February 26, 2019 – “A Fisherman’s Journey”

Hello, everyone!

In the short span of reviewing the video files stored in the Home Movie Collection, I witnessed bystanders to very historic moments such as the opening of Walt Disney World. Other times, the person behind the captured a moment of time that truly meant something special to them that otherwise does not mean much to any other people. In the last few days, I did not experience more “grand moments” and instead found myself as a passenger brought along for a journey.

After plugging in the Home Movie Collection hard drive, I prepared myself for whatever these home movies contained. Not my surprise, the usual suspects of birthday parties, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas celebrations predictably made their appearances, sprinkled within the latest batch of footage. Despite this, the overall theme surrounding these particular film pieces concerned fishing trips. The family packed their Chevrolet C10s (not sure about the model years) and drove to various locations to catch fish.

Once the prospect fisherman found the desired location, they disembarked their boat from the trailer. From there, they set out to find the best location to fish. While I am not sure if they caught fish at every location, they filmed the fish they did catch.

Admittedly, I am not a fish expert nor do I claim to be one. The only fishing memory I can recall is my ill-fated attempt as a child to catch a catfish in a retention pond. The catfish managed to break the line, taking the hook with it. As for the fishermen in the footage, their efforts rewarded them consistently.

The size and quantity of the fish caught varied. One man caught five fish and strung them together on a line. Another man similarly strung together three fish. The size of one fish required a man to hold it with both hands to keep it in the frame. The largest fish caught was perhaps three to four feet in length and required two people to hold the bar used to keep the fish from touching the ground.

As for the identity of the fish in question, all of them came from the same species. That being said, I do not know which species they were. The fisherman did not go deep sea fishing, so the fish did not belong in the saltwater fish category. From my best analysis, I believe they were some sort of trout. If they are not, I am willing to admit I am wrong. Again, I am not a fish expert.

Of course, the veteran fisherman enjoyed the spoils of their catch. Upon returning home, they cooked their prizes and enjoyed a pipping hot fish dinner! I do not recall if they had melted butter or tartar sauce to enjoy the fish, though. In any case, the simplicity of a fishing trip between family and friends remains an experience counted among the treasures stored in the Home Movie Collection.

In review, I mostly observed a fishing trip in California from the Home Movie Collection. Tomorrow, I finish this batch of donated footage. Until then, enjoy the evening and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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