(Marlene Cooper Vasilic holds her 24 lb. carp caught and released in Washington DC’s tidal basin)
Marlene Cooper Vasilic, Director of Outreach and Special Events for the Center for American Progress, does away with stress by fishing for monster carp in the waterways around Washington, DC.
Marlene just won a carp fishing tournament in the DC tidal basin last weekend — and made her husband Aleks Vasilic pretty envious. But if anyone has a copy laying around, he is on this month’s cover of the North American Carp Angler (that is not him featured in the magazine pic linked).
Ever tried to catch a carp? It’s tough. I’m reading up on it.
I have mastered catching Chesapeake Bay blue crabs with chicken necks though. More on that another time.
Congrats to my pal Marlene who happens to be the sister of Helene Cooper, diplomatic correspondent of the New York Times and author of the forthcoming The House at Sugar Beach: A Memoir which recounts her life growing up in pre-chaos Liberia and which recently was featured in the New York Times Magazine.
Don’t worry about the carp. Marlene releases all of them so that her husband has a chance to catch her fish in the future.
— Steve Clemons