Fishing for dollars

Friday, June 29, 2001 at 1:00am

Expect more traffic on some of our waterways soon, as the Anheuser-Busch Inc. folks are about to tag fish that will be worth possibly $1,000,000 or a measly $1,000.

Now back a few years ago tagged fish were released in midstate lakes and their worth wasn't anywhere near a million bucks but did earn a lucky angler in the neighborhood of $50,000.

I recall one day when I drove over to Paris Landing State Park, where I met Hank Williams Jr., for the releasing of a $50,000 crappie in Kentucky Lake.

Hank eased the $50,000 one pound crappie into the lake, at the mouth of where Big Sandy River came into the Tennessee River.

If you're familiar with Kentucky Lake then you know how much water is there at the mouth of Big Sandy and the Tennessee ... a whole lot. In fact, I'd venture to say that at that point on Kentucky Lake it is probably the widest, stretching from the East side of the river to the headwaters of Big Sandy, it is 3 to 4 miles or more.

Now catching that one old crappie ain't going to be no easy chore. But, as they say, "Fishing is 90 percent luck and 10 percent skill ... anybody can get lucky!

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