Ahh, it's Saturday again and time to reveal the answers to this week's Thursday words.
madtom n any of several small North American freshwater catfishes of the genus Noturus, having a poisonous pectoral spine.
poil n a yarn or thread made from silk, used for ribbon, velvet, and as the core of gold, silver, and tinsel yarn.
When I was 12 I got to spend 2 weeks alone at my Grandma and Grandpa's house in a tiny town outside of Lafayette, La. My Uncle lived across the street. He has 2 ponds/small lakes on his property and keeps them stocked with catfish. So, I grabbed a pole and basket of crickets from his house one day and was out there alone, fishing off his foot bridge. Darned if I didn't catch me a catfish!
I had no idea what to do next.
I was afraid to touch it's "whiskers" cause I thought they might, just might be poisonous...and I couldn't figure out how to get the stupid thing off my hook without touching it.
I don't know why I didn't think to just break the line and let him go.
I ran all the way across the street and up to Grandpa's house to get Grandpa to come and take this fish off my hook. I'm surprised the poor fish didn't float when he threw it back...it'd been flopping on the bridge the whole time.
After that, I kept fishing......just didn't bother putting any more crickets on the hook. They were too hard to catch anyway.
Years later I heard the phrase "Do you go fishing for the fish, or for the fishing?"
Guess y'all know the answer to that one now huh?
When I came across "madtom" in the dictionary I thought see now, there is a type of catfish that's poisonous!! So HA!