Hey, everyone. I hope you’ve spent some of your weekend on the saltwater. I know the hotter the summer gets, the more I feel like the saltwater is running through my veins. I guess I had that passed on to me by my father Ol’ Tight Line, and for that I truly am grateful.
Mrs. Joyce King and her son, Tommy, went to wet a hook in the Halfmoon River last Saturday, and though Tommy is known around here as “The Bluff Master,” Mrs. King is the one who loves bottom fishing. They set out that hot Saturday morning thankful there was a slight breeze and ended up landing 22 sheepsheads, all in the 3- to 6-pound range.
The King duo ended their fishing trip by cooking a Lowcountry boil and inviting over their friends and family to celebrate their catch. Now that is a great day on the coast with a proper ending, and that is what living around the coastal waters is all about.
Also this week, Danny Goodman caught the limit on trout, fishing with live minnows. Two of my friends took a trip to Steinhatchee, Fla., and in three days of fishing, they caught the limit using white flukes and pink and white grubs. They caught some flounder on new penny gulp shrimp, and all of these are artificial bait.
Mike Flatt and Travis Mobley said they spotted about 15-20 big sea turtles and some big tarpon off shore. Travis hooked one of those big silver fish and busted up his rig. They estimated the tarpon to be 50-plus pounds. I also had some more reports of trout being caught in our area, but the anglers wish to remain anonymous.
Well, folks, it sounds like the fish are biting all around, so get out there and enjoy the saltwater; but remember, safety first.
Now here is a simple but tasty recipe from Mrs. King for crab casserole.
1 pound crab meat
1 jar cheese whiz
¾ can evaporated milk
Mix everything together and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes to one hour or until bubbly and golden brown. Mrs. King likes to serve over yellow rice. It sounds delicious to me.
The Sunbury Crab Company has live bait and frozen local shrimp and minnows.
Yellow Bluff Marina has live local shrimp and minnows. Halfmoon Marina has frozen bait.
Big Rudy at The Sunbury Country Store has frozen local shrimp and squid. Stop in at the store on a Saturday to see me, and you can let me know what you caught. The Midway Feed and Supply Center has freshwater and saltwater bait.
Don’t forget the sunset party at the Sunbury Crab Company at 5 p.m. today with $2 drafts and brats and burgers. It’s the company’s eighth year in business and Joe Maley’s birthday.
Jim Pace will perform on the outside deck at 6 p.m. and the Midway All-Stars will return next week.
So remember what Ol’ Tight Line always said, and 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.
Now wet a hook; it’s good for the soul.
Tight Line Jr.