Night Trolling

Night Trolling
“When I go fishing I like to know that there’s nobody within five miles of me.” Norman MacCaig

I used to love fishing with my parents, especially at night.  We slowly and blindly trolled our lines, waiting for the fish to hit the bait.
silence on the water –
a swift pull on the line –
a bass at the end of the line


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kim881
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:28:54

    I was never one for fishing but I do think that it’s a wonderfully quiet hobby. Night fishing sounds interesting. The silence on the water is so appealing, Toni!


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:32:56

      We rarely pulled up fish and when we did, we would always carefully take off the hook and put back into the water. I think my parents enjoyed night fishing because it was so calm and quiet. I would take naps and trail my hand in the water. It was a lovely time. I grew up on the coast of NC and it was a quiet way for my parents to reconnect with the ocean, being inland. Kerr Lake is a huge lake spanning two state borders. It is a busy lake but at night, it is silent and still except for the fishers. Because of my and my father’s extreme sensitivity to sun, it was a way we could enjoy the lake without getting sun poisoning as well. It was fun to be totally blind and to feel the different fish bumpt the line. After awhile I could tell the different fish by the feel of the bump.

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  2. Frank Hubeny
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:35:18

    With that tug on the other end of the line, I can feel the silence broken. Nice use of the word!


  3. Candace
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:44:30

    Lovely memory –


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:48:58

    I love the thought of being out like that, never had the patience (and was never taught to have it)


  5. Charmed Chaos
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 16:07:16

    Fishing is such a calm past time, except when you land a big one! Love this- thanks for the stroll down memory lane. We went fishing a lot when I was a kid.


  6. msjadeli
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 16:11:35

    I don’t fish but have admired the quiet fishers from a distance. I like your telling in both the quadrille and in your comment. Such precious times for you with your family.


  7. sarahsouthwest
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 16:16:58

    I can feel the silence around this haibun. It’s lovely.


  8. Jane Dougherty
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 16:41:18

    I’ve never done it, but anything that involves floating in a boat in the dark seems wonderful to me.


  9. rothpoetry
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 17:19:37

    Sounds like a fun time with your parents!


  10. jazzytower
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 17:22:56

    I have never gone fishing. But it sounds like a really interesting thing to do at night. I can imagine the quiet.



  11. Glenn Buttkus
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 17:32:24

    Once more you inspired me to do a classic haibun for the quadrille. I fished with my grandfather a lot. He had a 5 hp Evinrude motor for trolling .


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 25, 2019 @ 17:47:43

      Our motor was a bit more powerful but it would go slow and easy as well. Papa or mama would take us out into the main current of the lake and cut off the engine. We would just drift a bit. And as for your haibun, you know what they say in the commercial, just do it! 😎 I frequently do the brief classic styles for several other sites on which I post. After quite a few months, it is fun seeing others attempting them.

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  12. Glenn Buttkus
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 17:33:39

    I also love your line SILENCE ON THE WATER which seems like the title for a novel to me.


  13. Frank J. Tassone
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 18:34:42

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #8: Toni Spencer’s latest #quadrille #haibun for #dversepoets!


  14. Beverly Crawford
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 18:55:50

    Now THAT’s the other entirely different sort of troll. Thanks for the diversity!


  15. sanaarizvi
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 19:18:04

    Fishing is such a calm and serene activity at times 🙂 I love the image of “silence on the water.” ❤️


  16. Arcadia Maria
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 20:00:50

    You painted such a serene scene with your words. Lovely poem.


  17. Gina
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 08:09:03

    a lovely childhood memory, one that must have stayed in your heart quite vividly


  18. annell4
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 09:32:53

    I have so many memories of the, “water.” I grew up on the bay, and so much I took for granted, it seems it is when we have it no more, the memories become more and more a treasure….


  19. lynn__
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 18:07:32

    My parents took us fishing but never at night…thanks for trolling for memories!


  20. Just Barry
    Apr 01, 2019 @ 19:45:21

    You make fishing sound so peaceful and calm. Lovely poem.


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