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Photo package: The bait of the drum

Joe Lamberti

By Joe Lamberti
April 18, 2013 at midnight
Updated April 17, 2013 at 11:18 p.m.

Half a crab hangs on the hook of a fishing rod, hopefully to be replaced by a drum fish during the Drumboree in Port O'Connor.

As the old fishermen's saying goes, "Good things come to those who bait."

This phrase didn't exactly apply to Jimbo Barnes and company.

Barnes, Clint Henson, Ryan Goode and James Gibbs set out recently in a 23-foot Majek Illusion on a trip to Mitchell's Cut in Port O'Connor to participate in the annual Drumboree.

The Drumboree is a casual competition in which fishermen and families spend a day on the water catching and releasing drum fish.

Drum fish are large, growing usually to more than 30 pounds, Barnes said. They get their name from a drum-like noise they produce when mating and when in distress.

Barnes is a fisherman who has lived in Port O'Connor for most of his adult life, but he graduated from Victoria High in 1971.

"If we don't catch nothin', we go home and cook up some hamburgers," said Barnes as they headed out to Mitchell's Cut.

He may have spoken too soon, but the day was not wasted. He, his friends and family got to spend a beautiful day on the water, socializing with other people participating in the competition.

Payton Alexander, 9, of Huffman, with a little help from her father Douglas Alexander, must have had the magic bait. They were in a neighboring boat and seemed to be hoarding all the luck, reeling in drum fish after drum fish while Barnes and company could only watch, empty-handed.

But the look of pure joy and excitement on her face certainly helped soften the blow to Barnes and company's empty hooks.



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