Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dewees Island story Part II: fishing and crabbing with Ted


Meet Ted Fairchild. Ever met a child that is so squared away you forget you're talking to a youth rather than an adult? That's Ted. He runs his own fishing and crabbing game over on Dewees Island - there's nothing Ted doesn't know about the finer points of casting a net and the nuances of each and every fishing honey hole on the island. A student of voice at the School of the Arts, Ted is personable and talented and he's happy to share his island life experiences. (and yes, that's right, he commutes daily to and from the island to school!)

On a recent fishing trip over Spring break that we shared with another family, we fished from each and every spot with every type of bait imaginable - shrimp, live crabs, you name it. We had no less then 5 lines in the water all week and caught nothing...nothing!

 In desperation (and with perhaps a few libations) we even tried concocting our own secret bait recipes. Mine consisted of cheese puffs, pancake batter, bread, and were fried firm in olive oil - anything to try and coax a fish. And still...nothing. The only thing biting were the seagulls who would swoop down and take my bait balls whole right off the line...

Time to call in the big guns. Sweet Ted arrived with all his gear and an eagerness to save us from ourselves. He is great with kids... 

"Stand back, this next part gets gruesome!", said Ted somewhat joyfully as he smashed a bait fish on the dock with his bare feet. You've just gotta love this guy and his island life. Thanks for the help, Ted!

Check out the Dewees Island blog here and I highly recommend contacting Ted through the blog if you and your children are interested in polishing your fishing and crabbing skills this summer!


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