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Throwing a little Irish in the mix
Donny Branch - photo by Photo provided.

Hello, everyone. Looks like lovely weather for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, be it in Savannah or down on Colonel’s Island. I hope it was a safe and fun time for everyone.
Well, the fishing action is still coming around slowly. I heard about a gentleman out of Savannah catching around 20 trout.  He said about six or seven were keepers and that he used gulp baits. The rest only were 12-13 inches, and it was all a catch-and-release trip, anyway. It still is good to hear about trout being caught.
I spoke to a member of the Allen family this past week (they are our local crabbers). The report was still good. They are catching plenty of crab. That’s a good sign for fishing in the future.
I have a report from Rayburn Goodman out of Yellow Bluff.  Bing Phillips, Robert Moody and Harry Bradley went offshore Thursday and had some luck. They caught the limit on black sea bass and had
15-20 sheepshead.  Rayburn said a few looked to be 8-10 pounds. Now, my friends, that’s a fight.
On the subject of black sea bass, I contacted the Department of Natural Resources so I could be sure about the new rules. As long as you are within the 3-mile limit in Georgia waters, you can keep 15 per fisherman. Outside of three miles, the fishery for black sea bass is closed as of now. 
Since it is St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I thought you might like to try this recipe out. You could use salmon, grouper or spottail — the choice is yours. The ingredients are as follows:
• 2 pounds of fish filets
• 2 ounces, honey and Bushmills Irish Whiskey
• 2-3 tablespoons of dill, parsley and chives.
• 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Directions: Rinse and dry filets. Mix the herbs, honey, whiskey and lemon juice. Coat the outside of the fish with the herb mixture and fire up the grill. Cook your choice of fish 5-10 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the fish. If salmon is your choice, the time may be less. Remove the filets from the grill and serve them up with some homemade sweet potato fries with a nice pint of Guinness stout. Kick back and prop your feet up on the Blarney Stone.
That wraps it up for this week. If you need bait the places to go are:
• Yellow bluff has live shrimp and minnows and fiddlers.
• Half Moon has live shrimp.
• The Sunbury Crab Company has live minnows and frozen shrimp and squid.
• The Midway Feed and Supply has salt-water and fresh-water bait.
So remember what Ol’ Tight line always said: Get out there and go fishing. And if you do, remember to always keep a tight line. I say hit the docks, keep a sharp eye and watch that cork go down. Until next time, smooth sailing.

Your buddy,
Tight Line Jr.

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