Again this year, the Christmas Eve edition of the Reel Report presents Vince Stigligh Jr’s. Version of “The Night Before Christmas.”

“Twas the night before Christmas on the island you know; Way out on West Bay where there is no snow, Asleep in their bunks were Billy and Lou, a dreamin’ of limits like me and like you. Not stockings but waders hung close to their beds for those were two anglers, what more need be said?

Then all of a sudden from out of the night come such a ruckus it gave them a fright! They saw ‘cross the water like a shot from a gun

A highly- decorated outboard com’in on the run; the driver was casting and reeling at will and horsepower not reindeer he drove with such skill.

Come on there, Johnson and you too Mercury there’s going to be plenty of action for you and for me.

The driver in old levis and a shirt that was red, had a cap filled with lures on top of his head.

As he stepped from the outboard, he was truly a sight, with rod and reel ready and raring to fight. As he burst into the cabin, the anglers awoke. And both so astonished that no one spoke.

He filled their ice chest with goodies galore, so much that neither could think of anything more.

When Billy recovered the use of his jaws, he asked in a whisper “are you Santa Claus?”

“Am I the real Santa? Well, what do you think?” And he smiled as he gave both anglers a wink.

Then he leapt into his outboard and called back in a drawl “To all Texas anglers tight lines and full limits y’all!”

In closing, I want to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas Day and hopefully that special fishing gift awaits you under the tree!

Capt. Joe Kent is a columnist for The Daily News. Report your catch to or call 409-683-5273.

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Susan Smith

Thank you for that. Coach Stig was a tremendous teacher, friend and fishing partner. I have tons of great memories of him, he is surely missed. Mark

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