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Fishing is not a normal pursuit. Fishing brings out the braggart in all of us. Fishing turns us into trash talkers on the level of a professional wrestler.

Growing up in Wittenberg, it was a stop at the barber shop that might put you face-to-face with a snapshot of a monster musky. Maybe where you grew up it was the local grocery store or gas station. Or maybe wrinkled photos of big fish flew out of your favorite uncleís jacket pocket at every family get-together. And maybe, this still happens to you today.

As manager of, Iím happy to announce the start of something new online this week. Our Master Angler program will give fishermen and women in our area a chance to show off their catches.

Beginning today, Iíd invite you to visit to upload a photo of your walleye, trout, crappie, northern, bluegill, perch, musky, small mouth bass and large mouth bass taken this season and earn the title of Master Angler. Weíll keep track of who caught the largest fish and post that information in each Sundayís edition and online at After youíve sent in a photo, you are invited to stop by the offices of the Wausau Daily Herald, Marshfield News-Herald, Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Stevens Point Journal or M&J Marine and pick up your Master Angler window cling. You must be a resident of Adams, Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Wood, Portage, Shawano, Taylor, Waupaca or Waushara county to participate. Fish caught on Lake Michigan by residents of these counties are welcomed, too.

If youíd rather e-mail your photos to me, thatís fine. Send them to Or if you are a Facebook user, post your photo and information on our Facebook page at

Include your name, the size of the fish (length and/or weight), the date and time the fish was caught, the body of water and county it was caught with your submission. And let us know if the fish was kept or released.

So send in your photos. Itís ok to brag sometimes.

Brian Otten is digital content manager for He can be reached at 715-845-0702 or

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