Jim and Ramona Duckworth’s annual Outdoor Writer Camp is an active meeting for sponsors, writers and anglers. While the primary objective is story ideas; the hospitality, fellowship and great food are a big bonus.
The Duckworth’s prepare a wonderful fish fry on the first night. Jim always demonstrates how well the Cajun Fryer works on the fish, fries, okra and hushpuppies. Ramona keeps the iced-tea coming as we chow down.
Work begins at dawn the next morning as the writers team up with their anglers. Sunrise light is best so it is critical to shoot the photos as soon as possible. The writer will conduct the interview while they fish and shoot more photos as fish “volunteer”.
We usually break for lunch around noon and quickly hit the water again. But the work order will change. The writer will interview the angler while he fishes and shoot photos much later. Like sunrise; sunset light is better because it is low to the horizon.
Jim and I bagged more picture fish that afternoon. A white curly-tail rigged on the Natural Science, Road Runner Head was the ticket. We simply cast towards shore and allowed the lure to fall down the drop off and the fish would crush it.
Birdsong Resort provided a wonderful BB-Q dinner for us that evening. Steve Vogts showed me their new Mr. Crappie Stow-Master Net. I put my order in on the spot.
Chris Armstrong revealed the new Bandit Crank-bait colors. Ironically; I’d met a couple of anglers that caught some nice Crappie on Bandit lures that afternoon.
The next day began with a quick breakfast and a dash out the door. I quickly shot some video tips with Jim Duckworth and Tim Huffman. You probably have read Tim’s work in Crappie World or on www.monstercrappie.com I’ll post these videos on our site soon.
After a lunch of fried chicken and green beans it was time for me to hit the road. Ramona tried to push more food my way as I packed the truck. Like leaving summer camp as a child; it’s hard to say goodbye to so many friends.