As my fingers work these computer keys tonight, with every tap of a letter I get a reminder of the fun I had last weekend! Most don’t count cut fingers as a pleasant reminder, but every little cut, every little fin prick that is sore, but healing, reminds me of the grand time I had with my youngest Son, Walt, who is home from college for the summer (unless he finds a job out of town).
And my other fishing partner, My Grandaughter, Anna Faye, also provided me with a lot of joy and pride, as one might expect from a wonderful kid who loves the outdoors and is not “girly” at all when it comes to handling fish, crickets, frogs, lizards or most any other critter from our great outdoors. My wife, “DebDeb” and her Dad Tony rounded out the fishing party to South Tuscaloosa County where my relatives have some great ponds to fish on and we enjoyed them fully!
DebDeb and Tony did not fish however, as Tony said he “did it once in 1957 and did not care for it” He did enjoy watching Anna Faye and Walt pulling in the big ones. DebDeb was the “cricket wrangler” and she kept Anna Faye’s hook baited with crickets as soon as she unhooked a big bream and tossed it in the fish cooler. We caught over 60 big bream and many “toss-backs” as we enjoyed the late afternoon in the shade by a beautiful farm pond that is well stocked.
Early the next morning. Walt and I went to a different pond on their property with a good stock of bass and in the couple of hours we fished, we landed over 30 nice bass, lost several big ones, true to form it seems the biggest ones do get away sometimes. We kept a dozen fish that ranged from 2 to 5 lbs so we could have some good fillets to go along with the big catch of bream from the afternoon before.
That afternoon, they all deserted me when it came time to clean the fish and I worked for over an hour scaling and dressing the bream for frying whole and filleting the bass for some good boneless fish eating. Well, Peanut oil at the right temperature, plain yellow cornmeal seasoned with a generous dash of Chef Paul’s Seafood Magic mixed together in a good paper grocery sack (hard to find these days) to drop and shake the mustard marinaded fish pieces into will yield some great tasting southern fried fish! The standard “sides” of hushpuppies, french fries, Cole slaw and ice tea will make any of us ”Southern raised” folks smile! I don’t know how I get in to long periods where I don’t fish and then when I go I am reminded of all the good times I am missing with no one to blame but myself! Don’t do like me! Let the yard work go one weekend and go fishing soon! Take a kid, Take a friend, Take a neighbor and enjoy a day of fishing on a pond, lake, creek or river, just don’t let the summer pass you buy without taking some good fishing trips to remember it by! Take a camera and take some photos, they are great postcards from the best days of our lives! Go out! Enjoy the outdoors!
Reminder, events in the area this coming weekend. Gun Show @ Garrett Colesium, http://www.gunshowstoday.com/gun-shows/alabama/Montgomery/
Coosa River Whitewater Festival www.coosariverpaddlingclub.com
Until next week, thanks for reading!