Recounting Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin's failed fishing trip


Last year, Terry McLaurin opened up about his love and appreciation for fishing in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The wide receiver enjoys the challenge that the hobby presents, the peace he feels while doing it and he even sees some parallels between it and his full-time job in the NFL.

Just don't try to tell any of that to Curtis Samuel.

In a post-OTAs press conference with the media last week, Samuel recalled a day back during his time at Ohio State where McLaurin, his fellow Buckeye as well as his then-roommate, convinced him to take a trip out on the water. 

How about we let Samuel pick it up now, huh? Because things get reel funny from here.

[Editor's note: Yes, we do mean that spelling of reel and apologize for Pete's additional puns.]

"One time in college, Terry was like, 'I'm about to go fishing,'" he said. "I'm from New York, I'm from Brooklyn. I don't fish."

Despite his unfamiliarity with the activity, Samuel agreed to tag along.

"I'm like, 'All right, sure, let's do it,'" he said. "Long story short, Terry didn't know what he was doing. He didn't know what he was doing. So it was just a funny, awkward moment. I'm looking at him like, 'What are we supposed to do?'"

About 24 hours after Samuel chatted with reporters, it was McLaurin's turn for a Zoom session. And once he was informed that Samuel exposed his floundering to the public, McLaurin shot back.


"I definitely remember that," McLaurin said. "He doesn't even know how to use the rod. So at least I know how to use the rod."

Since that apparent, total failure, McLaurin has approved quite a bit in the boat, as these images show.

Unfortunately for him, the memory of his and Samuel's unsuccessful voyage has discouraged Samuel from participating in any future outings.

"He's been fishing down here and he asked me and I said, 'Terry, I'm all right. I'll pass,'" Samuel said.

Doesn't sound like he's squidding about that, either.