Brice band reels in the redfish

Lee Brice band

The Lee Brice band poses with their biggest redfish. Second from right is Lee Brice. Standing at left is Capt. J.B. Layne.

JOHN SOLOMON | Special to the Times
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM.

It isn’t every day that you get to fish with a country singing sensation, and when that day comes along, you sure hope the fish are biting.

In the case of Capt. J. B. Layne, it got about as good as it gets.

Layne, along with Florida Seafood Festival President John Solomon, had a chance Nov. 4 to go out fishing with Lee Brice and members of his band. After a fantastic concert Saturday night to close out the 49th annual festival, Brice and his boys were ready for the fishing adventure.

Brice’s tour manager had called Layne late Saturday night to arrange the trip. “All we want to catch is redfish,” he told Layne.

“I can take them where they’re at,” Layne told him. “It’s your job to reel them in.”

Leaving out of Ten Foot Hole about 11:30 a.m. the following Sunday morning, Brice brought along a high school buddy, his personal trainer, drummer and lead guitarist. Layne found them a spot over near Dry Bar, and the boys went to work, reeling out with 10-pound test line to prove their mettle against the fierce fighter.

“Everyone was real knowledgeable, but they grew up mostly on bass fishing,” said Layne. “This was the first redfish any of them ever caught.”

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