Well, I ended up heading out there yesterday morning. Left my house at 4:30. Got there around 6:30, at the highway 21 bridge. Threw the castnet for a half hour and caught nothing but gar and one shrimp. Yes, a shrimp.
Decided to move it all down the line a little bit to the little Brazos river, and I'm glad I did. It's much easier to put in and take out there. Sure, the water is skinny, but I'm just in a kayak. So pulling it over rapids isn't too bad. I did, however, run into a nice guy who was stuck with his boat. His motor wasn't starting up, so I towed him back to his truck. Ended up he was trying to get to his OTHER boat that got stuck last night, two miles down the river. I told him I couldn't tow a boat two miles with my kayak, and he went on his way.
I caught some bait (carp), and headed on out. About a half mile down, I ran into the same guy. He ended up driving around and walking to his boat on the river, and managed to get it free and up the little Brazos a ways. But the water had lowered over night, and he wasn't able to run his motor in there. So I towed his OTHER boat a half mile back to the boat ramp. It sucks being in those situations, I know how it is. It's good to just help people out and hope that one day, when you're in trouble, someone will help you. He gave me a whole bag of bluegill. So that worked out well for me. He also says he'll take me to some of his secret spots next time I'm out.
Now, I got on the water about noon. Headed down the Little Brazos until I hit the Brazos. Went a half mile down the Brazos in my kayak before I realized two things. A) It goes from 16 feet to 2 feet very fast, and there are a lot of submerged trees. And B) The current is so strong that if I get caught on one of those trees, I am definitely flipping. And if I get pinned on one of those trees, I'm as good as gone. So I paddled back up. Let me tell y'all, I didn't think I was going to make it up. If it wasn't for the wind helping me out, I wouldn't have been able to fight that current. I'm glad I turned around when I did. I set up on the bank (which, by the way, was basically quick sand near the water. I piled a bunch of branches and stuff on the bank so I could step on it) near the mouth of the Little Brazos and fished in 12 - 16 feet of water. When I finally got set up, it was 1:30 pm. Not the best time to be fishing. Lost two big catfish to trees before I realized I needed to man-handle them in, and not play it out. Landed a 19.2 pound blue-cat. Not huge, but it was still a decent fish.
Also landed a pathetic channel cat. It's mouth was very low, it was weird.
And, of course, I hooked/lost/caught about 23452341 gar.
Headed on back in before the sun set. I didn't feel like being out there after dark, just in case anything went wrong. All in all, it was a rough day. But I'm still glad I went. Next time hopefully I'll land something of a little size.