they call it “SKISH” (Jul, 1956)

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they call it “SKISH”

Life’s more fun if you go fishing— and fishing’s more fun if you’ve taken this popular college course.

Photographed for MI by George Barris

SKISH is a fairly new word combining “skill” and “fishing.” Down at Florida Southern College in Lakeland they teach a course called Skish And Outdoor Life. Coach Jim Lease, an expert in precision casting, fly-tying, plug-making, tackle repair and hooking them, gives his boys and girls a thorough grounding in the sport of presidents. Not to mention a whale of a time out fishing.

The teeming Florida waters—fresh and salt—make FSC an ideal place to teach the course, which includes handy things to know like camp cookery, fundamental taxidermy and first aid. for snakebite. Learning to enjoy life is certainly important enough, in the light of modern psychology and the statistics on ulcers and cardiac cases, to warrant a place on the curriculum of any college. •

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