Gut Rumbles

March 30, 2005

I think I've been there

I saw the title and I remembered: hog pen road. I'm pretty sure I went down there a few times to fish and to shoot .22 rifles. The place was working alive with water moccasins and copperhead snakes, but you could catch bream the size of a dinner plate there with a can full of crickets for bait.

I may be wrong, but I swear I've gone fishing down Hog Pen Road. I parked at the edge and walked down to the ponds. I was probably 21 years old the last time I went there.

Just damn! I wonder what it looks like now?


Bream? Blechhh. Not enough meat to make filleting worth the while. When my poppop caught one he would squeeze the eyes between his forefinger and thumb until a squishy POP! emitted. Then he'd cuss about how they were the scourge of the lake, eating the bass and trout eggs and all.

As younguns, we used our trusty Zebcos to fill pails with Sunnies and Bluegill (they were so stupid you could catch them with a small piece of Bazooka gum on a hook) and sell them to the black folk who came with their cane poles from the city.

A good pail could fetch $4-5. A veritable mint to a 10 year old in the mid-seventies. Lordy be if you caught a pickerel. Those bad boys could fetch a few bucks a piece. I don't know why the black city folk liked them, but they did. Good luck trying to get any meat off one of those bony suckers.

Of course, we kept the good sized perch, bass and trout for ourselves. The old man next door would fillet the lot of them in his dingy basement for a small portion of the catch.

Nowadays, I don't think I would eat anything that came out of my hometown lake or canals.

Posted by: rightisright on March 30, 2005 04:47 PM

Probably drained and paved. You never know, though. Whatsay I come up for avisit and we take some firepower over there? And your Bookers of course.

Posted by: Velociman on March 30, 2005 08:21 PM

Those big bream are also called, tity bream, you have to hold them against your tits to get the hook out. Sometimes when you do this, the bream will get excited and piss a stream about 8 feet long. Rob, it is close to Griffith Lakes past Charlie Helmuths place, off of highway 17, about 10 miles before you get to 301, Cat.

Posted by: catfish on March 30, 2005 08:21 PM

Rightman-- you don't fillet a bream. You gut it, scale it and fry it in a pan, bones and all. A good Jawja boy learns early how to eat around the bones.

It's a delicious fish.

Posted by: Acidman on March 30, 2005 09:18 PM
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