Cork Down
Chief’s Musings, Tall Tales & Fishing Report

November! Here we are at the threshold of the holiday season.  I would like to share something with you. That is, I’m grateful.

Yes, yes, I know; everyone says that this time of year. But, at least for me, this is true. Sometimes I do not realize how well I actually have it.

As I sit here, it occurs to me that I actually get paid to do what I love; I take people fishing! I get to hear the excitement in my guest’s voices as they land their personal best Red, or even their first Red ever. I hear the grunt as they set the hook and it begins it’s first, of several, drag-ripping runs.

I have told a few that I believe I still get more excited than they do. Also, I have other blessings. My kids are grown, making their way to their place in life. I recently celebrated my first grandchild’s first birthday. I have a loving family, and an incredible extended family.

My extended family is fantastically huge. Not only those military members that I physically served with; people like Cabbage, The Frenchman, Deadman, Tubbs, the Model, Midget, Barbie, Pogue and others with similar names that have a story behind each one.

No, there are many, many more. I tell my Vets when I am privileged to host, or just to meet, “If you wore the uniform with honor, then you are Family.” And I truly mean it. I also have more extended family at Saltgrass, Captains and Staff, that have played an integral part in my being who I am. Whether it is a sense for business, an appreciation for the outdoors, taking the time to teach an old guy a new area or technique, or just being someone that I know will be there if I have an issue, whether it’s on or even off the water.

So yes, I am blessed beyond belief. I can be a little slow at times. But I am intelligent enough to realize how good I truly have it. My story for you this visit is to slow down on occasion.

As the old saying goes; “Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses.”  Pause, take a deep breath, and realize what you do have, instead of what you do not. Thanks for being a part of my world.

For this visit’s fish report:

INSHORE: The Trout bite is the absolute best I have seen in years. Bull Reds are still being found. And the slot Red bite has been picking up as they continue with their seasonal transition to their winter-based patterns. The Sheepshead and Black Drum bite has slowed some, but are still being found in decent numbers. Only a few more days remain and the Flounder season will reopen!

OFFSHORE: Medium and large Yellowfin Tuna are being landed regularly, as well as good numbers of Blackfin. And, surprisingly, some Cobia, as late in the year as it is, are still being found.
My Friends, I have rambled on enough for now. Thank you for allowing me another visit and a small slice of your time.

Remember; “your next time fishing will be the best trip of your
life…until the next one.”

From the bayou….tight lines and safe boating to all!