Wrote another: "He and I busted our butts for 26 hours in a three-evening span during a hot week in July, cutting 735 yards' worth of paths, in jungle brush, just so I could rabbit hunt it and he could deer hunt it.
"I had a hunt coming up and needed the spot cut, and he needed it cut so we could get the paths planted in clover. We spent a lot of time talking those three days. It was then that I realized what a truly amazing young man he had become."
"We live in a strange world where the good die young and bad things happen to good people," wrote Cabell County magistrate Mike Woelfel, a friend and fellow muskie angler. "I'm sure I will struggle to understand this for the rest of my life.
"I remember watching a musky DVD once, and the guy was talking about when he died he didn't want pearly gates, he [wanted] a musky lake. That makes me think of Eric. I'll bet he has found his Elk River in the sky and is burning a black Cowgirl [muskie lure] right now."
Future fishing trips were cut tragically short Aug. 28 when Workman was shot while making an arrest along Interstate 79 in Clay County. He died three days later.
The site of the shooting, near a bridge at the I-79 Wallback exit, has become a bit of a shrine to Eric and to Cpl. Marshall Bailey, the other officer killed during the incident. People have spray-painted words of farewell to the slain troopers on one of the bridge's concrete support columns.
"Fish on, brother," reads one message, clearly intended for Eric.
Never has a farewell been more appropriate.