Fishing in Iraq
My name is Jeff Thomas, Captain and Company Commander in the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, U.S. Army. Last April, I fished at Saddam's palace, which has ponds containing large carp and largemouth bass. We improvised fishing hooks (sharpened paper clips), line (the white inner string from 550 cord), a float (foam earplugs), and a pole (radio antenna). We used cheese from the Meals Ready to Eat to catch a small carp, which we then cut up to catch the bass. We fished for several days, cooking our bass on palace open-pit barbecues. I had carried Mrs. Dash to spice up my MREs, and I used some butter and aluminum foil from a palace kitchen. Now, I'm back at Fort Stewart, Georgia, but those few days my soldiers and I enjoyed are some of the greatest fishing moments of my life.