April 26: Flash Fiction Challenge

Nip over to The Carrot Ranch for details of this week’s challenge:
April 26, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a fish tale. It can be about fishing from any angle, about those who fish, or what might be caught. Go where the prompt leads.

I’d never been fishing before, and was afraid to make an ass of myself as I didn’t know how to bait my hook, cast a line, or reel one in if I caught one. Everyone else were dab hands, until we were aboard the privately hired boat and I discovered they were dangler anglers.
I felt better, relaxed and began to have fun.
I caught the first fish, an ugly brute with scissor teeth I was informed was a snapper.
How apt.
I caught some others too and they all went in the bucket.
Boy, did they taste good!

Photos: Bro and me (and dinner) in NZ 2010.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to April 26: Flash Fiction Challenge

  1. I always enjoy it when someone who has never been fishing before catches the first fish – shows up those of us who have been doing it so long we can’t remember a time in our lives when we didn’t!

  2. Aweni says:

    You seemed to have done a fantastic job for a newbie at fishing!👌

  3. Norah says:

    Congratulations. Has the fishing bug caught you now?

    • No. That was over seven years ago, and I don’t have an itch to repeat it. Hubby can’t eat fish unless it’s 100% cod or fish cakes which are mainly potato, and I don’t like the thought of filleting out the bones, especially as I nearly choked on one as a child and didn’t touch fish other than fish fingers for years. We are actually having fish tonight for a change, but then it’s out of a box, not caught fresh.

      • Norah says:

        Your fishing sounds a little like mine. We used to use the silver bait but now it’s mainly plastic (and I don’t mean in the sea). 🙂

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    I’m hoping to talk my way onto one of the old fishing trawlers this year to go out and watch them catch whitefish. Whitefish livers are a delicacy around Lake Superior, and it’s not Friday Night without a fish fry! I enjoyed your dive into fishing and you look like you are having a blast!

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