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Extra hour means more time for fishing
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Hey, everyone. Tight Line Jr. here, reminding you it was time to set the clocks back one hour this morning.
An extra hour means there is more time to wet a hook like my friends Lu Smith and Mia Boyle did last week. They caught 10 trout and some spottail bass.
The tides have been above average and the weather hasn’t been the best, but it looks like better weather is headed our way. Soon it will be less windy, yet still cool enough to enjoy wetting a hook without being bitten by gnats.
In the meantime, let’s put those caught spottail to good use.

Oven barbecue
spottail bass

4-6 bass filets
Orange juice
Lemon juice
Johnny Harris BBQ sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. paprika
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. cayenne powder
½ tsp. olive oil
A splash of Tabasco

1. Mix together some orange juice, lemon juice and, my favorite, Johnny Harris BBQ sauce, to your liking.
2. Let the filets marinate for at least an hour.
3. Combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, olive oil and Tabasco.
4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
5. Lightly oil the baking dish. Remove the filets from the marinade and rub them with the spice mix.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
7. As an added bonus, I like to put small strips of smoked bacon on top of the fish, then broil for about 5-8 minutes.
8. Serve that up with some Colonel’s Island crab casserole, corn on the cob and a nice Caesar salad. Who needs turkey? Not me.

I will be on the dock tour this week, and if you need bait, here is where to go. Midway Feed and Supply has saltwater and freshwater bait. Yellow Bluff has live shrimp, minnows and crab. Half Moon has live shrimp. Sunbury Crab Company has live shrimp, minnows and frozen bait. Big Rudy at the Sunbury Country Store has frozen shrimp, squid and a variety of other frozen items.
I hope everyone has a fine weekend and gets to go fishing. Remember what Ol’ Tight Line always said: “If you do go, remember to always keep a tight line.”
I say hit the docks, keep a sharp eye and watch that cork go down.
Until next time, keep your eye to the sky and your face to the wind.

Happy sailing,
 Tight Line Jr.

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