Gut Rumbles

August 11, 2005

the old man and the sea

I watched that movie yesterday, and it was damn good, starring Spencer Tracey. I read the story long ago and loved it. I think it was a piece of Hemmingway's finest work.

The day I caught the 40-pound amberjack, I wrestled with that fucker for almost 30 minutes before I got him to the boat. I would tug and reel, then he'd take off again and make my drag spin with an evil hiss. I didn't know WHAT I had at the time, but I damn sure didn't want to let him go.

By the time I landed that fish, my arms were weary and my hands were cramped from working the rod. I can only imagine what it must be like to catch a big marlin, when you spend HOURS trying to reel that bastard in. I don't know that I could do it today.

But I'd sure like to try.


One of Traceys best films also. The back story of him wanting, just one time, that big fish, that one huge victory, is so in everyones heart.

Posted by: arathorn on August 11, 2005 08:43 AM

But he went too far... don't we all, from time to time?

Posted by: Acidman on August 11, 2005 09:03 AM

I suspect ole Ernie was thinkin' about his own life when he wrote the book. He went for the gusto, got it, and couldn't really keep it and if their is any moral to the story it is too reach for all you can get and enjoy the fight and the rewars while you can because you'll never get out of this world alive.

Never caught a Marlin but I have fought some fifty pound sail fish on 17 lb tackled until my nose bled! And, a BullDolphin on light tackle will seperate the fisherman from the wimps who just go fishing. So will a 50" King Mack

Posted by: GUYK on August 11, 2005 09:43 AM

I'm sooo ready for a good fishing story - thanks for the tip. I'll try to find it.

Posted by: Bonita on August 11, 2005 10:45 AM

TOMATS was great. Book and movie. But the thrill of fishing includes the ones that get away. I remember a 5 lb bass that grabbed my jig in 18 feet of water, ran straight up and away with my line cutting a wake on the surface of the water. He, or she, jumped in the air, shook it's head and spit out the hook. I swear I could hear it laughing as it headed back down. It's best to celebrate your defeat and admire the victor. It happens a lot in life.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on August 11, 2005 11:04 AM

Frederick Forsyth has a book called No Comebacks that is a colllection of short stories. All the stories are good, but the third story, called 'The Emperor' is an excellent story about fishing for marlin in the carribean.

Posted by: Mythilt on August 11, 2005 12:29 PM

Great book, movie came close. Had to force my 15 year old to read it, he loved it too. Now have him reading Robert Rourke.

Posted by: Otis on August 11, 2005 12:51 PM

'" think it was a piece of Hemmingway's finest work."
Come on, this was full of cliches. Too formulastic(probably not a word).
Hemingway was good, but overrated. He lived an incrediable life and that is the Hemingway legend, the Hemingway we talk about.
He was a good writer and he loved his craft but his three novels and one novelette(guess???) all have the same pattern.
Cohen in "Sun" lets himself get beat up, and Paco comes back in "Bell" after betraying his comrades, ...anyway, Hemingway was a living carictature when he blow his brains out.

PS Off topic, but I think Ken Kesey's "One Flew over the Cuckoos' Nest" is better than anything Hemingway wrote.

Posted by: Terry on August 12, 2005 05:22 AM

40lbs. in deep sea and you had trouble reeling him in? I would be embarrassed to tell that story. Hell, catfish get much bigger than that here in East Texas and I've seen kids pull em in.


Posted by: PJ on August 13, 2005 02:14 AM
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