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Updated: 04/03/2014 08:00:01AM

Time for a snack

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This little girl probably made her own sandwich - a skill The Fumbling Fisherman never successfully acquired.

By Tom Johnson

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Do you eat while you fish? Most of us bring an assortment of food items for long trips. The main fare is usually sandwiches of various kinds: Twelve-inch monstrosities from the convenience store. Refrigerator left-overs glued together with mustard. And my favorite: Peanut butter and jelly, lovingly crafted by my wife Mary.

Some anglers load their flip-top coolers with full-blown meals and snacks. Carrot and celery sticks are popular, though veggie dips are noticeably absent. Lettuce tends to wilt, which doesn’t bother me. I’m not much of a salad person — reminds me of silage. For people without dentures, beef jerky provides some jaw exercise and a small amount of nutrition. That’s not to say jerky isn’t useful. It can be used to quiet down whining children. Like a dog’s chew toy. For dessert, there’s a choice of chocolate bars. They must be gobbled quickly before they melt in the sun. The sun usually wins, and real sticky reels result.

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