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But if you try sometimes, well, you might find, you get what you need. . . .

 

We had a plan, but the weather in Texas doesn't care about plans. If you want to make Mother Nature laugh out loud, tell her about your plans to go fishing in Texas. 

 

Our plan was to take a Fall tour of a few west Texas hot spots and spend two of three days at a few different lakes. The lakes we planned to hit were Possum Kingdom, Hubbard Creek, and then O. H. Ivie. We thought it was a good plan. We thought wrong. I arrived on Saturday 10/22 to strong winds and cooler temps. The forecast for Sunday was for even stronger winds (25 to 40 mph) and nowhere within 250 miles was exempt. Then on Monday, the storm really blew into the entire area. Thunder and lightning, the works. So we hung out at my friend's place and worked on a few things there to hopefully get in a modified version of our original plan. 

 

On Tuesday, the showers subsided, but the winds were still blowing pretty good in the morning, and then eventually calmed down enough to let us fish a few hours in his two man pond crawler at a local soil conservation reservoir just before dark. We caught fish on shallow running squarebills and spinnerbaits. My biggest was 22.5 inches, but our scale had dead batteries so we couldn't get a weight on it. It had the head of a seven or eight pounder easily, but it was sporting her summer beach body.

 

Wednesday, more high winds in the morning, and my buddy had bought a couple of new boat seats, so we took the time to get those installed. And, even though the wind wasn't supposed to let up, it did and we snuck snuck down to give the new seats a whirl for a few more hours just before dark. Back his boat in and he went to give it the gas with the foot throttle, and the throttle cable broke. Lucky for us, his friend whose property the soil conservation reservoir sits on had a bass tracker there, and we hopped in it and still got in a couple hours. My two biggest weighed (with a new battery in the scale) went 5.66 lbs. and 4.32 lbs.

 

Our plane had been modified to just head straight down to O. H. Ivie and see if we could fish for the day on Thursday and then beat feet back home because another sizable storm was forecast for Friday. But with the broken throttle cable, we had to get that fixed on Thursday. We were able to source one and install it, and then sneak in another late afternoon session before the storm hit late that night.  Nothing out of the three pound range, but still fun fishing as I don't normally get to fish shallow water with hydrilla beds. I learned a lot and I think I can apply some of at the lagoon here at home.

 

Friday, it stormed as forecasted, so we got ready to try to get in one day somewhere other than the local 30 acre pond. We decided to give Possum Kingdom a shot for a one day on Saturday as I had to catch a plane Sunday at 12:45. We got to PK just as the storm was subsiding and fished until early afternoon when the wind chased us off. I had four fish including a feisty drum. Just as it was at the local pond, crankbaits and spinnerbaits were the order of the day, and I also caught two on the same Carolina rig I use at home with 4" Keitech Swing Impact plastics. Such an interesting lake that is unlike any other I have been to.

 

So, as fishing freaks are known to do, we got a wild idea that we could sneak in a quick session on Sunday morning at the pond before heading to the airport. We fished for 1:45 minutes and each caught nine fish, all on spinnerbaits. That surely adjusted my jaw to the correct setting for my flight back to LAX that I made with just a few minutes to spare.

 

So, while we didn't exactly get what we wanted, we tried, and I think we got what we needed.

 

And, here are a few pics to share. . . .

 

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Great Job!

Looks like you guys made the best of it and then some!!

 

Great Report

 

 

 

 

Mike

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13 hours ago, Big Hands said:

But if you try sometimes, well, you might find, you get what you need. . . .

 

We had a plan, but the weather in Texas doesn't care about plans. If you want to make Mother Nature laugh out loud, tell her about your plans to go fishing in Texas. 

 

Our plan was to take a Fall tour of a few west Texas hot spots and spend two of three days at a few different lakes. The lakes we planned to hit were Possum Kingdom, Hubbard Creek, and then O. H. Ivie. We thought it was a good plan. We thought wrong. I arrived on Saturday 10/22 to strong winds and cooler temps. The forecast for Sunday was for even stronger winds (25 to 40 mph) and nowhere within 250 miles was exempt. Then on Monday, the storm really blew into the entire area. Thunder and lightning, the works. So we hung out at my friend's place and worked on a few things there to hopefully get in a modified version of our original plan. 

 

On Tuesday, the showers subsided, but the winds were still blowing pretty good in the morning, and then eventually calmed down enough to let us fish a few hours in his two man pond crawler at a local soil conservation reservoir just before dark. We caught fish on shallow running squarebills and spinnerbaits. My biggest was 22.5 inches, but our scale had dead batteries so we couldn't get a weight on it. It had the head of a seven or eight pounder easily, but it was sporting her summer beach body.

 

Wednesday, more high winds in the morning, and my buddy had bought a couple of new boat seats, so we took the time to get those installed. And, even though the wind wasn't supposed to let up, it did and we snuck snuck down to give the new seats a whirl for a few more hours just before dark. Back his boat in and he went to give it the gas with the foot throttle, and the throttle cable broke. Lucky for us, his friend whose property the soil conservation reservoir sits on had a bass tracker there, and we hopped in it and still got in a couple hours. My two biggest weighed (with a new battery in the scale) went 5.66 lbs. and 4.32 lbs.

 

Our plane had been modified to just head straight down to O. H. Ivie and see if we could fish for the day on Thursday and then beat feet back home because another sizable storm was forecast for Friday. But with the broken throttle cable, we had to get that fixed on Thursday. We were able to source one and install it, and then sneak in another late afternoon session before the storm hit late that night.  Nothing out of the three pound range, but still fun fishing as I don't normally get to fish shallow water with hydrilla beds. I learned a lot and I think I can apply some of at the lagoon here at home.

 

Friday, it stormed as forecasted, so we got ready to try to get in one day somewhere other than the local 30 acre pond. We decided to give Possum Kingdom a shot for a one day on Saturday as I had to catch a plane Sunday at 12:45. We got to PK just as the storm was subsiding and fished until early afternoon when the wind chased us off. I had four fish including a feisty drum. Just as it was at the local pond, crankbaits and spinnerbaits were the order of the day. Such an interesting lake that is unlike any other I have been to.

 

So, as fishing freaks are known to do, we got a wild idea that we could sneak in a quick session on Sunday morning at the pond before heading to the airport. We fished for 1:45 minutes and each caught nine fish, all on spinnerbaits. That surely adjusted my jaw to the correct setting for my flight back to LAX that I made with just a few minutes to spare.

 

So, while we didn't exactly get what we wanted, we tried, and I think we got what we needed.

 

And, here are a few pics to share. . . .

 

IMG_5450a.jpg

 

IMG_0164a.jpg

 

IMG_0148a.jpg

 

IMG_5467a.jpg

 

IMG_5463a.jpg

 

IMG_0177a.jpg

 

IMG_0288a.jpg

 

IMG_0296a.jpg

Absolute monsters!

That's also an awesome rock formation and great photo. Thanks for sharing!

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4 minutes ago, Big Hands said:

My favorite TV show growing up

I was bummed when John Woo's 2004 pilot 'The Robinsons' didn't take off...it's on YouTube in 5 parts...here's Part 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAT4tjjzOCk

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