Woods & Water
Shark fishing, IMAX style
I think I have come up with a great new IMAX adventure film. Have you ever been shark fishing? Adrenaline comes in bushel buckets, along with a full sensory overload.
Shark fishing is done on a boat, usually, in the company of a few select friends and a captain who knows the game. Buckets of chum (pieces of fish) are ladled into the brine until a fin is spotted or the fish finder lights up. Then the real game begins.
Someone spots the shark, yells a warning to the guy (or girl) whose turn it is to man (or woman) the rod. When the rod goes down, bucketsful of adrenaline go full tilt. This is not for the faint of heart. The closest analogy I can think of is that you have been handed a lightning rod and zapped with a zillion volts. It’s that electric.
The shark, of course, does his level best to wrench the rod out of your hand and make you the bait. This is the last thing you ever want to do: be eaten alive, one of our greatest fears.
Sharks are unbelievably strong and are the apex predators of the sea; they eat everything slower than they are. If you are lucky enough to get the shark to the boat, the mate will be ready to gaff or shoot the shark. That’s right, as in 12 gauge friendly, and, by this time, you’ll be glad to have it by your side.
When the explosion occurs and the blood bath begins, guess what happens: the rest of the pack zoom in and the real fun starts. Use your imagination from here.
Now here’s where IMAX comes in. Make this into an IMAX movie, complete with salt spray thrown into your face and the smell of the sea, blood and sweat drench you, you hold an imaginary fishing rod which is thrashed around and possibly yanked from your hand, and you will sweat buckets of pheromones. Maybe the guy next gets yanked from his seat, and when he screams, your heart hits overdrive.
Count me in! I want a seat for this game! And maybe even a little moola for coming up with the idea.
MSSA Riverfest is coming up!
Our Northern Bay chapter of the MSSA is going ahead with this year’s Riverfest in Charlestown on August 6 from 9 until noon. As in the past, we are being helped by the Wellwood Club, who will supply dogs and burgers for all. MSSA will supply drinks and chips at the picnic at the end of the event.
Sign up a little early and join the fun. John Poe is in charge this year; he will be aided by other fishermen who know the game, as well. There will be prizes for each of three age groups. Prospective fishermen are encouraged to bring their own gear, or they may borrow some from John and the MSSA.
More info will follow as the date draws closer. For now, contact John Poe at 302-218-2676.