Gut Rumbles
 

July 18, 2005

fishing

I LIKE to go fishing. Whether it be from the creekbank, in a boat or from the surf, it's something I enjoy doing. I don't consider myself to be an expert at it, but I've caught my fair share of fish.

Deep sea fishing is a real hoot. If you haul up a fish around the Snapper Banks off the coast of Georgia, you're gonna have something BIG on your line. I've hooked Red Snapper, Grouper, Trigger, Dolphin (the FISH--- not "Flipper), Tuna, Barracuda, Shark, Amberjack and all sorts of other intriguing critters out there.

Heh. Get a good-sized sting ray to bite and that bastard will wear you out before you drag him up to the boat. Feels like you've got Moby Dick on your line. I usually throw them back, but I kept one once and tried what somebody told me I could do. Skin him, and cut the meat into small cubes. Tastes just like scallops.

My friend was correct. That ray DID taste just like scallops.

I like fishing for bream, too. That's a good excuse to sit on the bank of a river, drink beer and snooze until you start getting a few hits. I've lucked-up and found them "bedding" before and caught fish as fast as I could re-bait my hook and get it back in the water. That's a lot of fun.

Bream are boney fish and some people I know don't like to eat them. I do. They are a pain in the ass to clean, but pan-fried, I think they are delicious. I like to eat fish.

If you have a young boy in your life, do him a big favor. Take him fishing. He'll never forget the lessons you teach him and it's something he can do for the rest of his life.

And it's a lot of fun, too.

(UPDATE: Black sea bass are as good as any fish I've ever tasted and if you ever get into a school of them, you can catch a BUNCH. I never much cared for salt-water trout. Flounder are more fun to catch if you gig them in a creek at night.)

Comments

I've got two girls, 6 and 2, and another one on the way. I've been taking them fishing since they were old enough to hold a cane pole. Our last outing was peppered with questions from the 6 year old about why we shouldn't eat fish or meat (mother's influence). I explained the food chain to her and hopefully it will stick. I refuse to give up. Now I just need to convince them to bait their own hooks and take the fish off. Dad needs some time to fish too. I can wait a while though. The looks on their faces are priceless.

Posted by: Lee on July 18, 2005 11:23 AM

I caught 10 big bream this morning, when it started to get hot, the fish quit biting. I was sitting in a chair on the bank, easy fishing, Cat

Posted by: catfish on July 18, 2005 11:25 AM

The wifeand I took the kids swimming yesterday at a little place outside town called Camp Verde. I took along my pole and a little meps rooster tail. In less than 15 minutes I had pulled two nice bass out of the creek. One went about 1.5lbs and the other went at least two. I threw them both back to catch another day. I don't need anymore my freezer is full. But it was fun.

Posted by: gravdigr on July 18, 2005 11:32 AM

I still tell my 85 year old Dad that I remember every time that he took me fishing.

Posted by: Deliverance on July 18, 2005 11:46 AM

I went fishing with a boyfriend years back, and he accidently spilt a box of maggots on me and I had to take my top off to get them out of it. Is that something that regularly occurs on fishing excursions, or was it just him trying it on?

Posted by: Misty on July 18, 2005 11:46 AM

I took a foster boy I was keeping about two weeks ago to the canal out back of my house. We used night crawlers for bait and caught about 15 fish about the size of my hand. South Florida canals are full of tropical fish that people have turned loose from their aquarium. Turns out what we caught were an aquarium fish. I forgot the name now but most folks down here call them fresh water snapper. They were damn good eating. Me and the kid both had a lot of fun.

Posted by: assrot on July 18, 2005 12:02 PM

I cannot believe that Rob did not mention the Trinity of Savannah intracoastal fishing - the sea trout, spot tail bass and flounder..caught with artificial lure - not the easy way with shrimp on a cork..

Posted by: Pete on July 18, 2005 12:21 PM

I agreee with Pete fishing with anything but an artificial lure is cheating. Unless your catfishing, then you don't have much choice.

Posted by: gravdigr on July 18, 2005 12:34 PM

Fishing is indeed a great thing to do with kids.
Good quality time, when you can sit and talk with them, it also teaches them patience, how to pay attention, and the rewards of such. Nothing prouder than a boy with his first fish.

Posted by: Eric on July 18, 2005 01:02 PM

I do love to eat those bluegill ( no one here knows what bream are). I showed my three sons how to eat them at a young age, and when they had buddys over for supper, the company would pick at the fish for twenty min. trying to find a way to eat them, till I showed them how I could have a plate ful of fish and no bones in bout ten seconds!

Hey gravdigr, sounds like your in Phoenix.

Posted by: Kenway on July 18, 2005 01:20 PM

Yep. Can't remember the first time I ever fished and have managed to find fish every where I have ever been. Started doing it for a living in 1987 and have commercial fished, guided, owned and operated an off shore charter boast, wholesaled and retailed fishing tackle as well as build custom fishing rods. Retired now but still build a rod once in a while and try to fish when the weather permits.

A bad day on the water beats hell out of a good day at work and if you don't have time to go fishing your just too damn busy for your own good.

Posted by: GUYK on July 18, 2005 02:18 PM

Sorry Kenway, Texas but you are close its fuckin hot enough to be Phoenix right now.

Posted by: gravdigr on July 18, 2005 03:15 PM

Here is a little about it

http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasHillCountryTowns/CampVerdeTexas/CampVerdeTx.htm

Posted by: gravdigr on July 18, 2005 03:20 PM


I'll take East Texas catfish anyday. Deep fried golden brown, served up with hushpuppies, cole slaw, pinto beans, and COLD BEER. Now THAT'S livin'. And that Gulf shrimp fried in beer batter ain't bad either.

PJ

Posted by: PJ on July 19, 2005 02:51 AM
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