GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — The passing of 92-year-old Harley Rogers has left an empty place along the rail at Gulf State Park Pier and in the hearts of many who over the last 50 years came to see him as much as they did to fish.
There is an emptiness along the rail. The unofficial “Mayor of the Gulf State Park Pier” is gone
Maybe the biggest compliment for an angler is not how many fish he catches but how he is remembered.
“Harley and I got to be great friends,” says his friend Tom Tatum, “and what a super guy he was.”
“He’d catch all the good eating fish. I don’t know what his secret was,” adds Lloyd Cluster of Fairhope.
Harley Rogers could be found along the rail near the shallows every day, except Sunday. “We used to wait till 10 o’clock that’s when he left so now we can catch fish,” says Mark Slogan who knew Rogers for years.
He was 92 when he died last week. “A lot of fisherman on the pier say they owe everything they know about catching fish on the pier to Harley,” says Tatum.
Always willing to share his knowledge, there was also a little dry humor thrown in on the side. “I said Harley this is my wife Deb. He looked at her and said that’s not the same girl you had up here yesterday is it?”
He will be missed but never forgotten.
There is already an effort to install a plaque along the rail in his honor.