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Early bird gets the fish
Tight Line Jr.
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Hello, friends, neighbors and fellow anglers. Tight Line Jr. here. I hope everyone is doing well. I was talking to my good buddy Roy Rogers, and he gave me some information about fishing on Fort Stewart I would like to share with y’all.
Fort Stewart has at least 34 ponds full of bass, brim, catfish and white perch. If you are 16 years old or older, you must have a fishing license. You can get one at the pass and permit building off Highway 144. They can tell you which ponds are open for fishing. That’s just something I thought our military and civilians might like to know.
Now back to the saltwater. I have a few reports from around the coastal area.
Doug Harris and party landed 25 whiting while fishing on the Barber River. Capt. Jim Sheridan and party, fishing on St. Simons, netted 25 trout, six spottail bass and four flounder. That`s enough for a fish fry.
You have to get up before daybreak to go on the dock tour now, but that’s just what Boo Hall, Geoff Branch and I did last weekend in Pine Harbor, and we had a nice morning. We all caught fish. Some we kept, some we threw back. We ended up having six flounder, two sheephead and three whiting. We saw a mess of small sharks — each about a foot long—feeding on bait fish all around the dock. Kenny Moody said he was fishing in McQueens and also saw sharks. He said they were everywhere.
Remember, Yellow Bluff is still open for bait. Rayburn has live shrimp and minnows. Sunbury Crab Company has live shrimp, fresh refrigerated shrimp and minnows, and Halfmoon Marina has live shrimp. Big Rudy at the Sunbury Country Store has frozen shrimp and squid, cigar minnows, ballyhoo and finger mullet.
My little friend Ellie over at Sunbury recently had a golf cart accident, and I just want to wish her well. Here’s to a speedy recovery.
My mother would have celebrated her birthday this week, but I am sure she and Ol’ Tight Line had a nice party up in Heaven. I love you, Mom.  
Always remember what Ol’ Tight Line said: Get out there and go fishing and, if you do, always remember to keep a tight line. I always say hit the dock, keep a sharp eye and watch that cork go down. Until next time, do me a favor — get out there and wet a hook. It’s good for you.
Your buddy,
Tight Line Jr.
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