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#12641221 - 02/22/18 11:00 AM It Happens to the Rest of Us.
Laner Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 2527
Loc: Joshua, TX
In the last two scouting trips I've caught a combined total of four drum and one blue cat. Now why on earth would a guide tell the public he hasn't been producing fish? Aren't guides only supposed to post when they are successful? I'm sharing this information to show an honest insight into what goes on during the slower months of the year when I'm preparing for the busy time ahead. I also want to give solace to folks out there who are struggling trying to find fish.

It's the middle of February, it's starting to get warm out, and as a fisherman I am ready to be catching fish. I've got one more guided deer hunt to conduct this weekend, but my instincts are already pushing me towards sinking bobbers and running trot lines. Needless to say, I'm getting itchy. I know of two spots that I can go and catch crappie, white bass and hybrids a plenty, and it's tempting to go there because I am very confident I'll have success. Scouting is scouting because it forces me to learn a new area, whether it be a creek, river or lake. I can't grow if I go back to the same productive spot time after time. I've also been doing this long enough to know for a fact either Mother Nature or the general public will mess these spots up, reiterating the fact that I need to stay ahead of the game.

I've been strictly focusing on Ft. Worth lakes, trying every tactic I can think of for producing fish at this time of year. One might say "well, if you can't produce fish, what kind of guide are you?" The answer to that question is simple: I'm a guide who knows February and September can be the two worst months of the year, and what I learn now will produce limits at a later time and place.

Although the fish haven't been treating me well, I have by no means gone home empty handed. On all the lakes I've fished, I have found a TON of new structure, both natural and man made. This kind of treasure is going to make my life really enjoyable when the right time comes along. I have also spent a lot of time sinking new brush. I do this for two reasons: one, there is nothing more rewarding than hard work paying off and two, with technology improving so quickly and cheaply, we have a duty to protect our resources and help improve their habitat.

I have no pictures and not much too offer aside from the water temps were 49-51 before the rains hit. The only other thing I have is a saying that I tell myself after a long day of fishing, with very little catching: "eliminating water where the fish weren't biting is just as important as knowing the areas where they are biting." Makes me feel better anyways smile


Edited by Laner (02/23/18 09:34 AM)
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#12641235 - 02/22/18 11:04 AM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 4642
Loc: Longview, Tx
I have a few friends that are guides and when we fish together we almost always look for water that neither of us know so that we can find new spots. So I can appreciate your honesty in this situation. The ones that post their limits every time they go are rarely the ones that are trying to learn, but the ones that already have their spots. There are exceptions to this, but not very many.

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#12641269 - 02/22/18 11:23 AM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
kodys'papa Offline
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Registered: 07/19/05
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Loc: Tawakoni/Mogote, CO.
I have kept a pretty good journal of two seasons in tawakoni at the boat slip. So far this year, I have one 8.5 inch crappie, a few trash fish and a 4 lb channel cat that was delicious. This is the latest, by more than three weeks, I have failed to keep a crappie at the slip.
You did find the lemonade in all that. Well said
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#12641385 - 02/22/18 12:19 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
TexExp Offline
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Registered: 01/13/10
Posts: 1476
Loc: Lake Lavon

Good stuff Laner.

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#12641408 - 02/22/18 12:30 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: TexExp]
Bobcat1 Offline
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Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 18974
Loc: Sanger,Texas
Fine work Lane! Sow the seeds and wait for the harvest. cheers
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#12641411 - 02/22/18 12:31 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
JIM SR. Online   sick
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Registered: 09/25/06
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Loc: NRH/Fork ! GET THE NET
I think one of the hardest jobs I know of is being a 'good' fishing guide.
Kudos to you and your wanting to be honest (however I never believe any one that fishes)
and trying to build a better business.. soldier

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#12641489 - 02/22/18 01:10 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
Finaddict Offline
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Registered: 10/02/16
Posts: 330
Loc: Cedar Creek lake, Tx
It is very easy to determine which guides you want to fish with and refer. Keep tabs on thier many media types of posts and info and compare to their web/facebook pages. IE: You never hear from/of them except for a facebook post that always shows a full cooler or limit!!

Great post and good luck with the business expansion.
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#12641561 - 02/22/18 01:44 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
Scotty B Fishin' Offline
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Registered: 05/31/13
Posts: 44

You do have a gift Lane. Maybe it's time you embrace the fact that you just might be the "World's Greatest GOO guide"!
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#12641652 - 02/22/18 02:25 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Finaddict]
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Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 5147
Loc: Desoto,Tx. Dallas county
Originally Posted By: Finaddict
It is very easy to determine which guides you want to fish with and refer. Keep tabs on thier many media types of posts and info and compare to their web/facebook pages. IE: You never hear from/of them except for a facebook post that always shows a full cooler or limit!!

Great post and good luck with the business expansion.
...from one serviceman to another I soldier

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#12641876 - 02/22/18 04:25 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Fishbonz]
Finaddict Offline
Angler

Registered: 10/02/16
Posts: 330
Loc: Cedar Creek lake, Tx
Originally Posted By: Fishbonz
Originally Posted By: Finaddict
It is very easy to determine which guides you want to fish with and refer. Keep tabs on thier many media types of posts and info and compare to their web/facebook pages. IE: You never hear from/of them except for a facebook post that always shows a full cooler or limit!!

Great post and good luck with the business expansion.
...from one serviceman to another I soldier


Thanks brother
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#12642017 - 02/22/18 05:39 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
ArgyleFloater Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 273
Loc: Argyle Texas
It is refreshing to hear your honesty and perspective. I look forward to contacting you as a guide when conditions improve.
BTW, what lakes do you guide on? I live between Lewisville and RR

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#12642021 - 02/22/18 05:42 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Scotty B Fishin']
ArgyleFloater Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/07/16
Posts: 273
Loc: Argyle Texas
Originally Posted By: Scotty B Fishin'

You do have a gift Lane. Maybe it's time you embrace the fact that you just might be the "World's Greatest GOO guide"!

What is a "Goo"?

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#12642106 - 02/22/18 06:55 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
Scotty B Fishin' Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 05/31/13
Posts: 44
Quote:
What is a "Goo"?
freshwater drum aka "gaspergou". That was the first fish I caught on our trip with Lane, then we caught crappie, crappie and more crappie. (and maybe a catfish or two)
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#12642218 - 02/22/18 07:54 PM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
DavisGuideService Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/01/13
Posts: 1283
Loc: burleson
I Couldn’t agree more , feb and sept can be a very tough time to catch them consistently for me as well. I really enjoy days where I catch them good but I also enjoy the tough days that move a lot, eliminate water and put in lots of time scanning the lake and marking new stuff to terrorize at a later date.
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#12642689 - 02/23/18 07:09 AM Re: It Happens to the Rest of Us. [Re: Laner]
crapicat Offline
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Registered: 01/23/13
Posts: 6595
Loc: Grandview, TX
Yea, searching for those new hotspots does at times seem like a waste, until you find a new hotspot, then you totally forget the struggle to find it. I decided to focus on the Brazos, got a neighbor that grew up on that system, and is helping speed the learning curve. Keep up the tough work and god bless...

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