The poor red imported fire ant. It may be the only thing that gets more bad publicity than the wild pig, and certainly more blame.
The chrome Pop-R hit the water just inches from the bank. Just a twitch of the topwater lure and it looked like a parting of the seas as the big bass swirled on the bait. This was not one of the 1-pounders that had been slapping at bait for the last half-hour. This was a bass.
It was one of those June mornings that make bass fishermen fish. The wind was blowing lightly out of the northeast, just enough to put a ripple on the lake. For four hours it did not matter what lure you threw, a bass was going to take a swipe at it.
It is hard to believe but come January it will have been 30 years since Texas last had a new state largemouth bass record.
EDEN — It was the last week of the spring turkey season in western Texas and the goal was to simply call an old tom into range and shoot it.
Measured by any means, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Managed Lands Deer Permit program has been a success since its inception in 1996.
I realize a lot of locals do not, but I always look forward to when the pros come to town. More than anything else, they are a barometer of how a lake is doing, and in the case of Lake Fork it looks like it is still excellent.
Maybe it is because they help extend the season that hunting dogs are so popular. Unlike hunters, whose season is based on calendar dates, hunting dog owners are looking at year-round activity.
Catfish have long been one of Texas’ most popular fisheries. The difference these days is that there are two areas of interest — those who catch the fish for consumption and those sport fishing for trophies.
With a year like this one, you have to look ahead. If you look back, all you see in the rearview mirror is a train wreck.