Maurice Moorman, a Texas A&M guard and an All-America a year ago, was named a second-team All-America last week by United Press International, although he was dropped from the Aggie squad for scholastic reasons halfway through the season. A&M, which, with Moorman, had lost four of its six games, went on to win four straight and the Southwest Conference title. Apparently the team didn't miss Moorman. Only UPI did.
At the 12th annual International Game Fish Conference in San Juan, P.R., Esteban Bird of the Club N�utico de San Juan told a harrowing tale of fisherman's luck—the bad kind.
He took a long weekend over last Fourth of July and in two days of fishing in Virgin Islands waters hooked and played eight blue marlin. He lost every one of them. The mate, it turned out, had gone experimental and invented a new way of tying the hook to the bait.
After abandoning the mate's invention and returning to old-fashioned ways, Bird related, he hooked, played and lost a blue that he was sure went over 1,200 pounds. "I should be able to judge the size of blue marlins after having caught 94 of them in my angling career," he said. "I have seen the mounting of the Cabo Blanco 1,500-pound black marlin, and I have measured and weighed the first Puerto Rican world-record blue marlin of close to 800 pounds and also weighed the St. Thomas present record of over 800 pounds....
"My average during 20 years of angling had been one fish per five hooked. That day in the Virgins the batting average sure went to hell."
When the socialist African nation of Tanzania nationalized its big-game industry last year, it figured on collecting bounteous dividends. The country's minister for agriculture, forests and wildlife declared, "The wildlife of Tanzania is one of its greatest assets, and the profits derived from it should accrue to the nation." The government had believed private white hunters were doing a lucrative trade taking safaris into the 16,000-square-mile Selous Game Reserve, an area that may well hold more record trophies than any in Africa.
But what accrued to the nation in the first year of government-controlled safaris was a loss of almost a quarter of a million dollars, which is a significant percent of Tanzania's Gross National Product.
Unsocialistic as it may be, Tanzania is giving up its profit hunt in the game reserve and hoping those romantic white hunters will return, if only to help counteract the attractions of neighboring Kenya, which is taking handsome advantage of its big-game hunting potential.