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Tight Line Jr. is back with plenty of fishing reports
Palmer Whitney holds up one of 10 trout he and his father caught Sept. 17 while fishing around St. Catherines Island. - photo by Photo by Rob Whitney

Hello, folks. Tight Line Jr. here, and it’s great to be back. I had to take a couple of weeks off, but I’m feeling great and ready to wet a hook and share some reports with you.
Buddy Powell and party caught the limit on trout and spottail bass. I would call that a day well spent.
Larry Wells and John Rogers headed out and caught 18 trout. Knowing those men the way I do, I bet it only took them an hour.
I received a report from Mac Garver, who said he caught a few bonnet heads, several Spanish mackerels and 10 whiting. That makes for a nice variety of fish on a dinner plate.
I was out fishing at the dock on the Halfmoon River and saw Randy Woods and his brother and sister-in-law fishing there as well. Those lucky anglers landed 15 trout and a sheepshead.
Rob Whitney and his son, Palmer, took a trip to St. Catherines Island and landed 10 spottail bass, 10 trout and three flounder. What a great way to spend a day with your son.
Clay Clark and Fred Zeigler caught three trout and two spottail bass.
Greg Yawn was fishing behind Ossabaw Island and caught three flounder, 12 trout and two spottails.
Let’s talk dock tour. Gil Sikes and David Lee Bush went out on two days and caught the limit on spottail bass. Mind you, this was off the dock.
Johnny Gaskin and Mike Folker netted three doormat flounder, 14 trout and one 22-inch spottail bass. Again, this was off the dock tour.
I was out fishing with Captain Hippie, and we caught three sheepshead, two flounder and a spottail. A little while later, I got a good bite and pulled up a toadfish. As I swung the catch up on the dock, he flew off the hook, and low and behold there was a smaller toad actually hooked on my line. I never knew that toadfish would eat each other, but I guess I’m always learning something new and interesting on the river.
One last report that just came in: Travis Mobley and Jay Stevens, fishing with Mike Flatt, landed 12 spottail bass deck side.
In closing, I know I have told you folks about broiling fish and coating the foil with Duke’s mayo. Well, this past week, I baked a nice size bass I had caught a week or so earlier.
I coated the foil with the mayonnaise and sprinkled the fish with garlic, black cracked pepper and a little virgin olive oil. For a little twist, I rubbed each fillet with plain cinnamon and baked it for 25 minutes covered.
I turned the oven up to broil, uncovered the fish and left it on broil for 5-8 minutes. That was some mighty tasty fish. To top it off, Mrs. Margie cooked some cheese grits to go with it.
Well, that about wraps things up this week. Remember, if you need bait, Yellow Bluff Marina has live shrimp, minnows and plenty of frozen bait. Sunbury Crab Company has live shrimp and minnows. Half Moon Marina has live shrimp, and Midway Feed and Supply has freshwater and saltwater bait. Let’s not forget Big Rudy at the Sunbury Country Store has fresh, frozen shrimp and squid along with cigar minnows, ballyhoo and finger mullet.
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, God bless our troops and God bless you and yours.

Your buddy,
Tight Line Jr.

P.S. — Let’s all get behind a local young lady, Kelli Ruble. She is running in the St. George Marathon on Oct. 1 and the Rock and Roll Marathon in Savannah on Nov. 5.

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