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Fisherman Draws a Bad Hand with Computer Solitaire

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LAKEWOOD, Mich. (AP) A warm game of solitaire sometimes beats a cold day of ice fishing. But it can be expensive.

A Michigan conservation officer says he noticed unattended fishing lines while recently patrolling Long Lake, a large lake in Alpena and Presque Isle counties.

Bill Webster says he tripped some of the flags, signaling that a fish was caught, and waited 30 minutes for someone to respond. When no one did, Webster followed footprints to a house where a man admitted they were his lines.

The man told Webster that he was playing an exciting game of solitaire on the computer and had forgotten about fishing. He and a neighbor were ticketed for unattended lines, a misdemeanor that typically costs $100 to $150.