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March 22, 2016

Fishing for Spawning Bass




Spawning bass are fun to fish for and fun to catch.   Grandson Garrett and I found lots of fish in shallow water.   They preferred watermelon with red and blacks flakes.   All fish were released.

March 17, 2016

Kurth Lake Lunker


Grandson and I fished Kurth Lake during Spring Break.   A few female bass were on their spawning beds.   This seven pound momma hit an 8″ Glide Swimmer Lure.   The lure glides thru the water on a steady retrieve or darts with slight twitching of the fishing rod.   He fishes the lure with 85 pound test braided line as it is a big fish lure.  This big sow just inhaled the lure.   We were fishing in about five foot of water.   He was excited when she exploded on the lure.   After the photo, she was released to return to her friends.   All bass above 16″ are required to be released.


December 5, 2015

Our Wood Duck Sanctuary


Grandson Garrett discovered this deep slough on our farm that appears to hold water year round. The slough is probably one hundred yards long.   He has declared it an area off-limits to duck hunting.   We erected two wood duck boxes to encourage the ducks to nest and raise their young.   We hung a corn feeder that dispenses some corn in the water.  This might keep squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, hogs, deer and birds from eating corn meant for ducks.   Another nice thing about this site is the abundance of acorns.   Many of the acorns fall directly into the water.    We’re looking forward to capturing some wood duck images on the game camera.

November 13, 2015

Another pesky critter removed from our farm

Filed under: farm — Freddie Keel @ 10:50 am
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It is a growing problem across East Texas.      The beaver is North America’s largest rodent. The animals are resourceful. Only humans can match their aptitude in changing their environment to meet their needs. Since beavers are so dependent on the water, much of their life is spent ensuring they have a steady supply.

Going back in time a million years or so, the beaver is the descendant of an 800-pound prehistoric rodent. Adult beavers, which average between 30 and 60 pounds, may seem rather puny by comparison, but they still rank as the second largest rodents in the world, right behind the South American capybara (kap-ah-BARE-ah). A record beaver found in 1921 weighed 110 pounds, and heavyweights that tip the scales between 80 and 100 pounds still are caught occasionally.

Beaver historically have been a valuable economic and natural resource.  During the past 20 years their populations have increased throughout the United States due to lower demand for beaver products and subsequent decreases in recreational trapping.  This growth has positive impacts, such as increased wetland habitat, as well as negative effects from dam building and tree cutting.  Beaver dams back up water that floods and kills valuable timber and destroys or damages cropland, roadways, sewer and septic systems, and water treatment and electric utilities.

Dams may also negatively affect fish populations by changing the movement and temperature of stream water.  Beavers cut down trees that are valued for timber production and landscaping.  Texas Wildlife Services conducts beaver damage management to protect flood control structures, roads and bridges, and private property. Beavers concentrate around road culverts and bridges and their bank dens can cause the complete failure of flood control dams. Beaver damage management is an important activity, especially in the eastern third of Texas.

They have decided to use our young pine plantations as a source of dam building supplies.  They have also cut down many desirable hardwoods along the creek that runs through our farm.  Thanks to a grandson, there is one less beaver on our farm.  Now he has a nice beaver pelt.



August 14, 2015

with couple of grandkids

Filed under: Family — Freddie Keel @ 10:36 am
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They are growing up.

KJ entering college in few weeks

Garrett started driving this week.



Just a few years ago.

July 7, 2015

Farm Pond Bass


July 4, 2015

Shawnee Creek Chain Pickerel


June 13, 2015

Top Water Bass of Plastic Frog




June 11, 2015

Grandson Garrett Adkison Bass Fishing Kurth Lake

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