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Fishing for Cod in the LA River

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The Times has a pretty funny story about fishing for bottom dwellers in our beautiful river. The whole thing is good but this was out favorite part - without giving anything away.

Gaeta brought along white bread as bait, this column brought a $300 Orvis fly rod, a spin rod and a fresh Egg McMuffin from a nearby McDonald's. How could a carp resist that?

About 15 minutes into the fishing episode, there was a big splash a few feet from the river bank and Gaeta's rod suddenly bent sharply. He had one on the line, but it got unhooked.

Meanwhile, the Egg McMuffin was drawing no interest. Nor did switching to the fly rod and insect imitators help. After about an hour, however, several carp literally began jumping out of the water, as if they thought they were trout.

"This is the longest I've ever been down here without catching a fish," Gaeta said as a coffee mug gently drifted by in the river.

Then, a few minutes later, he added: "I can't believe you haven't gotten a bite yet."

And so it went.

Read the whole thing, as they say and you might even learn a little about the history of the LA River and the fish that inhabit(ed) it.
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