“In the country it is proper etiquette for the youngest in the pickup truck or car to get out and open and close the gate. No young person, girl or boy, raised in the country, would ever think of sitting still as the vehicle approached a closed gate. They would immediately hop out to undo the gate and then close it back.”
This passage appears in the chapter “Bigger Fish to Fry” in the book Ten was the Dealby John P. Faris, Jr. To read additional excerpts from John’s book collection, to include a complete chapter from this first book, click here.
“The small building had that quiet, cluttered feel of all country stores. It offered just about anything you could imagine for a day on the lake. There were shelves of brightly hand-painted corks, display cards of black-and-white porcupine quill floats, and hooks in small die cut boxes either all the same size or in assortments. There were sinkers of all shapes and sizes from the smallest split shot on up. An array of various length shellacked cane poles hung in racks from the wooden rafters. There were small glass jars of dyed pork rind in black, green, and dark purple colors. There were cardboard displays of white and yellow Shyster spinning baits. Glass-front cabinets held boxes of individual plugs like Jitter Bugs, Hawaiian Wigglers, River Runts, and Pal-O-Mine Minnows. It was a place where a fisherman could spend hours.”
This fishing story, “Bigger Fish to Fry,” can be found in the book Ten Was The Deal by John P. Faris, Jr. To read additional excerpts from John’s book collection, to include a complete chapter from this first book, click here.
Excerpt from Ten Was the Deal – A Collection of Outdoor Stories2020-11-12T04:42:21+00:00
Today my publisher and I finally signed off on the manuscript of my new book Ten Was The Deal. My first printed copy should arrive from the printer on September 1st. I could not have published this book without the help of Kirk Neely who has shepherded me through the long and complicated process. I also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Clare Neely who is my editor and chief encourager.
This is the front cover of my first book.
Ten Was The Deal – My first book of Southern Hunting and Fishing Stories2020-11-12T04:36:05+00:00
ABOUT JOHN P. FARIS, JR.
John P. Faris, Jr. is a native of South Carolina. His passion since childhood has been hunting and fishing. He enjoys farming, boat building, woodworking, photography and writing. John’s first three books, a collection of hunting and fishing stories, is on bookshelves now and available to purchase online.