DuBos: Frank Davis had a 'contagious' enthusiasm for fishing

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 10:35 AM

In addition to his memorable feature stories about New Orleans and his infectious love of New Orleans cooking, Frank Davis also left an indelible mark on Louisiana outdoorsmen. One of them is Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos, who remembers Frank in this week’s Commentary.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

The only thing fishermen love almost as much as fishing, is talking about fishing — or watching TV shows about fishing. Frank Davis gave fishermen like me and countless others a weekly gift for more than 30 years: his Thursday Fishin’ Game reports.

Rain or shine, hot or cold, Frank took us into Louisiana’s marshes in search of speckled trout, redfish, flounder and more. He made every viewer a vicarious fisherman, and he made celebrities of south Louisiana’s colorful charter captains and marina operators.

Frank didn’t just celebrate fishing, he advocated for it. That’s why the public pier at the Seabrook — where many of us caught our first fish in Lake Pontchartrain — was rechristened “The Frank Davis Pier” in his honor.

Fishermen use a special phrase to describe a perfect day on the water. We call it, “limiting out.” It means catching the maximum number of fish allowed.

Frank might not have limited out on every trip, but his weekly reports were always fun to watch, his enthusiasm always contagious.

So long, Frank. When it came to hooking friends and fans, you definitely limited out.

 

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