Well, for those of you that don't me here, it's been almost 7 years since I last visited Texas. While doing my fellowship at UTSW for a year, I managed to come across this site and after seeing all of the crazy size carp and buffalo that fellow TFFers were catching here, I met up with PapaWhiskey (Clayton) one evening at the Cliffs in Grapevine, and he taught me a lot, and I even managed to catch my first ever carp that night.. and was hooked ever since.
I later made some great friends here on TFF, especially over at White Rock Lake, and got to know Jesse (whiterockjesse), buffalomanchris (Chris), etc. I had some really great times and sessions with a great group of fellow TFFers, and I even managed to take a couple trips to the Holy Land which was Emma Long:
here are 2 of my really old reports:
1st time to Emma Long series of reports:http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ses#Post3394705http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ion#Post3394707http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ion#Post3394710http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ion#Post3394713http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ion#Post3394718http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ion#Post3394728http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ion#Post3394734http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...ion#Post3394741http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt..._lb#Post3395837
2nd time back to Emma Long report:http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt...s_l#Post4609997
anyhow, I moved back to Southern California since then and have settled down, married, and have a 2 year old son now. We finally had the chance to travel back to Dallas area a couple weeks ago, and of course, I had to reconnect with some of my good 'ol friends and maybe catch another carp or buffalo. I really haven't had much time to go fishing the past couple of years, so it was great to have the entire Saturday off to just relax and fish at WRL.
Evan's first flight:
thought we might have a rough flight to Dallas with Evan since it was his 1st time, but he managed to sleep for a couple hours of the flight.. so wasn't too bad!
Anyhow, we make it to Dallas just fine and a couple days later, met up at WRL on Saturday 10/29/16. Thank you Jesse (whiterockjesse) for prebaiting the swim, organizing the get together for me, and letting me use your setup/method. Thank you to those who showed up to spend the day out there.. including the man, the legend buffalomanchris (Chris), Steve, Brian, Derek, and Richard.
I got to WRL around 9:30am and the weather was just beautiful, sunny, with hardly any wind in the morning. Felt great to see this sign again after so many years:
made it to the spot, and everyone was there already with their gear setup and lines in the water:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhEN4pVp6_w
I always liked these types of shots:
and here's Steve casting out:
method and casting out:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4DQFcVI5Ewhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkfRkZXwCDI
here's Chris casting out and his impressive collection of baits/etc.:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_df-fIYaqn8
and well.. for most of the morning.. in fact until maybe around noon... no bites, no nothing! Steve caught a small catfish, but other than that... it was pretty quiet in terms of fishing.. but pretty loud in terms of the chit-chatting and BSing going around. The camaraderie amongst fellow carp fishermen is really what I miss most.. actually catching some carp/buffalo is just a bonus for me, although a 30+ lb carp or buffalo is what we all chase...
great to catch up and reminisce about the good 'ol days with Jesse, and our numerous sessions at WRL, Grapevine, and even a late night trip to Tawakoni with Chris/Jesse:
Jesse brought his grill and cooked up some nice hot dogs for a quick lunch for everyone.. thanks again for the lunch Jesse!:
we continued to rebait and cast out, and pretty much spent most of our time under the shade of that big 'ol tree you see in the background here: