THE FISHERMAN

He took the wriggling bait and skewered it onto the hook. With a practiced sweep of the arm and flick of the wrist, he threw his line out into the river and then took up his usual seat perched on the end of the pier.

When he had first started fishing from this pier there had been a group of them every Sunday, lined up along the edge, sharing beer and jokes, chatting about the girls at school.

Over the years their numbers had steadily fallen. First those that left for college or university. Then those that moved away for work. Then those that had family commitments and showed up only occasionally. Then those that had passed away. The pier itself started to crumble. No one used it for their boats anymore.

Now it was only him that faithfully came, waiting patiently to feel tension on the line. It felt like home in an ever-changing world.

The boy shuffled next to him. ‘Will we catch anything today, Granddad?’

‘Maybe, my boy,’ he smiled. ‘Maybe.’


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© Barb CT

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story, in around 150 words based on the weekly photo prompt. For more information visit HERE.

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32 responses to “THE FISHERMAN”

  1. Nicely written. Liked it very much

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    1. Thank you, much appreciated.

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  2. This made me smile over my coffee. Just so simple and beautifully written.

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    1. Thanks Jac, glad to give you a morning smile 🙂

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  3. A very good fishing short story. I like fishing alot.

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    1. Thanks Henrietta, to be honest I haven’t done much at all, but it always struck me as something quiet peaceful and relaxing to do!

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      1. I agree with you about something peaceful and relaxing to do. I haven’t been fishing n a while but i will be going very soon.

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    1. Thanks for the reblog 🙂

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  4. It felt as if I was observing a life time, nicely penned. Mike

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    1. Many thanks Mike, much appreciated.

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  5. Nice envisioning. Creative!

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  6. You nailed it…its simplicity makes it great! Engaging description, kudos to you!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed, thanks 🙂

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  7. I love this Iain! You took us through the years with him and his memory and gave us the ending gift of his grandson! Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks PJ, it was nice to write this one too 🙂

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  8. Loved the circle of life aspect that you brought to this story. Like a tradition being handed down, I can imagine the little boy fishing there with his future grandchildren 🙂 Great writing Iain!

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  9. A heartwarming read and one that is beautifully crafted

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  10. Very nicely written, Iain. I noted his well-developed fishing techniques and how they contrast to my own. No flick of the wrist here. I loved the ending with his grandson turning up. It had great resonance.
    xx Rowena

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    1. Many thanks, greatly appreciate your kind comment 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome. We live on the coast just North of Sydney and we’ve had a few goes at fishing but not much success. In the end we recruited my Dad’s younger brother to take the kids and he at least turned up wearing fishing clothes and looked the part. Eventually, they caught two undersized fish they had to throw back but at least we got the photo proof.

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  11. Sweet bonding moments over a hobby.

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  12. Loved the nostalgia of this piece. The idea of Granddad and the boy spending time together evokes such warmth and suggests a bond that I can relate to.

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    1. Many thanks, I hope all parents and grandparents can relate to it 🙂

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      1. Oh yes! Undoubtedly. 😁

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  13. Ever hopeful…the fisherman
    Ellespeth

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