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Caribbean Fish Tale

was a small jack and was quickly returned to the sea. On the next cast, another fish hit my lure and I knew immediately this was serious. It felt like I was playing tug-of-war with a truck, or at least a compact car. I cranked the reel until it would not turn, and the line began running out despite the drag. “Keep the tip up,” Laurenz coached from my side. I felt like yelling, “What do you think I am trying to do?” but held my thought and followed instructions. I gained a few feet of

jumped out of my hands as a fish bent the rod toward the water and then pulled to the side as the fish ran off in the opposite direction. I cranked and pulled, cranked and pulled until the fish tired and slid up to the boat. Laurenz pulled on gloves. “When you bring a fish in, you have to be careful,” he said. “These are not bass. Everything we catch here has sharp teeth.” The icebreaker fish

You can see the rainbow over Laurenz’s shoulder as we dodge the showers. 34

March 2017 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times March 2017

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