Remember Polaroids? This one fell out of a box in the office yesterday as I was moving some things.

These were big fish for East Texas youngsters!

These were big fish for East Texas youngsters!

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!

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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