TYLER, Texas — In our latest edition of Hooked on East Texas, we find another way to merge fishing and music.
Many questions surround the idea of whether playing music on your boat affects fishing, and studies have shown that certain sounds are more likely to scare fish away and conversely bring them closer together. Our team went to Cedar Creek Lake in Henderson County to test the hypothesis.
The hum of the motor creates a rhythm as it moves through the water; the rise and fall of water mimics that of a steady rhythm in a song. The initial goal was to find fish but along the way we discovered that fishing has its own rhythm.
It was our installation in the boat: I am accompanied by our videographers Larry Magee and Jackson Blair, and the director of our evening news, Sheldon Talley.
If we’re the group, then fishing guide Kyle Miers is our bandleader. Miers is a full-time Crappie guide on Cedar Creek Lake and it doesn’t take him long to find a school of Crappies. And it didn’t take long for Talley, who also writes and produces R&B and rap music, to find the fish-catching beat.
“I like kicking with you, being vibin Shawty told me she was so into me, there’s just something about her energy,” Talley raps.
He says his inspiration for new music comes from collaboration.
“I would say, depending on the mood, I go to a certain producer and or if they have something they present to me, I listen to what they have and find some,” said Talley who is interrupted. by the tug on its line.
Seconds later, he rolls up a Crappie keeper. “That’s what we’re producing today,” Talley said confidently.
The air is crisp and cool from a recent storm and the fish are really biting which is what our guide wants to see. Miers describes it as catching fish in a barrel and he says it’s his job to make sure his customers have a successful day.
“You have guys who go out and go fishing,” Miers explained. “You know, my job is to get people fishing and I will very rarely put a rod in my hand when I have customers in the boat just because I’m going to do if I catch the lake record?”
Miers describes our catches as “Barn Door Crappies” and “East Texas Water Hogs”. He keeps things alive and throws one-liners as fast as we roll them.
Talley calls the whole therapeutic experience. “How I can become one with the peach,” Talley said. “Being here on the lake, you know how to disconnect, you don’t have to worry about real life, just ride the waves, like I ride the beat.”
We fill the cooler with about two dozen fish in just a few hours of fishing. He’s back to clean our catch and plan when we’ll fry them. Another sound that is music to many ears is the sound of fish being fried in a pan.
The writer Harry Middleton once wrote that fishing is not an escape from life but rather a deeper immersion in it. Perhaps the same can be said of the music.
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