So when I heard that Field & Stream posted their top 20 Coolest and Strangest Fishing Stories, we were all in. But when we realized that the number one spot was held by no other than LSC friend and frequent contributor Shane Davies, well, of course we had to pass it on. Shane’s legendary feat, for those of you who lived in a cave that year, was to use a baby rattlesnake–the reptile, not the lure–to catch a monster LMB. The story goes something like this:
While fishing on the upper Brazos River, Shane noticed a baby rattler crossing the river when suddenly the snake decided to take a slight detour, straight at Shane’s kayak. In an attempt to discourage the wayward viper, Shane stunned the snake with a smack of his paddle, and that’s when the idea came to him. Now keep in mind that Shane’s always been a somewhat unconventional soul but a prolific angler who specializes in the use of native baits to put his clients on trophy fish. So of course, he quickly came to the very logical conclusion that maybe, just maybe, free-lining a stunned rattler might be fun enough to risk hooking a live, but stunned baby rattlesnake. It didn’t take much soaking of the serpent before this beast of a fish pounced on the stunned rattler, and the rest is history.
Texas Kayak fishing guide Shane Davies poses with a trophy LMB he caught using a live rattlesnake.
Congratulations to Shane for taking F&S’s number one spot and confirming for the world what we here at LSC have known for a while: when it comes to Texas fishing, it doesn’t get cooler, or stranger, than Shane Davies. 🙂 To see more pics and read a more detailed account, as well as 19 other very cool and strange stories, read the Field & Stream Online post here.
Wanted to share some photos provided by Tino Mendietta of Kingsville, Texas from a trip a few months ago to one of his favorite fishing haunts on Baffin Bay. Although he nailed the drum, the trip wasn’t without some disappointments and hardships. But life goes on, as does the fishing for Tino, who knows all too well that on days like this, you take the good with the bad….
As told by Tino Mendietta…
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North Texas angler and LSC contributor, Mike Whitacre sent us these photos taken at Lake O.H. Ivie in Central, Texas. On this particular trip, he brought along his brother-in-law, Barry Kille, who had a monster day when he caught not one, but two 10+ pound LMB.
The story, as told by Mike, goes like this…
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I received an email from Dean Brown (UpDownBass.com) telling me about a monster LMB, potentially a state record, caught in Tennessee by Lance Walker, CEO of Browning Eyewear. The email contained an amazing photo of an amazing fish, but more impressive was the amazing story behind both, which goes something like this: Walker was crappie fishing with fellow angler Ray Rittenhour when local rains muddied the water and ruined the crappie fishing. With a few hours left to go, they decided to change tactics and chase bass along the shallow gravel bars.
At first, Walker thought he’d hooked onto a large striper or catfish, but when he saw the LMB emerge, he knew he had a once-in-a-lifetime fish. A few phone calls confirmed that he had a fish that could potentially beat the state record (a 14 pound, 8 ounces bass caught in 1954).
Walker raced to the ramp and with the help of park rangers found a scale and weighed the fish. It weighed in at 14.58 half pounds, just over the state record. But a follow up call to a state biologist presented Walker with a heartbreaking dilemma. In order to certify the catch, they would need “blood samples, certified scales, 2 witnesses, dorsal fin clippings, and more to document the catch.” Walker realized that certifying the fish would likely mean killing it, so the two anglers talked about it and decided to release the fish without certifying it. Probably not an easy decision, but one they felt was the right thing to do. They did measure the bass before returning her to the water, and she measured 27 1/8 inches with a girth of 24 inches, which puts the bass at somewhere between 14.5 to 15.7 pounds.
Lance Walker’s name may not make it into the record books, but he’s a hero none-the-less and deserves to be Photo of the Day. (Photo courtesy of Lance Walker)
Note: To read the entire post sent to me, click here.
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 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.
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When our friend Salsa’s not making movies, he’s usually 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…
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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.
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