Don Dubuc / Fish and Game
NEW ORLEANS -- Frank Davis has left us, but what will always remain are the stories about the master storyteller himself, and they'll continue to be told as long as there are fishermen.
“We talked politics, we solved problems, we talked religion and we solved how Jesus fed the 5,000 people,” said Capt. Phil Robichaux of Captain Phil’s Charters.
“He didn't care if you caught redfish, speckled trout, sheepshead or if you didn't catch anything,” said former marina operator Kenny Campo. “One of the best shows we made and people remarked about it for so long we caught a stick and a piece of wood.
“The thing that stuck out in my mind was why he brought so many tackle boxes rods and reels,” said Capt. Kenny Kreeger of Capt. Kenny’s Charters. “I don't know because you can only fish with one pole at a time.”
“I want to tell one as an example of his generosity. Frank had four igloo coolers full of lures and terminal tackle that he had collected over the years and probably over 40 rods and reels. He gave those to me to give to Kay Florane so that she could refurbish them and give them to kids who were less fortunate,” said Capt. Ron Broadus of Captain Ahab’s Charters.
Robichaux said, “I'm going to miss him, but I look up at those blue skies and know that's all water, and Gods got all water up there and he's fishing, and one day I'm going to go up there and he's going to be my fishing guide.”
Kreeger said, “I'm going to miss him with all my heart, it was my privilege, my pleasure to fish with Channel Four and Frank for all these years.”
“He told me, he look me straight in the eyes you know, he says I love you guys from the bottom of my heart. He says y'all just made my life so easy and he made everybody else's life so easy,” Campo said. “I mean that's all I can say.”
We all agree the Frank Davis we knew is standing at the pearly gates fishing rod in hand, bargaining for what every fishermen wishes for – one last cast.