A recent fishing trip to the Florida Keys with my dad inspires me to think of my five favorite fishing songs – see that list at the bottom of the post.
Visiting my cousin Mac and his wife, Leeann, at their island home was a treat for my father and me. We drove three days to get there but it was well worth it. I loved the Keys’ laid-back feeling, surrounding gorgeous blue water and excellent fishing. And when restaurant chefs cook what you catch, that is the coolest thing. The Tempura and Piccata recipes were oh-so-good!
Besides catching some big red snappers, one eel (ick), I got to drive my cousin Mac’s boat, and I drank lots of coffee on their back porch. What a lovely place to be.
Oh, and I almost forgot, I got a text from Leeann a few days after I left asking if I knew a Jake Owen fella. Well, yes! She spotted one of his Days of Gold tour trucks. As it turned out she was standing right next to him. But if not for the swarm of girls that rushed him she might have missed him. That would have been sad.
Here are my five favorite songs about fishing:
1. Just Fishin’ by Trace Adkins, about important time spent with his own daughter. It was released in 2011 and written by Monty Criswell, Casey Beathard and Ed Hill.
2. Living and Living Well by George Strait, a breezy, romantic song that makes you wish you were that girl! It was released in 2001, written by Tony Martin, Tom Shapiro and Mark Nesler.
3. Fishin’ in the Dark by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – what list of fishing songs could be complete without this one, not really even about fishing. It was released in 1987, written by Wendy Waldman and Jim Photoglo.
4. I’m Gonna Miss Her by Brad Paisley is the ultimate fishing widow account. It was released in 2002 and written by Brad Paisley and Frank Rogers.
5. Fishin’ With Dad by Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots with help from Garth Brooks. This is an uncharacteristically sentimental song by the radio host about longing, and finally getting, a trip to the lake with your dad. It honors step parents everywhere. The song was released in 2016 and written by Bobby Bones and possibly Producer Eddie but I’m not sure.
Here are a few photos from our trip – that’s Leeann and Mac in the top right and me with Dad at the bottom left. That fish Dad is holding is called a “pudding wife.” I think it looks radioactive but that’s just its lovely color. I see what Mac means about fishing there – you never know what you may pull up.