I don’t know a lot about fishing, except you need patience. My father, who loved to fish, was a patient man. I marveled at his willingness to stay out for hours. His patience rarely failed, even on one trip to Matagorda Bay, when my sister and I managed to lock his keys in the trunk of our ’70-something Chevy Nova. He fished all day and spent much of the night dismantling the Nova’s backseat to retrieve those keys, without ever showing signs of what must have been pure annoyance. Even after that incident, he always let us tag along, hoping to instill in us a love of Texas saltwater fishing.
We learned practical things on those wade-fishing trips, such as how to slowly shuffle along the bay bottom so we didn’t step down hard on a stingray. But we also learned spiritual things, such as how to appreciate life on the water and all the good things we had here along the upper Texas coast.
Appreciation of the outdoors and tuning into nature was a recurring theme as we spoke to avid anglers about the allure of wade fishing. One of those avid anglers is Nate Skinner, born and raised in Texas City. Coast Monthly is proud to introduce the award-winning outdoor writer and photographer as the newest member of our outstanding team. Skinner will write monthly articles on fishing, hunting and the outdoors.
Skinner lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Emily, who also loves the outdoors, and their son, Waylon, along with his bird dog and hunting partner, a female black Lab named Kahle.