Money Fish

Dan Dawson Sr. By Dan Dawson Sr., 12th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Sailfish tournaments can put a lot on the line.
Big cash and prizes. Big investments, hard work, knowledge and luck!
The whole thing can be a hell of a ride.
Hold on, enjoy this one. Its a great taste of all the flavors involved.
Only the best,

Money Fish

We left the dock at three a.m., our sabiki rods were bristling.
The northeast wind was blowing twenty and had our lines all whistling.
At the first green can out, we went to work, as gogs zipped through our light.
It’s surprising how two one pound baits can put up such a fight.
With our live well full, the sun coming up, we knew our chances would be good.
Against sixty-seven other boats, we were going to do all that we could.
As we got back to the inlet, we joined the other boats.
The anticipation caused growling stomachs and lumps in captain’s throats.
We idled to the place we felt would be our best position.
Then the tournament boat set its shot gun off and we all raced to start our fishin.
Fifteen minutes later the radio crackled “Boat twenty-three, one sail release right now!”
We were in for some fierce competition; I wiped the sweat from across my brow.
All eyes strained for birds and baits as we stared out at our spread.
The radio screamed out more releases, yet where we trolled seemed dead.
About three hundred yards out we saw a free jumper, it was an encouraging sight.
Our trolling just wasn't working, so we decided to drift and put up a kite.
We put out two baits on the kite and two more free lined down current.
And even though the other boats were racking up releases, somehow still, we weren't.
But then we noticed a raft of ballyhoo, bunched up and leaping down wind.
And as the gap was closing, we could see two sails as they fined.
I climbed up into the tower and I peered down under the baits.
There I saw about a dozen purplish shapes, I knew this was gonna be great!
As the kite baits neared the action, our goggle eyes reacted in fear.
For three hungry sails were slashing their bills, our heart beats were all you could hear.
Then both lines were pulled from the kite clips and two sails tore a whole in the sea.
It was a sight that would lighten any man’s heart, I was glad this time it was me.
I grabbed the closest rod from its holder, my friend grabbed the one by the stern.
The Captain backed down, the two sails tail walked away, yet each of our drags still burned.
With some over and under maneuvers, we worked the fish fast and hard.
The tournament wasn't yet over and these were only our first couple cards.
The first one came in like clock work, a nice tag and release, now the other ones turn.
But as we worked it up to the side of the boat one of the flat lines just started to burn.
It smoked off like a wahoo, but we saw it piercing through the tops of each wave.
And even though the time was running out, we all knew we just might make the save.
Then all of the sudden the other flat line bent down and line smoked off it as well.
Another sail, the money fish, and it skied out the side of a swell.
We made the release and dashed for the rods, on one we could now see the spool.
And on top of the fish, all this cash on the line, it surely was hard to stay cool.
This time the sea smiled upon us and we tagged and released both the fish.
We all just stared at each other in amazement, ‘cause we knew that we’d gotten our wish!
Then the Captain called in our tally, we’d just barley beaten the clock.
Then the radio came back “congrats to us all, there’d be champagne waiting back at the dock!”
I don’t much remember the party, but I’ll never forget that day.
When all of the pieces came together and things, for once, all went our way.
Sailfish tournaments weren't made for the light hearted, but instead, for a special breed.
So if you think you can handle the adventure, this might be just what you need!

By Dan Dawson Sr.
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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 Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Dec 2013 (#)

Never taken part but share in the excitement - well told - siva

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
13th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you!
I really try to give my readers the closest thing to the actual experience as possible. There are so many people that don't have any chance to try fishing or think its something boring.
I am truly grateful for your response. I write for people like you!
Please share and follow me.
Thanx again!
Only the best,

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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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author avatar Graceful
14th Jan 2014 (#)

Very well written, Dan! I could almost feel the atmosphere!

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
14th Jan 2014 (#)

Ahhh Your Grace...
That was my intent.
Your comment is exactly why I write!
If you knew the language, it would feel even closer to real.
Thank you!
Only the best,

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
14th Jan 2014 (#)

Your Grace and everyone else: Please give me your feed back and ask me to help with anything you may not understand.
It is my pleasure!
Only the best,

Some definitions:
Sabiki Rig: A pre rigged series of small flies made predominantly for catching bait fish.

Gogs: short for goggle eye. A highly prized bait fish. Especially for sailfish tournaments where they can cost $150.00 dollars per dozen and more.

Kite: In offshore fishing, a specialized kite that is flown from a boat. On it's main line are clips. Rods with bait fish have their line attached to the clips. This keeps the bait near the top, in water away from the boat, it keeps the line and rigging out of the water and view of predators, when the bait is eaten, the line is pulled from the clip, this gives the predator a little slack to completely eat the bait before the line comes tight.

Drag: A mechanism on a fishing reel that allows the fish to take line without breaking it and at the same time keeping a preset amount of pull or DRAG on the line. When things go right, the fish gets too tired to pull the drag anymore and is caught.

Free lined: A bait the has no weight or other rigging.

Tag: An actual small tag that is affixed to a tag pole for insertion. When a fish to be tagged is brought to the side of the boat, the tag is inserted, usually in the back near the dorsal fin. This can greatly help collect data on fish stocks and migrational patterns.

Flat line: A line that is just let out from a rod holder. (No out riggers or down riggers)

Free jumper: When a fish jumps for its own reason not induced from a hook or line.

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
14th Jan 2014 (#)

Ballyhoo: A type of bait fish that has a bill on it's lower jaw.

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