By Chris Ingram
Special correspondent, the Tampa Tribune
Published July 12, 2011
I recently went fishing for black drum with a couple of buddies who are retired firefighters. I point out that my buddies Tommy and Ronnie were firefighters, because you would assume that as such, they would be fully prepared for the day’s adventures.
We went out on a boat with plans to anchor in between the pilings of the Courtney Campbell Bridge. When we arrived, Ronnie, the “captain,” realized we didn’t have an anchor, or even a dock line — both of which we later learned had been removed by his son-in-law. I started to wonder if he’d ever driven a firetruck to an inferno before realizing the hoses were back at the station.
After two hours of fishing with nothing to show for it but a near-empty bait bucket, our fearless captain got the idea that one of us should hold on to a piling to keep the boat from drifting and thus allow for a better feel of the black drum sucking on our bait.
This turned out to be a good idea, as within minutes of baiting the last blue crab, Ronnie hooked a 50-pounder — which he kindly let me reel in.
The day ended with smiles, ribbing our “captain” about his lack of equipment-checking skills, and thoughts of what could have been had we had all the proper tools — namely an anchor.
Our fishing adventure reminded me a lot of Gov. Rick Scott’s first six months in office.
Scott, like my pal Ronnie, is knowledgeable, experienced and determined to do what he was elected to do.
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Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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