Battle In The Blue

Dan Dawson Sr. By Dan Dawson Sr., 25th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Offshore fishing in blue water can be very adventurous. You just never know what may end up on the end of your line! Things can go from peaceful to mayhem in short order. Get ready for just such a trip. Remember...Its just a fishing trip! Breathe and enjoy!


We reached the color change and that was when,
I dropped a big jig and counted to ten.
As I began to work it, I noticed the current was swift,
Five knots to the north was the path of our drift.
Over and over I dropped my jig to the reef.
Only to work it up empty, I began to feel grief.
But suddenly a chorus was all to be heard.
A chorus of frantically feeding sea birds.
The water below them was turned to a chop.
By the game fish below and the bait fish on top.
I heaved my jig quickly towards the edge of the school.
And even though I got a backlash I tried to stay cool.
Then I hooked a small tuna while I worked on the line.
“Its almost all out, things are gonna be fine.”
With my fingers all bloody I started to reel.
But that’s when there was an obvious change in the feel.
From the tugs of a small tuna, to a runaway train.
I tightened my drag and my back hurt from the strain.
100, 200, 300 yards. Like a bad game of poker, the fish held the cards.
Then it charged straight on at me, my hand reeled in a blur.
I simply had no idea what next would occur.
But as the line tightened, it sped under the boat.
The rod hit the railing and snapped in one loud, sharp note.
Somehow the line still held firmly. The reel smoked once again,
And just kept right on going, right down to the end.
But then it just stopped and pumped there awhile.
And with a faint sense of victory my face drew a smile.
With a stump of a rod, and I could now see my spool.
I slowly worked the fish closer, but he was no fool.
He sounded down quickly, headed for the reef.
I knew if he made it the end would be brief.
I clamped both thumbs on the spool and they started to burn.
But the spool slowly stopped and I felt his head turn.
Over and over he circled the boat.
I knew I was winning I had a lump in my throat.
Fifteen minutes later I was dripping with sweat.
The fish came up slowly, his match had been met.
When I got my fist glance, I couldn't believe my eyes.
The fish was truly impressive in size.
It was a big yellow fin tuna, around 200 pounds.
When he came up ‘long side me he just floated upside down.
I stood there amazed, trembling in awe.
My fingers still bleeding, my thumbs were burnt raw.
When I towed him back to the dock a crowd gathered and cheered,
And patted my back and offered cold beer.
I’ll never forget that day on the blue, but you wouldn't either if it happened to you!


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Dan Dawson Sr is a Native South Floridian and a very diverse writer. He has a love for poetry, outdoor, spiritual, health, design and fiction.

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
14th Dec 2013 (#)

Hey Guys,
Thank you for reading, sharing and following!
I am really just getting started at this, so you all are very important to me and my family.
Our life has really been changed since our accident. Thank you again!
I have a compilation of fishing related pieces in an eBook on amazon called “Fast Casts” for $2.99
It is also set uo as a “Share” file.
It was our first. I will be rereleasing a newer version as soon as I can with more pieces, on more sites and better format & editing.
I’d also love to work with artists and maybe even photographers to enhance things.
If you get it, please give a review and share.
It is a huge help to us!
And…It will help me write more!
I eventually want to provide audio files.
Thanks again!!!
Only the best,

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