Today is Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A windy, wonderful morning
A windy, wonderful morning

I needed that morning. It has been a long winter and I badly needed to be on the water-fishing. It was cool, maybe even cold in the shade and warm in the sun. And then, there was the wind. Heck, it was April 11, you expect wind.

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From the front of the boat
From the front of the boat

The freshly budded and slightly leafing willow branch falls just inches short of touching the water. I can see the gap from the front of the boat. Through the Polaroid lenses of my glasses, I can also see the fish finning slowly under the willow branch. I see her from the front of the boat.

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Turkeys & other things that gobble
Turkeys & other things that gobble

Turkey season opens for adults this Saturday, March 29.

The kids had a shot at it last weekend. Adults can kill one gobbler a day up to a total of four for the season. A bearded hen is legal as are bearded birds of any color configuration.

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PART TWO -- One mile short of a river

Second of two parts --
We should have taken it into consideration, the rain. Thursday night, February 20, it rained and stormed dumping a ton of rain into all the creeks. We should have given that more thought on February 23. Maybe you remember what a storm we had? But we didn’t…at least, not much. A couple or four weeks ago, we were starving for a spring-like day.

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One mile short of a river
One mile short of a river
John L. Sloan

Smith Fork Creek is one mile short of being the Smith Fork River. So it is told. They say, the old timers that should know, that to be a river, a stream must be 100-miles long. The Smith is  only 99-miles.

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120 degrees on The Copper Sea
120 degrees on The Copper Sea

It was close to sunup on the Copper Sea.  Fog was so thick you could move it with your hands.  “I reckon we can hit it with a compass reading”.

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Turkeys everywhere, & then some
Turkeys everywhere, & then some

It was 40-years ago, 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation was formed. Their goal was to re-establish wild turkeys in all 50-states. From the looks of things, they have done a pretty good job and then some.

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Deer can't count
Deer can't count

He paused just under the crest of the ridge. For a long time he stood completely motionless. Only his eyes moved. After several minutes, he moved again; seven steps then stop. Behind him, a thick cedar tree blocked his outline and he stood, almost invisible, perfectly camouflaged.

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It started at the hot ponds
It started at the hot ponds
John L. Sloan

It started with days at the Hot Ponds. I was maybe seven or eight and I ran with an older crowd. My partners were as old as 13. We fished in any weather. The main target was carp because that is what was in the Hot Ponds.

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Early spring bearable days
Early spring bearable days

I ain't much on torture. Moresomever if it involves me being tortured. That is why I have never been one of those winter anglers who would bear any weather just to go fishing. I have endured a day or so of it being so cold the line kept freezing in the rod guides and the 'baccy juice froze in midair. Can’t say I cared for it much.

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Five F’s in Acadiana Read more...
WARNING -- you might learn something Read more...
The trails at White Oak Read more...
Happy old year's Read more...
Merry Christmas everyone! Read more...
‘Bout fifty years ago Read more...
Of books and bucks Read more...
From Lower Dulac to Kings Bayou Read more...
So far . . . just excellent Read more...
The game Read more...
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