Why yes, we did go fishing with Tyson Chandler

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All photos by Jonathan Bachman

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Anyone who was watching NBA Shootaround last Friday before the Hornets game against the Celtics may have seen excerpts from this video of Tyson Chandler hooking an 11-pound red fish. Yes, that is yours truly behind the video camera, intrepid Gambit photographer Jonathan Bachman taking pictures, and former Gambit Editor Clancy DuBos telling Chandler to keep his fishing pole up while snaring in his catch.

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You can find the full story here, though that ESPN story omits the fact that Tyson's brother-in-law's name is Brown Andrews and that the "other local writer" is in fact Clancy. Other tidbits, and a slew of pictures, after the jump.

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  • On the way to Sal Gagliano's super-secret fishing spot, we came across a father and son fishing. The son was absolutely the funniest kid every and was cracking up our boat with his running monologues about the fish he and his father were catching and questions about what we were trying to catch. We absolutely lost it when we overheard the kid go into a temper tantrum cause he hadn't caught any fish and saw his father hook a fish for him to drag behind the boat.
  • There's passing mention to this but it can't be emphasized enough: both Sal and Clancy insisted multiple times that the best fishing is done when you wake up before dawn and are casting lines at 4 a.m. Though there is no doubting that this is true, I do doubt Tyson will be able to undertake such an expedition during the Hornets season.
  • Like most fishing trips, this one was less than perfect. There were several missed casts, tangled lines and lots of time passing with hardly a nibble. The highlight of the misshaps had to be Brown losing his reel mid-cast. I thought I had captured video of the incident, but the tape begged to differ. But, as Clancy said, "Any time you hear a splash and someone say 'what the f***?', it's never good." It was, however, hilarious.
  • Some of the the insight Sal and Clancy shared on the water:

    • Alligators, during the winter, bury themselves in the mud and hibernate. So any and all fears I had of them interrupting our trip were unfounded.
    • Sal mentioned that the wetlands were in noticeable decline, saying that over the years, he's seen hurricanes' and global warming's effects on Louisiana's wildlife. The result has been, predictably, less fish and not-as-desirable fishing conditions. Sal did point out that the fishing and size regulations placed on speckled trout and red fish have worked well in increasing the fish population.

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And now, onto the pictures:

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brown fishing outfit

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Brown's ultra-fashionable fishing outfit included a pair of purple Converse Chuck Taylors.

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tyson fishing

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It may be hard to believe, but Chandler looked even taller on the boat than he does in this picture.

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clancy

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Clancy (a.k.a. the "other local writer") shows off the red fish he caught. Though no one's catch approached Chandler's in size, everyone on the boat caught at least three times more fish than the Hornets' center.

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clancy, brown and I in the cold

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In case you couldn't tell, it was incredibly cold out on the water. At least it was when we were going 30+ mph.

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