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#12210177 - 04/21/17 11:45 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: Hawkpuppy 1]
salex Online   content
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Registered: 03/24/09
Posts: 909
Loc: NE Texas
Originally Posted By: Hawkpuppy 1
Large East Texas private property that I worked on for a few years right out of school had, at that time, 3 large intensely managed lakes. By that, I mean they had literally some if not most all of the very first original Florida strain bass tested here when they started bringing them in. The owner spared absolutely no expense on fisheries management for the past 30 years. We stocked at least 250,000 threadfins every year per lake(usually more), used 2-3 brood ponds per lake that were used for coppernose and red ear bluegill and even tilapia sometimes. We had brushpiles that were "maintained" every year usually by adding in more timber, fertilizer constantly applied for good blooms, vegetation management was also a constant. We had our own Smith Root shocking boat that is better than what most all of the TPWD boats are for our own surveys and fish removal.

On any given day, guests would catch 50 fish in a half day (8am-12 noon) that would average close to 6 pounds. We had what days that we called 8 8's and even 10 10's. Basically had 8 fish over 8 pounds, or 10 fish over 10 pounds. Yes, it happened more than once. There is a picture of a bass that has never been released to the public, and probably never will be, of a bass caught by one of the owners good friends on one of the lakes that would have beaten the current state record by 2.5lbs. And yes, I have seen the picture. That particular lake will punish you on a good day. Don't even show up with less than 50lb braid.

I know all this probably sounds like a far fetched story made up, but I assure you it is not. I worked there for two years and saw some of the most incredible, truly world class bass fishing there is.


Great stuff. They were certainly doing all the right things. When you own your own electro fishing boat for your own property, you are truly committed. Great testament to great fish management and what can be accomplished with the right budget and commitment.

We just spent 2 days delivering tilapia to more than 2 dozen lakes in the Athens/Canton area and get to see some really great ranches, but your speaking of a place that few will ever see.
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#12210402 - 04/21/17 02:19 PM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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Loc: Kerrville, Texas
Doesn't surprise me at all. There are more than one of those places that most people never even hear about or see. Canton, down to Athens, over to Brushy Creek and down to Palestine. And you danged sure don't talk about them if you're lucky enough for an invite. Lots of old Dallas and ETX oil money control a TON of acreage in that region.

Exactly.....

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#12210406 - 04/21/17 02:22 PM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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Loc: Kerrville, Texas
Of the three lakes mentioned, the smallest was about 50 acres and the largest was about 90 acres. Since I left, they have built another 3 lakes ranging from 25-60 acres that they are managing the same way. Wish I still had access in there to fish, but then again it practically ruined me from bass fishing anywhere else. And, I won't even get into the crappie....


Edited by Hawkpuppy 1 (04/21/17 02:22 PM)

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#12213350 - 04/24/17 07:35 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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Loc: Weatherford
Do a google search on Pat Cullen out of Valdosta Georgia. They guy is an accountant, who fishes small ponds mostly at night. On last count he's caught over 1,113 bass over 10 lbs.

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#12235731 - 05/08/17 07:06 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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#12390199 - 08/17/17 06:17 PM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: salex]
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Registered: 03/09/16
Posts: 340
Loc: garland
Originally Posted By: salex
Originally Posted By: jackson_ranger
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!


I know of no where in the country where you have a high percentage of catching a 10lb bass. And I know lots of great fishing lakes. Most people will never catch one. Those who do are rare.
PLace called Camelot bell/bells ck web

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#12614911 - 02/07/18 07:36 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: Hawkpuppy 1]
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Registered: 01/20/15
Posts: 585
Loc: Tyler, Texas
Originally Posted By: Hawkpuppy 1
Large East Texas private property that I worked on for a few years right out of school had, at that time, 3 large intensely managed lakes. By that, I mean they had literally some if not most all of the very first original Florida strain bass tested here when they started bringing them in. The owner spared absolutely no expense on fisheries management for the past 30 years. We stocked at least 250,000 threadfins every year per lake(usually more), used 2-3 brood ponds per lake that were used for coppernose and red ear bluegill and even tilapia sometimes. We had brushpiles that were "maintained" every year usually by adding in more timber, fertilizer constantly applied for good blooms, vegetation management was also a constant. We had our own Smith Root shocking boat that is better than what most all of the TPWD boats are for our own surveys and fish removal.

On any given day, guests would catch 50 fish in a half day (8am-12 noon) that would average close to 6 pounds. We had what days that we called 8 8's and even 10 10's. Basically had 8 fish over 8 pounds, or 10 fish over 10 pounds. Yes, it happened more than once. There is a picture of a bass that has never been released to the public, and probably never will be, of a bass caught by one of the owners good friends on one of the lakes that would have beaten the current state record by 2.5lbs. And yes, I have seen the picture. That particular lake will punish you on a good day. Don't even show up with less than 50lb braid.

I know all this probably sounds like a far fetched story made up, but I assure you it is not. I worked there for two years and saw some of the most incredible, truly world class bass fishing there is.



Lock Ridge? (sp) very few people have their own Smith Root boats.

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#12672888 - 03/14/18 06:32 PM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
Hawkpuppy 1 Offline
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Loc: Kerrville, Texas
Yes, Lochridge is what it was called then as Ed Sr. still was the majority owner. Ed Jr bought everyone out a couple years after I left and the lakes have gotten even better than they were.

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#12675826 - 03/16/18 11:44 AM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: Hawkpuppy 1]
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Loc: NE Texas
Ah yes Lochridge....I've heard many a great story at that ranch. I know it was/is a great fishery. For those that don't know 250,000 threadfin retail price is $45,000 to $55,000 depending on who you buy them from. But I'm sure like most of the high end ranches, they seined their own.
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#12688058 - 03/24/18 11:02 PM Re: Looking for 10 pounder [Re: jackson_ranger]
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I've got 10 over 10. 9 came from 2 different trips to Cuba and 1 from Bob Sandlin.
This was over 30 years ago, but all of them had 2 things in common. 12" black-red flake worm and 18-22' water. Texas rigged.


Edited by DavidWhatley (03/24/18 11:03 PM)
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