Call Me Ishmael (Thanks to Art's Bait House)

Or at least you should have, considering I caught a whale of a lot of fish when I was growing up, mainly at Lake Thunderbird, plus the occasional trips to ginormous Lake Texoma.

After my Dad left the Fire Department, he bought a modest tri-hull boat with a small Evinrude motor. It didn’t look like much, but Dad had done his homework, and it was a workhorse.

The tri-hull meant it could handle choppy water well, and its open design allowed five or more people to fish at a time.

We went to the lake a lot.

And because my Mom was one of those naturally well-organised people, when we mobilized for the lake, we did so with the speed and efficiency of the U.S. Navy.

At least Mom and Dad did.

While they were racing full speed ahead, I was in the backyard with my Zebco 303 rod-and-reel combo, practicing casting a heavy sinker into a minnow bucket 20 yards away.

My Dad only allowed two stops on the way to the lake: getting ice and beer at the quickie mart thingee, and minnows at Art’s Bait House, near the corner of Old Highway Nine and Alemeda.

I loved Art’s Bait House.

It was hidden, way back under the trees and an old tin roof, and had served the Norman fishing community for generations.

It had tons of fishing tackle, but mainly it had the scrappiest minnows in the universe.

The minnows were kept in separate concrete tanks for small, medium and whale-size minnows. The whales could actually fin you and make you bleed...

#humor #normanstories #fishing #lakethunderbird #artsbaithouse #icecoldbeer #oklahomahumor #simplertimes #zebco #minnows #crappie #dirtybird #artsminnows #theicedock #babyboomer #nostalgia #artmauldin #pumptheminnows #alamedastreet #growingupinnorman

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Sudie
Sudie
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Just finished reading your book. I was laughing out loud so much my husband asked what was I reading! And I kept thinking, “Bless his mom's heart”! My dad also read it and said he found it delightful. Looking forward to the second book. Thanks for the entertainment!

6 months ago
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Tktjtj
5/5

Fantastic!

Fun and great read!!! If you grew up in the 60 and 70 you will be able to relate to many fun stories the author tells!
Bill Moore is a very talented and entertaining author with a great sense of humor! I highly recommend this book!!!

9 months ago
Susan B.
Susan B.
5/5

Couldn’t put it down. A total joy to read.

The author was a classmate of mine in high school, and is still a great Facebook friend. I knew this book would be awesome b/c of the way Bill writes his posts on Facebook telling his friends of his life in New Zealand. This book touched my heart in soo many ways. Bills writing is so descriptive, that in your mind you see what he’s writing about or transports you to the place. I couldn’t put it down. Bill, thank you for letting me go back to my days of innocence as a child in Norman, Oklahoma.

9 months ago
Debra
Debra
5/5

Having known the author all our lives I expected nothing less than stellar from him and he does not disappoint. It brought smiles and loud guffaws as I tripped down memory lane with him. It was so much more personal to me as I knew the characters in the book but all will enjoy reminiscing about that magical time in Norman . Give it a read you wont be disappointed!

4 years ago
ProudDad
ProudDad
5/5

I think anyone who grew up around the 1960s will enjoy this trip down memory lane!

4 years ago

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Norman-born Bill Moore spent four decades as a newspaper reporter and P.R. guy, writing at least 900 gazillion words in Texas, Washington, D.C., Singapore and New Zealand.
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