Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Another quick crappie trip 1/27/15

Temperatures in the mid 70's in January once again led to fishing fever.  Rhandy called and asked if I wanted to come out for another day of crappie fun fishing and he didn't have to ask twice.  We found 9 big ones on one crappie pile but spent the rest of our time catching one here and one there.  At  the end of the day we had 20 big ones and only one that was too small to keep.
The most fun I had was hooking a chunky 6 pound bass on an ultra lite rod with 4 pound test.  He had that rod bent over double but it still did the job.  The photo doesn't do that fish justice.  It was small but wide!
Rhandy cleaned them up and I came home with another 10 pounds of beautiful crappie filets.  The cleaning station at the Minnow Bucket is almost completely out of the water now.  Sad to see Lake Fork so low.  However it is still better to be in Texas where it's 75 degrees in January than in Boston where they have 2 feet of snow!  Hah hah!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lake Fork Crappie 1/20/15

I missed my fall fishing opportunities due to bad weather so I have been itching to get back to the lake.  A brief spurt of warm days in January combined with the Mrs's travel schedule led me to call Rhandy to see if he was up to a 1 day crappie excursion.  He was so we made the most of it.
Poor Lake Fork is down over 7 feet now.  The continuing drought has Dallas now pulling water from the lake and things will get really low if we don't get some rain.  The docks in the distance above are where we put in last year in the spring when there was still plenty of water.  Not now.  

After waiting a bit for the fog to lift we headed out to Rhandy's favorite spot with some crappie jigs.  Things started out slow but picked up a bit after noon and we ended up with 18 crappie by 2 pm.  Only one was under 10 inches and several were great big 2 pounders.  We also caught 3 small bass and a catfish.

We headed back to Rhandy's where Bud helped him clean the mess while I drank beer.  Ah, the good life!  Not bad for a January day in Texas.