Category: Fish Tales

Banking it Family Style

When it comes to catching big fish, bank anglers are usually at a disadvantage when compared to power boaters or worse, kayak anglers. But judging from these pictures of Greg Strong, from Anna, Texas and his sister Melanie from Aubrey, Texas, I wouldn’t feel too sorry for them, because they seem to have mastered the…

Crappie Monday

Readers of Lone Star Chronicles, let me please introduce you to Mr. Ben Tedrick, one of the most prolific outdoor bloggers in Texas, if not the country. This is one of his most recent videos from his popular blog, appropriately named  Fish Tales, and it’s a great example of his work of which I’m been a huge fan. Fish Tales is a collection of stories, photos and videos chronicling Ben’s adventures chasing fish in the central part of our beautiful state.  His still and video photography takes you there, and his easy flowing, southern drawl  lures you in and puts you next to Ted as he does his thing.  As you can tell, I’m a big fan and would like to share a little of his work with you. I hope you enjoy the video…

PS: You’ll be reading more about Ben Tedrick here on LSC in the future.

 

A Mouthful of Talapia

What happens what a big bass tries to swallow a talapia? You get a mouthful. The good news is that the bass lived to feed another day after an unidentified Lake Falcon angler found the dynamic duo floating and felt the need to separate the two from their unholy union. If you believe the fishing forum post…

Backdoor to the Devils River

A  year ago, Texas kayak fishing guide Shane Davies offered me a one-of-a-kind trip, an assault on the Devils River from the northern arm of Lake Amistad. He described it as an exploratory paddle through a desolate piece of the lake, with unforgettable vistas and infinite fishing opportunities, all leading to the Devil’s backdoor and, potentially, the “mother of all honey holes.” His goal was to learn the route in order to offer it to his clients, and this trip would serve to explore the waterways, find suitable camp sites and test his theory about this honey hole. A few weeks later I found myself paddling north on Amistad with Shane Davies, in search of a new kayak route and an elusive honey hole. This is the story of that trip…

The paddle north from Lake Amistad to the mouth of the Devils River is known as much for its rugged desolation as for its trophy smallmouth.

Salsa and the Lost Fish

When Salsa’s not making movies, he’s writing one. But when he’s doing neither, he fishes, and that’s where our story begins. A day of fly fishing on the Upper Brazos River has so many possibilities, but sometimes the ones that materialize aren’t the ones you expected…

A Falcon Monster

Conroe, Texas angler, Wade Abadie had an unforgettable trip earlier in the month to a famous little lake named Falcon. And according to him, it was a slow trip…..gotta love Texas fishing.

Fishing Wheeler Branch Reservoir

An off-work Friday presented a rare but welcomed opportunity for some kayak fishing in one of North Texas’s more unusual fishing locales– Wheeler Branch Reservoir. It’s unusual for a couple of reasons. The first is its size; bigger than a pond but much smaller than most Texas impoundments,

Daddy’s Boy

This is North Texas angler Wesley Wyatt and his son Kanon posing for a post weigh-in picture at an Eagle Mountain Lake tournament in early February. Wyatt had just finished fishing the tournament with his dad, Timbo Wyatt, when his wife and son showed up. Says Wyatt, “My boy Kanon loves fishing so much that…

Blast from the Past II: Family Fishing Float

A few years back, Texas river rat Shane Davies guided me, my wife and 16-year old daughter on an upper Brazos River fishing trip. My son and I had gone with Shane the previous month and had a blast with both of us logging new personal bests. On this trip with my wife and daughter,…

Lane Ferguson and the Big Catfish

  For fishing guide Chad Ferguson, December thru February are prime fishing months for  trophy catfish. Those months typically mean brisk business for the Saginaw, Texas guide, but the down side is there’s usually little time to take his own 12-year old son, Lane, out chasing the big cats. Until last December, that is, when Chad made good on…

Blast from the Past: First Kayak Trip on the Brazos

A few years back, when my son Dan came home on leave, we booked a guided fishing trip with a Texas river fishing guide named Shane Davies. Shane specialized in kayak trips on the Brazos River and was known for putting his clients on big river fish. I’d been fascinated by the incredible stories of his client’s successes, but to be honest, there was a cynical part of me that thought the stories were exaggerated. I was wrong; the trip we booked surpassed every expectation we had. In fact, it changed the way we think of fishing even to this day. This is the story of that trip…

Chasing Alligator Gar on the Brazos

These six photos were submitted by Texas angler and airline pilot Jamie Mowrey. He and his 14-year old son were targeting gar on the middle Brazos River when he landed a 6′ 9″ alligator gar, which he caught, photographed and released (CPR). His son caught a couple of gars including one which was in the…