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Know when, where to go catch fish over the holiday
Tight Line Jr.
Tight Line Jr., Donny Branch - photo by Photo provided.

Hello, everyone. Tight Line Jr. here, hoping things are going well for y’all as you get set for Christmas. My favorite part of Christmas is decorating, especially putting up the lights.
December is a good month to catch fish as they are starting to feed in anticipation of the cold weather to come. And the best way to catch them is knowing where to go and when to go. Artificial reefs or oyster rakes and the mouths of creeks on the high outgoing tide and the last of the incoming tide is the best advice I can give you for angling this time of year.
I do have one report from Mr. Roy Redman. He was fishing out at Yellow Bluff on three different days and he caught the limit on trout. That’s what we call the triple-shot effect.
Here is a nice recipe to spice up your holidays dinner.

Spicy crab balls
1/4cup canned evaporated milk 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire
11/2 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black cracked pepper
½ cup of whole milk
1 large egg
1/3 cup of chopped onion
1/3 cup fresh chopped jalapeno peppers
1 pound of fresh crab meat
2 cups of crushed saltine crackers
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Some oil
Mix crab meat and 1 cup of cracker crumbs in a large bowl. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat then add the jalapenos and onions and sauté until soft, about five minutes.
Add to bowl with crab mixture. Stir in evaporated milk, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. Cover and chill two to six hours. Form about 16 crab balls (about one and a half inches in diameter). Whisk whole milk and egg in a medium bowl.
Place the remainder of cracker crumbs in another bowl. Roll the crab in egg mixture, then coat with the crumbs.
Pour oil into a large skillet to a depth of 2 inches and heat oil to 350. Start frying the crab balls until golden brown or about 4-6 minutes.
Serve that up with a cold beverage and horseradish and/or tarter sauce and you are ready for the bowl game of your choice.
Now 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 always say hit the docks, keep a sharp eye and watch that cork go down.
I would like to say merry Christmas to all of our troops and veterans around the world, and God bless everyone. Peace and good will to all you faithful readers. Now get out there and wet a hook. It’s good for the soul.
Your friend,
Tight line Jr.

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