No blue marlin but plenty of spirit at Big Rock

Published: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM.

“One of his boats …, the last one he built, came by here the other day and it looks as good as any boat built today,” Ramsey said. “Now there are changes, subtle changes, but the bones of the boat, the style and design were so far ahead of everybody. He spawned a lot of different boat builders who worked for him and a lot of fishing captains who worked for him.”

Not only is Tillett proud of his faith, he gets a sense of fulfillment that his efforts in the waters have opened the door for others to come after him. The ties that have been created because of his presence makes him feel good, he said.

“But they are ahead of me now,” he quipped.

Tillett smiles as he talks about those who have come after him. His good spirits, however, stop momentary, when he speaks of a decision he made as a youngster to not continue his education.

“I didn’t finish school and I’m not proud of that,” Tillett said. “I just wanted to get into fishing. I didn’t pay attention in class.”

But Tillett spent his younger days with schools of fish as a successful seaman and he said these days he enjoys going to local classes to speak to children.

“We got a school in our church and I talk to them sometimes in the classes,” he said. “I tell them to always pay attention. If you pay attention, you will make it.”

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