Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 1, 2015

one less hog on the farm

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January 19, 2015

Grandson Trapping Bobcats.

November 7, 2013

Coyote taken while Deer Hunting

fk_garrett_coyote_110213This was a team effort.

After sitting in box deer stand for

couple hours without seeing anything,

I decided to try a ‘coyote game call’.

After several minutes of calling,

this guy comes running down a trail.

Grandson Garrett waits until he stops

to locate the howling rabbit.

When he stops, Garrett makes the fur fly.

He will not be eating any more of our deer fawns.

April 8, 2013

Marc with 48 pound flathead catfish.

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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.
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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.

April 5, 2013

Another Toledo Bend Blue Cat

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Robert shows off 33# blue cat fish

taken on a flagging jug.

He hit a live perch in about 20′ of water.

April 2, 2013

One of my buddies can catch those Toledo Bend big bass

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This big momma could not resist Johnny’s

Gold Rogue with orange belly in shallow water.

Water temperature is hovering around 70*

which is sending the big bass to spawning grounds.

After a quick photo,

this gal was returned to her nesting area.

March 22, 2013

Our eleven year old grand daughter testifying in Texas Legislature

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Our  grand-daughter testified in Austin before the Texas Legislature Representatives (Health Committee hearing on HB46) about her 10 year battle with eczema and how a diet change, including raw milk, helped…

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March 15, 2013

Even Tadpole gets lucky.

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This big momma had not make it to the

shallow spawning water as she was

caught in 20′ deep.

After this photo she was released to

hopefully release the eggs

in her belly.

January 23, 2013

Deer Hunting with Black Powder Rifle

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January 22, 2013

Grandson Garrett is happy to have good hunting friends

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Squirrel hunting in East Texas is a thrill for our grandson.

He is fortunate to have good friends  which take him hunting.

This trip yielded 19 squirrels.

Good squirrel dogs are a pleasure to watch hunt.

The squirrels are cleaned and eaten.

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