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Black sea bass showing up in Halfmoon
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Hello, folks. Hope everyone is happy and healthy out there. The weather we have been having is running from one extreme to the other; rainy, sunny, windy and cold. Still, fish must eat.

When you think about it, fish don`t care if it`s raining, hot or windy. They are already wet. Could be why I have had luck when it`s raining. Anyway, I did.

Heard about a couple of anglers fishing on the bottom, surf side at St. Catherines, and caught a mess of catch-and-release spottail bass. The anglers did get a few keepers and held on to them for cooking.

This is about the time of year the black sea bass start show up in the Halfmoon River. Those are some tasty treats. I am looking forward to landing some.

Here is a recipe that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It depends only upon your mood.

What you need

• 10 slices hickory smoked bacon, chopped

• 1 cup chopped red onion

• 1 cup chopped red and green (mixed) bell pepper

• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

• 1½ tablespoons Tony Chachere Cajun seasoning.

• 2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce

• 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme

• 2 pounds raw shrimp, peeled

• Dozen oysters to chop and sprinkle in at the end

• 1¼ cup (10-oz.) beef broth

• Hot cooked cheddar cheese grits.


Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until almost crisp. Add onion, peppers and celery. Cook, stirring often, 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are done and bacon is crisp.

Stir in flour. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, thyme. Stir in shrimp. Cook, stirring 3 minutes. Stir in beef broth. Cook, stirring often, 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink and sauce is thickened. Mix the fried oysters into the grits then scoop on the rest. You could also serve this over homemade mashed potatoes or steamed rice. At brunch with a bloody mary, lunch with a cold beer or dinner with a nice wine of your choosing.

Well, that’s it for this week, folks. Keep an eye out for my old friend Neal Patterson. I hear he may make a cameo appearance in the "Baywatch" movie being filmed in Savannah.

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

Living the tight-line life on the coast,

Tight-line Jr.

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