Monday, March 18, 2013
This parody? Straight up real, reader. Drive to any lake in Wisconsin and you will see these boys. Maybe not these exact boys, but unmistakably flannel/Carhartt/camo-wearing ice fishermen. Cold-weather rednecks, if you will.
This parody tickles my funny bone for a totally different reason: I'm writing a book, Across the River, and it's about a fishing town in Wisconsin. One of the main characters is a bait shop owner named Maw Cooper. The story begins in March, when the ice shanties are still out on the lakes and bayous, and wraps up with the end of the white bass run. The plot includes minnows, urban sprawl and leukemia and much of it is based on true stories, fictionalized to make them more believable.
When my book's ready, I'm totally hooking up with these boys (pun intended) to see if they'd do a promotional video. The fit is so perfect, it's like God created Macklemore so I could find them and create fishing novel/YouTube promotional video brilliance.