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The Jumping Fish by Janet’s Dock

Fri, 21 Jul 2023, 07:59 PM (-06:00) Creative Commons License


There was barely a breeze, and the lake was glassy-still when a young couple came trolling by. He was shirtless and wore long swimming trunks. She had long hair and was bikini clad. He was standing on the bow of his boat casting. She was sitting in the back reading. They looked quite comfortable.  

As I looked up, the guy got a bite on his line. He turned and said something to her, and she came to the front where he gave her the pole and began taking pictures of her reeling in the line. She stood pole in hand as the fish slowly pulled their boat thru the water. After a few minutes, I saw her holding a very large fish as he took more pictures.

With that, the big jumping fish by Janet’s dock was caught. 


He must have thrown the fish back, because a few moments later, he was trolling the same spot again.

As soon as he cast his line into the water, it went taught and his pole bent over. He turned to the woman and said something. He reeled the line in. The woman picked up a net and held it over the side. He reeled some more and then some more, and then she bent over and scooped up a very large fish. 

And with that, the big jumping fish by Janet’s dock was once more caught. 


This time he held up the fish, and she took the pictures. He turned away, and I couldn’t see what he was doing. He bent over for a moment, stood up, and then threw the fish back. The two of them sat down, pulled the trolling motor up, and drove their boat away from the shore.

I guess the fish will live to jump by Janet’s dock another day.

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