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Weather may be rainy; coastal fishing fine
Tight line junior
Donny Branch
Donny Branch writes this fishing column for the Coastal Courier. - photo by File photo

Hello folks. I sure hope everyone out there in the beautiful southeast Georgia Coast is enjoying our unseasonably warm weather.

I know some anglers are having some good luck. My friend Allen Filingame looked like he had a nice catch of some pretty spot tail bass last weekend. I think he was fishing out of Sunbury.

My old friend Captain Jim Sheridan told me his party last weekend landed 15 nice trout and 10 spot tail bass. Jim said they caught three bass that were strictly catch and release, but they sure had fun with fight.

I know the weather forecast this weekend calls for rain. Do not let that stop you, as long as it`s not pouring down if you can find a spot with rocks or shells along the shore line those old big boys will be feeding, on the high incoming tide.

Rig up with a popping cork and live shrimp or minnow, they will be there ready to strike.

Well friends if you do get lucky and land some big spot tails here is a good way to fix a meal and kick back for the Falcons game Sunday afternoon.

This is what you will need.

1-cup of all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons of cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon of sea salt

1 egg

1 cup of Corona beer

1/2 cup yogurt

1/2 cup Duke`s mayo

1 lime juiced

1 jalapeno pepper, minced

1 teaspoon of minced capers

1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper

Some oil for the frying

About 3 pounds of bass filets, cut into 3 ounce portions

Half corn and half flour tortillas

Medium head of cabbage, finely shredded

And some Pico de Gallo

The beer batter in a large bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Blend egg and beer together, then quickly stir into the flour mixture.

For the sauce, mix the yogurt and Duke`s. gradually stir in the fresh lime juice. Season that with the jalapeno, capers and cayenne.

Heat the oil in large skillet at 375. Dust the bass filets with flour. Dip into the beer batter, and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Wrap the tortilla`s in foil and heat up slightly. To serve place the fish on top of the tortilla, and top with some cheese and cabbage and fresh Pico de Gallo

Go to the cooler and get one of those Corona`s out pop the top and kick back for game time.

Remember what Old Tight-Line always said. Get out there and go fishing and if you do go, remember to always keep a tight-line.

Living the tight-line life on the coast. T.L.Jr.

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