Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

December 4, 2012

We’ve got a situation on our deer lease.

The population of feral hogs is exploding.

Momma can have three batches per year.


Once they eat all our corn,

it’s time for a snack from momma.


December 3, 2012

Grandson Brett Jug Fishing on Toledo Bend

Brett preparing to check our first jug.

Brett preparing to check our first jug.


looks to be a real nice blue cat fish

looks to be a real nice blue cat fish

nearly two large for this young man

nearly too large for this young man

thanks for letting me take a photo with your fish

thanks for letting me take a photo with your fish

nice eating fish

nice eating fish

this one was much easier to net

this one was much easier to net

trying to catch a flying fish?

trying to catch a flying fish?

November 29, 2012

Fish do not have a chance with a Lowrance on your boat

Grandson Garrett and I were hand fishing for channel catfish.

We stopped at a spot, threw out the chum and waited

on the catfish to find the chum.

The Lowrance electronics showed lots of fish

seven to twelve-foot deep in thirty-one foot water.

We thought the fish might be crappie,

so we fished with a crappie jig.

No luck!

They could be catfish suspended at that shallow depth,

so we used our catfish bait.

No luck!

The fish could be bass or bar fish,

so we fished with a spoon.

No luck.

They could be bream,

so we fished with small pieces of a Coot gizzard.



The fun began.

We started catching really nice bream.

Why is this large school of bream suspended

over deep water is unknown.

And their location would have never been known

without the Lowrance.

August 14, 2012

Big Blue Heron

It sits in a nearby Cypress waiting for me to clean fish.


It arrives once I start tossing the fish ribs cages.


Now it starts to “pig out”

July 23, 2012

When you see me on the lake, I will be wearing my life jacket!

Tadpole (photo by Martha’s World Wide Photos)
DANGEROUS: With lake levels up, TPWD is planning on lots of people out on the water this year. After a bad year last year, they are urging people to wear life vests.

Much needed rainfall has put water back in many Texas lakes. And after a dangerous year on the water last year, Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens are anticipating a busy boating season.

“Last year we had 32 boating fatalities across the state,” said Jeff Parrish, assistant chief for marine law enforcement. “Tragic as that number is, we can learn something from statistics. Of those 32 deaths, all but five were of people not wearing a personal flotation device. That really underscores the vital importance of wearing a life jacket.”

State law requires that a personal flotation device be available for each occupant of a boat, but only those under 13 years of age are mandated by the law to wear one while the boat or paddle craft is underway or drifting.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Parrish continued. “Wear a life jacket and your chances of surviving a life threatening event on the water increases 10 fold.”

While the life jacket requirement is not new, the last session of the legislature did make it mandatory that all persons born on or after Sept. 1, 1993 obtain a boater education certificate before they can legally operate a vessel with a rating of more than 15 horsepower. Anyone supervising the operation of a vessel by another must be exempt from the boater ed requirement (born before 1993) or have a boater ed certificate.

Six of the boating deaths in 2011 were alcohol-related, underscoring the importance of not drinking while operating a boat.

“If you want to drink when you’re out on the water, do so responsibly or have a designed operator,” Parrish said. “Anyone our wardens find operating a boat while intoxicated will be going to jail.”

In addition to the 32 boating fatalities in 2011 (up four from 2011), Texas saw 229 boating accidents that resulted in 121 injuries. State game wardens and other marine enforcement officers made 259 BWI arrests and issued 305 citations for no life jacket.

“Anyone stumped on a gift idea for a high school graduate could see that they get signed up for a boater ed class,” Parrish said. “That’s a gift that could end up saving a life.”

“Getting caught on open water in a storm is not a fun experience,” Parrish said. “If rough weather is anticipated, it’s best to stay off the water or close to shore.”

June 23, 2012

fishing report from the lagoon

This is a large mean crab



and then a nice Barracuda hit a spoon

June 7, 2012

He should have stayed out of Nanna’s flowers


 This rabbit had been enjoying Nanna’s marigolds

until grandson Garrett shows up with his six-shooter.


Later I was wandering thru the kitchen and noticed Garrett

at the sink with hands full of meat and rabbit feet.

” Garrett, I ask you to throw that rabbit in the woods.”

“Papaw, I didn’t wanna waste the meat”

“Well, whatta you plan to do with the meat”?

“nanna will cook it for me”!

“Whatta about the four rabbit feet”?

“they’re for luck”

“They were not very lucky for the rabbit”!

“Whatta about the pelt”?

“I’m gonna preserve it with salt and hang it in my room”!

The kid was born 100 years late.


This one came from our garden area.


and another one from Nanna’s flowers

May 22, 2012

Grandson Garrett enjoys catching grass carp on rod and reel


May 8, 2012

then and now

We were needing a small walkway from the driveway to a deck.

While vacationing in Mexico, we saw a unique designed walkway.

So in November of last year, we built the walkway.

The building blocks are placed at ground level with the openings exposed.

The cavities were filled with soil.

Each cavity will grow a tuff of Bermuda grass.



Just as planned.

May 7, 2012

Mom’s nursing home friends


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