Today on the tray: Catfish

June 25 is National Catfish Day.

When I considered what to post for this day, I wondered to myself, “Which classic TV show is most likely to have featured a catfish?” And then I thought of Andy and Opie with their fishing poles, and the answer was obvious. The Andy Griffith Show!

Opie and Andy fishing

A Google search turned up pages from The Andy Griffith Show Book by Ken Beck, and it has a whole section on Mayberry food. Apparently (and I never knew this), catfish casserole was the Friday special at the Bluebird Diner in Mayberry. Excuse me while I go retch.

Okay, I’m back. And now, even though I already posted it for Go Fishing Day, here is Andy Griffith singing the show’s theme song, “The Fishin’ Hole.” It would just seem wrong not to include it.

Andy Griffith, “The Fishin’ Hole”

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