Sounds like a mishmash don’t it? I’ll get the Bar B Q out of the way first.
Wednesday’s Herald Democrat had a story by one of our retired writers I could relate to. Now this is mostly for my readers who have lived around here most of their lives. I’m talking in the 60-plus age bracket.
The story concerned a Bar B Q place just across the river called PO Sam’s. Now the way I always pronounced it, and I’m sure a lot of you did too, was P O Sam’s, not PO Sam’s.
I was raised down at Gunter but I can’t count the times we would load up a car full of guys and at times brave girls and head north. Remember the big old tin carport roof it had? Sam employed a lot of youngsters to wait cars — remember that? Some of them would only come up to the door handle they were so young.
I have eaten at Bar B Qs all over our area and outside and to this day for me, none of them can hold a candle to P O’s meat and hot gravy.
Now that hot gravy was warm to say the least. A sliced pork sandwich with the hot gravy made was so good you felt like you were in heaven or hell the way your mouth and lips burned.
It required at least a quart of cooling; my favorite cooler back then was original Schlitz; IDs weren’t checked too closely. After Sam’s closed, in all my Bar B Q sampling while I have found some toothsome meat the closest to the magic gravy I ever found was Archie’s in the north part of Denison. It’s gone now also.
I would sometime go inside Sam’s place. Most of you young readers can’t imagine what a Saturday night was like there but the ones I’m writing this story for may go to thinking back about some of the best times and food we ever put our lips around if you like Bar B Q.
Now when I say weeds are good, I’m not talking about those I fight in our flower beds all the time and barely hold my own with. These weeds are thanks to a higher-than-usual lake level for this time of year in and just under the water on a lot of banks and in the backs of some coves.
Early in the morning and late in the evening before dark will find me fishing in them. I see other people fishing them and they are moving way too fast — they will catch a bass now and then but will do a lot better spending time fishing slower and covering less water.
I have three weed baits I fish 90 percent of the time — Booyah Buzz Bait, Chatterbait and a Heddon Zara Spook Jr. A new bait that I’m also fishing now is a Booyah Pad Crasher Frog. The best for numbers is the Buzz Bait. Some of my better fish come on the Chatterbait; it does tend to catch more trash coming through the weeds.
My favorite big fish bait is the Heddon Spook. With the weeds under the water for the past few weeks you could slowly walk the dog, pause it then start again when it made the first twitch was when the strikes came. Now I have caught them on worms, Shaky Heads and Texas rigged weedless tubes and YUM Dingers also. I just love top water fishing so that’s what I do most in the weeds.
We have had a full moon for the last several days. Once again there will be some of you disagree with me but when you get to be as long in the tooth as I, you need all the light you can get to cast to hit the water and not rocks. I’m one of those who think bass feed at night during a full moon. It makes it easier for them to see the bait. It also can make day time fishing tough.
I like the full moon — it seems to put the fish in shady ambush areas at night. Tie on a Bomber 6A crankbait or Booyah Moon talker Spinner bait and fish them in every dark spot you can see.
While fishing on a new or waning moon will catch fish the theory I read and hear about is they move around more in the dark and can be less concentrated than when they are hiding from the moonlight.
Earlier point being I see where the lake has started dropping and if it continues the weeds will be fishless. What I’m saying I guess is hit the water. Fishing is good. Big slabs seem to be the ticket right now on stripers in deeper water. Cork and streamers are pretty much sure death for surfacing fish.
When you find fish on your depth finders, guides and fishermen are dropping slabs to the bottom then speed reeling them to the top through the fish. There are some helpful hints on fishing for Texoma stripers on the 6 old Geezers Web page.
School starts next week so try to get in a fishing trip with the kids this week.