“I caught a fish … it was THIS big?!”

My old Knights of Columbus council 794, in Lindenhurst, used to have an annual fishing trip each spring at Captree.  One year my cousins Gary, Larry, and I went on the trip.


By 6:00 a.m. we were on the Captain Eddie B., having our traditional beer and junk food breakfast.  At around 6:42, we were cruising the South Bay, poles in the water.  



For a while nothing much happened as we listened to 660 am talk radio.  Suddenly I felt a tug upon my pole.  Everybody stared at me, with bated breath, as I spent the next ten minutes tugging away, hoping my prey would find its way out of the brackish waters.



There I was, slipping and sliding across the soaked boat floor.  All my cousins and other brother knights could do was chant incessantly:  “La~rry!! La~rry!!”  As I’ve always been quite the considerably clumsy fellow, I was really starting to lose patience with it all.  



That relatively short time seemed like an absolute lifetime as they all kept drinking and chanting, and I kept pulling and falling.  Never having been an experienced fisherman, I knew I was in big trouble.  Anxiety and panic attacks were fast overtaking me.  Incessantly distracted by the obligatory helium animal balloons, I kept on cringing, mustering up all my fast abating might.



Finally I pulled it in, a twelve pound, thirty inch long bluefish, which spent quite a while bouncing around the boat’s floor.  When we went back to our council we made arrangements for a nice big fish fry, scheduled for  he next Friday.  To this day, my cousins, guys from that council, and I still reminisce about the floor show I inadvertently put on. 



Captree’s management put up a plaque in my honor. I no longer like to fish early in the day.


Out of Ten, how believable do you think my story is?



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16 thoughts on ““I caught a fish … it was THIS big?!”

  1. aguycalledbloke says:

    Hey Larry an interesting tale indeed, and noting that Paula gave you 3 for creativity – my she was being generous … mm 🙂

    Well played, more or less 300 words 301/2 l think, but that’s fine – so well done 🙂

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      1. aguycalledbloke says:

        What l am working on is to see what the best word count number is, so for the interim trial of the game l have set it at 300 to be fair, some have come in just under, some exactly on it and some just over, all in all the average inclusion word count has been 300, but in the actual game l will set the word count at 250 – 350 and this will probably be a more reflective figure for all writers. 🙂

        So your 302 was more than fine, and yeah :0 I knew you meant 300 🙂

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  2. Richmond Road says:

    Hmmm ….. the terminology sounded like something from a non-fisherman. And a plaque for a bluefish? I’ve certainly not heard of that before.
    But I liked the story and the characters who have a ‘3 stooges’ feel to them.
    I think Paula is being harsh. I give it a 6.

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  3. Mary Anne says:

    Sounds like a great day! Bluefish is delicious and you sure had enough for all. How many days away was next Friday? Bluefish has to be nice and fresh, so not too many I hope. Of course, you could freeze it. Good on the grille cooked with mayonnaise on the top to pull up the grease in the fish.

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