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Tight Line Jr. reminisces with dads old article
Donny Branch
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Hello, everyone. Tight Line Jr. here, and we’ve had some beautiful weather for fishing.

Well, it has been almost a year since Ol‘ Tight Line went up to the big fishing hole in the sky. My father loved this time of year. So here is one of his articles from back in November 2001.

Fisherman had
a good week

By Allen Branch

This past week was an ideal week for fishing, with good weather, good tides and clear water. Both the inshore and offshore fishermen took advantage of the good weather, and the landings showed a big improvement this past week with trout, bass, sheepshead and whiting. These are supposed to be our best fishing months of the year; however, some weeks are good and some not very good, like the week before last.

This past week was one the best weeks for the offshore fishermen. They landed kingfish, black sea bass and red snapper. Hopefully, our fishing will continue to be good for the rest of this year and on into the new year. I think it will depend on what kind of winter we have.

I am pleased that I received a lot of fishing reports this week. I will start with Yellow Bluff Fishing Camp reports. Rob and Maria Franklin, fishing offshore, landed four kingfish, a couple of red snapper and 40 black sea bass. David Fenell, fishing with Dana Fennell, caught 11 trout and nine bass, and Jimmy Hill and party landed 10 bass and 12 trout. Robert Moody was out fishing with Harry Page and caught 10 bass, four trout and 25 whiting. Roy Redmond had 15 trout, and Bing Phillips, fishing with Billy Vice for three days, landed the limit of bass on the first two days. On the third day, they had three bass and 16 sheepsheads.

Halfmoon Marina reported that Loy Sanders, fishing offshore with Sanford Carter, landed one kingfish and one 20-pound grouper. Joe Bell, fishing offshore with his brother and nephew, caught three kingfish. Jack Mallard, fishing with his son Richard, caught six trout, 20 whiting, one bass and one flounder. Johnny Woods, Mike Harper and party landed 100 black sea bass, two red snapper and a lot of tin fish.

Don Lastinger and party landed 10 bass and a couple of trout. Kevin Carter caught two bass and one large sheepshead. My good friend Harris Mobley, out fishing for three days with his wife Vivian, who is also a good angler, landed 20 bass and a couple of large sheepshead.

To all you cooks out there, here is a recipe handed down to me by Liz Middleton.

Shrimp casserole


2 cups cooked rice

1 package Lipton’s onion soup mix

2 cups cooked shrimp

1 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons minced onions

1 cup packaged herb dressing

8 ounce can green peas with the liquid

3 tablespoons of melted butter

dash of black pepper

Worcestershire sauce.


Combine all ingredients except dressing and butter and spoon mixture into a one-and-a-half-quart casserole dish. Stir dressing into melted butter and sprinkle over casserole. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cover for a few minutes before serving.

Well, thanks for letting me share an Ol‘ Tight line story. At this time, I would like to send out a little prayer for my sister, Annie B. She has been a little under the weather and I hope she gets to feeling better real soon.

If you need bait, Yellow Bluff has minnows and fiddlers. Big Rudy at the Sunbury Country Store has local frozen shrimp, squid, finger mullet and cigar minnows. Sunbury Crab Company and Marina has fresh frozen local shrimp. Halfmoon Marina has frozen shrimp.

Remember what Ol‘ Tight Line said and get out there and get fishing. And if you do, always remember to keep a tight line. I always say hit the docks, keep a sharp eye and watch that cork go down. Now go wet a hook — it’s good for the soul.


Your buddy,

Tight Line Jr.

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