Since we had to provide the fish we started early in the morning. This time of year, mornings at Harlan County Reservoir are foggy and cool.
Most people would not have gone out under such conditions but our Captain was fearless. He knew his boat and he knew these waters.
The first task was to catch some bait. This was almost a religious experience. I was in charge of ‘casting the net upon on the waters’. We were in search of shad a small fish often used as bait for larger fish.
The first mate, Marilyn, made ready the poles. We all knew the fish fry depended on us. Marilyn was intense. Up until this trip I never realized she was a two handed fishing woman.
Fishing was great but the catching was slow. After awhile the fishing boat was transformed into a party boat complete with shrimp, cocktail sauce, assorted meats and cheeses, fruit, and other goodies. We might not be catching fish but were sure having fun.
Back on dry land, we returned to our fishing shanty, also known as a cabin. On the concrete, you’ll notice a propane burner with a Dutch Oven. That pot produced fried potatoes and onions, and fried catfish. Inside the cabin fried okra was prepared while fresh homegrown tomatoes where sliced. Put it altogether and you have a feast.