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Updated: 12/21/2017 08:30:01AM

Bait on ice

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By Josh Olive

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For a lot of local fishermen, the saddest words they’ll ever hear are these: “We’re out of live shrimp, but we have plenty of frozen.” It’s a fascinating study to watch the play of emotions that cross an angler’s face upon hearing that phrase. First, there’s disbelief, followed by some degree of annoyance. Then the question: “You’re completely out? You don’t have any at all?” When they’re told (again) that the live shrimp have all been sold, they hang their heads for a moment, then usually shuffle to the freezer and get a bag or two of frozen.

If that sounds familiar to you, you’re either a fisherman or a psychologist. The classic five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

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