"I don't fly it," Reid explains, "because I feel more certain when it's in my car. Baggage gets lost too often on airplanes for my liking. I like to know where it is at all times."
There was sometimes a bit of difficulty at the U.S.-Canadian border.
"If the customs officials were hockey fans, I got through in a few minutes," Reid said. "If not, it could take up to three quarters of an hour. It makes a difference whether it's going into a country to stay, for presentation, or just for a few days. It can send the customs men leafing through their book for quite some time." Reid's system was sound. The cup was on hand in Chicago when Montreal won it Thursday night.
Another hockey trophy, the World Cup—donated by Avco Corporation to the World Hockey Association—was not present when the New England Whalers defeated the Winnipeg Jets for the WHA championship at Boston Garden. It is still being built. So Ted Green, Whaler defenseman and captain, had to parade around the Garden ice with the unnamed cup given to the Whalers when they won the divisional championship.
There are anglers of means who rent planes and fly to faraway places to charter fast boats and expensive guides in search of record fish in virgin waters. Rick Wotring, a young junior high school phys ed teacher in St. Petersburg, Fla., does not have that kind of money.
What he has is an open 16-foot boat he built himself and tackle that Abercrombie & Fitch would not deign to sell. What he also has is probably a world-record tarpon—218 pounds of fighting fury that is 7'1" long and measures 44 inches around the midsection.
Wotring took his silver king in the busy channel of Tampa Bay. He was using 60-pound-test line, and for bait had a pin-fish that he had frozen after some futile efforts on the previous day. His tarpon jumped only twice, once clear out of the water and in plain sight of motorists on nearby Bayshore Boulevard. Wotring boated him in 40 minutes.
The International Game Fish Association said Wotring's prize is as yet an unofficial record for tarpon taken on 60- to 80-pound-test line, but when approved it will top a 214-pounder caught in 1953 off Lagos, Nigeria, which is a faraway place indeed.
Taxidermy costs being what they are, Wotring had a certain hesitancy about having his fish mounted. But Al Pflueger, eminent among taxidermists, offered him "a great price," and parents of kids he teaches are rounding up the money as a sort of appreciation for what he has done for their youngsters.