October 6, 1986 |
Tony Blackson hunched his shoulders against the rain as he sat in his wheelchair on the banks of Dove Lake in Gladwyne, his fishing rod extending from beneath his feet into the brown water. Suddenly, his rod started to tremble, and his companion, Caroline Blume, a student at Episcopal Academy, lifted it out of the water as shouts of "He's caught something!" rose up and down the bank. It was a moon-shaped bluegill, the second gill fish Blackson had caught that morning.
April 18, 1990 |
In the cold, early morning air, Bobby Zwicharowski, 15, and his uncle James Axten of Port Richmond watched the water race downstream and waited. "Take the slack out of your line - it's going out in the current," Axten said. As he did so, Bobby felt a tug, and his fishing rod bent almost double from the struggle going on beneath the water. Just minutes into trout season, which opened at 8 a.m. Saturday, fish were being caught in the recently restocked Pennypack Creek. The creek was also restocked this week by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, and will get another batch of trout next week and the week of May 7. On Saturday, hundreds of colorfully jacketed fishermen in tall rubber boots lined the sandy banks from the waterfall at the Frankford Avenue entrance to Pennypack Park to the point where the winding creek disappears among the bare trees.
May 11, 2011 |
TUNICA, Miss. - The bulging Mississippi River rolled into the fertile Mississippi Delta on Tuesday, threatening to swamp antebellum mansions, wash away shotgun shacks, and destroy fields of cotton, rice, and corn in a flood of historic proportions. The river took aim at one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the country after cresting before daybreak at Memphis just inches short of the record set in 1937. Some low-lying neighborhoods were inundated, but the city's high levees protected much of the rest of Memphis.
May 17, 1993 |
At 7:30 in the morning, just before the Lady Chris pulled away from the dock, many of the Germantown High School students aboard began singing a familiar melody: "The ship set sail for the shore of this uncharted desert isle . . . for a three-hour tour. " For many of these 35 students, most raised on Philadelphia city streets, that song - and Gilligan's Island, the TV show that spawned it - were the only connection they'd had to the open sea. Some of them had never been on a boat before.
July 16, 1986 |
From Art Museum employees encamped amid some of the great artworks of the Western world, to union members torn between principle and putting food on the table, to suicide counselors working overtime, the 16-day city strike continues to take a toll on the collective psyche of municipal employees. The people who have been living inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the last two weeks are reluctant to talk to anybody. A man who in a weary voice answered the museum's phone number after nine or 10 rings couldn't get off the line fast enough.
May 18, 1988 |
When the contestants in the Zurbrugg Open golf tournament meet touring pro Rosie Jones on Monday, they can ask her how to hit a 1-iron or how to cast for spotted brown trout, because Jones likes fishing almost as much as golf. She was sequestered last week at her residence in Hilton Head, S.C., taking her first break of the year after playing in 11 of 12 tournaments, but her agent, Robin Murev, said Jones "travels all the time with her fishing rod. She can tell you about the best fishing holes in the country.
December 17, 2001 |
The best free safety in football, at least according to his coaches and teammates, wasn't sure he would ever get his first interception of the season. Brian Dawkins had been knocking the ball down on plenty of occasions, and creating havoc in the Eagles' blitzing schemes. But that first pick of the year - that took a while. It took until late in the third quarter yesterday at DeadEx Field, host to 84,936 disgruntled Washington fans and home to a team that can officially consider itself a former contender for the NFC East title.
March 21, 1996 |
The people who brought you blood-splashed furs and liberated lobsters have trained their sights on a new target. The fishing rod. And the hands and hearts behind it. The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals this summer will hit Cape May and other coastal spots, lakes and fishing holes around the country, beating the waters for a ban on sport fishing. PETA fish campaign coordinator Tracy Reiman promised that protesters, accompanied by 6-foot mascot "Gill the Fish," will maneuver their boats among fishing craft.
May 31, 1999 |
Forgive Nigel Griffin's fishing buddies. Not much was happening on the banks of the Schuylkill, so Griffin figured it was safe to answer nature's call at a nearby portable toilet. Naturally, that's when the fish paged him - or so he thought. Beep-beep-beep-beep beeeeep! Griffin stumbled out of the fiberglass closet, ready to reel to shore whatever was swimming in the river's cool depths. No such luck. The jerk on the line, he realized, was not in the water, but standing nearby, grinning.
September 12, 1994 |
The breeze, cool and soft, tosses the tassels of marsh weeds growing just behind the beach, then slips across the hard sand and over the water where Robert P. Kessel, 72, stands shin-deep in the thump and hiss of advancing and retreating waves, practicing that ancient, solitary act of gambling, surf fishing. The sun rose less than an hour ago. Now, its reflection stretches toward Kessel across the calm sea in a broad, golden path that seems to head for France, and the sun shines through the thin curling waves as they break, translucent green, in front of Kessel or at his knees, sending up into the air dollops of sea water that splatter on the front of his chest-high rubber waders.