BAY CITY — Eddie Douglas was surrounded by grandsons, Robert and Davidson, and his black lab, Jake, as he welcomed guests into the research of his residence on a cul-de-sac that he has lived in for over 60 years.
The partitions are lined with photos of a lifetime of fishing and searching, and the cabinets are stacked with trophies for profitable tournaments, together with Poco Bueno in Port O’Connor in 1995.
“I by no means did wish to hunt and fish. I adored it,” Douglas stated on Friday. “If it isn’t your factor, do not do it. It’s a must to adore it. I am obsessive about it. I’m going to do the very best I can each single time I am going.”
Douglas turned 89 in December and was not too long ago identified with a mind tumor that might take his life at any second.
However Douglas has left an indelible mark on the searching and fishing world that features publishing a ebook “A Hand on Your Shoulder” in 2018, and is ready for no matter transpires.
“The physician informed me to only go have life the very best you possibly can and don’t be concerned about it,” he stated. “When the 2 issues meet within the improper place, you are gone. If they do not meet for 10 years, you will be OK for 10 years. If it occurs tomorrow, you will be gone tomorrow.
“I can purchase that,” he continued. “It would not actually hassle me. What else can I do? I’ve killed extra quail than you’ve got ever seen. I’ve caught extra fish than anyone, and also you need me to catch extra fish? You higher return and do it your self. I’ve caught my share.”
Douglas has fished since he was 7 years previous when he picked up a pole and rode his bicycle to Six Mile Creek, which was 5 miles from his home in Palestine.
He spent summers at his grandfather’s lake home close to Grapeland and knew that he needed to commit the remainder of his life to fishing and searching.
“I had a buddy inform me that I used to be the one man he knew when he was 10 years previous that informed him what he was going to do with the remainder of his life and I did,” Douglas stated.
Douglas graduated from Texas A&M earlier than going to Fort Benning, Georgia, for primary coaching with the US Military.
Douglas was a wonderful marksman, and after hitting 100% of his long-range targets throughout a capturing train, was supplied an indefinite fee as a capturing teacher, which might have allowed him to journey world wide and retire on the age of 45, however he turned it down.
“I missed one quail season, and I did not plan on lacking any extra except I went to warfare,” he stated. “I used to be proper. I used to be proper.”
Douglas has by no means seemed again and have become conversant in saltwater fishing when he moved to the Gulf Coast, the place his late spouse, Margaret Ann, taught faculty for 47 years at Van Vleck.
Douglas’ expertise fishing in Matagorda Bay and within the Gulf of Mexico led him to develop the ED Particular Lure, which he designed by hand.
“This factor right here modified the entire advanced of fishing on the coast,” Douglas stated “I’ll say that as a result of I do know that. I am standing there doing it. I’ve acquired this lure within the surf catching a fish each throw. This man standing beside me is throwing as exhausting as he can and catching one each 10 instances.”
The lure sells for $36 and has retained its reputation for nearly a half-century.
“No person had that lure,” he stated. “No person would make that lure. It takes quite a lot of effort. It is not one thing you simply sit down and print out. I knew what the fish needed. I saved digging till I discovered what works, after which I nailed it. It took me three years to determine. On the finish of three years, I used to be promoting greater than I might make.”
Douglas’ means to fish and hunt has been restricted by his medical situation. However his love of him for the outside won’t ever wane.
“In the event you’re not an obsessive individual, you’ll by no means be value a rattling so far as I am involved within the play portion,” he stated. “You could be alright as an engineer or an accountant, or you might be alright doing any variety of issues. Except you’ve a double, triple need to be the very best, you possibly can’t be. It is unimaginable.
“You have to consider you possibly can go do it,” he provides. “If anyone you ever discuss to ever believes it any tougher than I did, I would wish to see him. I performed the sport as exhausting as anyone has ever performed it.”