Mark Twain once warned you should never tell fish stories where people know you; more importantly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.
There are fish stories, and there are fish stories. This month’s issue features engaging and true fish stories. Among the features is one about Buddy Guindon’s starring role on the National Geographic Channel’s series, “Big Fish Texas.” The series’ first season aired in early February and focuses on the island’s Katie’s Seafood Market, which processes 25 percent of the fresh fish commercially caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Katie’s is the epicenter of the fishing empire that Guindon, his family and colleagues built.
Although the series centers on the daily challenges Guindon and family face running Katie’s while working to create a sustainable fishery, it also brings national attention to Galveston and to a way of life that intrigues some landlubbers and that we sometimes take for granted.
Jillian Williams is another fascinating islander who makes a living off the sea.
Williams, a fourth-generation offshore party boat operator, is one of few — if not the only — women with a captain’s license operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Williams is good at what she does and doesn’t take any guff off people who think it’s a man’s job.
And we meet three families that never take the easy access to fishing in this area for granted.
As 11-year-old Adrian Barajas wisely said:
“It’s not about what you catch. It’s about being with your family and just having fun together.”
Coast Monthly would like to extend a warm thanks to Dr. William Johnson, a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Johnson, a Master Gardener, graciously offered his knowledge and expertise as we foraged for plants to illustrate the Down the Hatch column in this issue. Visit his website at http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.