Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

February 10, 2022

Buddies enjoying the outdoors

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February 10, 2008

Good Times- Lifetime Memories Papaw Freddie Keel with Grandson Garrett Adkison

March 22, 2021

more family/friends 2020 photos

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Millie, Freddie Keel


Freddie Keel, Steve Farr, Dean McMullen


long time friend Pat Pruitt with Freddie Keel


Kason South, Freddie Keel, Laura South


Freddie Keel, Brett Riggs

March 21, 2021

Family and Friends 2020

Freddie Keel, Millie,


John Booker, Freddie Keel


Nick Berry, Freddie Keel


Freddie Keel


Kristin (KJ) Adkison


Garrett Adkison, Freddie Keel

March 19, 2021

family and friends

Freddie Keel Kris Keel McLaughlin Glenda Keel


Charles Rowe, Freddie Keel, Tommy Vardeman, Bill Clements, Chris Tracy, Leon Levens, Sammy Dance, Jim Williams (photo on wall)


Gwen Keel Kettering, Linda Keel Stine, Freddie Keel


Freddie Keel


Freddie Keel, Brett Riggs


Freddie Keel, Shea Errickson, Glenda Keel



Freddie Keel, Kristin (KJ) Adkison, Nick Berry

December 18, 2018

Jill and friends enjoying the pool

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December 9, 2018

Keels Swinging and Dancing with Paynes

November 24, 2018

Pendleton Harbor Golfers

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September 1, 2015

Ernie Andrus, WW II Vet

Today, I enjoyed a lunch time visit with Ernie at Huntington Deli (Dean’s).  It was interesting to hear him tell of his Coast to Coast trip.   Earlier this day he had completed a segment of his walk across America, walking and jogging with small group on Highway 69 south of Huntington near our farm.


From the web:

My name is Ernie Andrus and I plan to run coast to coast in 2 to 4 years. (Super Senior Coast to Coast Run). I turned 90 in August, 2013. I started by touching the Pacific Ocean near San Diego CA., on October 7th, 2013 and will touch the Atlantic Ocean near Brunswick, GA., two to four years later.

This feat is being undertaken to raise money for the LST 325 SHIP MEMORIAL, INC. I was one of the crew that brought the LST 325 back from the Isle of Crete, Greece to the US in 2000, 2001 as aired on the history channel as The Return of LST 325. One thousand fifty one LSTs were built during World War II. The 325 is the only one left that has been restored and is still operational. Plans were being made to return the ship to Normandy for the D day memorial service (D day plus 70, 2014) and beach it at the same location where it was on Omaha beach 70 years before. The cost of taking this ship across the Atlantic and back is tremendous. Shortage of finances caused the 2014 trip to be canceled. Perhaps we can raise enough money for D Day plus 75 in 2019.

If you’d like to help fund my record breaking trip across America or donate to the LST 325 Ship Memorial fund, please visit the donate page.

Run Progress:

As of August 7, 2015 I have ran 1,668.04 miles in 606 hours, 22 minutes and 16 seconds.
Average pace 21:49. Average leg 6.13 miles. Average miles per week 18.4.
I am now in near Alto, Texas.  (update noon 8/31/15 – Huntington, Texas)


April 23, 2013

Caught a 30# Carp while Strolling for Crappie

(This fish was caught by my good friend, Albert Nunez.   He 
tells us the story of how the fish was caught and released.)
 "I caught this fish Easter weekend Sunday afternoon in Mill Creek 
while Crappie fishing with a friend.  The fish hit a 1/16 oz. black 
and Chartreuse Shiny Hinny jig while strolling for Crappie. 
Using a 7' Sam Heaton crappie rod, rigged with a Diwa spinning reel, 
strung with 6lb. P-line., it took between 15 to 20 minutes to land
 the fish. About half way through the fight the fish came close to 
the surface and my friends statement was I need a bigger net.
 After landing the fish we ran to my friend's house to take pictures.
 He could not believe that I caught the fish on 6lb. line. 
Use P-line is all I could tell him. I do not know what the fish weighed,
 probably around 30lbs.+, all the scales we had were not big enough. 
 I released the fish at my friends dock and after a few minutes in 
the water she swam off."

albert_carp                 Asian Carp, Grass Carp, Chinese Carp
The Toledo Bend Lake record is 53.5 pounds which is also the State of 
Texas Record.
Most likely this fish would have be a 6 Pound Line Class World Record.
Notice that Albert said they were "Strolling for Crappie".  Strolling has
become a very popular method of crappie fishing on Toledo and a very 
effective method of catching crappie.   Fishermen who troll use
the outboard motor. Fishermen who stroll use the electric troll motor.
Strolling seems to keep your lure in the pay zone longer than casting 
and retrieving. In areas free of brush, you can use more than one rod
with various lure colors and weights.

April 8, 2013

Marc with 48 pound flathead catfish.


This Op was caught on a trotline in Palo Gaucho with jugs at a depth on 6 or 8 feet.
The depth of the water was unknown since I don’t have a depth finder.  I baited with live
perch on 6/0 forged steel hooks – my lines are heavy duty for these fish.  My neighbor
was with me when I caught Opzilla.  He lets me tie up to his boat dock each spring,
and in return I give him the small blues that I catch.  He doesn’t like the big ones, and I
don’t care to clean very many fish.
When I saw the water swirl and felt a big tug as the line went down, I knew that a had
a big one.  I was rebaiting at the time, and my neighbor wanted me to go get the fish right
away.  I patiently continued to bait hooks knowing that Ops are always hooked in the
lip and the chances of landing one are better if you play them down.  I landed Opzilla with
a gaff given to me several years ago by our late dear friend, Pete Vercher.  This fish about
equaled my best catch.
Flathead Catfish is a US native species that today is found in most parts of the US after being introduced to a lot of different waters across the nation due to it’s value as a game and food fish. They can be found in slow moving water in large rivers and streams but can also be found in lakes. They prefer deep water with fallen logs and other hiding places. They prefer live live bait versus cut bait.
Flatheads are close to impossible to breed in aquariums due to their solitary nature but they can be breed in large ponds. In the wild Flathead catfish spawns during the late spring when the water temperature is raising. The male guards the egg and fry in a nest that usually is placed in a cave or near another sunken object that can help provide cover for the nest. The female can lay 100 000 eggs in one spawning. The fry form large schools in and around the nest the first few days but after that they disburse and the males parental duty is then over.
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