How did THIS story get past us?
It happened in late 2017, and although we’ve covered weird stories before, this one will be tough to beat.
There’s an old joke that in fresh water, you go swimming with a buddy, and in salt water, you go swimming with your chum.
(You don’t have to outswim the shark if you can swim faster than Jimmy, amiright? *rimshot*)
This story takes that joke a little too far.
It’s an unconventional story about some fishing buddies and their wild adventures together, and one really bizarre way of remembering their buddy.
In a 2015 fishing trip to Thailand, the three men (Ron, Paul and Cliff, left to right in the picture)
While there, they caught the monster Carp, above… the biggest in the lake. (154 lb Siamese Carp, if you’re wondering.)
Of course, they threw him back.
They were planning to go back again for another fishing trip. But along the way, Ron was diagnosed with — and succumbed to — Cancer.
How did they remember him? They took another trip to that place they loved so much, intending to scatter his ashes in the lake at Jurassic Mountain.
So far, so good. Pretty mundane, right?
As you probably guessed, we wouldn’t be sharing this story unless there was a ‘twist’… and it’s one HELL of a twist.
Some of the ashes were spread there in Thailand… the rest were set aside for a specific purpose.
It was agreed between the three that Cliff and Paul would use some of Ron’s ashes to make boilies and then use those to catch fish in Ron’s physical absence.
Leave it to fishermen to find a way to bring their departed buddy along for one last epic adventure.
But Epic! (And they’ve got the pictures to prove it.
The ‘purple Ronnies’ as they called them brought in a bunch of fish.
And they had a great time.
But there was one fish they were really hoping to meet up with. (Can you guess which one?)
On their fifth day of fishing, Cliff experienced one of the most epic and enduring battles of his life. Paul came running around from the other side of the lake to see what all the commotion was about and what ensued was over two hours of man vs beast as the two friends took turns in fighting the fish.
Finally they managed to get the fish into the net and to their complete shock it wasn’t the same 154lb fish that Ron caught previously, it was another fish, the monstrous 180lb+ carp that had remained uncaught until that moment.
After a few trophy pictures with the new lake record fish, the two safely released the fish (now named Ronnie) back to fight another day.
It was unanimously agreed that the two had “done Ronnie proud” in his absence.
To Ronnie! And Epic Adventures!
Here’s a shirt for real men (and women, too):
Why be average? It’s so overrated.
Everyone does that.
If you don’t think so, add some more meat to your diet and read this while you wait for your steak to grill:
If a person looked to Scripture and paid particular attention to the passages within the Bible that address the topic of hunting, then they’d walk away thinking not only is hunting animals tolerated but it is endorsed by God. And that’s exactly what this little book is about: proving that God, from Genesis to Revelation, is extremely cool with hunters and hunting. I’ll go out on a biblical limb and claim right off the bat that you cannot show me, through the balance of the Bible, that the God of the Scripture is against the responsible killing and the grilling of the animals He created. ~Doug Giles