Category: Fish Tales

Return to the Pecos – 1. Decisions

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Photo by Scott Gartman

The alarm goes off at 6:00 AM, but I’m already awake, and I’m pretty sure my wife Luisa is too. I hit the snooze button, and it’s pouring rain outside; it has been for the last several hours, and as if that wasn’t enough,

Photo of the Day – April 12, 2016

Opt-Brazos-with-Nala2I ran across this photo of our pup Nala in my old Wilderness Ride 135 kayak, and as you can see, she wasn’t afraid to make herself at home. Like her, I always liked that boat and to this day it

Fort Hood Journal – First HOW Event

HOW Set-14The saying for March is “In like a lion and out like a lamb,” and so when March 19th was picked as the date for the first Fort Hood Chapter Heroes on the Water (HOW) event, I figured that we had better than even odds for a mild, early spring day. I figured wrong. A late season

The Logistics of HOW

IMG_1070I pulled into the rutted entrance to the large ranch and immediately saw other vehicles, trucks mostly, carrying kayaks of one sort or another; some trucks carried two. One grey truck was hitched to a trailer holding 16 brightly colored kayaks, sitting sideways, in neatly nested groups of 

Photo of the Day – February 25, 2016

Photo of the Day Feb 24, 2016 PK Brazos-3Dan had spent the morning paddling against a faster than normal flow on the Brazos below Possum Kingdom. He was making his way to the dam, hoping to fish the tailrace, when he decided to beach his kayak and hike over some rocks towards a small pool of slack water he wanted to fish. Once there, he waded into the river,

Cowtown Kid on the River

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“Live your life, and forget your age.” -Normal Vincent Peale

“As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” -Dale Carnegie

We recently had an opportunity to fish with a fellow Fort Worthian, a gentleman named Rick Irving, who despite his 63 years of age, still gets out to kayak fish more often than me. The soft-spoken real estate broker is known on the local fishing forums as the Cowtown Kid, and I’m not sure if he got that name in sarcastic deference to his grandfatherly looks or from the fact that he’s only been kayak fishing for a few years.

Game Warden Field Notes

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Game Wardens in west Texas seize deer related to exceeding the limit and hunting without a license. (Photo courtesy of TPWD)

Compliments of our great Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), we present another installment of Game Warden Field Notes, otherwise known as your tax dollars, well spent. The notes are compiled from recent law enforcement reports and the catchy headers are theirs, not mine…

Into the Night
As two Val Verde County game wardens conducted their nightly patrol, they

Game Warden Field Notes

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Texas Game Wardens investigate a large number if deer allegedly poached for their back straps. (Photo courtesy of TPWD)

On December 2, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department released another installment of the Game Warden Field Notes, which as you probably know by now are compiled from recent law enforcement reports. Suffice it to say that there is no shortages of miscreants in Texas, including the lowlifes who killed the deer above for their back straps. As a reminder, if you’re you’re out hunting or

Game Warden Field Notes

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Texas Game Wardens seize 9,000 feet of illegal gill nets at Boca Chica Beach in Cameron County. (Photo courtesy of TPWD)

Time for another installment of Game Warden Field Notes, otherwise known as a good use of your tax dollars. As we like to remind our readers, the reports come to us courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department where they are compiled from

Hybrid Man

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“Since the introduction of hybrid stripers into Texas waters several decades ago, we diehard white bass fishermen have not been the same. A freshwater fish that tastes even better than the white bass and pulls harder than a striper [and] many Texas lakes are teeming with these genetically mixed brutes. In the past 25 years or so, we have learned enough about their 

Fathers and Sons

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You can learn a lot from a person by taking them kayak fishing.

We’d just launched from below Lake Whitney a few weeks ago, when I looked downriver and saw that Doug Maile, my fishing companion for the day, was using his kayak to tow his young son, who was in a kayak of his own.