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March 16, 1964
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March 16, 1964


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Fly fishing and cane-pole fishing are poles apart, so to speak, and in between are many other techniques devised by inventively predaceous man. Yet to be classified is a method that Frank Ligas, research biologist, has thought up. He calls it "selective fishing."

In bathing trunks and sneakers, face mask and snorkel, armed with a short bait-casting rod, Ligas wades into clear water along the shore of Key Largo, Fla. He selects a more or less comfortable submerged rock and sits on it, snorkel projecting above the surface. For long periods he observes with scientific eye the passing parade of fish—until one comes along that he would like to catch. Whereupon Ligas casts a bait in front of the fish. If an undesirable fish should try to steal the bait from Ligas' quarry, he simply reels in fast, waits for the nuisance to go away and tries again. He loves to catch snappers, for instance, but will have nothing to do with a grunt.

The method, says Ligas, gives the angler the delights of snorkeling, fish-watching and rod-and-reel fishing while avoiding the boredom of orthodox saltwater bottom fishing.


All over the country the physical fitness drive has millions of weekend athletes toning their muscles and developing their chest expansion, if any. A Royal Canadian Air Force booklet of exercises has sold six million copies.

This is splendid if the fitness fans heed the RCAF warning to take it easy at first and do their developing slowly. Some of them have not and, according to Dr. Charles Goodrich, a New York internist with a research interest in disabilities, have come to regret it.

It is interesting to note that AMF's Ben Hogan Sales Company, which is about to introduce an isometric exercise program for golfers, similarly urges a slow start and postponement of maximum effort until after the first few weeks of the program. And, its instructions urge, "If you are injured, have an organic disorder or are recovering from a recent illness you should visit your physician before training begins."

Granted this moderation in approach, AMF may have a good thing. Equipment, which will sell for $39.95 in pro shops only, includes an Isometer, which measures the amount of tension exerted and registers progress, and a weighted golf club that will give isotonic exercises as well.


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