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Neal Taylor dies at 78; fisherman regaled generations of Santa Barbara anglers
Neal Taylor dies at 78; fisherman regaled generations of Santa Barbara anglers

For Neal Taylor, fishing wasn't limited to weekends or, for that matter, water. On one of Santa Barbara's busiest streets, the seven-time national casting champion showed a friend just how it's done, lofting his line into an intersection when the light turned red and yanking it back when traffic resumed. "I thought, this guy is really funny," said Bob Nunez, a dentist and one of Taylor's closest fishing buddies. "I thought, I love this guy." Taylor died Tuesday at his Santa Barbara home. He was 78 and, according to family members, had congestive heart failure. Just days before his death, he was distributing posters for an upcoming trout derby at...

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