RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – One of South Texas’s most renown fishing guides has made his last cast. Richard Moore takes us out on the Laguna Madre for a tribute to a true saltwater legend.
My friend Captain Terry Neal has passed after a lengthy illness, and has made his final wade into the sunrise on the Lower Laguna Madre.
Captain Neal was a renowned fishing guide working out of Port Mansfield for more than 30 years, and was recently inducted into the Texas Saltwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
It was the Mother Lagoon that brought us together…a shared love of the Lower Laguna Madre and a fishing passion that sealed our friendship.
Captain Terry Neal, “I came here to be a guide, and it has kind of worked out pretty well for me.”
I remember many fine redfish, flounder and big trout landed and some that got away, which was just fine, because Terry rarely kept a big trout.
While Terry made his client’s trips memorable, he also taught them about conservation, and cherished the opportunity to teach kids how to fish.
“That’s the main thing, get the kids involved in it so they can see what fishing is all about and have a good time.” said Captain Neal.
Plying the bay with Terry was always a pleasure, as just being on the water with a kindred spirit was the best of times.
And, oh those sunrises…Terry and I headed out so many times with the wind in our face, sun just breaking the horizon and our hearts filled with the shared joy of being on the bay…. I will always think of my friend Captain Terry when the sun rises over the Mother Lagoon.