he would not
have lost this argument. He regrets not having poured a glass or two of water into
the fish to make if fair.