Flip Your Tail , Catfish

By:Irene Lewis

Traveled North and South On Old Man River. Savored the Best gumbo, crawfish at Tabasco Factory, shrimp on mouth of MS, but hands down Lawrence Staton had a deck on MS river near Greenville and Lake Village bridge. He would keep his catfish in a net off the dock and when company came all wouid sit right there as he would filet a fresh fish right out of the water. Right there he had a simple black kettle where mouth watering hush puppies ( with onions) French fries and catfish would flow until you could not walk so you stretched out on the dock and your ears were tuned for a passing barge! Choosing between his whole catfish dipped in egg and tossed with YELLOW cornmeal and filet dipped in egg and flour kept your taste buds dancing as catfish flipped their tail one last time to the tune of dancing waves against the dock . Throw a big pickle on the plate and sip real MS sweet tea as you waited for your catfish to come to the top of the boiling oil. Some memories makes your mouth water even now.

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