Although 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
It looks like Texas kayak fishing guide Shane Davies (www.shanedaviesguide.com) is at it again—catching large stripers, that is. Because TPWD doesn’t stock rivers, and due to the pressure from river anglers who target the species every year, there have been fewer and fewer recorded catches of trophy striper (longer than 32 inches).
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.
I was drinking a beer with Shane recently, thumbing through some of his old fishing pictures when I saw a photo that caught my attention. In the picture, a younger Shane appeared to be running through the surf with a fishing rod in one hand and the back half of a big ass fish protruding from under his shirt. I asked him about the
Because I enjoy the solitude and slower paced fishing during colder weather, I normally do a lot of wintertime fishing, but this has not been a normal winter, and we haven’t wet many hooks lately. This presents a problem if you have a fishing blog.
Then the other day, I get an offer from Shane Davies to hit a short stretch of the Brazos River near Gholson, Texas. Hell, why not? It was a beautiful day, with a slight overcast and just enough wind to not make too much work of it. Once on the river, Shane graciously
It’s become popular to think that one has to travel all the way out to the canyon lands of West Texas, to the Devils River, if it’s trophy smallmouth you seek…but don’t tell that to Shane Davies. The kayak fishing guide (and LSC correspondent) pulled this 19-inch beauty from the middle Brazos during a recent trip. Of course, Shane’s no ordinary angler having
A full moon and long exposure turn night into day on this lonely stretch of beach near High Island which sits up the coast and across the bay from Galveston. Dan snapped the photo around midnight, or so, while on a recent sharking expedition with kayak fishing guide Shane Davies. I asked Dan about the
“It is likely the least-visited area of Texas, since for outsiders there’s really nothing else here—the Pecos passes through, and that’s about it. On the water there are no trails or any of the little brown signs that shepherd you around a regular park. A trip down this river is one of the last real adventures you can have in this state.“ Texas Monthly (http://www.texasmonthly.com)
My son Dan and I are planning a trip to the lower Pecos River this fall, so when we received an invitation from kayak fishing guide Shane Davies to accompany him on a boomerang trip on the Pecos–from the boat ramp at Highway 90 to the Pecos weir and back–it was a no-brainer to go. The trip would serve as a warm up paddle for the more daunting 55-mile Pandale trip later in the year and we’d be picking up some valuable pointers from the master himself on the logistics of floating a remote river. A few weeks later, we found ourselves driving south with Shane and a fourth paddler for a journey up a remote river said by some the be the most beautiful in Texas, maybe even the Southwest. This is the story of that journey…
I’m proud to announce the addition of the newest LSC correspondent, Shane Davies, to our blog. Shane is known for a lot of things around here but mostly for this ability to catch big fish. The Texas kayak fishing guide has always been somewhat of an unconventional cat who prefers the path least taken, which partly explains his innate ability to stalk and catch the biggest fish on any given body of water, be it monster large mouth and striped bass on the Brazos, sizable smallies on the Devils or even big bull sharks on the coast. And the best part? He CPRs all his trophy catches which means that many of these fish are probably still out there waiting for you and me to catch them too. Of course, that may mean straying from your comfort zone and trekking off the beaten path, but you can’t argue with the results.
Lone Star Chronicles – Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Fish
Today’s photo of legendary kayak fishing guide Shane Davies was taken by his friend Kristin Bonner of Amarillo, Texas. Shane was trying to cut the leader on a seven-foot bull shark, much to Kristin’s relief, as the shark had just towed Shane a mile and a half out to sea, and despite being a strong paddler herself, it was all she could do just to keep up and shoot the fight. It took about forty-five minutes of battling with the shark to get it to breach, and that’s when Shane decided it was time to cut the leader, but not before the shark gave him one last surprise. It took a bite of Shane’s kayak, and that’s when Kristen snapped the picture. The story as told by Shane: