Legendary Beaufort waterman caught the big one when ‘Forrest Gump’ came to town

Jimmie Lee Stanley was all but born in the river, and he was surf fishing for black drum, flounder and speckled trout the weekend before he died. He passed away in June in Beaufort, where he born, like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was only 63. Stanley could hunt and fish and shrimp with the best of them, and cook what he brought home — always the more the merrier.,,, But his biggest catch was an odd one. It’s one he loved with all his heart. It happened when his 65-foot wooden hull shrimp boat, the Miss Sherri was plucked from a sea of trawlers by Hollywood directors to be christened the Jenny in the blockbuster movie, “Forrest Gump.” click here to read the story 11:00

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