Friday, April 15, 2011

Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t - American changes his name to Trout Fishing

Last week our mate Curt, sent us an email saying he had heard that there was a crazy American guy who changed his name to "Trout Fishing" and asking if it was true or "Bull Sh*t".

When we first heard this one, we have to say that we thought it was a bit much. Sure, we Aussies have our share of fishing nicknames , including our very own "Snapper" King, but would anyone (even an American) actually change their name to "Trout Fishing"?

Well it turns out that, as it so often does, truth really is stranger than fiction. According to reports from reputable news service Associated Press, a Carpinteria California teenager called "Peter Eastman Jr" changed his name to "Trout Fishing in America" to celebrate graduation from high school in April 1994. He took the name from a book, also called "Trout Fishing in America" written by American counter-culture author and poet Richard Brautigan in 1967.

We are pleased to see that good old "Trout" as presumably his friends now call him, had a supportive family. His father was reported at the time to have paid the $182 name-changing filing fee as a graduation present for his son.

Know of any other strange or unusual fishing names? We'd love to hear about it.

If you've seen a big fish photo, crazy fishing video or tall fishing story that sounds too good to be true send 'em all in to and our team of reporters and experts will investigate and tell you whether they are truely "Holy Sh*t" or "Bull Sh*t"!

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