“To the best of my moderate ability to form an opinion, the finest sport is fishing with a rod, line and hook.”
Dame Juliana Berners (woman) wrote those words in a small tone entitled “A Treatyse on Fysshynge With An Angle", which was published in the late 15th century, as a minuscule part of the Book of Saint Albans. It was the first book on fishing ever written, pre-dating the more widely recognized “Complete Angler” written by Izaak Walton (man) by nearly 150 years. To be fair, we will add the qualifier to DJB’s statement, that no local hockey team existed then, so we will confine her observations to “field sports” as they were commonly lumped together at the time. But she would smile wethinks, if she could see how important a part of literature her writing has become, and how many of our amazing hockey playing Whale are also “sisters of the angle”, to phrase it in the Old English. We connected with one of them recently, our former #43 Meghan “Huey” Huertas. And in her comments, we reeled in the Catch of the Day!
When we reconnected with Huey, she was busy trying to connect with a snook (Centropomus undecimalis) a fish of varied salt and brackish environments. But she said “And I lost it, hahaa, I see them a lot in the surf. I’m hoping I land one soon! 2nd one I lost in the past 48 hours Both bit on a popper, same one! The first one broke my line, so I went out and bought the same lure. She laughed and said “then lost him again, but luckily kept the lure this time! I’m no expert" she chuckled, "I’m learning as I go. Fishing has always been something I enjoy and a outlet for me to unwind. So I’m currently trying to land a big snook but I’m 0 for 2 this week:) And yeah, I was fishing in the Palm Beach area that specific time,”
Cetacean Nation was also curious how things were going for Huey during the pandemic (other than fishing) and she explained “Things started opening up a bit for Florida recently, and I’m still on track with med school plans. I’ve been hanging out with the pups and my family and watching Netflix (mostly The Office)” Meghan also told us a little more about one of her newer sports, kiteboarding, which we had discussed a little with her in our last interview. We wondered If that more of a summer thing, or if it was a year round activity, and if she had ever tried kite fishing. She revealed “ I’ve never fished using a kite! Windy season down here is typically October through May, with occasional windy summer days but not many. Whenever I was finished with my school work and the winds were good, I’d make day trips to the Keys to kite. It’s not as physically demanding as one might think but definitely comes with its own risks. I haven’t been out there in awhile due to past injuries and sharks. My kite buddy Casey fell on a lemon shark while we were kiteboarding in the Keys one day. Spooked us both.” Fins Up to that PSA! And by the way, here’s one of our own: remember that what is “not as physically demanding” for Huey, might be a little more so for the average enthusiast! :)