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A Fish Story That Was All Too True
Clive Gammon
February 14, 1977
A well-toasted dream begun in a Manhattan restaurant was realized off Panama, where two anglers rode in pursuit of bounteous sailfish and wahoo and a Red Horde of cubera
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February 14, 1977

A Fish Story That Was All Too True

A well-toasted dream begun in a Manhattan restaurant was realized off Panama, where two anglers rode in pursuit of bounteous sailfish and wahoo and a Red Horde of cubera

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It was strange to think how we scoffed at the honest fellow we had taken out to lunch so recently. At the bar of the Club Pacifico that night I listened to Tom, with that haunted, Ancient Mariner look in his eyes, lean forward to give the message to the McGinns and the Gores. "The ocean turns all red," he was saying. "They come at you from out of the reef...."

"Look for the blood-colored surge," I found myself telling them. One of the McGinns rose uneasily to pour more drinks. I could see they didn't believe us. But it didn't seem to matter. When we left they would be sniggering, "Red Horde, eh," at each other, but the spell would start to work on them. Gravely we bade them good night. They would thank us one day. As we walked off into the night, I'm fairly sure I heard Frank McGinn say to his brother John, "Do we have any of those, uh, big popping plugs with us?"

The Red Horde, I reckoned, was about to claim another victim.

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