Many of the Savannah residents are as familiar with Dr. Emerson Brown- "The Grouper Man" as they are with Dr. Brown, the Optometrist, Low Vision Specialist. He receives more press coverage as an Angler extraordinaire than the eye care professional. Just a few of the notables: "Mayor Johnson goes fishing with Emerson Brown"; Alderwoman Mary Osborne goes fishing with Emerson Brown"; "Jaws II, Hooked-Caught"; "Eight Men in a Boat: An Adventure to the Edge of America"; "Eye Doctor Helps Blind See Again".
Well, very little has changed! During these "Dog Days of Summer", when inshore fishing slows down and the Bass (red fish); Specs (spotted sea trout) and whiting go to deeper cooler water; Grouper Man has perfected a technique for catching big (15-50 lbs.) Black Drum. Robert Lowery ("Boss Hog); Victor Michael (Vic) and Harry Roper, Jr. (Dinkey) would occasionally catch Black Drum. However "Doc" wanted to consistently catch the Big Drum. So he studied the tides (High tide vs. Low tide); varied the baits live vs. dead shrimp; crab vs. squid, until he found the point of the tide and bait that consistently produces Big Drum in good numbers. When asked, especially by another fisherman, where he catches those Big Fish, his candid straight faced reply: "Oh, I catch them in the waterways of lovely Savannah River".