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#12565109 - 01/05/18 08:47 AM Castin' and Blastin' in the New Year
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Registered: 03/09/16
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Decided to literally start the new year off with a bang. On Jan 1 went over by Comanche to help a guy thin his does down and to fill my freezer. Mama said we need sausage meat and who am I to deprive the Missus of what she desires. Took this tasty little lady about 4 in the afternoon with a single round from my 9.3x62 Mauser.



Had a DRs appt for Jan 2 so that day was a bust, besides I had a deer to butcher, But on Jan 3 I took the float tube over to Lake Hawkins to see if I could get some chain pickerel. The lake was really pretty but don't let the pic fool you, it was only about 30 degrees out.



I spent about 3 hrs in th tube before the cold finally drove me from the water. I tossed Rapalas, jigs, spinners, soft plastics and spoons and never even got a pickerel to follow my lures. But I did get a couple of these to hit so I got to have some fun.



Yesterday on Jan 4 I headed to my trout spot in Chandler. It was a little chilly and the wind was blowing so it was kind of slow. I put one rod out baited with FireBalls and tossed lures with the other. Started out with a gold kastmaster and wasn't getting any hits so I switched to a silver super duper and was surprised to get this on the first cast with it. This is the first bass I ever caught there.



After being there about an hour the trout began hitting. I ended up with a limit of rainbows. 3 of them went for FireBalls and 2 hit the super duper. Smallest trout was about 7 inches and took bait clear down so I had to keep it. Biggest trout was just at 12 inches.



This was a good way to kick off the new year.

Cheers Y'all!
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#12565157 - 01/05/18 09:18 AM Re: Castin' and Blastin' in the New Year [Re: Flags]
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Registered: 02/12/09
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Loc: Lindale, TX
You, Sir, have started off the year right! Great job!

I bet that Lake Hawkins water was a little bit chilly....
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#12565511 - 01/05/18 01:38 PM Re: Castin' and Blastin' in the New Year [Re: Flags]
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Registered: 07/12/10
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Flags you Sir are living the dream! GREAT post. Nice deer and some super fish. Good job. thumb




Side Note: Some "Super Good" eating right there! food
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#12565581 - 01/05/18 02:52 PM Re: Castin' and Blastin' in the New Year [Re: Flags]
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Registered: 04/23/11
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Loc: southwest more west than south...
Wtg! Surf n turf or more like field n stream
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#12566188 - 01/06/18 06:21 AM Re: Castin' and Blastin' in the New Year [Re: Flags]
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Registered: 07/03/11
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Great way to start the New Year! Good job Flags. woot





Side Note: Do you make any sausage from your deer? If so do you make it yourself?

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#12566207 - 01/06/18 07:13 AM Re: Castin' and Blastin' in the New Year [Re: Laker One]
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Originally Posted By: Laker One
Side Note: Do you make any sausage from your deer? If so do you make it yourself?


Yep to both. I do my own butchering and make my own sausage. On this deer I kept the loins, backstraps, liver and 6 roasts and made the rest into 4 different types of sausage. when I make sausage I get a couple pork roasts with a lot of fat on them and chunk those up and grind it with the venison (you need to have some fat for sausage) and I use the seasoning packets from LEM that make 5 lbs per packet. On this doe I made sweet italian, hot italian, maple breakfast and regular breakfast. LEM makes really good sausage seasoning mixes.
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#12566853 - 01/06/18 07:20 PM Re: Castin' and Blastin' in the New Year [Re: Flags]
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Originally Posted By: Flags
Originally Posted By: Laker One
Side Note: Do you make any sausage from your deer? If so do you make it yourself?


Yep to both. I do my own butchering and make my own sausage. On this deer I kept the loins, backstraps, liver and 6 roasts and made the rest into 4 different types of sausage. when I make sausage I get a couple pork roasts with a lot of fat on them and chunk those up and grind it with the venison (you need to have some fat for sausage) and I use the seasoning packets from LEM that make 5 lbs per packet. On this doe I made sweet italian, hot italian, maple breakfast and regular breakfast. LEM makes really good sausage seasoning mixes.




That sounds GOOD! A friend of mine also butchers and processes his own deer! He has a large smoker and he makes some of the best deer jerky I have ever ate. He also makes a pretty good hot pan sausage. food


Side Note: I also tried some Turkey Jerky he made and it was simply awesome! woot

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#12567432 - 01/07/18 10:37 AM Re: Castin' and Blastin' in the New Year [Re: Flags]
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Registered: 07/12/10
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What is the rescipe for Sweet Italian? hmmm
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#12568688 - 01/08/18 09:31 AM Re: Castin' and Blastin' in the New Year [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 11749
Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Originally Posted By: banker-always fishing
What is the rescipe for Sweet Italian? hmmm




Plus #1. I have ate plenty of deer sausage over the years and this is the first time I have heard of Sweet Italian! I bet it is really good! food



Side Note: Great post Flags and a great start to the New Year! Looking forward to reading your post in 2018.

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