At one point however, while fishing with poppers (a floating lure that resembles a swimming frog or small animal that makes a pop or splash when moved, hence the term “popper”) we suddenly found ourselves in a double hook up. Against all odds, two very large bass had simultaneously taken each of our bait on opposite sides of the canoe. We fought them up to the boat and guessed their weight at more than 7 pounds, and the plan was to net them and release them back into the water. That’s when disaster struck! I grabbed my net at the same time that Bruce grabbed his, and the fish in the meantime had crossed over to the same side of the canoe. As we dipped our nets toward the fish a startling revelation came over us. We were sunk, literally. Water poured into the boat and the canoe went over, dumping me, Bruce, and all our equipment into the lake!
The canoe sank like the Titanic and it took us several times to get it to the surface. Bruce and I floated it to shallow water, emptied it out, and returned back to the scene of the mishap to dive for our equipment. We dove several times and retrieved some of our tackle and coolers, but we never saw the bass or the fishing poles again. Several years later someone actually stole that old canoe from Bruce’s house. Why they stole it, I'll never know; Bruce probably would have paid them to take it. Still, I loved that old canoe, it was a lot like me – grey, dented, and bent with a lot of history, but still willing to fish.
~ Michael Romano, a Great Barrington, MA, resident for almost 40 years, is an avid fisherman who in his own words “kind
of treats fishing as a contact sport and has had more than a few misadventures in the process.” He has fished many local waters and also enjoyed quite a few saltwater trips. Michael is a retired chef – he and his wife, Susan, worked at the now-closed Kolburne School in New Marlborough, MA, for many years where he enjoyed taking many of the students fishing.
Read this article in the July-Aug 2017 issue of Our BerkshireTimes Magazine.