Craziest Fishing Tale

The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou (March 2018)


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Guess WHAT? Yep, it was sold to Pelican Publishing Company. And will be released in March of 2018. Illustrations by Sarah Gramelspacher.

Ages 8-12 • 96 pgs • ISBN: 978-1455623471

So how did I finally land a book contract and get this story hooked?

Read the details here: “I got a book contract – and nearly passed out!!!”



Itchy middle-grade fiction, The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou is based on the true events – sort of – of how Hatcher Hampton became the greatest fisherman on the bayou. Hatcher is turning twelve. That means in family tradition, he’ll be entering his first fishing rodeo with hopes to prove he’s greater than his older, ice-age cool brother. First prize wins 500 smackaroos – money that could also save his family from being locked out of their home. Not to mention, the winner gets their face plastered on the front page of the paper, with bragging rights FOREVER. So taking home first place would be the perfect double-doozy. But getting stuck in a horsefly-infested swamp with Grampa Grump and NO EXTRA UNDERWEAR isn’t what he had in mind. In the end, Hatch must face a two-footed bayou beast and a one-armed pesky neighbor to win the greatest award of all.

You ready?

5 thoughts on “Craziest Fishing Tale

  1. Hi Gary,
    Congratulations! Was your story picked up by Pelican or River Road Press? I look forward to seeing it in print.
    Take care,

  2. Hi Gary, I sent your name to Scott Campbell of the new River Road Publishing. I enjoy your stories you read aloud at SCBWI meetings… Thought you two should meet. Best wishes on all your projects!

    • Thank you for passing my name to Scott, Julie. Always nice to hear feedback from readings, good or bad. I really appreciate the plug and hope we get to work on something together in the future. And congrats on Army Camels Crystal Kite award. Really nice stuff, I hope it brings new projects galore for you.


    • Hi Julie,
      Guess what? Fishing Tale finally got hooked. Thank you for lovin’ the black coffee scene — lil surprises for people who like to be surprised. Thank you for believing it this tale.

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