‘A Fisherman Holds Up a Trout He Caught’

A fisherman holds up a trout he caught. Contributed photo by Bink Grimes. [Victoria Advocate]

El hijo de su madre has stumbled upon an El Dorado of found poetry in the “Outdoors” fishing column of a local newspaper. Bink Grimes’s lavish rundown of the piscatory scene pulses with staccato verve, inside lingo, and riptide granularity. I’ve cherrypicked it for its sparkle. The title “Gone Fishing” is my contribution, but the catch is Bink’s.

The topwater bite has been good early over sand and grass.
Back lake areas are holding good numbers of trout
on soft plastics and scented baits under corks.

A mixture of mud, shell and grass has been even better
along the south shoreline with the stiff winds.

Sand and grass humps are holding lots of little minnows,
and being about to work the moon and tide has led to good catches.
Big trout have been caught and released while drifting.
Tides have ushered in streaky green water on the east end
and the fish have been hanging on the color change.

Wading back lakes with gold spoons and small topwaters has paid off for reds.
The stirred-up, off-colored water actually gets reds going.
Anglers anchored on the edges of flats have caught reds on cut shad or skip jacks.

It’s hard to talk about anything but red snapper.
Kingfish are just about everywhere.
The jetty out to 200 feet of water is holding kings
while drifting ribbon eels and trolling divers.

Cobia continue to impress around rigs or any other shady structure.
Lots of ling have followed red snapper to the surface around wrecks.
Captains have had a rod ready to pitch to a fat ling when it appears.

Please enjoy yourself on the water
while treating our bays and estuaries like the upmost respect.

(Bink Grimes, “Good catches despite rains and high tides,” Victoria Advocate, 5-24-21)

(c) 2021 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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