Well there went another weekend, and you didn’t go fishin….what’s it gonna take? Someone is out there catching the fish that has your name on it! Thank you Michelle Keith for sending in story of James Winters! Now that’s a nice fish! We always want to see and hear your favorite fish stories! Picture below is of James, and family having a great weekend, fishing!

James Winters of Hawkins, while fishing for gar, caught a Blue Catfish on rod & reel. 05-20-2018, Sabine River. 51.21 lbs. weighed on digital scales. Thought to be female from looks of the tale (from fanning beds). Wood Co Game Warden Derek Spitzer was called. He advised to take to certified scales, if it was close to the record. The record is 55.90 lbs, as posted on TPWD webpage. It was short about 4 lbs, so it was released back into the river.

No word from Nate Dean this week, have to catch up with him later. This is from Casey Thorn a local fishing guide.

Lake Lavon Fishing Guide Report:It was awesome. We could’ve limited on crappies, I have a double today and I couldn’t stay an extra hour. I have to charge the boat and Had to pick up the kids. Sandy’s were all over the humps and crappies are anywhere from 10 to 15 foot, we only fished magic brush piles. The lake is Fishing freaking incredibly well. If it’s not blowing over 10 miles an hour we’re going to limit!

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Notes from The Complete Fisherman and Anglers Manual or How to Catch Fish by Francis Buzzacott. Furnished by Dave Ellyson

Last week we took the time to look at Buzzacott’s opinions on a top down perspective on fishing. But as most of you know I am still intrigued by the trinkets, lures, baits, most especially of the artificial persuasion. Which is fitting for this next excerpt about what makes a successful fisherman. You need to familiarize yourself with the fish, the phrase now is What Would A Fish Do? Not a Buzzacott quote, but an Andrew one. So really what would a fish do?

When fishing the one who is most familiar with the cause and effect on a fish, its environment, its reactions to certain smells, the temperature of the water, etc.  Buzzacott says the one who knows the most in this area will be the most successful. Breaking things down even further Buzzacott explains you need not only know generally about the fish but to know what certain species actually do at certain times.  Such as, fresh water fish can go much longer without eating, than a salt water fish. One that most of us have known is that the larger fish tend to be more apt to live in a dark deeper area, one where there is a constant flow of food. One thing I learned while reading is fish really do see you, most especially if you see them.  However they will hide behind something so they can see you in plain view. Buzzacott also goes on to say, “When feeding they are usually alert to any sight or sound about them and invariably hide behind projecting rocks, banks, stumps, or weeds or in shadier waters, where they can observe and be hid from their prey, thus able to locate, dart out and seize all those of food that come within their reach, and if hungry or provodked they will not hesitate to devour even a fish of their own species and size which they swallow head first, and if there be no room for the tall part of it remains almost in its captors mouth until that portion inside is sufficiently digested to bring the balance in.” At this point Buzzacott explains that when you begin the process of cleaning your fish, you will find out what kinds of bait the fish has been eating.

The enjoyment I get reading this book is not only enlightening, but it also reaffirms to me that much has not changed, but much has been left out in the explanation and thorough reasons why! Thanks Francis Buzzacott, and Dave. See you on the water!