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Shrimp are here; fish are biting
Donny Branch
Donny Branch - photo by Photo provided.

Hello, my friends and neighbors, Tight Line Jr. here. Before we get to the fishing reports, I am happy to announce the shrimp are finally here. I am happy about that for two reasons. I love to fish with live shrimp, and I also enjoy the taste of fresh shrimp.
More on shrimp in just a minute, but let’s get back to the coastal action.
Ricky, Tony and Evie Phillips went out last weekend and landed 15 nice spottail bass. I believe they were using live shrimp.
Danny Eller and Danny Goodman were fishing out of Yellow Bluff and caught 25 trout and a whiting. Eller told me they had a lot
of catch-and-release small trout, but the keepers were pretty.
Bing Phillips and Robert Moody netted 20 gator trout, a flounder and two black drum. Man, oh man, just add that mess to some cheese grits.
Don Glisson and his lovely bride caught 25 trout and two flounder. David Rogers and party had 18 trout and two whiting.
Well, friends, if you ask me, it definitely sounds like the fish are biting, so get out there and spend some time with friends or family. You can’t go wrong spending the day fishing along the river.
Yellow Bluff reports having live shrimp and minnows and a variety of frozen bait. The Sunbury Crab Company and Marina has live minnows and fresh frozen bait. Midway Feed and Supply has saltwater and freshwater bait, and Big Rudy at the Sunbury Country Store has frozen shrimp, squid and finger mullet.
Now, let’s get back to the shrimp. Here is a recipe from my mom that could be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Mrs. Kitty Cream Shrimp
Take about a quart of peeled and deveined shrimp and sauté in a skillet with oil and garlic for about 8-10 minutes. Remove the shrimp and use the remaining oil to make the gravy. Add flour, water, sea salt and black cracked pepper to taste. To make thick gravy, add less water. To make thinner gravy, add more water. To add a bit of flavor, use a little bit of cream. Simmer the gravy and stir until all the lumps are gone, and then return the shrimp back into the mix and serve over grits or toast.
The David Turner Band will headline today’s Sunset Party at the Sunbury Crab Company. Also, keep in mind that the Georgia Blue Crab Festival will be Oct. 8 at historic Sunbury, featuring seafood, fireworks and live music. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon.
So until next time, remember what Ol’ Tight Line always said. Get out there and go fishing, and remember always to keep a tight line. I say hit the docks, keep a sharp eye and watch that cork go down. Until we meet again, get out there and wet a hook — it’s good for the soul.

Your pal,
 Tight Line Jr.

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