Wednesday, November 30, 2022


The fish that should have kept its big mouth shut!


By Chuck Woodbury

I snapped this photo a few years ago at Glimmerglass State Park on Otsego Lake near Cooperstown, NY. The bass had washed up on shore, dead as a dead bass can be. The fish made a big mistake when it tried to swallow a sunfish in one big gulp. It was either very greedy or just plain lazy, and it paid the supreme price. The sunfish didn’t fare any better.

The moral to this story, of course, is don’t bite off more than you can chew. Or don’t try to swallow a big fish whole.

I took this photo as I was leaving a picnic. Two guys were showing off the fish to passersby. About an hour later as I drove away from Cooperstown I wished I had offered them $50 for the fish, packed them in ice, shipped them home and sold them to Ripley’s Believe it or Not. I think I could have fetched a good price.

You can post this photo on your own website or email it to your friends. As you can see, I put an ad for on the pic. So go ahead – make the bass and the sunfish famous. I’m hoping for viral exposure and the riches that will come with it. Fingers crossed.

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3 years ago

It reminds me of the corporate conglomeration stampede of the ’70s and ’80s, when “big” swallowed “small” and in most cases, developed fatal indigestion. The business landscape resembled the beach, littered with the rotting corpses of mismanaged and gutted victims.

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