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The Keys Chronicles: Tarpon Season: The Exchange


April 25, 2012, 5:25 pm

BarJack: [On poling platform, back to sun straining against the 12 knot ESE breeze.] Ok, he’s facing away from you.

WindKnot: [Searching for fish shape in the glare.] Away? You sure?

[Recast. Slooow strip. The tarpon materializes as it turns.]

WindKnot: Got some kinda reaction from ‘im… oh, dude, that could be really good dude.

[Strip, wiggle, wiggle, pause… line jumps tight, rod bends, rod straightens, line slides back slack.]

WindKnot: Ugh! F***! F******!

BarJack: WindKnot, WindKnot, WindKnot, WindKnot...

WK: [Pulling in fly line and leader.]  Aaaah, duuude. F***! Alright. Your turn… Guarantee you I popped that 20-pound. I knew I was holding on a little too tight. That was an awesome eat… oh, noooo!

BJ: What?

WK: [Fingering the leader in disbelief.] You’re not going to believe where it broke.

BJ: Where?

WK: In the F***ing 40!

[Silence.]

BJ: And why would it broke in the 40, WindKnot? Can you explain that to me?

WK: …

BJ: Cause you told me that would never break in the 40. Never break. Never! Forget Wind Knot, your name is now Forty.

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Roughly 26 minutes earlier:

BJ: Leader looks a little frayed there. Id retie, but thats just me.

WK: Dude, thats in the 40. [pull hard on line] Thatll never break.

BJ: Ok, man, you say so. I’m just sayin, I would change it. I dealt with a lot of frayed leaders on Diego and Id change it.

WK: Bro, look, I retied the 20-pound. Im telling you, that will break way before the 40.

BJ: Ok, man. You say so… it’s your fish.

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