Alot of conversations on the Gulf Coast start with “Where’s the trout?” It’s a fun way to kick off a conversation, and everyone knows some tall tales are about to be spun. The truth typically comes out somewhere in the mix of boasting and sandbagging.
If someone tells you you don’t need a trolling motor on your boat, stop talking to that person — you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.
I had an idea of what I wanted for an inshore boat when I started my saltwater journey a little more than five years ago.
Welcome to January, when it’s typically colder than a well digger’s keister in Montana.
The cool thing about January — pun intended — is that we have some extremely low tides when a big tide range is met with a stout north wind.
The resultant larger low tide exposes more of the bayou bottom for all to see.
What in the cat hair is going on? He’s not walking the dog, he’s — dragging the dog.
Heath Hillman, pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ocean Springs, and I were fishing a productive area around Biloxi not too long ago. Heath was using a Heddon Super Spook Jr. with a chartreuse head and white body; I was using the same lure but with a solid bone body.
Every time I sit down to write, I look at the previous year’s column for the same month to make sure I’m not writing about the same topic using the same sources.
I got into this habit because of something that happened at my home church, Pine Grove Baptist in Carmichael, a few years ago.
“Boy it’s hot. This is hot. It never got this hot in Brooklyn. This is like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.” Eugene Morris Jerome, the character played by Matthew Broderick in the movie Biloxi Blues
I quote that line about 8 a.m. every day I fish during the summer, which is usually followed by my wife lovingly stating, “Suck it up, buttercup.”
The older I get the more I’m affected by the brutal summertime heat, so to keep my trout hand strong I set the alarm clock early to ensure I’m on the water before the sun comes up.
I’ve learned some great tips and tactics writing this column. I’ve also learned you can’t be thin-skinned when you put your work out there for other folks to read.
You see, everyone has his own opinion about things and everyone is a critic. Heck, my own mother-in-law got in on the game while reading one of my columns, pointed out that I’m not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition.
I told her, “Well, it’s never mattered before.”