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Top 5 Tallest Fishing Tales

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When you tell a tall fishing tale, you're following a time-honored tradition.
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There's more to fishing than simply choosing the right bait or learning to properly play a fish. One of the most important attributes of a true angler is the ability to stretch the truth -- from touching your thumb to the scale when you're weighing your "record" catch to delivering a lengthy monologue at the local tavern about the giant you nearly reeled in the last time you were out on the water. (You know, the one whose proportions bring to mind the protagonist of that 1950s sci-fi flick "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.")

When you tell a tall fishing tale, you're following a time-honored tradition. Here are five recent outlandish fishing tales. We advise you to take them with a grain of salt -- or perhaps, a little tartar sauce.

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