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The best two times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t.
-Patrick F. McManus

Rube Murphy was a sailor and a fisherman in the Texas Tropics. A weekender, he had a 30-foot sloop upon which he spent every spare minute. Huge fishing pole mounts decorated the back rails, because if he wasn’t sailing, Rube was about to go fishing, was currently fishing, or just returned from fishing.

Fisherman MurphyHis wife Gertie could cook anything Rube could catch. She fried, steamed, broiled, blackened, baked, grilled, stir-fried, barbecued, sushied or pickled whatever Rube hauled out of the Gulf of Mexico if it was edible.

One balmy day in September, Rube caught a big-o fish, weighing in at about 30 pounds. Gertie eyed the catch with some concern because she’d never seen a fish quite like it, but Rube tossed it in the cooler and continued fishing until it was time to head for the marina.

Once upon a time, a sailor with laughing eyes and an easy smile told me, “The Gulf of Mexico – that’s where the magic is…” There may be clearer waters and less turbulent waters (and we all know there are better sailing waters) to be found, but I’ve met the magic in the Gulf of Mexico and she is a bewitching woman. Rube and Gertie lazily made their way back to their coastal marina, appreciating the beauty of the sky becoming a pink-swirled blaze and the silvery sparkles that cap the wave crests fading away for the night.

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