Fishing the ponds at the rec centers in Germany was a drag, so the 2nd time stationed there I took ( 3 TIMES) the test to get a German fishing license.... it was tough, the test was in German, but it was worth it to be able to fish in other places... we think we as fisherman have it tough here in the U.S., but not only did you have to have a license, you had to have a PERMIT for the body of water you were fishing... when hitting the Rhine River, you had to find which town/community/authority controlled that stretch of water.... you could use no live bait, and the limits were tough... found a nice lake that had a great gasthaus on it, asked about fishing and they said it was private, for members only, but you could buy a 1 day pass, so I did.. walked down to it, looked like an old quarry, clear water, pretty as heck!! There were 7-8 older gentleman fishing w/ 10-12' poles on these really slick coolers w/ holders and all, fishing dead 5-7" shad... after talking with them a while, found out they don't catch much, mostly drink beer. So I walk down past them w/ a med. spinning outfit and a small tackle bag, tie on a chrome/blue Ratltrap, 2nd cast catch a 24" eye ( ZANDER ), I threw him back and all these old guys start yellin and hootin', seems they hadn't caught any for a while... so a few minutes later, BAM!, another, a little smaller, gave it to one of the guys who offered me a beer... after walking a lap around the lake with my new friends, and catching 4 more, these guys were impressed. ( plus they all took a fish home ) Long story short, toward the end of my tour they asked me join their club, they only allowed 200 members and one died... they hadn't had an American in the club since the early 70's ( soldier married a German girl and stayed ) Was honored they asked me, but had to decline since I was short and headed home.... GOOD TIMES w/ GREAT GUYS and GREAT BEER!!!
Fish control my brain