We had a big rain here overnight, so I went out this morning to see what things looked like at the pond. Got at least 4" new water. Before the rain it was starting to clear up. Now it's murky again and running a good stream over the spillway.
But that's not really the interesting part.
I noticed a swirl in the water that just kept going around in a circle. Looked closer and saw it was a GSH about 6"-7" sized. It was just out there doing donuts at the surface. I stood and watched and it just kept on making circle after circle - about 3' circumference, each circle bringing it a bit closer to the shore. Eventually it wound up laying on its side in the APW maybe six inches from dry land.
I tried to grab it for inspection, but when I got almost close enough to reach it that thing took off like it was shot from a cannon and was gone.
Been catching and cleaning a lot of fish to try and thin the herd before hot weather. Moving some SMB from the SMB/RES pond to the main pond as we reduce the numbers of HBG and CC out of the main pond.
Wife found a good way to process fish. The small pin bones in the BG after filleting she always just tried to pick them out before frying. Since she has been canning some fish, now she just cuts that skirt of the fillet off. That leaves what I would describe as the tenderloin if it were a hog. A perfect boneless fish stick. Then she takes the skirt of the fillet and instead of picking or cutting the bones out, just puts them in the canning jars and cans that portion. The bones come out soft and edible after the pressure canning process just like sardine bones.
Canned BG is really delicious. One of our favorite ways is to take a pint jar of our canned BG, add one tin of sardines in olive oil, add one tine of Kipper Snacks smoked herring, dill pickle relish, mustard and some times some mayo and capers. Fish salad (think tuna salad). Sometimes chop up a couple boiled eggs in it too.
Along with a bag of pork rinds makes a great keto/low carb lunch for two. Very tasty. The little bit of smoke taste from the Kippers and the oily sardines really adds to the taste of the otherwise very mild canned BG.
Tried canning some CC but will not do that again. The CC just breaks down into kind of mush. Not enough structure of the meat. But the canned BG turns out very much like the consistency of canned tuna. We will continue to just freeze the CC for fresh consumption.
I figure with the cost of feed, pond construction, aeration and maintenance we have estimated about a thousand dollars a pound in our delicious fish. But hey, who's counting.
Heck, I never thought about how much they were costing me per pound!
Don't look at the cost per pound Bob Lusk talks of the cost for having a pond verses a bass boat and a new truck to pull it for cost comparison. I might argue that I could buy two trucks for what has been spent on the pond when comparing the cost lol
Do not judge me by the politicians in my City, State or Federal Government.
Same here Tracy. I was tongue in cheek when I estimated the cost per pound It is likely a lot higher than I even said.
It is a hobby. A place to throw money down a hole that makes no sense other than it makes us happy. Something to keep us out of the bars and drinking ourselves to death. We have to occupy our time with something. Better it be something that is non-self-destructive.
Surprised but pleased to catch a Lone Star Legacy Florida bass with the trademark blue-green splotch near the head. It was about 13-14 inches long, solidly built, right on the edge of being harvested until I saw the color.
Haven't stocked any LSL bass since 2016, not sure how they were doing. So glad some have flourished & are reproducing. Will see how many more there are in electrosurvey on Tuesday.
Lots of large CNBG around 1 lb. Had a setback in fall of 2017 when my bigger CNBG died after a severe cold snap, but they've made a comeback. Buddy saw a RBT near the feeder, so I guess a few are still alive.
By the way, I've noticed that since my water viz went down below 2 feet (usually around 4 feet), the HSB have gone crazy at the feeders & on lures. Could be just a coincidence, could be warmer water. Anybody else notice something similar?
Did six more loads of "leg day" in the Ranger, about halfway through a second ring of rock around the pond ]
That’s a lot of rock to haul with that Ranger. Are you loading it by hand? Hope not. You’re a tougher man than I.
8 yr old pond, 1 ac, 15' deep. RES, YP, GS, FHM (no longer), HBG (going away), SMB, and HSB (didn’t make it. 0 seen in 5 yrs) Restocked HSB (2020) I think we have survivors! I think that's about all I should put in my little pond.
Cisco! I live in Cisco and the pond is in Mortin Valley. Would love to show you my place and see yours. Vulcan south of Eastland has rock. I know a couple people who can haul it. Know anyone who can get bulk river gravel out here? Tonight I caught some pond record BG I stocked 1.5 yrs ago and a 12in LMB that clearly washed in. Pond is getting fun! The water has 30in visibility which means the BH are getting managed by the CC and everything else!!!! 2000+ YOY and 100+ 8-15in BH removed in the last year. I've stopped counting.
How are you going to know unless you try!
NW TX 2ac main pond fed from 1100ac watershed going through 2 2+ac sediment ponds. 1st filled 10/2018 900BG, 200RES, 200HBG, 100CC and 23# FHM...."Free" BH, GSF GSH, LMB & ??? 75LMB 3/2020 I subscribe!
We had very heavy rains this spring on top of already saturated ground a high water table. A dam burst in Midland, MI, and the whole downtown is under 6-8' of water! Our pond overflowed into the woods again. Last night I saw this thrashing in the water near the overflow area. Turns out the largest spotfin shiners are thrashing in the 2" water and trying to get into the 1" water and wriggle through the grass to get over to the other puddle of remaining overflow water. They keep trying and trying. They must have strong instinct to swim 'upstream' or to keep moving.
The thrashing and splashing of course attracted not one but 2 GBH this morning and the kingfisher has been chattering away and swooping for breakfast.
If I get close the ball of fish breaksup and they go back to safety. I had to use my super zoom camera from an upstairs bedroom to video this and where you can kind of see the thrashing. I noticed when I walked closer that it is only the largest sized shiners doing this. Have not seen this before but somehow they knew that this was the 'exit' to the pond..
#1. Caught another otter in a trap. #2. Saw an Eastern Yellow Belly Racer Snake....never seen a snake move that fast thru grass. #3. Caught a snapping turtle, a black bass and several catfish on hot dogs.