After a long time away I finally got to hit my beloved Lake Athens. It has been a while since I have gone out because of a major blowout in my float tube. I finally placed an order for a new one directly from Caddis Float Tubes. They had a factory blem in the style I really like so I placed an order. Tube only cost $79. Not sure what they are considering to be a blem on it though. I looked it over really carefully and I sure don't see any blems. It holds air just fine and that is the main thing.
After I got on the water I headed to one of my favorite spots, tied on a 1/64th oz jighead, put on a piece of crawler and commenced to reel them in.
Lots of fish at the first spot but nothing really big. They went from 3 inch dinks up to about 8 inches. What they lacked in size they made for in numbers. After an hour or so of non-stop action I moved over to a cove that is pretty good for shellcrackers. As usual they were there and I pulled about 2 dozen out of the cove and they were all pretty much carbon copies of each other at about 8 inches long. Nice fat fish and full of fight.
I know there are better fish in the lake than I had been catching so I moved to a boathouse that has a pocket of deeper water on one side that is always good in the fall. I kept getting my bait stolen and figured it was smaller fish so I went to a 1/100th oz jighead. Well, they weren't small, they were just slick at sucking the pieces of crawler off a hook. In that one pocket there were big slabs stacked one on top of the other.
You have to really love a lake where catching honest to god 10 inch slabs is nothing unusual. They flat out wore me out in that pocket. Don't know how many fish I took in total but it was probably between 80 and 100 for the day which is a really good day out of the float tube. This was the big fish of the day. I didn't bother taping him but I'm guessing he was right at 11 inches, maybe a touch more or less but close to 11 and really fat. I'm certain this fish went over a pound.
All fish were released to fight another day but on the way home I stopped by a wild pear tree I know of. It was hanging heavy with fruit so I took some home to make into pear butter using my late grandmother's recipe.
Life is good in East TX. Cheers Y'all!