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Oceans For Emotions: I'm thankful for all things

By By Elaine Wheat
Nov. 29, 2013 at 5:29 a.m.


"All things, whatsoever you ask in prayer, believing, he shall receive."

  • Matthew 21:22

Since I recently sort of broke my neck, I've had to do more remembering than fishing. There is a special Thanksgiving memory that I made many years ago that I would like to share with the readers.

As I was riding in my car on the ferry crossing the channel to get to Port Aransas, I saw the fishermen lined up shoulder to shoulder on the little public pier on the island.

I thought they were having a Thanksgiving prayer fest because each fisherman was leaning over with their heads bowed, where they could fish under the pier.

When one nice lady caught a keeper flounder and had it tied to the pier on a stringer, I asked her a question.

"Why do you fish like that, painfully leaning over and never looking up," I asked.

She looked at me like I was a newborn fool, and seeing my age bracket, she knew I was not newborn; I was just a fool.

As she was forming her answer, I could see that she was trying to dumb it down for the "fishing impaired."

All she said was, "So I can catch them. I have been fishing this pier since it was built, and I have learned that the flounder bite right here and follow a memorized code for feeding. The code is that the fishermen have to be willing to lean over and hurt if they want to play the flounder-catching game."

I just told my best fishing friend my new secret catch-a-flounder trick. As soon as she and I could, we had the fishing poles ready and were fishing under the pier.

Within the first five minutes, we both had saddle-blanket flounders and caught many more before that Thanksgiving Day was done.

Dear Lord, I think You are the most creative Being that has a sense of humor. Who else could have designed a funny looking fish called a flounder? Happy Thanksgiving, Father.

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