Wood, with a stiff bait-casting rod and Dacron line, took more than Powell, who was using a spinning rod with 12-pound-test monofilament. "There is a stretch to mono," Wood said, "and after you feel the strike and go to set the hook, the fish might be gone." Finally, with 30 fish in the box and the wind kicking up, they agreed to call it a day.
Back at the launch they expressed mock chagrin at their catch, but Lou Rodia, who had followed along most of the day in another boat, said in all truth, even for a flack who happens to be a fisherman, "In a lifetime, you may see this kind of fishing only once. I've been fishing for 30 years, and I've never seen anything like this anywhere, anytime." Hopefully, this will prove to be only the beginning, not the end.