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Thinking about Dad and dolphin
Tight Line Jr., Donny Branch - photo by Photo provided.

Hello, friends and fellow anglers. Sorry I missed you the last couple of weeks, but I am back with a few tales to tell. 
Craig Osnoe and his son Robert Osnoe of Harris Neck caught a nice mess of whiting. I always like to hear about a father and son spending time together — even better when it is spent fishing. My friend Capt. Jim Sheridan and his party left the dock and returned with five sheepshead, 10 whiting and four spottail bass. Not a bad trip, and plenty for a nice meal.
This report just in: Shannon Holdren nailed 20 crappies fishing solo right off the hill last weekend.
Here is a story I would like to share with you good folks. Last week, a couple fellows I know went upriver to try and catch some catfish. They usually are plentiful this time of year up there. But as you may or may not know, the water is very salty this year because of the little amount of rain we have received. Anyway, it is unusual to see dolphin that far up river but it does happen. My friends saw some dolphin in the creek they were fishing in. But the character they saw that was a surprise was a beaver, and you know if you see one there is always more. I have never seen a beaver in salt water. Something I thought you might like to hear about.
Around this time of year,  I always think about my father, Old Tight Line, and how much he loved the coast and fishing. I am so proud that he was so instrumental in saving the fishery in our area, from the creel limit on trout and bass to the 200-mile-limit law. I look back with fond memories and always will.
As much as things change in life, one thing remains the same and always will for me: remember to keep a tight line. I love and miss you every day, Dad. I hope you and Mom are fishing in heaven.
Yellow Bluff will have live shrimp, minnows and fiddlers for the weekend. Barney at the Crab Company said they have live minnows, frozen shrimp and squid. The Midway Feed and Supply has fresh water and salt water bait.
Well, I have nothing to report from the dock tour last week, but we will be out again this weekend. So friends, keep fishing and take a friend along — it’s always time well spent. And if you do go, remember to always keep a tight line. Until next time, smooth sailing and get out there and wet a hook.
Your buddy,
Tight Line Jr.

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