Is there any private waters to call on that have a high percentage chance of catching a 10 pound bass within a reasonable distance of Tarrant county? Thanks!
Define "reasonable distance."
Right then and there is where you'll see the intersection of the desire to catch something, in this case a "ten plus pound largemouth bass," and the commitment to do so, in this case travel a "reasonable distance."
So, if by "reasonable distance," we mean somewhere between here and Lake Biwa, Central Honshu, Japan, our chances rise as compared to, say within a forty-five minute drive.
Plus, like anything else, if its "pay to play," the better the play the more you pay.
From the standpoint of managing a small water body (less than 500 acres) as an income producing sport fishery, I've done some research on the issue and learned, more than once....
That commitment thingy I mentioned up above? Its pretty dang rare. Most folks just don't want to spend the time, money, effort, heartache, sacrifice, and everything else it takes to catch that also rare fish.
You create the fishery, and put it in front of the fishing public that are already paying to play, and give them the choice of other spots that are easier to catch good fish, just not ten plusses, and they quickly lose interest in the pursuit of that oh so difficult to catch fish. Going back to the easier to catch, but not quite so big, and still maybe a chance...but with so little time and work and kids, and...and...folks pretty much want a tight line for the few moments they got, what's on the end isn't all that important.
Even in a small lake with a lot of big fish, they are dang hard to catch unless you're willing to "cheat." Most private fisheries don't 'llow no cheatin'.
Some pretty good cheats....
Live bait, big ole gizzard shad, green sunfish, or even waterdog. Live
now, not half dead.
Running water, fish right in front of the pump discharge, but you gotta git your bait down below the smaller fish to get to the biguns.
Feeding station, usually close to the road so the truck can get there and dump easy, fish live bait right after the truck dumps.
the short answer is, more research. I betcha more than one of the lakes in "Private Water Fishing" has what you want if you are willing to do the work it takes. You figure out which ones are the most likely and fish them enough times to learn them, then concentrate your efforts on the big fish in those spots.
If you got enough money, try the Camelot Bell bit a few times.
I got 'em at my place (maybe not such a reasonable distance), but even with a couple dozen folks fishing they don't turn up that frequently.
Best and biggest usually caught on the flats, January, February and March. 30 inches to 4 feet deep, Southern exposure, second or third day after a front.
The number one thing I see in common with everybody I know in the "ten plus" club is commitment.