I just returned from enjoying three days of fun fishing with three new HFC
customers. Sean Smith, his father, Patrick, and a close family friend, Dr.
Ted Krell joined the many other who have fallen in love with peacock bash
fishing and the Headwaters Fishing Club experience.
Now it just so happens that Dr. Krell, a Baytown, Texas psychiatrist, just
happened to wind up as my fishing partner for the weekend, and I think I
can safely say he may never be the same again. Since for the first time in
my life I had a person knowledgeable about the workings of a slightly
warped mind captive in my boat, I figured what the heck and unburdened my
soul on him. Now I don't rightly recall ever having one of my customers
begin crying like a baby and beg to be taken back to the camp after less
than an hour of fishing with me, but the Doc did. He kept on mumbling
something about having found a textbook case with the medical name being
some word that was way too big for me to remember, but he allowed as to
how his fellow doctors would spend the next couple of years on it. Being
an observant kinda feller, I did mention to the Doc that he might want to
get the nervous twitch, which he seemed to have picked up during our time
together, checked out upon his return to the U.S.
Seriously, we all had a great couple of days fishing with none other than
the now famous Doctor Ted leading the pack with a big bruiser of a peacock
bass. He quit crying long enough for me to take this photo. In all we
boated five fish over 10lbs, and managed to land another seven fish from
8-9lbs. The final morning of fishing the Doc and I boated seventeen
peacock bass from 5-13lbs in two hours, and lost three other large fish
right next to the boat when they managed to do their Houdini throw the
hooks out trick.
Stickbaits, such as the Bomber Long A in the model 15A series, were the
biggest producers. Most fish we caught were in the heavily timbered areas
surrounding submerged islands. The Rebel Minnow and the Strike King
Thruster Tail also produced some fine quality fish. The fish in the more
open areas still haven't schooled up again since the spawn, but the fish
out in the heavy jungle were definitely schooled up and feeding in 6-8ft
of water just out from the islands.
Well folks, the spawn is now over, the fish are going back to their old
feeding habits on a daily basis, and about all I can say to you is that
you really ought to break free and see it for yourself. Just drop me an
email or give me a call and we will work together to plan out a great
fishing experience for you.
By the way, when the trip was about to end I asked the Doc what he thought
of my mental state, and boy was I happy when he just stared into the
heavens and shook his head. I knew he was telling me that thank God there
was nothing wrong. So to all my friends who have offered differing
opinions on the subject, I would just like to say I told you all before
that I wasn't as unbalanced as you said.
Steve Shoulders, April 6, 2005