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"TALL" FISH YARN

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I ) nu I \ t i i i \ii [ e\ i led e ci a mien t i i ui i 1 r un, tn i i' hj i hj hj ' I I tl lie 11 C"l tie b 1 1 1 s 1 1 i 'op it ivat r li eil In nll i ice I ii till li \ iv t 1 i 1 ill I r nu ta tin i"'e it to i ' i i 1i i i \u r mil , 1 ei i " l i tie ftv bio' we iici" tie nti n n i i i i i t fimtm™ nd '-"i 1 in I i Tn if ih- I sirf, ii Hi I I u t't ti I <i nt tin i n i m I i r, ill i uu i Th i n ' 1 I 1 1 i i iih v tb 11 1 iif il I 1 i en it in 1 till II t vi ii'\ lb u,n nil i currocl in me wa.s, "When Z tfh the fellows <<t tn 11 ib u"t i t' mii ui i liev e nn . "About. tbU tiuin I notifcd that tli" speed of the boat seemed to lie. diiniiiisliinsr, imd on examining by liarometrr 1 found the pace reduced to 5.000 revolutions per second. The speed gradually got." less and le-s, until finally ive came to the. surface ami stopped. All was peace and quietness again. 'The sun sliono briirhth", .intl them was not a ripple on the surface of the sea. The only evidence of (he 10 hours' conllict was the dead tchnapper lying" alonvtside the boat. On examination I r-'ilisfd how lucky I had been. Uli" iron bla-'k i hud let down the line, had struck the -"imapper on the head and knocked out one or his eyes. That accounted for his circular movement on rushing to ihe surface. The lino be'iii; twisted round the kcllick gradually hrought tli?. anchor to the surface, and the fHi. rushing at. me openmotulied, hart got ihe anchor stuck in his jaw and choked himself. I towed the fish to a native village that, happened (o be in ihe vicinity. There I was received with open arms, and I understand that I lie, subsequent, gorrro lasted two weeks. "I decided that I was not strong enough for big fish, so the next, day went to a spot where I wa.i told fish up to 201b were abundant. I shuck them immediately, and after about an hour's fUliing, had landed throe tons. The fish were quite close, io the surface, and so plentiful that one could have killed dozens with a boat hook. I had pulled in a fish about 20ib rather quickly, and several other tish followed him to the side of the boat, and would have landed in the boat if my heart had not been in tho way. This gave tno an idea. I thought- it 1 could get them goiii" they would leap into the. boa! and save me the trouble of pulling them in. for, by this time, .1 was dog-tired, and my arms were simply aching with the exertion of pulling ifi th" fish. I pulled The ncvi fish into tho boat very quickly, and then jumped out of Ihe roue!. Mure enough the following lish leaped into the boat, and in no time r.he schnapper were jumping m one continuous stream. I s;it in iho boat and watched the scene for sonic time, when all ac once I noticed that my craft wa.s gelling very low in the water, f trie-el to slop the «Cream of tub, but 1 might just as well' have tried to stop a member of I'arliameiu talking. I then tried chucking thim over thi other side, and for about, two hours the battle went on. As fast as they came iu one. side I chucked them over the other. For a while I held my own, but gradually a.s my strength became exhausted the tish stained tho tipper hand, and the boat sank lower and lower in the water, until finally the w.ii.t rushed ever the gimwalo and Iho boat sank from under mc. Fortunateh, v.e. had dritud into .shallow water, and I was cb'e to wnrte ashore on one ot the numerous islands that abound in tho. hay. Tho island was uninhabited, but. 1 wa.s treated with great kindness by the natives, who took mo back to Auckland. The Xew Zealand fishing is far too strenuous for njc. tn future I intimd to devote my spare tini"? to tho capture of ■whalea in Twofold Bay."

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"TALL" FISH YARN, Issue 15698, 12 January 1915

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"TALL" FISH YARN Issue 15698, 12 January 1915

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