Weather Wise

Weather Wise

Recently I was on the water guiding a father and son party on a fishing trip. We were fishing a couple of main-lake humps down on the south end of the lake and spooning up crappie, white bass, black bass, and yellow bass. The bite was good and even I sort of got caught up in the action. A bank of clouds had rolled in low from the northwest and they covered us before we had a chance to outrun them. The wind turned from a southerly breeze to a powerful northwest wind and within about three minutes we were bobbing in three to five foot rollers. Quickly getting the tackle stowed beneath the decks I dug out rain gear for the three of us and we prepared for the worst. With life vests zipped and fastened we turned into the wind for the ride back to StowAway. The waves were to far apart to get on top of them so we just took them one at a time. The Mercury motor groaned as we would climb each wave. To keep the bow up I had to goose it up a wave, let off the throttle and fall into the trough and goose it again for the next wave. My party was probably thinking that they could have gone offshore and had better conditions than this and I was amazed again at how rough a lake could get. Had we been in anything less than a twenty footer I think we would have had a tough time getting back safely. We took our time and made our way back up the lake to the marina. My clients were from Houston and don’t get out on the water very often. The afternoon was a real adventure for them and I must admit it was a rush to me as well. Mother Nature deals out some tricky situations at times that can take you by surprise. Sometimes weather builds up and is easy to spot and avoid but weather can also roll in low and quickly before you are ready for it. Changes in air temperature and wind direction are definitely factors to take note of when on the water. Especially, when the wind shifts one hundred and eighty degrees. Also clouds patterns can help you make on the spot weather observations. Low rolling clouds, thunderheads, and cloud banks are all indicators of possible bad weather. Remember to always check the weather when planning a fishing trip. A small radio tuned to one of the many weather stations will also help you avoid unsafe weather conditions. When fishing in unstable weather, rain gear and lifejackets are a must. Good luck fishing.

One Response to Weather Wise

  1. Ralph Kessler Sr. February 5, 2019 at 6:05 am #

    In March of 1995 Elroy Krueger of Choke Canyon Lake called Texas Parks and Wildlife officers to Certify a 13.12 Lb Black Bass Caught by Ralph Kessler Sr. of Converse, Tx and Elroy Housed the fish over night as several people from far and wide came to take pictures as they had requested the fish be released back where it was originally caught the following morning. The Texas Parks and Wildlife officers said the Newly Formed “Share A Lunker Program” wasn’t accepting any more fish that late in year. Elroy Krueger also had a Lottery for Biggest fish each month where he gave away a $1000 worth of Tackle which Ralph Kessler Sr. Was Awarded along with being Awarded a TABC Certificate for the Largest Bass award and for the “All Time Club Record” for Big Bass for the Flying Anglers of McQueeney, Tx that same Month. Years later when Texas Parks and Wildlife Posted the Top 100 Largest Bass Caught Texas Ralph Kessler Sr. big Bass was nowhere to be found on the list even though it had been certified by Two Texas Game Wardens. After 20 Years Ralph Kessler had lost the Weight Slip and TABC Certificate from 1995 and with no other proof and the internet being so young Ralph’s Record top 100 biggest Black bass has been lost in Time. Upon Ralph Kessler Sr. calling Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Talking with the department handling the list about the mistake he was told that 1995 was a very bad year and no big fish or very few were certified at Choke Canyon Lake in a Phone Call in 2015. In a Last Ditch Effort to straighten out this Texas Parks and Wildlife Blunder he called several more times the following week but was only told that there was no record of his Catch. I’m Ralph Kessler Sr. and I wanted others to hear my Story and Hopefully by some miracle Verify this information through thier own sources. Flying Anglers is Still a Bass Club in Mcqueeney Lake, Tx and Elro Krueger Passed away a couple of Years ago but TABC should have these Records and the Officers who Certified this Fish should still be around hopefully. One Man’s Plea to the Bass Gods of Texas to Right this wrong.

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