A Personal Anniversary

Thirty eight years ago today in the wee hours of the morning the M/V Clay Hollister crashed into the jetty at Aransas Pass, Texas and sank. Bad weather, an unusually strong current, and a channel dredge combined to put the fishing vessel on the rocks in the blink of an eye.

Quick thinking by the Skipper and some luck on the part of the Rig Man and crew got all four souls safely to the jetty just before the boat capsized.

I remember seeing hundreds of pounds of shrimp tails floating in the channel after sunrise. Most of my worldly possessions lay on the bottom and my fishing career was over. I got on my motorcycle, which I had left in the boat shed, rode off and never looked back. Davy Jones would have to wait for another day.

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