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Chicken Soup for the Fisherman's Soul: Fish Tales to Hook Your Spirit and Snag Your Funny Bone (Chicken Soup for the Soul) Paperback – May 18, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; Assumed First Edition edition (May 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757301452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757301452
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Canfield, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

Mark Victor Hansen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, is a professional speaker who has dedicated his life to enhancing the personal and professional development of others.

Ken McKowen is an avid fisherman with more than 40 years of writing experience. His articles on fishing and travel regularly appear in West Coast publications.

Dahlynn McKowen is an avid fisherman with more than 40 years of writing experience. His articles on fishing and travel regularly appear in West Coast publications.

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Naming Worms

I think my dad wanted a son. Instead, he got three daughters. Seeing as how the son he anticipated was never forthcoming, Dad decided to improvise and I, being his youngest, won the privilege of being nurtured outdoors.

Being turned into a tomboy didnÆt bother me in the least. I loved putting on my plaid, flannel shirt and doing things outside with Dad, especially fishing. Whether we oared across a lake in a rowboat, or hiked down a cliff with nothing more than a hook and some string, I could think of no better way for a dad and his little girl to spend the day.

I would marvel at how patient and focused Dad was when he fished. He would concentrate on his line for hours at a time. If he was any more calm, he would have slipped into a coma. This used to drive me bananas. Being seven years old, I craved more excitement. I imagined a huge fish, bigger than me, gulping down my bait and flapping ferociously in the water until I heroically hauled it into the rowboat. This never happened. Instead, I would spend my time watching Dad as he stared intently at his line. He never blinked, sometimes for the whole day. How could he be so patient?

One day DadÆs patience was put to the test when my fascination shifted from the fish to the bait. While waiting for a nibble on my line, I peeked into the can of worms we had in the rowboat with us. I dug my little fingers into the moist soil and pulled a resisting worm from its burrow. I let him squirm (I decided it was a ôheö) across my hand. It tickled. I took another worm from the can. Then another. Then another. Soon, three or four worm heads popped out of the soil to see what all the commotion was about. I was in love.

I felt as though I had made a can-full of new friends who would keep me company during these long, uneventful fishing trips. Each worm was given a name according to his personality. When you are seven years old worms have personalities. There was something endearing about my mucous-covered companions with no faces. I promised each of them that not one would be put on a hook and fed to the fish.

Then, disaster struck. Dad pulled Hamilton out of the can. I gasped in horror as he attempted to manipulate his poor writhing body onto a hook. There was a terrified look where HamiltonÆs face would have been, if he had a face.

ôDaddy, No! DonÆt put Hamilton on the hook! HeÆs my favorite!ö

Dad raised an eyebrow. ôYou named the worm?ö he asked in disbelief.

Exhaling and shaking his head, Dad pulled out another worm. It was Wigglesworth. He was the skittish one who was particularly worried about being used as bait. I had made a special promise to him and could not possibly allow the poor little guy to be hooked, for I was a woman of my word.

ôThatÆs Wigglesworth! DonÆt hurt him!ö

DadÆs frustration grew as he pulled more worms from the can. First Winthrop, the shy worm. Then Slimey, the friendly worm. And Marvin the show-off. Finally, Dad pulled out Maxwell, Sammy, OÆReilly, Buster and Doug. Dad groaned as I pleaded to not hurt my friends.

ôDonÆt tell me you named all of the worms in this can.ö

With a sheepish nod, our fishing trip was suddenly over.

The next day, Dad drove into town and picked up a bucket of crawfish. When he brought them back to the cottage, I opened the lid and peeked in. I heard a despairing yelp emerge from his throatùI turned around to see him running frantically toward me, with his arms flailing and with a look of terror on his face.

ôNo! You have to quit making friends with the bait!ö

Allison McWood,
Chicken Soup for the Fisherman's Soul

¬2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Fisherman's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Ken McKowen and Dahlynn McKowen. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
From the day my Dad first took me fishing to that first really huge catch that somehow transformed me from a wannabe to a real live honest to god fisherman. A great gift for those who fish, used to fish, or plan to take it up.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2004
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This is a great read for anyone who responds to the human condition, set in the context of fishing. The huge collection of bite-sized essays will take you from tears to laughter. The stories from well known people will show sides of them you probably didn't know. The stories by less well known writers will endear you to them as new friends. I have enjoyed this book from cover to cover and return to many stories again and again. I have only put the book down to reach for my fishing rod! When I'm done with the day's fishing, I'm ready to "Play it again, Sam"
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2004
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I was asked to read a fishing story submitted by a friend. I chuckled at the story and started browsing through the book looking for other stories to read. Before I knew it, I had read almost half the book. The fishing stories were not only funny and sometimes emotional, but it brought back childhood memories of when my family would go camping and fish all day long. I love books that can draw any one person into a topic that you may or may not be interested in and keep your interest, and this book does just that!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Partak on May 19, 2004
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Anyone who fishes, has ever fished or knows someone who has ever fished will enjoy these stories. They are fun, funny, heartwarming and overall, simply enjoyable. As a new mom, it is nice to be able to read one short story at a time from start to finish, smile inside and feel like I left my hectic day for just a minute. A MUST for that Dad who has everything for Fathers Day!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
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Young or old, large or small, male or female, this is a book that will please, delight, and inspire anyone who has ever baited a hook in anticipation of catching that lunker whether in fresh or salt water.
Some stories made me howl with laughter, and a few caused tears, but all are uplifting and made me want to read more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer N. Martin on May 21, 2004
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If you like to fish, this is a book you'll want to savor slowly so it'll last longer. Do what I did: Read one story every night for the next 87 days. You'll crack up, connect with, cry over, delight in, and feast upon a smorgasbord of stories about fishing that will make you impatient for the second serving.
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By DouG on January 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
great stories, remind you of all of your past fishing adventures... also a life lesson or two mixed in

warning - it will make you want to get out on the water, make sure you have a trip planned before reading this book
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
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Well done short stories that do make you laugh and cry. Soothing, yet inspiring. More than one of the stories took me back to a time in my life.
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