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Pickwick October 2018


Started on a Friday about noon leaving out of Memphis headed this time to J.P. Coleman State Park for at least 9 days. I will be meeting my Son that will be driving in on the 13th around 2pm to join me and we will hit the lake.

I Arrived at the Park about 2:10 and was able to go ahead and check in and start to unload all the things that I had brought. One day I will learn not to bring everything I own, I always count on the weather either being hot as all get out or a cold front coming in and a big freeze hitting us like a ton of bricks or both. It took me three days to load the truck and about four hours to get everything in the cabin.

I keep the boat at the lake now so I do not have to drag it back and forth and waste the gas so will wait till morning and go and bring the boat to the cabin. Not to mention was just about wore out after I got everything in its place and put up. Plus I got up about 2:30am this morning being so excited about coming to the lake that is one thing that has not changed since I was 6 years old I get so excited that I can not sleep just thinking about coming to Pick Wick, must be still the kid in me.

Morning arrives at 2:30 and I am up and breakfast is done at 5am and I am sitting in the den watching TV waiting for it to get light so I can go get the boat still excited and can not wait for the sun to get up after all I am up. The sun is not due to rise until 7 this ought to be nerve wracking until then can not think of alot of things to do until then maybe pace the cabin.

My Son arrived later that Saturday and we put the boat in the water was not much day light left so we just fished a little around the marina and he had a few blow ups on a new lure that he had been telling me about and made the comment that was more action in the hour that we messed around that the whole trip we made in August. That got our hopes up high on the trip was going to be great and we were going to catch a ton of fish. I could have never been more wrong if I had wished on a lucky star.

The next morning we were off to my favorite spots we found grass over at Panthers or just outside "we did find grass and little water like just 2 feet, just like I said we would , but no fish, we threw frogs,whopper poppers, buzz baits, spinner baits,crank baits,lizards,flukes,and even the kitchen sink and nothing.

We had been hearing that the water was up and found that was not the case the water was down and some of my spots were out of the water. That just goes to show DON'T LISTEN TO WHAT FOLKS TELL YOU IT WILL NOT FILL A BUCKET. I always go with what I have known in the past or learn on this trip. Don't believe everything you hear, and throw the fishing reports in the trash cans.

We ended up catching a few Large Mouth in Yellow creek with a Lake Fork purple 7" worm Texas rig around barge tie ups, but only a few then that was it.

We then moved to State Line Island on the back side and again a lot of grass  but little ever did see some big fish blow up on top but we had nothing they wanted, and believe me we threw it all. Well we gave it our best and it is about 2:30 pm and we started back to the cabin thought we would stop out front of the cabin.

Now I did catch two outside J.P. Coleman right out front of cabin one with a whopper popper just outside the grass but went back three times and could not get another bite again on different days.

One thing we tried this time at J.P. Coleman is they have a place to park the boat where we do not have to take it in and out every time we want to go out which makes it so much more easy you can even leave your stuff in the boat and hook the charger up. There are cameras and the slip is watched 24/7 so no need to worry about your items. They charge a $1.00 a foot a day and believe me it is worth every penny....think of the time it takes to cover your boat every night and uncover it every morning....just get in untie and go.


Lets get brave and try Bear Creek see what it has to offer so the next morning off the way we go down South. I do have a few spots down there that might produce. You guess it threw same lures with the same results no fish. This lake has got me stumped this year It usually takes me two to three days to figure the fish out, but this year the fish look like they are about to win.

I have to admit this Lake has been well worked over and needs rest. I have not caught a single fish on a frog in the grass anyone that has gone with me in October knows this is the time of the year for Frogs and grass.

I had to include a picture of My Son's big catch I think the lure is bigger that the little fish he caught.

We were at the lake for 7 days. Even though we caught five or six fish we enjoyed being with each other that I would not trade for anything in the world. Anyone that sees us together says they can tell we had a great time and I for one can not wait until we hit the water again.






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