Like many outdoor types, I used to consider the dead of winter as off time, a time to clean rifles and shotguns and put them away and devote time to readying fishing tackle for spring fishing. But winter has become one of my favorite seasons for enjoying the outdoors.
Granted, deer season is coming to a close for most of us (hunting is still available on some ranches under a TPWD management plan) but there is still plenty to do other than clean weapons and dream about spring fishing! My past week is a good case I point.
A neighbor recently granted me fishing rights on a sand/gravel pit on his property that was excavated back in the sixties. Back when it was dug, the lower end was sixty feet deep which is very deep for any stock pond. Im sure the pit has silted in a bit through the decades but Im betting its still fifty feet deep. My neighbor tells me the pond is well stocked with bass, catfish, crappie and big bream. With shoreline vegetation along most of the bank, it was easy to see that I needed a boat of some sort to effectively fish the pond.
I have a big Kayak for this type fishing but I much prefer a stable Jon boat. I placed a note in our local online shopper and was contacted by a lady who had a 12-foot aluminum boat that was several years old but had been used very little. I have the boat stashed on the banks of my new fishing hole and am waiting for a few stable days of warmer weather to do a bit of winter bass fishing. Im thinking a porkrind on a light jig tossed up into those shoreline reeds should produce some action. Ive got a portable graph ordered which should be very helpful in locating schools of crappie holding on deep structure this winter.
I also found time for a late season doe or spike buck hunt over in Palo Pinto County. I have hunted along the Brazos River with my longtime friend Randy Douglas for many years. This is the same country where the cattle were rounded up for the Goodnight-Loving cattle drives. The rugged ranchland along the river has changed very little through the years.
We were hunting some property owned by Randy Nix from Mineral Wells. I had the pleasure of meeting Randy during the hunt and learned a great deal about whats going on in that area. Randy and his wife Misty are deeply involved in the renovation of the historic Baker Hotel in downtown Mineral Wells as well as the Crazy Water Hotel which is currently open for business. The same mineral water that brought visitors to Mineral Wells from far and wide back in the past century is once again attracting crowds to this historic town. I cant wait to stay in the old Baker Hotel when it reopens.
The Dallas Safari Club convention was held in Dallas last week and I spent a day there visiting with old friends and making a few new ones. My …….