We had less than ideal fishing conditions the last couple of days, so Antonio and I scratched out a few redfish in the rain before shifting focus for the rest of the weekend. West winds make good oyster tides, so we loaded up Clay’s jon-yacht and headed out after some shells. There’s really no excuse for not getting out on the water here in the Lowcountry. Doesn’t matter if its cold, windy, or rainy…there’s always something to do on the marsh. Heck, I probably see more wildlife in the winter than any other time of the year. We’ve got a pile of migratory birds that use our marsh in the winter. Oyster missions always end up being a good time because of all the cutting-up that goes on. After grabbing a couple bushels of oysters and clams, we stayed in the marsh like a bunch of rednecks and tried to see what kind of rooster-tail (AKA Conway Howdy) we could get out of the Yamaha 25hp – hahaha. Ended a good Saturday with a clam and oyster roast over at the Livingston’s house.
Antonio was in town for a job interview this week. He’s finishing a family medicine residency in the upstate and is considering moving here next year. Antonio’s family came to the States from Cuba where his ancestors were tobacco farmers. In fact, his great grandfather, Diego Rodriguez, grew the tobacco wrapper for what became the highly regarded Cuban cigar. The wrapper is known as “El Corojo” and is named after their tobacco plantation – which is the most famous of the Cuban tobacco operations. Here’s a great article in Cigar Aficionado about their family and the El Corojo. http://www.cigaraficionado.com/webfeatures/show/id/7689
The boat is tied off with a Stick It Anchor Pin – pretty cool shallow water anchor that can be had for cheap. They have a 7ft model and a 9ft model. I like it better than the stainless steel “cajun anchor” because it is much lighter and doesn’t bang around the boat as much. Check out their site at http://www.stickitanchorpins.com/