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Old 11-29-2008, 02:23 PM
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Thumbs down A truly Black Friday

Happy for your good Black Friday! Be grateful you weren't trying to fish the Caney

We stopped by the Wal-Mart in Cookeville at about 8:30 CST to get a key made for our shuttle on the way to the dam. Consequently we missed the last few minutes of generation by about 20 minutes. By the time we finally put in it was all over but the shouting....

I swear the Caney Fork was busier than the Cookeville Wal-Mart

With some of the rudest fishermen I've ever encountered anywhere. We made our normal 8 to 10 hour float in just under 6 hours. Mostly because there was just nowhere to anchor up and fish!! Every channel, hole and flat was wall to wall "fishermen" - and I do use that term loosely. Fishermen standing in the middle of a channel fishing back to back, casting to the left and right. How you gonna drift through that without pi$$ing somebody off?! Not to mention the flotilla of professional and homemade water craft... most with some form of motorization -- either electric of smoke-belching at some spots you had to just sit and wait for the floaters to try and navigate through the waders. I now know what a good old-fashioned Middle Prong log jam must have looked like in the early 1900's

Here's an idea of what the Caney Fork looks like on Black Friday... without the boats.



I'd say it was almost a toss-up as to who did more business yesterday... the Caney Fork or the Cookeville Wal-Mart. I don't think we'll be doing this again next year.

Gerry Romer
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