The White River Monster...

A Routine Weekend Getaway to the White River...

A group from Smurfit-Stone Company...

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of Rogers Arkansas embarks on a time of relaxation and fishing at Newlands Lodge in north central Arkansas.  Everyone has heard of "large" trout here, but no one could realize what was in store during this trip.

One fisherman from the group...

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hooked the lunker on his spinning rod, with four pound test line.   Well, this fish almost seemed to laugh at the thought he could be taken this way, and just swam out in the river and "rested".

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Another from the group jokingly...

and perhaps wisely,  shouted, "...we need a wench to get that one in", and without hesitation one from the group ran up the bank and returned driving a Hummer.

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Parked at the edge of...

the river, still another man heroically, and with total disregard for his own safety, grabbed the wench cable from the Hummer and dove into the frigid waters.  Swimming on out to the fish and submerging to try to hook the larger line in it's mouth, our hero unknowingly provided a very suspenseful time for all.

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But he was successful...

and the fish's arrogance now turned to rage as he  realized what had happened.  Our hero was "riding" the monster just like a cowboy riding a bucking bronco.  All the thrashing and commotion had never before been witnessed as the battle ensued between the "White River Monster" and the "Hummer".  It was "back and forth" and "up and down" as the "whale-like" trout met brute strength.  At one point the crowd gasped as the hummer was actually being pulled into the river by the furious fish (tire marks can still be seen along the riverbank).

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But after a valiant and...

lengthy fight, the proud Rainbow finally succumbed to superior technology.  Loaded up on the front of the Hummer, intentions were to have a huge "fish-fry" inviting all from the surrounding villages.

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But from the noble struggle...

the fish had put up, it was decided to release him back to his environment...to live for another day of excitement that had thrilled everyone so.  So, while the actual monster still swims the river, a "replication" has been made to commemorate the event, and now stands proudly for all to see. 

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