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February 5, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Line editing. Fin for yourself

Man on boat.Flag Signals by sailor among boat shrouds. The National Archives UK (PD/

Lineup not dressed for success. (The National Archives UK/PD/

Knowing when you have to make the cut is a critical skill not just for broadway producers or football coaches.

You just never know when fish will attack.

Probably why all those Boy Scouts were taught “Be prepared”,  to always carry a pocket knife, and not annoy the locals.

Although airport security has limited the sharp these days, you’d think a tourist charter fishing boat would be lined up for all situations.

And that someone on board would have had enough sense to cut the line:

“Five fishermen rescued from boat sunk by marlin”

…”one of the men said they had been fishing and hooked a big blue marlin that pulled their boat backward and it took on water and sank.”

Not exactly the adventure they hooked up for.


  • A sailing catamaran turned, threw the men life jackets, and rescued them as their boat sank. So much advantages of power over sail.
  • I’m really worried about the Marlin: will it be leashed for eternity to that sunken boat?

Only an ironic fish tale 

Ship sinking as men fight Moby Dick (1901/ Taber/Schiberner's Sons/USPD,, artist life/

Pride and joy not always in a linear direction.(USPD/

Or more? An updated, reality show style version of Moby Dick

“…as the quest for the whale becomes increasingly perilous, the tale works on allegorical levels, likening the whale to human greed, moral consequence, good, evil, and life itself. Who is good? The great white whale who, like Nature, asks nothing but to be left in peace? Or the bold Ahab who, like scientists, explorers, and philosophers, fearlessly probes the mysteries of the universe? Who is evil? The ferocious, man-killing sea monster? Or the revenge-obsessed madman who ignores his own better nature in his quest to kill the beast?” (source of quote)

Seriously, knowing when to cut the line is a critical life skill: for fishing charter boat crews, for broadway producers, and for writers…hmmm…

Line item,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Men. Crew of boat in a stage play. 1937 (USPD., by WPA employee/fed gov., artist life/

“I tell you. It was a monster!” “Yeah, but a little fishy as there aren’t any pix on your Facebook page. Just sayin’.”(USPD/



  1. easyweimaraner / Feb 5 2018 8:33 am

    yes, moby dick was in my mind immediately too :O)))… it’s phenny’s favorite movie he loves b&w stuff ;O)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 5 2018 4:47 pm

      Watch out for the mad fishies! (Molly loves that movie, too and keeps requesting a nice pool for the summer…stocked with ice flows and salmon!)
      Thanks for dog paddling by to chat


  2. susielindau / Feb 5 2018 8:34 am

    My son caught a marlin in Mexico and hauled it in with help, but the boat had a rig with a pully. It sounds like a whale of a tale!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 5 2018 4:48 pm

      Most fishing charters are set up for that…totally amazed no one cut the line, right? Geesch. Thanks for adding a splashy remark


  3. Spinster / Feb 5 2018 8:36 am

    They got very lucky. Had it been nighttime, who knows what could’ve happened. Thanks for sharing.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 5 2018 4:50 pm

      While they weren’t too far out, it would have been a challenging swim to shore for even a strong swimmer. Lucky ducky indeed.
      Thanks for treading water here for a bit

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  4. sustainabilitea / Feb 5 2018 8:45 am

    Knowing when to cut the line is vital in all areas of life.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 5 2018 4:51 pm

      Life is the biggest gamble. Best to know when to hold ’em and when to fold em’….and wear life jackets in troubled waters. Thanks for surfing by with a comment

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  5. Under the Oaks / Feb 5 2018 9:11 am

    So many wise words here. Very lucky that cat was there for them. I worry about the Marlin, too. Reminds me of the movie Captains Courageous with Spencer Tracy.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 5 2018 4:52 pm

      Oh that’s another great movie with water.
      This rescue makes you wonder if coincidences are random. Thanks for sailing in with a comment


  6. RKLikesReeses / Feb 5 2018 9:29 am

    Poor marlin!! Bad enough to be chased by assassins. Then to be hooked indefinitely to their tools of destruction? ::shivers::
    Yes – WOW so true about know when to cut the line, in all aspects of life.
    Swimmingly good write! ::applause::

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 5 2018 4:55 pm

      No joy until all are rescued – including that brave determined fish. (Hope someone thought to check on him – so unfair to be tangled and trapped…maybe he has a sword fish friend.)
      Thanks for lining up a comment in this marina

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  7. Kate Crimmins / Feb 5 2018 11:37 am

    Hopefully the marlin is smarter than the fishermen and figures out how to get rid of the line!

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  8. Amy / Feb 5 2018 2:55 pm

    I don’t know where you continually find these crazy fish tales. 🙂

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  9. shoreacres / Feb 5 2018 6:40 pm

    Did I ever tell you the tale of the fisherman in a dingy who got pulled around the flats just beyond Island Moorings in Port A? As I recall, it was a big old redfish that he’d hooked. In that case, he could have cut the line, but he was darned if he was going to let that fish go. The last we saw of him, he was still under tow. I never did hear what happened, except I think I heard he got back to the marina ok. Whether he had the fish, I don’t know.

    I did note that the article described the boat the marlin snagged as a 31′ pleasure craft. If they’d been in a real fishing boat, that never would have happened. Also: I wonder if the line had gotten wrapped around their props or outboards somehow, preventing them from cutting the line. That’s the only thing that makes sense.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 5 2018 7:45 pm

      Never underestimate the determination on either end of the fishing line? How funny – I have heard of fishermen (in larger boats with specialized equipment for big fish) getting pulled around by a hooked fish, but they were smart enough to let the fish run with plenty of line back and forth for hours and take it slow.
      It does sound like the fish doubled back underneath and got a good hold to pull against. Apparently it all happened really really fast from all the accounts about the sinking. Hopefully the marlin was stronger than the line, grinned broadly, and lived to swim another day.
      (Whoa that little waterway off Nasa Rd 1 was loaded with white birds at dark this afternoon – loaded. Looked like snow among the branches. Saw a monarch yesterday – probably a local. Doesn’t matter what that shivering groundhog said, the ferns are uncurling among the dead leaves, the bridal wreath has bright spring green leaves, and there was this yellow thistle flower which I should have snapped a picture of ’cause you’d know what it was. Days are longer – sigh, the spring breakers will be arriving soon)
      Thanks for anchoring a comment here.

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      • shoreacres / Feb 5 2018 7:48 pm

        And I’ve found two native dandelions, and one import — plus a couple other little flowers. Spring is lurking, for sure.

        Oh! and today I saw a roseate spoonbill flying southeast as I sat at the light at NASA I and 146. I just laughed — prettiest thing in the world, in the midst of all these gray skies!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 5 2018 7:53 pm

          Those pink birds just make you smile – like an escapee from Alice and Wonderland – they just appear at the oddest times – so often at the end of a grey day as if a gift is being given.
          A couple of brown pelicans and several seagull were really fishing between the little island bridge and the marina – none of them are going to bed hungry tonight. Molly loves to watch the waterbirds.

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  10. LordBeariOfBow / Feb 5 2018 9:09 pm

    RN Signalman, White Ensign gives it away.
    Never made the boy scouts, Joined the cubs once, lasted less than one meeting,

    I slipped out, it was early evening and the lights were on; climbed onto the roof and blew all the fuses; which kind of ruined the cubs meeting.

    I was asked not to come back, word kind of got around and the sea cadets boys brigade wouldn’t have a bar of me whatsoever.

    Can’t understand why, thought they encouraged that sort of initiative; bit narrow minded when I look back on it, but I’m glad I got the boot ! 😈


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 6 2018 7:52 am

      HA! Wondered if anyone would decode that.
      Sounds like you should have been with the rock climbers or astronomy club instead. Despite the shunning, you seemed to have sailed into a pretty nice sunset anyway.
      Thanks for floating a comment this way


      • LordBeariOfBow / Feb 6 2018 1:10 pm

        Will someone please throw me a life belt, my eyes are dim and I cannot see, and get me out of this mess Hellllllllllllp plop!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 7 2018 7:56 am

          Nothing like a little sea spray and an old salt 🙂


          • LordBeariOfBow / Feb 7 2018 1:45 pm

            Well just a little bit extra.
            The letter that the seaman is executing is ‘V’ as in ‘V’ for “Victory”, just a little bit of useless information 😀


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 7 2018 2:17 pm

            Oh, so glad you floated that out – I was going to have to look it up.
            Used to remember the signal flags and celestial navigation better…lazy brain! Stop archiving info without permission

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  11. The Coastal Crone / Feb 6 2018 3:37 pm

    I thought of “Jaws” too. And something floats up…cut bait or fish? Guess that is another fish story. Nice to find your post as I have been behind on reading posts. (Maybe I should cut that line!)


  12. Curt Mekemson / Feb 6 2018 6:15 pm

    I caught a Marlin off Mexico once. Not a giant but seven plus feet long. Somewhere I have a photo of the Marlin, several Mahi Mahi and my ex-wife on a dock in Mazatlan. And you are right, Phil: You’e got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them… –Curt


  13. Russel Ray Photos / Feb 11 2018 11:23 pm

    I think yesterday’s tall tales and fish tales are today’s fake news………..LOL


  14. cat9984 / Mar 4 2018 7:38 am

    I probably would have given him the entire fishing pole. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 4 2018 2:06 pm

      Seriously – let the fish have it!
      (Maybe the marlin was finishing up a gift search for a mermaid?)
      Thanks for netting a comment to tie up here

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