ODE TO A BROOK TROUT

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I picked up the Win­ter 2018 is­sue of An­glers Jour­nal at a Food Lion in Beau­fort, North Carolina. It stood out among the usual se­lec­tion of fish­ing mag­a­zines. I flipped through it quickly and added it to the “pro­vi­sions” my wife, Sherry, and I picked up for an even­ing on our sail­boat.

Once set­tled, I pulled out the mag­a­zine and no­ticed the qual­ity of the pa­per, the col­ors and the solid feel. In­cred­i­ble pho­tog­ra­phy! Then I found “Fish,” Tom Ab­sher’s poem about a brookie. I read it twice to my­self, then aloud to my wife. We fish late spring, sum­mer and early fall for big red drum on a 20-foot bay boat. Catch and re­lease, pic­tures and tape mea­sures, but that poem high­lights the power of what you’re pub­lish­ing.

Jim La­toz Jack­sonville, North Carolina

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