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Shrimp under the weather, but safe
Will Darsey landed this flounder

Hello, friends and neighbors all around the coastal region.
I don’t know if you folks have heard that the shrimp in our area are infected with black gill. This is a parasite that targets shellfish, according to Jim Page of the Brunswick Department of Natural Resources office, with whom I spoke last week. He informed me that it is not harmful to humans or fish. It is still safe to eat shrimp and use them for bait.
Let’s get back to fishing. Last week on the dock tour, Boo Hall and I had a nice afternoon and landed two spottail in the Halfmoon river.
I have a report from my old friend Neal Patterson, who was fishing around Warsaw Island with Will Darsey last week. They caught a nice number of croaker and spot-tail bass. He also said they landed a few trout and flounder.
Two fellows out at Lake George had a nice haul last week. They caught 14 trout, two flounder and three spot-tail bass. If you happen to have some bass, here is a quick and easy recipe you may like to try:
Zesty tomato bass fillets
• 4 thick bass fillets
• 4 tablespoons soy sauce or teriyaki sauce — whichever you prefer
• 4 tablespoons steak sauce
• 1 cup tomato sauce
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon each cayenne pepper, black pepper and garlic salt
• 4 tablespoons hot sauce

Mix all ingredients except fish into a bowl. Brush fillets liberally with sauce. Grill over high heat, basting with sauce, for 4 minutes. Flip the fish and grill it 4 more minutes or until the fish is done. The recipe serves two.

Pair it with oven-roasted asparagus and wash it down with a pale ale of your choice. It’ll be a meal fit for a king.
Well, that wraps it up for this week, friends. Remember what Ol’ Tight Line always said: “Get out there and go fishing; and if you do, always remember to keep a tight line.”
Keep living the tight-line life.

Your buddy,
Tight Line Jr.

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