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Fisherman Finds Long-lost Class Ring In 8-pound Bass

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BUNA, Texas — A class ring lost for decades in an East Texas lake is back with its owner after turning up in a fish caught the day after Thanksgiving.

Joe Richardson of Buna told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he wishes he knew "how many fish it's been in."

Richardson was fishing at Lake Sam Rayburn about two weeks after his 1987 graduation from Universal Technical Institute in Houston when he lost the ring.

The 41-year-old mechanic says on Nov. 28 received a call from a fisherman who had reeled in a more than 8-pound bass. The ring that had been in the fish had "Joe Richardson" etched in the band.

Richardson says the fisherman did an Internet search and made several calls before reaching him and returning the ring.

Buna is about 110 miles northeast of Houston.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,461447,00.html

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Sounds like a "fish story" to me--but a pretty good one.

Dave

Yeah, nice guy & nice story. But, have the " GOOD OLD BOYS " down in Texs ever heard about the " CATCH & RELEASE " concept ??????? Sorry but if you catch & then clean & eat an 8lb. bass anywhere you should be taken out behind the barn, shot in the head & then disciplined. At least that's my opinion.

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Yeah, nice guy & nice story. But, have the " GOOD OLD BOYS " down in Texs ever heard about the " CATCH & RELEASE " concept ??????? Sorry but if you catch & then clean & eat an 8lb. bass anywhere you should be taken out behind the barn, shot in the head & then disciplined. At least that's my opinion.

Yes, because killing a fish is definitely equivalent to killing a human.

Perhaps he took the fish to a taxidermist and the ring was found there. The story doesn't say how the ring was discovered.

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Yeah, nice guy & nice story. But, have the " GOOD OLD BOYS " down in Texs ever heard about the " CATCH & RELEASE " concept ??????? Sorry but if you catch & then clean & eat an 8lb. bass anywhere you should be taken out behind the barn, shot in the head & then disciplined. At least that's my opinion.

I want to know what makes that bass any different from the crappie and the walleye that "you" eat.

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I want to know what makes that bass any different from the crappie and the walleye that "you" eat.

LOL are you kidding me? You can taste the difference...

I support catch and release, but I am pro-choice.. LOL

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LOL are you kidding me? You can taste the difference...

I support catch and release, but I am pro-choice.. LOL

Pro-choice....that's good ! But yeah, I'd prefer a tuna salad sandwich over a fillet from a 8lb. LM

That tale has BS written all over it....But then again, my ex-wife once noticed the diamond off her wedding ring was missing after feeding our chickens. Bet I don't have to tell ya where I found it :o

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Maybe he didn't harvest it.

Could it be that the big old hog just spit it up in his boat and said, "take this back please it has been hurting my tummy too long?" :lol:

Probably a tale. Could it be the size of the bass was embellished to go along with all the B.S?

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LOL are you kidding me? You can taste the difference...

I support catch and release, but I am pro-choice.. LOL

I was making reference to killing the fish, not how one compared to the other in taste. I'm in favor of the angler having the option of keeping or releasing.

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big bass eat better than small ones hasent anyone ever told you that. :o:o:lol:

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