I spoke to my father-in-law over the weekend. He and his bride of 50-plus years are wintering on the Texas Gulf Coast, like they have for the past several years. And he and I share fishing reports on a weekly basis, much like Hank Jr's buddy from New York in a "Country Boy Can Survive" would share.
"I had a good friend in New York City
He never called me by my name, just hillbilly
My grandpa taught me how to live off the land
And his taught him to be a businessman
He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights
And I’d send him some homemade wine."
Richard tells me about fishing reds and sheepshead and I'd whine about how cold it is back home.
But Saturday he through me for a loop. Seems that he caught a whale of a seatrout on his favorite gold spoon. "It went 29 and a half inches," he told me. "After I released it I learned it may have been a bay record," he said with a chuckle.
I'm also getting tremendous reports on the bass spawn from across the South. And hear there's an incredible tarpon bite shaping up in the Keys (call Capt. Jim Willcox in Islamorada for more details--305-393-1128).
Meanwhile I look out my back door to see trucks still scampering across the lake I call home. A note to local fish---I'm sharpen hooks and rigging gear; fishing will soon be here.
-- North American Fishing Club Executive Director Steve Pennaz hosts the Club's TV show, "North American Fisherman," which airs Saturdays at 6 a.m. on Versus.