Remember Polaroids? This one fell out of a box in the office yesterday as I was moving some things.
These two “grinnel” (Bowfin) were caught out of a small marsh pond in Newton County, not far from The Devil’s Pocket area and the Louisiana border. The intrepid angler on the left was yours truly, at about age 13 or so. Top right is brother Gary Holmes, bottom from L-R are Bob Holmes and Joey Holmes.
The fish were hooked on live perch and fought on a fly rod, landed using a “hay hook” as both gaff and billy club. Biggest one was weighed on a bathroom scale (of course) at 12 pounds. At times I also used a popping rod with an old Shakespeare Service level wind bait-cast reel.
In those days, kids had to entertain themselves!