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Old 03-31-2018, 06:02 PM
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Old 03-31-2018, 07:20 PM
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I never got to the bottom of the Myron Harris, Claude Brown fued, but when I learned of it in the 80's it had been going on since the 50's.

The same Claude Brown that got mad at Woo Woo's grandfather one day out on the Tanker and tried several times to ram him.

Back in the 50's, both Myron and Claude ran parties out of the harbor in Marshallberg.
The Chief told me about those days, he had a bunk house for the party to sleep in, and he had to cook them breakfast in the morning before they went out.

He and Claude were friends, but fell out over something, and Claude Brown, being Claude Brown, held a grudge, Myron being Myron, poured gas on the fire everytime he had the chance.

It went on after Claude Brown quit running parties. They would both be in the harbor in the Berg, and both would act like the other was no where within a 100 miles.

One day, the Chief was holding court on the Offshore, and somebody brought up Claude Brown.

You could see the sparkle in the Chief's eyes and know he was up to no good.

He said, " Boys, I got a joke for you. " which was quite unlike him, as Booger always told all the jokes.

But he started,

" The guy walked in the bar, and slammed his fist on the bar and said, " Barkeep. I am Mr. Brown" then he spelled it out, BROWN. " and I want a drink of whiskey. "

The bartender brought his a drink. The guy was really nasty and about every 15 mins he went thru the same routine, each time a little meaner and nastier.

After about 2 hours of this, the next time Mr. Brown did it, a guy walked over to him and said.

" Mr. Brown. I am Mr. White. he proceeded to spell it out, WHITE , and I am white all over, except for my asshole, which is BROWN. "

The whole boat busted out.

But I think it had just become habit.

A few years later, Claude Brown died. I said something to the Chief about him outliving his old nemesis Claude Brown.

The old man came down on my head. The kind of way I had to leave and not come around for 2 or 3 days till he calmed down.

I went back and told the Chief that I had been out of bounds and I was sorry.

The Chief was very reflective in his thinking, and I believe that in the end, that this feud with someone that had been his friend, had just become all that was left, and now that was gone. Two stubborn old men, neither one's pride would allow one to tell the other that they had been wrong.

But the damn joke was still funny.
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Old 04-01-2018, 07:45 AM
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Old 04-02-2018, 02:00 PM
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Just spent 2 weeks and read the whole thing... what an amazing thread
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Old 06-12-2018, 12:18 PM
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Just spent 2 weeks and read the whole thing... what an amazing thread
Had to bring this up again.
The offshore and diving season is starting up, and I had to look this up again.
Anyone unfamilar to Buck, get ready for a good read.

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Old 06-12-2018, 06:28 PM
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Very good read.
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Old 06-16-2018, 05:17 AM
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Sadly, Capt Hugh Wilde had already left us when I found this thread. Nonetheless I have immensely enjoyed the read. I was into the thread twenty five or thirty pages and very well set on making a trip down his way just to meet him and say thanks on a more personal level. I looked ahead and realized that would never be. Still, I finished and immensely enjoyed the reading. So, even from the other side the Captain has been a blessing in the here and now. I suspect that pleases the man

Al be it late., a most sincere " Thank you" I offer to the friend that might have been.
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Originally Posted by Finsinchessy View Post
Sadly, Capt Hugh Wilde had already left us when I found this thread. Nonetheless I have immensely enjoyed the read. I was into the thread twenty five or thirty pages and very well set on making a trip down his way just to meet him and say thanks on a more personal level. I looked ahead and realized that would never be. Still, I finished and immensely enjoyed the reading. So, even from the other side the Captain has been a blessing in the here and now. I suspect that pleases the man

Al be it late., a most sincere " Thank you" I offer to the friend that might have been.
RIP Captain Hugh.
Every single thread that Capt Hugh has done is nothing short of amazing.
Funny, entertaining, educational and even more important, humane. His writing skills were, if not the best, the not-so-far 2nd best in all of THT.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:14 AM
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I'll have to add some substance to this thread later as to let it continue to live. I have had the pleasure working on the Gale Anne, the famed Myron Harris boat (on it's 7th or 8th motor now) and also Sea Hag, Doc Allen's boat before he sold it. I used to fish with Bobby Freeman on the Sunrise II, deep dropping for bottom fish. When I get home I have good pics of fishing on both of these boats.

If you don't know who Robert "Bobby" Freeman is in respects to bottom fishing, he's what the folks here would consider a bottom fisherman's fisherman. Went and fished where the feds believed there to be a dead sea, nothing able to withstands the pressure and depths. 80 fathoms deep or more sometimes.

The boat used to be another staple of the Capt. Stacy Fishing Center, at the far right dock adjacent to Sea Water marina. I used to enjoy shooting the shit with Sonny, who was usually there fixing a cast net in the white plastic chair by the house. There was every character under the moon that worked there and all would make sure to look after you as one of their own (if they were sober).

I remember always trying to beat the Capt. Stacy head boat to the cleaning station, and if not using the bribe of a cold beer or a couple smokes to the guys doing the grime work to get our party's fish cleaned before the hundreds of other folks. Of course having a pile of better bottom fish than the head boat was always an incentive as well, plus I would notion the party to tip those guys well for their hard work as it usually meant pulling less scales and bones when it comes time to cook.

I remember making the mistake when I was real young of walking into the walk in freezer without shoes on. I stuck to that d$*& floor like I was set in the concrete with it.

Bobby sold the boat to Daniel Brisson in 2016, along with the entire company and hardware. I worked for Daniel during his inaugural year and now charters out of MHC I believe. They didn't take kindly to Capt. Brisson at the Stacy center and it didn't help that he would rather pick at ends with them than admit that the people who have done this for a lifetime were indeed right.

Many stories I read here I have heard versions of before. Some for the better, some for the worse. My earlier days of mating and learning to fish were taught by men of similar mold. Humane, intelligent, and bold to go where none have gone before. Against the grain, but within the lines.

Here's a story I believe belongs in this thread written in an article interviewing Bobby Freeman about the early days of deep bottom fishing in an '06 issue of Carolina Sportsman:
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I have other stories to tell as well, some can fit here, some definitely can't. Capturing a time that is all not forgotten is a great thing, as to this day some of the most valuable lessons I have learned in life came from growing up around fishing and down-east. Eternally grateful for those opportunities and a future full of more memories alike.

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Serve them stories up. Alot of the crowd here are for sure waiting for a good one
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:46 PM
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nice story cape fisher..my guess is that you have a few more..hope so
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I'll have to do some sifting. Got plenty of good ones but the subjects of my stories are VERY much alive and I would be disappointed in myself to share one and come to find out they were a member.

This one dates back to Big Rock of 2014. Freddie and Alan Willis. Freddie is Alan's dad and was a mate for Bobby before I came around. Fish run in the blood of these two. Alan ran the "Sea Hag" towards the end of Doc Allen's ownership, and is now aboard the 61' Spencer "Shenandoah".

Anyways, day 2 of the tournament was a nasty one. Not much of a swell but thunderstorms galore. They were both fishing aboard the boat "Magic Moment" hull #27, a 55' Jarrett Bay. Formerly the Oil's Well out of Hatteras.

Anyways, along they troll through this torrential downpour with lightning all around them. Suddenly....
WHAMMM!!!!
Boat gets struck. Freddie was in the cockpit and Alan on the bridge. Knocks Alan down (thankfully not out) and neither of them lose consciousness. The boat slows as the motors ECM's are eternally fried.

A-drift at sea they are. By God's grace, one of the only electronics to survive the strike was the VHF radio. After a few hours of seeing if anything could be done to limp home, they hail Sea Tow. They spent the time drifting and mahi fishing. Not much else entertainment considering most everything electronic wise had been toasted.

It took them 15 hours at 5 knots getting towed back from around 60 miles offshore to Jarrett Bay for repairs. Adding insult to injury Sea Tow ran them into the high rise bridge at night between the Port and Radio Island.

Miraculously, they got "Magic Moment" back to fishing on Friday. Considering the large coin they dropped to enter, it was the least they could try to salvage some fishing days.

They had a GoPro facing the cockpit that day. Strike happens around the 3:00 mark, and you can hear Alan holler from the bridge "You alright?" to his Dad in the cockpit.


Unlucky, yet very lucky at the same time.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:36 AM
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Damn, I remember hearing about that
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Old 07-11-2018, 09:28 AM
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[QUOTE=CapeFisher85;11598908]I'll have to do some sifting. Got plenty of good ones but the subjects of my stories are VERY much alive and I would be disappointed in myself to share one and come to find out they were a member.[/QUOTE]

Keep em coming CapeFisher85 and don't worry, there ARE some on here you will probably include in them! Just in case, I'll go on record now as saying any that may include yours truly are complete fabrications!
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As promised, here are some pictures of the fabled "Gale Anne" the Myron Harris built charter boat. Capt. Scott "Scooter" at the helm this day, with myself and another friend mating for a small party full day. I like these pictures the most because the lady in the fighting chair had an exceptionally nice camera, made for some good pictures.
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Originally Posted by CapeFisher85 View Post
As promised, here are some pictures of the fabled "Gale Anne" the Myron Harris built charter boat. Capt. Scott "Scooter" at the helm this day, with myself and another friend mating for a small party full day. I like these pictures the most because the lady in the fighting chair had an exceptionally nice camera, made for some good pictures.
I can see I'm going to have to go through some old picture albums and do some scanning. I've got close to 10 years worth of pics from the 80's on the Mighty GA, and over a span of three motors, starting with a Ford Lehman, you don't know how spoiled you were to be on her now that she flies! 4 hours to the Big Rock, as Chief used to say "good or bad"!
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The Infamous Tuna Clipper, I remember that boat when Jimmy Harker ran her out of Harker's Marina. That wouldn't yesterday.
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That is a fantastic picture of that bailer
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