Gary Paris and I fished one of the tourneys on Lake Welsh Saturday and it was a fantastic day all around. Despite a bunch of folks out there it was friendly right from the early morning and everyone seemed to be very respectful. We had 42 bass and a 5 bass limit for 21.80lbs. Fishing was great all day. Not many days anywhere where you cull a 4.02 fish with a 4.10. I saw lots of fish released healthy and the game warden was there making sure everyone played by the rules. Another team in our tourney had 20+lbs with a 5lb big bass.
Of course we fished close to people all day but whether it was a guy and his young son flipping grass by us or the guy catching his last keeper near the intake at 2:30, everyone was just having a good time. Hard not to in mid-December when air & water temps are 70!
An odd note to a bass tournament. I was looking at TPWD webpage a day or two before the tourney to get my wife directions to the ramp and I went to looking around on the page, which did beat working of course. I saw that the lake record catfish was under 3lbs. Gary and I actually talked about how we should come back one day and see if we could catch a lake record. Well at about 10am Gary threw up to a little deep point and set the hook. After 10seconds of no splashing and me holding the net with the anticipation of a kid at Christmas we realized this was no ordinary bass. But it sure would have been a lake record!
Like I said it was a heck of a great time. 40 plus bass, win a little money, fish in jeans in December not bad all in all.
David Combs Fanning