Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

June 11, 2013

10.55 pound Black Bass on 6 pound test line


One of my golfing buddies

was bass fishing with his honey

when a 10.55 pound black bass hit her drop shot rig.

She was fishing with 6 pound test line

so it took a while to land the giant.

After having the fish weighed and measured

it was released.

She is holding a replica in this photo

as the big momma is swimming free in Toledo Bend.

April 27, 2013

This crappie came out of 20′

fk_crappie_041013When you might assume the crappie are in shallow water

this guy shows up in 20′ of water.

In the area were several balls of shad.

The wind was howling which prevented

fishing the area for any length of time.

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.

April 5, 2013

Another Toledo Bend Blue Cat


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


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 15, 2013

Even Tadpole gets lucky.


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.

March 12, 2013

One great fisherman


Want to have a fish fry

and need fish?

Call Preston.

He’ll ask what kind of fish you want

to eat.

This Toledo Bend blue catfish

weighed 34 pounds.

March 9, 2013

jug fishing on Toledo Bend Lake


One mean blue cat

taken on a jug.

March 8, 2013

Really nice Toledo Bend Black Bass


This gal came out of thirteen foot of water.

After this photo she was released.

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