Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 4, 2014

spoon fishing Toledo Bend – 1974

Filed under: Family,Fishing & Hunting — Freddie Keel @ 11:36 am
Tags: , , ,
Advertisements

March 2, 2013

Anniversary of World Record Line Class catch on 3/3/13

jw_fk_world_record_drum_030395

Catching the World Record Freshwater Drum

was especially nice when fishing with dad.

+++++++

???????????????????????????????

++++

???????????????????????????????

It was also a Texas State Record

which has since been broken.

+++++

???????????????????????????????

It is still a

Water Body Record

(Toledo Bend Reservoir)

++++++

State Freshwater Records: Rod and Reel

Updated February 1, 2013

Fly Rod Only | Private Water Records | Submit Your Record! | Fish Records home

Species Weight Length Date WaterBody Angler Bait/Lure
Bass, Guadalupe 3.69 18.25 Sep 25, 1983 Travis Allen Christenson
Bass, Guadalupe x Smallmouth 4.69 20.39 Apr 27, 1999 San Marcos River Lance Wester
Bass, Guadalupe x Spotted 3.06 17.75 Feb 17, 2007 Lady Bird Lake Robbie Burrow waterdog
Bass, Largemouth 18.18 25.50 Jan 24, 1992 Lake Fork Barry StClair
Bass, Palmetto 19.66 35.16 Jun 20, 1984 Ray Hubbard John Haney
Bass, Rock 0.90 10.75 Mar 30, 2002 San Marcos River Nadia Guerra
Bass, Smallmouth 7.93 23.00 Mar 13, 1998 Meredith Timothy Teague
Bass, Spotted 5.62 22.75 Jan 15, 2011 Alan Henry Erik Atkins
Bass, Striped 53.00 48.00 May 27, 1999 Brazos River Ron Venerable
Bass, White 5.56 20.75 Mar 31, 1977 Colorado River David Cordill
Bass, White x Yellow 4.75 19.00 Mar 12, 2005 Lake Fork Curtis Campbell
Bass, Yellow 3.46 17.50 Mar 12, 2009 Sabine River Butch Koehler rat-l-trap
Bluegill 2.02 12.50 Nov 21, 1999 Lampasas River Gibbs Milliken Fly Rod, #6 Copper Clouser minnow
Bowfin 17.65 36.50 Feb 21, 1993 Lake Fork Brenda Walsh
Buffalo, Bigmouth 58.75 40.75 Jan 29, 1994 Sam Rayburn Allen Chesney
Buffalo, Black 34.88 39.50 May 19, 2004 Texoma Ricky Stephenson coho minnow
Buffalo, Smallmouth 82.22 43.50 Jun 13, 1993 Athens Randy Collins
Bullhead, Black 5.15 20.25 Mar 18, 2007 Brazos River Larry Feland jumbo shrimp
Bullhead, Yellow 3.20 16.25 Mar 22, 1997 Lake Fork Herschell Spears shrimp
Carp, Bighead 90.00 55.50 Jul 22, 2000 Kirby Timothy Conner cut carp
Carp, Common 43.75 42.00 Mar 28, 2009 Lady Bird Lake K.C. Crawford maize
Carp, Grass 53.50 49.00 Aug 2, 2006 Toledo Bend Tontie Pennock jig
Carpsucker, River 4.35 21.25 Nov 15, 2012 Joe Pool Curt Magee dough bait
Catfish, Blue 121.50 58.00 Jan 16, 2004 Texoma Cody Mullenix shad
Catfish, Channel 36.50 38.00 Mar 7, 1965 Pedernales River Mrs. Joe Cockrell
Catfish, Flathead 98.50 53.00 Dec 2, 1998 Palestine James Laster minnow/crappie hook
Catfish, Redtail 1.48 14.76 Jul 27, 2002 Cal Young Park Lake Douglas Powell Sr
Catfish, Suckermouth 3.45 0.00 Jul 12, 2011 Guadalupe River Andrew Cumberland dough bait
Cichlid, Rio Grande 2.02 11.10 Sep 2, 2011 Dunlap Chuck Dewey worm
Corvina, Orangemouth 16.31 36.00 Nov 16, 1991 Calaveras Earl L. Tenpenny
Crappie, Black 3.92 18.50 Apr 27, 2003 Lake Fork George Ward minnow
Crappie, White 4.56 0.00 Feb 14, 1968 Navarro Mills G. G. Wooderson
Drum, Black 36.63 42.50 Nov 17, 2009 Nueces River Filip Spencer gulp
Drum, Freshwater 44.00 38.50 May 22, 2011 Conroe Jesse Ashley dough bait
Drum, Red 36.83 44.00 May 22, 2001 Fairfield Billy Tyus
Eel, American 6.45 42.00 Sep 5, 2001 Lady Bird Lake Bryan Swofford shrimp
Flounder, Southern 11.35 26.00 Oct 16, 1987 Brazoria Reservoir Glenn Comiskey
Gar, Alligator 279.00 0.00 Jan 1, 1951 Rio Grande Bill Valverde
Gar, Longnose 50.31 0.00 Jan 1, 1954 Trinity River Townsend Miller
Gar, Shortnose 13.56 39.00 Aug 4, 2010 Lavon Jack Moldenhauer
Gar, Spotted 9.80 36.50 Apr 7, 1994 Mexia Rick Rivard
Goldeye 2.31 17.50 May 28, 1996 Texoma Mandy Richmond
Goldfish 5.00 15.50 May 16, 1994 Conroe Roy Bishoff
Herring, Skipjack 0.55 11.63 Jul 23, 2010 Trinity River Danny Eddins Bass assasin
Mullet, Striped 2.20 16.31 Apr 20, 2008 Brazos River Kim Hunter live nightcrawler
Mullet, White 1.16 13.00 Jul 11, 1998 Brays Bayou Mark Marmon Fly Rod, green bead-eye nymph
Oscar 1.21 11.75 Aug 29, 1998 Greenbelt Marion Eudey
Pacu, Red-bellied 8.95 19.00 Mar 14, 2006 San Marcos River Joni Frazier red wiggler
Perch, Nile 12.06 30.50 Feb 1, 1980 Victor Braunig Mike Saldivar
Perch, Yellow 1.04 12.50 May 3, 1996 Meredith Melvin Vick
Pickerel, Chain 4.75 23.75 Feb 18, 1996 Pat Mayse Robert Finch
Pickerel, Redfin 0.66 13.00 Feb 10, 2009 Toledo Bend Bill Ritzell zoom 6″ lizard
Pike, Northern 18.28 41.00 Aug 29, 1981 Lady Bird Lake Mike Sharpe
Redhorse, Golden 3.19 16.75 May 22, 2011 Lady Bird Lake Adam Kartzke artificial maze
Redhorse, Gray 3.00 19.50 Jan 4, 2009 Guadalupe River Craig Sarubbi Fly Rod, modified hare’s ear
Saugeye 7.78 27.00 Jan 26, 1998 Kirby Robert Quintanilla
Seatrout, Spotted 8.31 28.50 Nov 17, 2009 Nueces River Filip Spencer bass assasin
Shad, Gizzard 2.67 18.00 Apr 12, 1997 Lady Bird Lake J. Darryl Freeman
Shiner, Golden 0.52 11.00 Jul 10, 1996 Placid Brian Rankin
Sleeper, Bigmouth 2.42 19.00 May 21, 2005 Nueces River Dwight Sykora shad
Spotted Seatrout X Corvina 20.80 35.00 Apr 25, 1992 Victor Braunig Phillip Mann
Sucker, Spotted 1.41 14.50 Jul 2, 2002 Catfish Creek Billy Autery Fly Rod, Hare’s Ear #18
Sunfish, Green 1.30 11.00 Apr 19, 2005 Burke-Crenshaw Lake Billy Oldigs Panther Martin Spinner
Sunfish, Hybrid Green 0.52 8.50 Apr 20, 2010 Prairie Creek Mitchell Harris Sr. worm
Sunfish, Longear 0.84 9.25 Jul 6, 2009 San Marcos River John Brownlee plastic crawfish
Sunfish, Other Hybrid 1.73 12.50 Apr 29, 2004 Bardwell Scott Pekrul splittail spinner
Sunfish, Redbreast 1.63 12.00 Aug 30, 1997 Comal River Alex Labowski
Sunfish, Redear 2.99 14.00 Apr 1, 1997 Lady Bird Lake John Runnels
Tarpon 10.12 37.00 Aug 6, 1986 Victor Braunig Paul Willette
Tiger Muskellunge 9.06 32.00 May 27, 1979 Nocona Mike Gaines
Tilapia, Blue 7.75 21.50 Jan 31, 2010 Houston Michael Sample jig
Tilapia, Hybrid 3.75 15.00 Mar 27, 1993 Gibbons Creek Reservoir Jim Butler
Trout, Brook 0.67 12.00 Feb 19, 1984 Guadalupe River Bryan Hendricks
Trout, Brown 7.12 24.00 Feb 7, 1986 Guadalupe River Jeff Delong
Trout, Rainbow 8.92 26.50 Jan 13, 2010 Nueces River Timothy Boehm power bait
Walleye 11.88 31.75 Feb 26, 1990 Meredith Hank McWilliams Jr.
Warmouth 1.30 10.50 Jul 19, 1991 Lady Bird Lake Ralph Manns

March 3, 2012

Today’s the anniversary of my World Record

This is a photo of my dad (J. W. Keel) and me.  I’m holding a Freshwater Drum that is a World Record (10# line class).  I caught this fish while fishing with my dad on 3/3/95 on Toledo Bend Lake near Hemphill, Texas.

Here is the complete story.

My dad and I were bass fishing on a cold (31*) and windy day.   At this of year, we always caught lots of pre spawning  bass in 16 to 20 foot just off the end of underwater points.  Our favorite lure was a lead headed jig with a 2” watermelon grub with tail dyed red.  We found the spinning reels with light line provided more strikes.

We would locate the underwater structure with our Lowrance electronics and mark with a buoy.  Then we would position boat up-wind and drift across underwater point casting lure downwind.  On this particular day, the conditions were just right other than the blustery wind.  We were catching lots of real nice bass.  This type fishing also would yield a fair number of  ‘gasper  gou’ (fresh water drum).  We were releasing the black bass keeping the ‘gou’ for a family that loved to eat them.

On one drift, I took the slack line from a cast only to discover a heavy thump and immediately set the hook.  Fresh water drum would try to sound on the bottom and this big momma was not exception.  Dad ask, “Son whatta got?”  “It’s another gou”.  “Well let me know when you need the net”.  The boat was drifting rather fast and my line was getting under the boat.  Eventually, the big gou came sliding from under the boat and I thought dad was going to fall off his seat trying to get the net.  After he netted the fig fish and put him in our live well, he just kept saying, “Son that is one big gou and I don’t recall ever seeing one that large”.

We kept fishing and caught lots of bass that day and probably kept a half-dozen fresh water drum.  Once we got home, we got this photo and weighed the fish on some scales.  Dad suggested we take the fish up to the ‘minnow store’ as Mike had certified scales.  So Mike weighed it at 31.8 pounds.   He ask what we were going to do with the big fish and other gou.  Since it was getting late, we just gave him all the fish which he put in one of his vats.

The next day, Mike called to report that the fish might be a World Record.  Once we left the fish with him, he had called a Texas Game Warden who came to see the fish and later verify the weight and measurement.  Hey, I’m thinking since this might be a world record I will stop by to get the fish and have it mounted.  I mention this to Mike and the conversation comes to a stop as he says, “you told me you that you did not want the fish so I gave them to a black gentlemen who cleaned and ate them”.  So much for a world record fish.

I filled out the forms and sent 25 feet of my 12# Stren to Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, WI.  They tested the line which broke at an average of 10.4 pounds thus it was declared a 10# Line Class World Record.

It sure would have made a beautiful mount!  But then it probably made a nice meal!

June 18, 2011

History of Father’s Day

Filed under: Family,Misc — Freddie Keel @ 6:31 am
Tags: , , ,

Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting. Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family oriented activities.

The first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Va  on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the  Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Va. on December 6, 1907. It’s possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother’s Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father.

Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. All the credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father’s Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis’ Mother’s Day.

Clayton’s celebration was forgotten until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon’s proclamation of Father’s Day, and worked to recover its legacy. The celebration is now held every year in the Central United Methodist Church – the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was torn down in 1922. Fairmont is now promoted as the “Home of the First Father’s Day Service”.

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “[singling] out just one of our two parents” In 1966, President Lyndon B Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

======

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

=======

March 3, 2011

world record

This is a photo of my dad (J. W. Keel) and me.  I’m holding a Freshwater Drum that is a World Record (10# line class).  I caught this fish while fishing with my dad on 3/3/95 on Toledo Bend Lake near Hemphill, Texas.

Here is the complete story.

My dad and I were bass fishing on a cold (31*) and windy day.   At this of year, we always caught lots of pre spawning  bass in 16 to 20 foot just off the end of underwater points.  Our favorite lure was a lead headed jig with a 2” watermelon grub with tail dyed red.  We found the spinning reels with light line provided more strikes.

We would locate the underwater structure with our Lowrance electronics and mark with a buoy.  Then we would position boat up-wind and drift across underwater point casting lure downwind.  On this particular day, the conditions were just right other than the blustery wind.  We were catching lots of real nice bass.  This type fishing also would yield a fair number of  ‘gasper  gou’ (fresh water drum).  We were releasing the black bass keeping the ‘gou’ for a family that loved to eat them.

On one drift, I took the slack line from a cast only to discover a heavy thump and immediately set the hook.  Fresh water drum would try to sound on the bottom and this big momma was not exception.  Dad ask, “Son whatta got?”  “It’s another gou”.  “Well let me know when you need the net”.  The boat was drifting rather fast and my line was getting under the boat.  Eventually, the big gou came sliding from under the boat and I thought dad was going to fall off his seat trying to get the net.  After he netted the fig fish and put him in our live well, he just kept saying, “Son that is one big gou and I don’t recall ever seeing one that large”.

We kept fishing and caught lots of bass that day and probably kept a half-dozen fresh water drum.  Once we got home, we got this photo and weighed the fish on some scales.  Dad suggested we take the fish up to the ‘minnow store’ as Mike had certified scales.  So Mike weighed it at 31.8 pounds.   He ask what we were going to do with the big fish and other gou.  Since it was getting late, we just gave him all the fish which he put in one of his vats.

The next day, Mike called to report that the fish might be a World Record.  Once we left the fish with him, he had called a Texas Game Warden who came to see the fish and later verify the weight and measurement.  Hey, I’m thinking since this might be a world record I will stop by to get the fish and have it mounted.  I mention this to Mike and the conversation comes to a stop as he says, “you told me you that you did not want the fish so I gave them to a black gentlemen who cleaned and ate them”.  So much for a world record fish.

I filled out the forms and sent 25 feet of my 12# Stren to Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, Hayward, WI.  They tested the line which broke at an average of 10.4 pounds thus it was declared a 10# Line Class World Record.

It sure would have made a beautiful mount!  But then it probably made a nice meal!

Blog at WordPress.com.