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WIN 2017

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Page 80 of 83 | 81 and trading stories with fishing legends is always an honor and usually humbling. My take away from these two gentlemen of the sea was how passionate they are about protecting the fishery for future generations. It's a common thread I've heard from other iconic fishermen, once again proving that the leaders in our community are often the greatest advocates for conservation. After some kind of amazing shrimp-in-garlic-butter dish, a giant portion of delicious snapper that would feed a small fishing club and a selection of fine beverages, we had bonded—the GHM staffers and the Mississippi fishing folks. One of our newest best friends was Craig Brumfield, an artist who I would say inherited a bit of that quirky gene. Among other art forms, Craig is into Gyotaku, an ancient Japanese method of putting paint on the fish's skin, then rubbing the fish with rice paper to create a mirror image of the fish (in Japanese, Gyo means fish, and Taku means impression). Craig uses canvas instead of rice paper and some of his paintings are massive because he's making Gyotaku of billfish. We ended the night attempting to get a photo of our eclectic crowd holding up one of Craig's huge paintings. The next day in our vision quest included a tour of another kind of art gallery, one where the medium is cold beer. It's accurate to say that the dedicated folks at the Chandeleur Brewing Company treat their craft as fine art. We had a private tasting of several varieties of brewskis with names like Surfside Wheat Ale and Yellowmouth Tangerine Sour. After a night out with Bobby Carter, the tasting definitely took the edge off. Owners and brothers Cam and Cain Roberds are hardcore fishermen, which is why they named their brewing company after their favorite fishing grounds, the Chandeleur Islands. If you're not familiar with the name Chandeleur, you should be. While the islands are technically part of Louisiana, they're are closer to mainland Mississippi. Only 50 miles from the coast, the happy place is well-known for producing monster speckled trout and redfish. In addition to putting smiles on thirsty fishermen, the Cain brothers have also committed part of their profits to buying tags for tarpon. Conservation was turning out to be a theme. We rounded out our tour of coastal Mississippi with a oyster extravaganza at the aptly-named Half Shell restaurant. I was reminded that the goal of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is to help local oystermen increase their output from about 40,000 sacks in 2015 to one million sacks of oysters by the year 2025. I'm not an overbearing boss but, right then and there, I strongly urged every member of my staff to put a dent in that oyster population and help create demand. We began our show of support at the Half Shell and we will continue our mission with fearless determination. That's just the way the GHM staff rolls, especially in Mississippi. Clockwise from Left: The "Little Room" at the Walter Anderson Museum. Brumfield's Gyotaku art of an actual billfish. Left to right: Kenny Barhanovich, Bobby Carter, Danny Pitalo and Jay Trochesset. Awesome beer taps at Chandeleur Island Brewing Company. GHM's intrepid road trip crew: JJ Waters, Deveaux Carter, Penny Lane Jones and Carly Stone.

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