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Northern pike bridging the generation gap. I liked that.
"Hell, still do. Spear pike all day, chase women all night. You know what I was doing last winter?"
"I mean during the day. I was getting up about noon and watching them soap operas. And then the afternoon movie, and then the news. Watching TV six, eight hours a day."
"Still are," the older man said.
"What do you mean? I got 60 pounds of pike in the freezer. You don't get that watching no TV set."
"But ain't that what it's like? Sitting there all day in a dark room looking into that bright hole? Watching poor ol' Alfred swimming back and forth all day long and watching them old weeds down there, same old weeds every day, never change, never move. Just sitting there all day long so's you can stick a couple poor old pike that happen to swim by. Now tell me, ain't that about as boring as watching TV?"
"Hell, no," the longhair said. "You can't stick your spear into a TV and pull out a pike. And besides, there sure ain't no commercials."
We have a special attraction on our own two-by-three-foot TV screen. Potato peelings on the bottom. The perfect item for exposing the silhouettes of deep-moving pike. They cost nothing, they are biodegradable and, because of their shape, they fall white side up without fail. By chopping holes around the outside edge of the shanty and stuffing them with the evening's peelings (we are eating a lot of fish and chips these days), we have illuminated the dark regions of the lake bottom within any angular scope of the hole.
The lake bottom beneath our shanty looks like a giant white Rorschach test. It helps pass the hours when there are no pike around. A potato peeling that has floated away from the others gains a status unknown to the average potato peeling. When the sun shines, it glows, as though lightly electrified. That peeling there is shaped like Oklahoma. There's California. And Nevada. See how they fit together? That group of peelings there looks like...Wham! A hammer handle has the decoy! Grab the spear! No, too small. Hey, cut that out! Grab the line. He's gone.