David Lear's Fish Fry

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David Lear invited yours truly to a fish fry at his home in Cordova, NC on 07-19-03 which is in Richmond County and not too far from the Pee Dee River.  I met David Lear when he went to work with The Brown Creek Correctional Institution in the maintenance department.  David is a true outdoorsman and loves to deer hunt and fish of which we became instant friends since we share the same love of the outdoors.  David later transferred to the Lanesboro Correctional Institution which is adjacent the BCCI with a promotion to HVAC supervisor and we still maintained contact.

David has invited me many times in the past to go deer hunting with him but I never got around to it since I was having great success on my own hunt land and when the invite for the fish fry came up, there definitely was no turning that down that invite as much as I love fresh caught and fried catfish or any freshwater fish.

I arrived at David Lear’s home sometime around 2:00 PM and David Lear, Robert Webster and William Pence were already busy skinning catfish that they just recently caught on a trot line in the Pee Dee River.  All the catfish were Blue Catfish and probably averaged between 25 and 40 pounds each rendering very large beautiful fillets of white meat.

The big blue catfish has David's legs about to buckle in the below pix below:

It didn’t take those three very long to have those catfish skinned, filleted and cut into smaller portions and Robert Webster had a gas burner and large cast iron skillet with oil heated up to deep frying temperature like he was demon possessed or something.  One thing about Robert Webster; he knows his way around cooking and consumes his share like the rest of us too.......grin if you must! 

Robert has coated those catfish fillets in House-Autry Seafood Breader using a plastic zip-lock type bag to evenly distribute the coating mixture and then directly into the hot oil and it doesn't take those fillets very long to turn golden brown and ready for the plate.  Visit my deep fried fish webpage for a few close-up pixs of fried fish.

William Pence is looking serious in the below pix; maybe fixing a few dropper lines and hooks for the trot line.  William emailed me and stated that he was rigging up some dropper lines and melting the ends of the nylon line and was paying attention to that detail since he didn't want to melt his fingers instead of the line :

William Pence below working out with the skinning pliers to get this ole blue catfish ready to give up those wonderful fillets:

I was strictly an on looker with the little digital camera in hand taking pictures to document the occasion and probably did a good amount of wiping the saliva from the corners of my mouth anticipating the taste and crunch of those beautiful moist succulent golden catfish fillets that were soon to be on my plate.  Robert Webster had several batches of those golden fillets ready as if he was cooking for a platoon of hungry Marines that just got in after a 30 day survival school.  We each tore into those fish fillets reminiscent of a school of Amazon River piranhas on a fresh kill.  As evidenced by the pix below,  I don't think them any of us had missed a meal in a very long time.....…..grin if you must!

Below, Bill Porter kicking back somehow got into the pix.  David Lear must have been behind the camera on this one; got a catfish fillet in one hand and a plate of those beauties in front of him ready to finish them off.  Store bought farm raised catfish do not compare with catfish that have been fresh caught from either the Pee Dee River, lake or pond that are allowed to range freely consuming a varied diet.    

Each one of us was tight as a Georgia tick on the back of a coonhound in the month of July and we sat around and hashed over some ole hunting and fishing stories until it was time for them to go back and re-set their lines.

David gave me a several large bags of the fresh catfish fillets to take home and I later turned them into a fantastic catfish stew.

Click on below thumbnails pixs for a larger screen view:

After that wonderful catfish fillet meal, we went to a nearby pond to secure some bait and while there observed a bee hive in the side of an ole unoccupied cabin of which bees were gathering nectar to transform into some honey for their winter food supply.


The pix below shows the bees entering the side of the house accessing their hive...I kept my distance the best I could and used all the zoom the little digital camera had to keep from getting bee stung while taking the picture.

Below pix of David with his daughter "Baby Doll" and she is a baby doll for sure:

I had the above pixs archived on a CD and ran across them while looking for other pixs and decided to web publish them today.  Even though this was around 10 years ago, it still seems like yesterday in my "mind's eye."  Anytime you have friends together enjoying themselves with what I call "fruits of the harvest" and the ensuing fellowship that follows, it just doesn't get much better than this.  It is great to live in a Country where we can enjoy what God our creator has for us to enjoy if we will only take the time to smell the roses and give appropriate daily prayer and thanks for this freedom that has come with a great sacrifice in human lives and suffering over the centuries of time! 

It is my prayer that somehow America will again become the Greatest Nation on this earth with a spiritual awakening before the current moral decay of America engulfs all of us!  Our only salvation comes from above.  Hebrews 12:2 KJV

"Two of the greatest ships that ever sailed:  Friendship and Fellowship!

Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 06-21-13 from pixs archived on 07-19-03.


If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please take this moment to accept him by Faith into your Life, whereby Salvation will be attained.   

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Open this link of Bible Verses About Salvation, King James Version Bible (KJV).

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”


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