It was sometime in August and he invited me down to Lake Richland Chambers for a day of fishing.
Most of you know that I personally do not own my own water craft, which is okay because I mostly enjoy shore line fishing and usually for bass.
This day however we took his boat and headed South on US 287 from Corsicana to Spur 294 West to Harbor Inn Marina.
After purchasing three dozen large minnows, we launched the eighteen feet tracker boat in to one of the provided single-lane boat ramps, and headed out across the lake near the US 287 bridge.
It was here that I baited the hook with a minnow and sent out my first cast, and let it sink to about ten feet or so.
A Quick Side Note – How To Use A Minnow As Bait
Just in case you are wondering, this is how to use a minnow as bait:
- Take one Minnow and hold it with your thumb and left index finger tip.
- Hold the hook between your thumb and right index finger tip.
- Insert the hook just slightly behind the head of the minnow towards the tail but be careful to only insert the hook to just below the spine of the minnow.
- If this is done right the Minnow may still be alive and able to move around a bit while stuck on the hook.
Back To The Fishing Story
I was fishing in about thirty five feet of water but I let my hook sink only to around ten feet or so.
Turns out this was a great spot for fishing and also a good depth because in just minutes of throwing my first cast, I caught my first crappie.
Be careful when fishing in Texas water; make sure you have a valid Texas fishing license and that you are keeping only those fish that are of a legal species, legal size and within your bag limit.
I continued fishing in this same area of water and around the same depth for about six to eight hours. Now keep in mind I was fishing with my brother whom I really don’t get to see very often because he works a pretty demanding job, and his days off are limited.
With that said, we spent a lot of time just talking and laughing as two guys will do while taking part in a fishing trip.
Later on it was a bit more difficult to catch the remainder of our crappie, and we found ourselves having to troll around the area in order to find our next school of fish.
Once we found them, I also found that the crappie were swimming in deeper depths. I believe that is because the sun was now much higher in the sky and beat down on the water, causing the water to heat up.
After dozens of failed casts, trying to locate the crappie, I grew tired and hot from the beating I was taking from the Texas Sun in August.
After catching only seventeen of my daily limit of twenty five, I was ready to get off the water and into some cool air conditioning for the forty five minute drive home.
Before heading home we decided to clean our bounty and get it on ice to keep it fresh.
There is a very simple way to clean and filet a crappie, and I will admit that my brother is much better at that than I am, not to mention he is also much faster at cleaning and fileting them.
It’s good to get that off my chest!
Once home, we put the fishing equipment away, parked the boat, disconnected the power supplies, and put the cover over it for storage.
After several episodes of Live PD and several glasses of iced water with lemon, I entered the kitchen and heated up an iron skillet.
The Perfect Recipe For Crappie
- Mix two packets of Lipton French Onion Soup mix.
- The juice of one yellow lemon.
- Just a pinch of sea salt.
- A few heavy shakes of chicken seasoning.
- Some ground pepper.
I rolled the chilled black crappie into the above ingredients, and slowly placed them on the heated iron skillet for just a few minutes until they are golden brown and almost turning dark brown.
I removed them from the skillet and place them on a cutting board topped with paper towels to collect any leftover grease.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
And that my friends is what was for dinner! Let me tell you how delicious that was, my brother who is otherwise incapable of delivering a compliment, actually uttered two of them, and that is proof of a great black crappie diner.
Thanks for checking out the blog and as always, be great and take someone fishing, and enjoy the outdoors.
Till next time, find out what works for you and enjoy your time out on the water.