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Old 10-18-2016, 11:00 AM
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As lovers of words, as surely all of you Frankenbook fans are, what are the expressions from Frank that have stuck with you? I'm sure we all have some.

I will admit here, publicly and without guilt, that I have stolen at least a few Frankisms, and that I use them freely (I am really shameless). Drift away on the outgoing tide is one -- I used that in a work email just this morning. Bouys and gulls is another -- I cracked up an HR person when I referred to the men's and women's crappers that way.

What are the fishing, and/or nautical expressions, from Frank or anyone else, that you use and/or like? I was going to list a few more here, but I'll save them for youse guys.

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Old 10-18-2016, 02:10 PM
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Moby stripers.
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:26 PM
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This is more a Frankism than a fishing term, but I'd give one of anything I have two of is another good one.

I've stolen this one too!
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Old 10-18-2016, 03:44 PM
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"As long as I have a face, she has a place to sit."
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Like the Boston girls had the towrope is the most memorable.
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Old 10-20-2016, 10:50 AM
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Like the Boston girls had the towrope is the most memorable.
Funny, I was planning to put that one up today. I used that in one of the books; I think I stole it from the book "White Jacket".
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I think you have said in the past it was from Moby Dick?
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Funny, I was trying to remember if it was White Jacket or Moby Dick. I was also wondering if the author was Herman Melville. Then I thought, none of these guys will know the difference. Stripersurf.con is not exactly the center for literary study.
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Don't know where I got it but I might have been first, "couldn't catch the clap in a Panama whorehouse."
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"couldn't catch the clap in a Panama whorehouse"

This is one of my favorite lines. And will continue to use it.

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Old 10-27-2016, 04:39 PM
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There are more but I can't think of them. I hate to try too hard to remember stuff because I get the phone numbers of old girl friends. My wires might be wet. I browsed through "Twenty Years ...." but then ended up reading it.
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I always thought that I gave rise to the term "striper surf" because prior to my writing my second book, Striper Surf I had never seen the term in use. Also, my book came out in 1990 and this site-- stripersurf.com -- was founded in 1998. However, I believe that a club on Long Island, Striper Surf Club, had been named way back before all that. We used to see that club listed in the Schafer Contest during the 1960s. I have, however, repeatedly made reference to the striper surf both in other books and many magazine articles which is something that other writers don't seem to do. But the Long Island club, I must emphasize, was first though I didn't get it from them. BTW, it was, I believe, the late Al Bentsen's club.
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Old 10-31-2016, 01:48 PM
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How about "shoot the nuts off a field mouse at 100 yards while on horseback" Does that count?
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When I first started striper fishing in earnest around 1960 people commonly referred to small stripers as "rats". I have always found that term offensive and have never used it in my writing. One does not invoke an offensive term for something one loves.
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Was in the Air Force with a guy from Reed Spring, Missouri. If you ever asked him if he was hungry the standard answer was 'hungrier than a bitch wolf with a litter of pups'.
As a guy originally from Bayonne, NJ I found that hilarious.
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