Big Fish in a Small Town (TAGS Episode)

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Episode Info

Big Fish in a Small Town

  • Filmed: 198
  • Aired: 200
  • Original Air Date: 1966/11/28
  • Writer(s): Bill Idelson and Sam Bobrick
  • Director: Lee Phillips

Plot Summary

Howard talks his way into going fishing on opening day of the season. He ends up landing the legend of the lake, "Old Sam," a rare silver carp. Much to Howard's surprise, he realizes that by catching the fish he effectively broke the spirit of the town. He retrives the rare carp from its new home in the state aquarium and returns it to the lake.

Odd Facts Known by Few

  • Actor Sam Reese died on his 55th birthday, in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. He had a massive stroke.

Character List

  • Andy Griffith - Andy Taylor
  • Howard McNear - Floyd Lawson
  • Ronny Howard - Opie Taylor
  • Jack Dodson - Howard Sprague
  • George Lindsey - Goober Pyle
  • Sam Reese - photographer