Going for the big one.
Dillon plunged his tiny hands into the bucket. T.C. watched as he tried to grab a minnow minnow, common name for the Cyprinidae, a large family of freshwater fish which includes the carp (Cyprinus carpio), and of which there are some 300 American species. The European minnow is Phoxinus phoxinus. . Dillon flicked his tongue through the space where his front tooth was missing. Out and in. Out and in. Like a little frog, thought T.C. Finally, Dillon caught a minnow between pinched fingers.
T.C. helped him bait the hook, then Dillon dropped his line into the water.
Dillon smiled at his big brother. "What'll you buy if you win the contest, T.C.?"
"That green skateboard in the window of Oshman's Sporting Goods Noun 1. sporting goods - sports equipment sold as a commodity
commodity, trade good, good - articles of commerce
sports equipment - equipment needed to participate in a particular sport Store," said T.C. "And don't say 'if.' I am going to win."
This was an important day, one that T.C. had been looking forward to all year. Today was the Marble Falls Junior-Division Fishing Contest. Waiting for some lucky boy or girl at noon was a check for $75. That check is mine this year, T.C. thought.
"I'll buy walkie-talkies if I win," Dillon said. "You can play with me, T.C. We could be secret agents."
"Thanks, but I wouldn't get my hopes up if I were you, Dill. I've already caught five fish, and one of them is big enough to win. Maybe when you're older, you'll get your chance."
Time passed, and the boys fished. Dillon talked and talked. His chatter Chatter
See: Whipsawed began to wear on T.C.
"Haven't you gotten a bite yet?" T.C. interrupted. Dillon still hadn't caught any fish, but T.C. was up to seven.
"Not yet," Dillon said.
"How's that minnow doing?" T.C. asked.
"Well, reel it in and check on it," T.C. snapped.
Dillon reeled in his line. At the end hung an empty fishhook.
"Honestly, Dill, how many times do I have to tell you to check your bait?" T.C. scolded.
"Maybe I should try that yellow jig jig, dance of English origin that is performed also in Ireland and Scotland. It is usually a lively dance, performed by one or more persons, with quick and irregular steps. When the jig was introduced to the United States, it was often danced in minstrel shows. instead of a minnow. What do you think?" Dillon asked.
"I think you can forget about winning," T.C. answered.
Dillon puckered his face as he took the yellow jig from his tackle box and put it on his line. He had a few nibbles, but each time, he was too slow in jerking jerk 1
v. jerked, jerk·ing, jerks
1. To give a sudden quick thrust, push, pull, or twist to.
2. To throw or toss with a quick abrupt motion.
3. his pole, and the fish would spit out Verb 1. spit out - spit up in an explosive manner
cough out, cough up, expectorate, spit up, spit out - discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
2. the hook.
T.C. started to feel sorry for Dillon. It was 11:30. Only a half hour left. Surely he should be able to catch one tiny fish, T.C. thought. Then he had an idea.
"Dill, maybe a three-barbed hook will work," T.C. said. "Why don't you go ask Mike if you can borrow one of his?" T.C.'s friend Mike had just bought a bunch the day before. "He's at the other end of the pier."
"OK," said Dillon. He laid his pole on the pier and walked over to Mike's usual fishing spot.
T.C. reeled in Dillon's line. He reached into the bucket of fish he had caught and pulled out a small perch, just big enough to be a keeper. T.C. stuck it on Dillon's line, then dropped it back into the water.
As Dillon was walking back, T.C. called, "Hey, Dill, I think you caught something!"
Dillon hurried over and dropped the hook into his tackle box. He grabbed his pole and tried to wrench wrench
Tool, usually operated by hand, for tightening bolts and nuts. A wrench basically consists of a lever with a notch at one or both ends for gripping the bolt or nut so that it can be twisted by a pull at right angles to the axes of the lever it up. Nothing happened.
"I think it's snagged snag
1. A rough, sharp, or jagged protuberance, as:
a. A tree or a part of a tree that protrudes above the surface in a body of water. Also called sawyer. See Regional Note at preacher.
b. A snaggletooth. ," Dillon said. Then the pole jerked in his hands. "Yikes yikes
Used to express mild fear or surprise.
[Origin unknown.] , T.C.! He's pulling me in!" The line screamed off his reel like kite string in a storm. Dillon braced his feet against the pilings.
What a weakling, thought T.C. He casually reached over to help and couldn't believe how strong the pull was. "What in the world?"
"Told ya he was big!" Dillon yelled yell
v. yelled, yell·ing, yells
To cry out loudly, as in pain, fright, surprise, or enthusiasm.
To utter or express with a loud cry. See Synonyms at shout.
"Well, don't let him get away!" said T.C. "Play him out!"
When the fish finally lay flapping A condition in which a route in a network becomes unavailable and available over and over again. See route dampening. on the pier, both boys were panting panting
rapid, shallow breathing, a characteristic heat-losing reaction in dogs; represents an increase in dead-space ventilation resulting in heat loss without necessarily increasing oxygen uptake or carbon dioxide loss. with exhaustion. T.C. gasped, "That's got to be the biggest catfish catfish, common name applied to members of the freshwater fish families constituting the suborder Nematognathi. The catfish is related to the sucker and the minnow, and like them has a complex set of bones forming a sensitive hearing apparatus. in the lake. I don't understand. It must have swallowed the whole fi--" He stopped in mid-sentence.
"Swallowed the what?" Dillon asked. Then he glanced at T.C.'s bucket of fish.
"Swallowed the hook just right," T.C. finished.
The boys made it to the judging platform with only minutes to spare. There were some nice catches, but they were no match for Dillon's.
When all the entries had been weighed, the judge announced, "This year's winner is Dillon Burnett! Dillon, please come up for your ribbon and prize money."
Dillon proudly walked up to the platform. T.C. tried to feel happy for him. At least one of us won, he thought.
The judge handed Dillon the check and shook his hand. "What will you buy with your winnings?" he asked.
Dillon didn't hesitate for a moment. "The green skateboard in Oshman's window," he answered.
T.C.'s mouth dropped open.
"And tell me, young man," said the judge. "How did you manage to catch such a big catfish?"
T.C. held his breath.
"Nothing to it," said Dillon, flashing T.C. a grin. "It's all in knowing what bait to use."