Stock Tank Bass

This past weekend, Layla and I visited our daughter, Suzanne, her husband, Paul and our grand kids, Wesley and Will, in Paris, Texas. During supper Friday night, Suzanne had mentioned that four or five years earlier, the previous owners of their property had stocked their quarter acre, stock tank with bass. Quickly filing that away, I thought to myself that I would just go and check it out Saturday afternoon.
Sure enough, by 5:00 Pm this past Saturday, we had finished “shopping” and had stopped by A Piece Of Cake Bakery and picked up some delicious pastries, tea cakes and lemon bars, then we saw some sights, yes there are “some sights” in Paris, and we topped all of this off with a multi-course Chinese dinner.

We were sufficiently “fatted” and after napping for a few minutes, I thought that I’d give Suz’s stock tank a go! My choice of baits was a green and white, H & H, better known as a “Piggy Boat”.
Here’s the stock tank as I walked up to it.

Having fished in a lot of stock tanks, I know that if there’s a bass in it, he won’t be able to pass up a “Piggy Boat”. My second cast produced a hit and the little bass put on a show rolling at the surface, running and zipping the line through the cold water.
Lipping it, I passed it over to Wesley and took this picture.

My thirty, minute stay at the stock tank produced 10 small bass, no keepers, and probably 20 more strikes, all of this on a cold, February day. Here we are with another little one.

Wesley fished diligently, had a couple of strikes but didn’t connect.

Before we left for Goldthwaite, I mentioned to Suzanne that they should catch as many of these little bass as they could because they were stunted. Besides adding a food fish for the bass, like minnows or sunfish, they need to thin them out. If they caught a bunch, filleted ‘em and fried ‘em up, they would not only have a nice fish fry, but would really help the overall fishing.

The “boys” assured me they would take care of this chore!