Tag: Brazos River

The Creek Down the Street


I think we’ve all done it. I know I have. Driving down a road or highway, and suddenly, we see a fishy looking creek and as we’re driving past it, we think to ourselves, I need to fish that.

Photographing Dan

Here at Lone Star Chronicles, it’s pretty well established that I do the writing and Dan’s the photographer. But every now and then, usually when he’s not looking, I’ve been known to take a picture or two of Dan. I’m not nearly as good as he is, mind you, but

Dragging Anchor

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. ~Will Rogers

Overall, kayak fishing’s a pretty safe sport and usually the only thing you have to worry about is whether or not you’re going to catch fish. But experienced kayakers know that there are certain situations when if not careful,

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

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,

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.

The Remembrance

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Two years since, we said hello, two years since, you had to go,
My world, it turned from bright to gray, my life once here, now swept away, 
The clouds kept moving, yet I stayed, time would change, but I’d still feel,
The violent rush of disbelief, then sadness surge, and weigh on me,

An Oasis in August

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It’s that time in Texas again, the dog days of summer, and with them, the usual string of hundred-degree-plus days. We call it August here in the Lone Star state and the month has a tendency to sizzle on occasion, producing the kind of days my buddy Tony describes as “hotter than two mice

Photo of the Day – August 5, 2015

POTD 8-5-15 Brazos BassAlthough I usually prefer to stay behind the camera, I wanted to share this photo of a big Brazos beauty, which I caught in some shallows below Whitney a few weeks ago. I’d been looking for an opportunity to take a nice bass photo in my Ride 135, which along with Dan’s Cuda 12, were provided to us by Mountain Sports (after we lost our boats in 

Tree Top Paddling on the Brazos

Flooded Brazos (4)It’d been a long time since we’d been on the river and we were anxious to get back there. At first it was the selling of our old house that kept us away, and then it was moving into the House from Hell. By the time we finally got the chance to go, it’d been raining pretty regularly and it seemed like it’d never stop.

Texas Mike and the Alien Lizards

OPT Brazos Bass 4His name is Mike Whitacre, but I call him Texas Mike, which would strike you as odd if you ever saw him in person. He stands all of 5’6” and has a soft-spoken, southern drawl, but don’t let that fool you. He fishes from his kayak with Texas size tenacity and routinely catches enormous bass as evidenced by the many videos he’s posted on his YouTube channel where he and his friends are always seen

Photo of the Day – September 2, 2014

LSC POTD Sep 2, 2014 Jax on BrazosIn today’s POTD, Jackson Maile–Jax for short–takes back the bass he just caught after Dan removed the hook. The 6-year old held the bass for a few photos and then released her back into the Brazos. We got to fish the river last weekend with Jax and his older brother, Garrett, as well as