With his stout tools and tackle he enjoys the phenomenal leaps of the tarpon, or the leviathan struggles of the jewfish.
The jewfish is common in more southern waters but there may well have been some strays in the Chesapeake.
The jewfish he remembered had been calculated to tip the scales at two hundred and thirty pounds.
Huge fishes like the tarpon, jewfish or tuna are sooner brought to gaff by "pumping," as it is called.
The Philippine giant sea-bass, or jewfish, belongs to the same family as does the California species.