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a line/channel of communication (=a way of exchanging information, especially in an organization)
▪ It's important to maintain good lines of communication between managers and staff.
channel surfing
channel your energy into sth (also devote your energy to sth) (= use most of your energy doing something)
▪ She should channel more of her energy into her studies.
cross the Atlantic/the Channel etc
▪ the first steamship to cross the Atlantic
diplomatic channels (=diplomatic methods used for achieving something)
▪ The President said that he hoped the situation could be resolved by diplomatic channels.
public access channel
switch channels (=start watching a different TV channel)
▪ Rod switched channels with the remote control.
the Channel Tunnel (=the tunnel under the sea between England and France)
▪ They went by train via the Channel Tunnel.
TV series/programme/show/station/channel etc
▪ a TV series based on the novel
▪ The commercial channel had lured away two of its top acts, Morecambe and Wise and Bruce Forsyth.
▪ The bill includes proposals for a new television channel, three new national commercial radio channels and numerous local services.
▪ At least on commercial channels they have ad breaks for this sort of thing.
▪ In deeper channels, black and highly carbonaceous muds eventually form to create anaerobic conditions.
▪ Spoons and shrimp have been effective baits in deeper channels of the river.
▪ And deep channels of silence isolate certain islands entirely.
▪ On one side of the street ran a sluggish stream in a deep channel cut through the earth.
▪ Almost blind in the shallow muddy water, it is swimming by instinct, following the deepest sand channels.
▪ Here the Severn, squeezed between the wooded walls of the gorge, churns relentlessly, eroding an ever deeper channel.
▪ Three hundred and twenty-eight yards from the tee the Suez Canal cuts a deep channel across the course.
▪ A short, deep channel introduced the fruit of her lips.
▪ The Midi Mate allows you to send up to three patch changes on three different channels and offers three different operational modes.
▪ A customer uses her remote control to shop different channels with the touch of a button.
▪ This, in turn, is sold through a different channel.
▪ Only now had it occurred to him that it was moving along quite different channels.
▪ He had a different channel to set up and he was determined to do it differently.
▪ Also, they use four different channels simultaneously in normal operation.
▪ Maybe he has four of them, silently playing different channels.
▪ Many of the coaxial links in the ground today can carry only a handful of different channels at the same time.
▪ The diplomatic channel was generally used, and few bilateral treaties dealt with the subject.
▪ Posters were the main form of communication because of the lack of a direct channel between the party leaders and the people.
▪ Employers have the clearest and most direct channels of communication to enormous numbers of people.
▪ A direct marketing channel moves goods directly from manufacturer to consumer.
▪ One the other hand abstract mathematical analysis and the experimental laboratory do not provide a direct channel to the subject studied.
▪ Channel A represents a direct marketing channel.
▪ Because everyone knows they have a direct channel of communication to the Palace, their ear is sought.
▪ There will be two direct channels - a fast-answer telephone service for sophisticated customers and a postal service for the less sophisticated.
▪ This strategy was possible because they have sold mainframes mostly to computer vendors in the country concerned rather than through direct sales channels.
▪ An indirect channel utilises intermediaries or middlemen, such as wholesalers. 25.
▪ Fifty percent of Sun's business comes from indirect channels and this will remain so in future, said Thompson.
▪ It sells entirely through indirect channels.
▪ CLARiiON will not use Data General's own sales force to market the products, only indirect channels.
▪ Channel C represents one of the shorter indirect channels, where the retailer is omitted.
▪ Arguably the indirect consular channel, like the modes of transmission still to be noted, is solely a creature of conventions.
▪ Channel D is another version of a shorter, indirect channel.
▪ The first is the selection as the primary or preferred mode of transmission of the indirect consular channel.
▪ A student-produced news program broadcasts once a week on a local cable channel.
▪ Satellite customers who are wired for cable sometimes keep the service to get local channels.
▪ You know, the twenty-four-hour local news channel.
▪ We had five or six local channels back then and that was really enough.
▪ The scheme involves dredging the main channel of the Medway estuary to provide a storage base for import-export cargoes.
▪ None of the figures for any of the four main channels shows a significant increase in the number of people offended.
▪ For the ordinary user there are two main channels to buy a computer through - either direct or from a dealer.
▪ Again, we should note the interdependence and mutual necessity of the main and minor channels of mystical power.
▪ At this point the river is divided into three main channels and there are numerous bridges crossing these waterways throughout the city.
▪ After entering the basin she had to negotiate the lock, a narrow channel which connected the basin to the dock proper.
▪ It was a peculiar sort of fog which lay on the sea in dense banks striped with narrow, clear channels.
▪ Boats have to negotiate a narrow winding channel between high slate walls to reach it.
▪ Water tumbled headlong down narrow channels into the valley.
▪ If the Ruritanian tributary was to flow into the country of junior fiction, it could only be in a narrower channel.
▪ The bill includes proposals for a new television channel, three new national commercial radio channels and numerous local services.
▪ We can cut costs by bulk purchasing and take advantage of national retail distribution channels.
▪ The firm is promising to develop new distribution channels, predicting that resellers will private label their own systems with Integrix components.
▪ He gave each show approximately one second to catch his attention before he hurried on to a new channel.
▪ Overnight, in a flash-flood, it will dramatically move its banks, depositing shoals and cutting new channels.
▪ The goal is to offer its customers hundreds of new cable channels and video services.
▪ The bill also refers to a new channel, to be known as channel 5.
▪ Some analysts believe Westinghouse decided to make a deal because it realized the difficulty of starting new channels from scratch.
▪ We have introduced new opportunities for television, and we will introduce a new channel - Channel 5.
▪ But cable representatives say the subscribers will also get more: two new channels.
▪ You know how long these things can take through normal channels ....
▪ Blue searched through all the normal channels and came up empty.
▪ Switching to the Normal channel I would say that using the crunch option for rock solo work is a matter of taste.
▪ Any replies will arrive through the normal channels.
▪ The last control on this channel is a volume pot which enables it to be balanced with the Normal channel.
▪ If the problem is occurring at a skylight, a single channel may solve it.
▪ The technique allows 10 or more simultaneous conversations over a single channel that could carry only one analog call.
▪ The compression will let digital audio-visual services be carried by terrestrial and satellite channels, telecommunications networks or digital storage devices.
▪ The request was first submitted a number of months ago, but all attempts through the usual channels have failed.
▪ This evening the usual channels, through my right hon. Friend, are the authors of the automatic timetable.
▪ I suggest that the usual channels have a strong interest in seeing that they control this important piece of procedure.
▪ There are now 21 talk shows on daytime television; two cable channels run them around the clock.
▪ The show also runs on other cable channels.
▪ This and more already happens on satellite and cable channels, which are under the more lenient gaze of the Cable Authority.
▪ A student-produced news program broadcasts once a week on a local cable channel.
▪ The national broadcasting organisations have been threatened by deregulation which has encouraged the growth of private satellite and cable channels.
▪ His departure from Time Warner coincided with sluggish operating results at the cable channel.
▪ The goal is to offer its customers hundreds of new cable channels and video services.
▪ Most basic cable channels have one or more fashion programs.
▪ Formal organisations have an explicit hierarchy in a well- defined structure; job specifications and communication channels are also well-defined.
▪ This included new forms of magnetic tapes, each of which could hold hundreds of intercepted microwave communications channels.
▪ Official communication channels may be side-stepped.
▪ A sender transmits information through a communication channel to a receiver.
▪ The purpose of the magazine is to provide a communication channel for staff throughout the company.
▪ The communication channels to senior management are more direct.
▪ All available communication channels should be used to promote these techniques.
▪ Authority is top down, and utilizes formal communication channels, usually vertical, and well-defined policies and procedures.
▪ Its offerings are now also sold via Sage's existing international distribution channels.
▪ What is the extent of our distribution channel?...
▪ The firm is promising to develop new distribution channels, predicting that resellers will private label their own systems with Integrix components.
▪ We can cut costs by bulk purchasing and take advantage of national retail distribution channels.
▪ With Bertelsmann involved, it is not surprising that book clubs as well as electronics and book stores are being targeted as distribution channels.
▪ That would be another major breakthrough, offering a huge distribution channel for the product.
▪ The development greatly improves our own internal focus and accountability for both distribution channels.
▪ Should it work enthusiastically toward changing the distribution channels?
▪ His 24-hour all-#news channel tends to focus on disasters.
▪ You know, the twenty-four-hour local news channel.
▪ There are at least four companies, perhaps five, that would like to start a 24-hour news channel.
▪ The shoddy performance of the networks and cable news channels is indefensible.
▪ The session started early and finished late, and was broadcast live on all cable news channels.
▪ When there are sudden floods over the banks, more sand and mud are deposited, mainly near the river channel.
▪ One of the craters is especially promising because it lies near what seem to be dried-out river channels, Barlow said.
▪ The inland areas became lower than the silty areas near the coast and lower than the river channels.
▪ In this way the river channel is slowly changing its position.
▪ When the river channel fills and then overflows more mud is spread right across the floodplain.
▪ Freeze-frame pictures consume less bandwidth on the satellite channel and so cost less.
▪ The compression will let digital audio-visual services be carried by terrestrial and satellite channels, telecommunications networks or digital storage devices.
▪ There is the underfunded Black Entertainment Television channel on cable.
▪ I wrote to the editors of all the major newspapers and television channels asking them to cover the anniversary.
▪ The bill includes proposals for a new television channel, three new national commercial radio channels and numerous local services.
▪ It is a free television channel to three-to five-star hotels in London.
▪ The fiercest competition of all, therefore, is between the rival television channels.
▪ The prospect of a future which provides hundreds of television channels gives Madison Avenue nightmares.
▪ Have new television channels, satellite cable etc. made the film critic redundant and fit for an academic existence only?
▪ He switched the set back on, changing the channel to a news programme.
▪ It ended, finally, and she changed the channel.
▪ The living room was so small that I didn't need a remote to change channels without leaving my seat.
▪ If you came looking for offense, Orange-ya glad you could change the channel?
▪ If no-one defends you, change channels.
▪ When I hear about deprivation and injustice in the world, I get up and change the channel. 71.
▪ That's too much: I use the remote control to change channels.
▪ Should it work enthusiastically toward changing the distribution channels?
▪ At low tide it is sometimes just possible to cross the channel without swimming.
▪ The seventy-one-year-old steel cantilever span narrows down to two lanes as it crosses a channel that connects the Gulf to the Mississippi.
▪ But we're just about to cross the shipping channel.
▪ Eventually, however, they managed to open a channel in the wedge and bring the leaders through to the barricades.
▪ Try warming up when you must write particularly difficult projects-it will open the word-use channels.
▪ I open myself as a channel to the Light.
▪ The opening of these channels either directly inhibits a neuron from firing or reduces the amount of neurotransmitter released into the synapse.
▪ Clearly we still have a long way to go to understand just how InsP 3 acts to open individual channels.
▪ In the living interface section we discussed how tone recognition opens emotional channels.
▪ Small firms provide a useful channel for re-allocating labour from large firms without increasing official unemployment rates.
▪ The rally, according to Merrill, provides students a channel to express feelings of violation and pain.
▪, which has taken two years to set up, will provide 40 channels of music.
▪ One the other hand abstract mathematical analysis and the experimental laboratory do not provide a direct channel to the subject studied.
▪ The purpose of the magazine is to provide a communication channel for staff throughout the company.
▪ It provided a channel for protest while the war continued.
▪ Since the Congress of Vienna, a general diplomatic system had provided the accepted channels of international relations.
▪ Cabinet sub-committees, bureaucratic sub-committees, commissions, boards and quangos provide the channels for processing corporatist interest intermediation.
▪ He switched to the video channel and turned the machine on.
▪ Chris Wallace switched channels, for exactly how much we have not been told.
▪ To switch channels, you might walk into another building on fly up into the clouds.
▪ He immediately switched channels to some one else.
▪ If anyone claims to offer something else, we switch channels, the ultimate vote against.
▪ He switched channels with the remote, clasped his hands behind his head.
▪ It is all designed to stop you from using the remote-control button to switch channels.
commercial radio/TV/channel etc
▪ At least on commercial channels they have ad breaks for this sort of thing.
▪ By way of exception, the Regulations do not give the Director General powers in relation to commercial radio and television advertisements or to cable advertisements.
▪ Local operators hope that, if national commercial radio takes off, some cash will trickle down to them.
▪ The commercial channel had lured away two of its top acts, Morecambe and Wise and Bruce Forsyth.
▪ The bill includes proposals for a new television channel, three new national commercial radio channels and numerous local services.
▪ There are fourteen commercial television companies, and a host of commercial radio stations.
▪ Two commercial radio broadcasters, two television stations and cable networks provide more news.
terrestrial TV/broadcasting/channels etc
▪ a channel for the water supply
▪ A lot of people switch channels during the commercials.
▪ Brent works in the news department at Channel 9.
▪ New channels of communication have opened up between the two governments.
▪ the English Channel
▪ The final episode will be shown on Channel 4 tonight.
▪ the sports channel on satellite TV
▪ There's a good movie on Channel 5 tonight.
▪ We need better distribution channels for our products.
▪ Currently, the average household has access to dozens of channels.
▪ He had a different channel to set up and he was determined to do it differently.
▪ That would help to ensure that political and social tensions were guided through established channels and not forced on to the streets.
▪ The broadcasters say they need both analog and digital channels for 15 years to ensure a smooth transition to the digital age.
▪ The event assuredly was communicated throughout the nursing system by informal channels.
▪ The former media consultant to Republican presidents has headed the business news and talk show channel since August 1993.
▪ The purpose of the magazine is to provide a communication channel for staff throughout the company.
▪ This traffic also permitted the firm to act as a channel of communications between the two governments in wartime.
▪ But it is the experience at the school itself which prompts the youths to channel their energies into sport.
▪ They want to channel their energies in any direction they want, to do things their own way.
▪ It was hardly a success as he channelled most of his energies into drumming with local groups.
▪ He then organized a successful effort to channel the energies of civil rights activists into the politically preferable voting rights arena.
▪ Rewarding performance Motivation is a choice to channel energy into certain activities in the expectation that valued goals will be rewarded.
▪ Caroline was not only learning, she was doing what she'd wanted to do, channelling her energy into something positive.
▪ I shut myself off from the female race and channelled all my energy into my work.
▪ It said that it did not want the Government to channel funds in the direction of strategically selected industries.
▪ In Chapter 1 we said that it was the job of a financial system to channel funds from surplus to deficit sectors.
▪ A new group called the Thames Valley Parternship wants to channel private funds into schemes designed to tackle crime at its source.
▪ These pipes will channel water to the settlement.
▪ Water had channeled grooves in the rock.
▪ For a number of reasons, therefore, planners may recommend that growth should be channelled into selected settlements.
▪ He brought back his foot as far as it would go and channelled all its hydraulic power into a forceful throw.
▪ It is argued that the lobby is used to channel dis-information to a gullible public.
▪ Some of this may have been channelled into Pathe, where Mr Fiorini is still co-chairman.
▪ This is achieved when scarce resources are channelled to their highest return uses.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Channel \Chan"nel\ (ch[a^]n"n[e^]l), n. [OE. chanel, canel, OF. chanel, F. chenel, fr. L. canalis. See Canal.]

  1. The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run.

  2. The deeper part of a river, harbor, strait, etc., where the main current flows, or which affords the best and safest passage for vessels.

  3. (Geog.) A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of lands; as, the British Channel.

  4. That through which anything passes; a means of passing, conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was conveyed to us by different channels.

    The veins are converging channels.

    At best, he is but a channel to convey to the National assembly such matter as may import that body to know.

  5. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.

  6. pl. [Cf. Chain wales.] (Naut.) Flat ledges of heavy plank bolted edgewise to the outside of a vessel, to increase the spread of the shrouds and carry them clear of the bulwarks.

  7. pl. official routes of communication, especially the official means by which information should be transmitted in a bureaucracy; as, to submit a request through channels; you have to go through channels.

  8. a band of electromagnetic wave frequencies that is used for one-way or two-way radio communication; especially, the frequency bands assigned by the FTC for use in television broadcasting, and designated by a specific number; as, channel 2 in New York is owned by CBS.

  9. one of the signals in an electronic device which receives or sends more than one signal simultaneously, as in stereophonic radios, records, or CD players, or in measuring equipment which gathers multiple measurements simultaneously.

  10. (Cell biology) an opening in a cell membrane which serves to actively transport or allow passive transport of substances across the membrane; as, an ion channel in a nerve cell.

  11. (Computers) a path for transmission of signals between devices within a computer or between a computer and an external device; as, a DMA channel.

    Channel bar, Channel iron (Arch.), an iron bar or beam having a section resembling a flat gutter or channel.

    Channel bill (Zo["o]l.), a very large Australian cuckoo ( Scythrops Nov[ae]hollandi[ae].

    Channel goose. (Zo["o]l.) See Gannet.


Channel \Chan"nel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Channeled, or Channelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Channeling, or Channelling.]

  1. To form a channel in; to cut or wear a channel or channels in; to groove.

    No more shall trenching war channel her fields.

  2. To course through or over, as in a channel.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "to wear channels in," from channel (n.). Meaning "convey in a channel" is from 1640s. Related: Channeled; channeling.


early 14c., "bed of running water," from Old French chanel "bed of a waterway; tube, pipe, gutter," from Latin canalis "groove, channel, waterpipe" (see canal). Given a broader, figurative sense 1530s (of information, commerce, etc.); meaning "circuit for telegraph communication" (1848) probably led to that of "band of frequency for radio or TV signals" (1928). The Channel Islands are the French Îles Anglo-Normandes. John of Trevisa's Middle English translation of the encyclopedia De Proprietatibus Rerum (c.1398) has frensshe see for "English Channel."


Etymology 1 n. 1 The physical confine of a river or slough, consisting of a bed and banks. 2 The natural or man-made deeper course through a reef, bar, bay, or any shallow body of water. vb. 1 To direct the flow of something. 2 To assume the personality of another person, typically a historic figure, in a theatrical or paranormal presentation. Etymology 2

n. (context nautical English) The wale of a sailing ship which projects beyond the gunwale and to which the shrouds attach via the chains.

  1. v. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat" [syn: conduct, transmit, convey, carry]

  2. direct the flow of; "channel infomartion towards a broad audience" [syn: canalize, canalise]

  3. send from one person or place to another; "transmit a message" [syn: transmit, transfer, transport, channelize, channelise]

  4. [also: channelling, channelled]

  1. n. a path over which electrical signals can pass; "a channel is typically what you rent from a telephone company" [syn: transmission channel]

  2. a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through; "the fields were crossed with irrigation channels"; "gutters carried off the rainwater into a series of channels under the street"

  3. a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record) [syn: groove]

  4. a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels; "the ship went aground in the channel"

  5. (often plural) a means of communication or access; "it must go through official channels"; "lines of communication were set up between the two firms" [syn: communication channel, line]

  6. a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; "the tear duct was obstructed"; "the alimentary canal"; "poison is released through a channel in the snake's fangs" [syn: duct, epithelial duct, canal]

  7. a television station and its programs; "a satellite TV channel"; "surfing through the channels"; "they offer more than one hundred channels" [syn: television channel, TV channel]

  8. a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors; "possible distribution channels are wholesalers or small retailers or retail chains or direct mailers or your own stores" [syn: distribution channel]

  9. [also: channelling, channelled]


Channel or channels may refer to:

Channel (geography)

In physical geography, a channel is a type of landform consisting of the outline of a path of relatively shallow and narrow body of fluid , most commonly the confine of a river, river delta or strait. The word is cognate to canal, and sometimes shows in this form, e.g. the Hood Canal. Most examples of this are fjords in the Pacific Northwest; a notable exception is the Casiquiare canal. All likely share borrowing from Spanish, Portuguese or French.

Channels can be either natural or human-made. A channel is typically outlined in terms of its bed and banks.

Channel (digital image)

Color digital images are made of pixels, and pixels are made of combinations of primary colors represented by a series of code. A channel in this context is the grayscale image of the same size as a color image, made of just one of these primary colors. For instance, an image from a standard digital camera will have a red, green and blue channel. A grayscale image has just one channel.

Channel (broadcasting)

In broadcasting, a channel or frequency channel is a designated radio frequency (or, equivalently, wavelength), assigned by a competent frequency assignment authority for the operation of a particular radio station, television station or television channel.

Channel (association football)

In association football, channels is the name given to certain areas of the pitch, created by the space between players and groups of players.

There are two types of channels, vertical (between full backs and their closest centre back), and horizontal (between defence,midfield and attack).

Channel (communications)

In telecommunications and computer networking, a communication channel or channel, refers either to a physical transmission medium such as a wire, or to a logical connection over a multiplexed medium such as a radio channel. A channel is used to convey an information signal, for example a digital bit stream, from one or several senders (or transmitters) to one or several receivers. A channel has a certain capacity for transmitting information, often measured by its bandwidth in Hz or its data rate in bits per second.

Communicating data from one location to another requires some form of pathway or medium. These pathways, called communication channels, use two types of media: cable (twisted-pair wire, cable, and fiber-optic cable) and broadcast (microwave, satellite, radio, and infrared). Cable or wire line media use physical wires of cables to transmit data and information. Twisted-pair wire and coaxial cables are made of copper, and fiber-optic cable is made of glass.

In information theory, a channel refers to a theoretical channel model with certain error characteristics. In this more general view, a storage device is also a kind of channel, which can be sent to (written) and received from (read).

Channel (programming)

In computing, a channel is a model for interprocess communication and synchronization via message passing. A message may be sent over a channel, and another process or thread is able to receive messages sent over a channel it has a reference to, as a stream. Different implementations of channels may be buffered or not, and either synchronous or asynchronous.

Channels are fundamental to the process calculus approach to concurrency, and originated in communicating sequential processes (CSP), a formal model for concurrency, and has been used in many derived languages, such as occam, and Limbo programming language (via Newsqueak and the Alef programming language). They are also used in the C programming language threading library libthread, and in Plan 9 from Bell Labs, which uses libthread, as well as in Stackless Python and the Go programming language.

Usage examples of "channel".

Not only was it exceptionally lofty, and on one flank of that series of bluffs which has before been mentioned as constituting the line upon which the Confederate grip of the stream was based, but the tortuous character of the channel gave particular facilities for an enfilading fire on vessels both before and after they came abreast the works.

Between the two lies the main ship channel, varying in width from seven hundred and fifty yards, three miles outside, to two thousand, or about a sea mile, abreast Fort Morgan.

There had been decent spring rains that year and the acequias, the irrigation channels that the Romans had built, ran fresh with icy water.

Grand Ballroom of the Old Royal Maison New Orleans, Channel Fourteen brings you coverage of the final, formal, farewell banquet of the American Tonsil, Adenoid and Vas Deferens Society.

This material was another strictly non-Mesklinite product, a piece of molecular architecture vaguely analogous to zeolite in structure, which adsorbed hydrogen on the inner walls of its structural channels and, within a wide temperature range, maintained an equilibrium partial pressure with the gas which was compatible with Mesklinite metabolic needs.

Also remember to keep your profit margins as tight as possible because, as in infomercial advertising, the markup must be high for the TV shopping channel to make money.

In fact, it was only this morning that we got an aerogram from the Lizard as we came up Channel to say that war was almost a certainty, and advising us to get into Southampton as soon as we could.

Moreover, the Warburgs had ample opportunity to release such an affidavit with wide publicity without utilizing neo-Nazi channels.

Seawolf responded to the rudder, the nose cone avoiding the pier to the south of Pier 4 as the vessel moved into the channel and a violent white foamy wake boiled up aft at the rudder.

Morris reached inside his vest to his radio and switched frequencies so that he was on the channel that Stinky was using back in the aft escape trunk.

In time it would become clear to him that a true channeling would be much more compelling and believable than an agent of Satan spouting made-up scripture.

Most of this illegal income came from selling promotional copies of the Concert for Bangla Desh album, taking money which would have otherwise gone to the charity if those albums had been bought through normal channels.

Looking across the water, Alec saw that a huge channel had been cut through the cliffs at the head of the bay.

I knew it was Bakor and that they had tapped the open time channel just before I was to reach Algor terminal.

Fishing the seething tide-race through the main channel at full spring tide, and shouting with excitement as the golden amberjack came boiling up in the wake, bellies flashing like mirrors, to hit the dancing feather lures, and send the Penn reels screeching a wild protest, and the fibreglass rods nodding and kicking.