First Fish! (A tribute to the Rier Family)

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    • #1533
      Kevin Remillard

      Well, since no one else has posted in this forum, I felt necessary to show this Forum some love. This is a red snapper that i Caught in the Gulf. I am blessed to work for a company that takes an employee vacation once a year. The sales folks get to bring one customer with us. I brought my Buddy Matt Rier. This year we went to Panama City. We had a nice condo right on the beach. One of the activities i did was salt water fishing. One of our customers is an avid fisherman and has a boat. He asked everyone there if anyone wanted to fish with him, and surprisingly most people declined as they wanted to sit on the beach. I immediately took him up on his offer, and we scheduled a four hour trip. There was some delays leaving the dock, but we finally got some bait around 2.30pm and headed out to sea. We rode 18 miles out in the ocean and started fishing. It was me, my girlfriend and my buddy Jarryd. Jarryd replaced my buddy Matt Rier… I’ll tell you why in a few more sentences. Anyways, we finally drop our lines. I get a bite instantly…I set the hook, and i think i got so excited that i yanked the hook right out of the fishes mouth. I re-baited, then dropped it again. In about 10 minutes, I got another bite, and this time I hooked him and brought him up. We were fishing in 65 feet depth… and it was a tough fight. When i got it to close to the boat, we scooped it up, and it was a RED SNAPPER. 18″ long which was a keeper fish! We put it in the cooler, and i was ready to go for more. But suddenly out of no where a storm hit us… It was bad, and very scary. We tried to outrun it, but at the end of the day, we decided to head in because it just wasn’t worth taking the risk. Unfortunately, we only got to fish for 20 minutes, and i was the only one to bring one in. But thats OK, because i shared my catch with my fishing partners. We cleaned the fish on my condo countertop with limited resource. All things considering, we got a good yield from the fish, and had two nice BIG filets. We soaked a wood plank in wine and water, then grilled the fish, along with some fresh shrimp. We served it over rice, corn and asparagus. It was so fresh and so delicious! Before we ate this meal, we said a prayer to my buddy Matt Rier…

      Matt Rier, One of my best friends and my first customer unfortunately had his trip cut short. He had to leave to go home after just a few hours of arriving with me. His Dad (the GM of this company) unfortunately was involved in an a tragic accident where he was unconscious for over 15 minutes, and was sent to ICU. Matt left to go home to support his father and his family. Unfortunately as of Monday the 13th, his dad passed away. This was completely unexpected and extremely devastating. His dad was such a sincere and loving person. He went above and beyond to support his family and help each of his children succeed and reach their goals. His father leaves behind his wife and 4 children. The family is devastated to lose such a loving father that he was. With that said, they now know he is in heaven resting comfortably. Matt was supposed to be on that boat with me…. My heart hurts for my buddy and his family, so this fish, and this meal was a tribute to the Rier Family. Life is a wonderful thing, but don’t take it for granted. Live your life to the fullest, and know that you are extremely blessed to have the opportunities that you have here on God’s planet. This one goes out to you my dear Friend. I love you with all my heart, and look forward to many memories together in the future.

      With much love!

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    • #1537

      That’s a GREAT Looking Fish! Prayers for your Friend, sometimes we don’t realize how much a GREAT Friend has influenced our lives until they are not around or not able to spend time with us.

    • #1695

      I like it, I’m Ready to do some Ocean Fishing!

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