Asking for a show of hands, Dale MacNair wondered how many in the audience would have kept his fish.
This is not an insignificant question. He probably caught and released the world record muskie on the St. Lawrence River on Nov. 28.
That's him immediately behind the mount of the fish. St. Lawrence big-fish specialist Sal Rotolo is in full view. The mount drew a steady stream of onlookers at Rick Lax Reproductions booth at the Chicago Muskie Show at Harper College in Palatine.
At first, Friday night, only a couple hands went up (mine was one of them) to signify they would have kept it. Then a more truthfully more hands went up. MacNair emphatically would not have kept the fish.
Boy, I don't know. I fully understand the push and pull that Larry Ramsell laid out on that question during his interview session with MacNair.