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10-minute fight worth it for a 15-pounder
Donny Branch
Tight Line Jr., Donny Branch - photo by Photo provided.

Well, hello, friends and fellow anglers. I hope everything is going fine in your world.

I have a couple of reports from around the coastal area. Two fellows, looking to stay anonymous, were fishing out at Yellow Bluff and landed 26 trout.

My old buddy Capt. Jim Sheridan and party netted five sheepshead, 10 spottail bass and 20 whiting — not a bad day.

Now let us get down to the dock tour.

Two weeks ago Sunday, I landed a 23-inch spottail bass and it was a beauty. I gave it to my cousin John Wilder because he had given me the rod and reel I caught him with just the day before. Some things are meant to be.

Last Sunday, my co-captain Lu Smith, our buddy Blake and I went back to some of old Henry Ford’s stomping grounds in Richmond Hill. We landed three beauties, reeling in a 20-incher, a 22-incher and, of course, Smith fought and landed a catch-and-release, 30-inch, 15-pound spottail bass. She fought that thing for a good 10 minutes before we got him dock side. Boy, it was a sight to see and we even had boats stop in the river to watch.

Yellow Bluff Marina has live shrimp and minnows available. Sunbury Crab Company and Marina has live shrimp and minnows, too. Halfmoon Marina has live shrimp. Big Rudy at the Sunbury Country Store has frozen shrimp and squid.

So remember what Ol’ Tight Line always said. Get out there and go fishing, and if you do, always remember to keep a tight line. I say hit the docks, keep a sharp eye and watch that cork go down. Now do me a favor, go wet a hook.


Your Buddy,

Tight Line Jr.

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