At a campsite by a lake, Tom and Jerry are awakened from a sound sleep by
Tricky McTrout, a sly, wild, crafty and rather uncatchable fish! "Better
fishermen than you two have tried to catch old Tricky!" reports the ranger who
greets T&J. Tom & Jerry set out to succeed where scores of "better
fishermen" have failed, but all of their methods backfire, usually ending with
Tricky continuously getting T&J in dutch with the ranger. With a Super
Hypnotic Lure, they manage to hypnotize Tricky into thinking he is a duck, a
beaver, a seal, and Moby Dick the whale. A final attempt with a fish-sensing
sonar device proves to be the biggest bust of them all, as Tricky uses it to
his mischievous advantage; he succeeds in luring T&J, sonar device, boat
and all right into the ranger station, completely demolishing it. Deciding
that this is the straw that broke the ranger's back, the ranger has T&J
ejected from his forest. Back home, the two discard their Super Hypnotic Lure
and take a nap, when they hear water sloshing. They are surprised to find
Tricky McTrout bathing in their tub, and then escaping down the drain!
Trivia & Notes:
- This is inspired by 1947's Cat Fishin'.
- Tricky's transformation into Moby Dick could be referenced to Hanna-Barbera's previous animated adaptation
of Herman Melville's creation: the 1967-69 CBS Saturday Morning series Moby Dick And The Mighty Mightor.
- Tom has developed a not-so-unnormal habit of purring while sleeping. He does it again in #80-45, "The Campout Cutup."
- Lennie Weinrib voices both Tricky McTrout and The Super Hypnotic Lure.
- Number of times Tricky bugles "Charge": 4. He bugles "Reville" to wake Tom and Jerry up.