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I hooked a JEWFISH back in 67 near
Key Largo in a creek of the same name
stripping my gear she yawned and swam away
at 50 lbs she was a monster I wanted to tame

2011 I hooked him yes him again
she’s a he they change sex unknown to me
in 50 years he gained 450 lbs my
massive tackle yanked him up for a look see

I cut the leader as he broke the surface
illegal to boat him between you and me
an endangered specie since we first met but
something else transpired in his family tree

JEWFISH no longer correct since
GOLIATH GROUPER gained political sway
opening that cavernous mouth again
flicking his fins he lumbered away

only in the Keys could a creature age 50 yrs
gain 450 lbs change sex and given name 
long after becoming an endangered specie
he’s still relevant and evidently in the game 

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  1. Date: 6/5/2011 7:30:00 AM
    John, great to see you in the top three. Congratulations on your great entry. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 6/5/2011 6:09:00 AM
    Many congratulations John on your win in Carolyn's fine contest. Have a lovely Sunday :)

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 12:29:00 PM
    Congratulations John, on the win in the contest..

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 11:13:00 AM
    Wow, I didnt know all of that..great poem..congrats on your win..BG

  1. Date: 6/4/2011 5:29:00 AM
    great poem touting the wonders of the Grouper, John. Well done and congratulations on your win

  1. Date: 6/3/2011 3:04:00 PM
    Congratulations on the third place win in the contest of carolyn, John

  1. Date: 6/3/2011 1:45:00 PM
    Congratulations on your so wonderfully deserved win in Carolyn's "Attack" contest JT. Love Carol

  1. Date: 6/3/2011 1:36:00 PM
    Very well written and a truly informative piece, John. I'm assuming this was based on personal experience. The Goliath Grouper lives a long time and as a fisherman I was enthralled by this account. Congratulations on your big win! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/3/2011 1:29:00 PM
    Great poem and I love the last summing up stanza on this amazing fish. Congratulations on your win. Love, Joyce