Memories, Ponds and Graveyards

This past week I spent a couple of days with my brother and his wife in Mississippi. Sorry to say it was not a fishing trip. The purpose of the visit was to clean up an old Trussell cemetery that was located in the back woods of Choctaw County in the Northeastern part of the state. We spent the better part of the morning moving small trees and brush from the 15 ft. by 30 ft. area. The cemetery is actually where my Great Great Grandpa is buried with his wife, one of their sons and three other unknown individuals. Their graves only had rock markers with no names. During that day and time the cemetery was usually located near the home.
We used marker tape to fence off the perimeters of the area so the timber company wouldn’t destroy the place later this summer. We will go back in a few weeks to place a permanent enclosure around the area. The graves date back to the 1840’s.

This is a long inscription here on my Grandpa’s grave describing what he expected in the here after.

While we were in the area we decided to ride by our old home place about 10 miles from the cemetery. The house was located on this hill. We were both raised up here as boys and had fond memories of fishing in the pond that was located down below our house.

It had been over 40 years since my brother and I had seen this pond. A lot had changed as far as the area itself, but the memories remained where we went swimming, caught some of those large bass and super size bluegills. This pond is where Dad taught my brothers and I to fish.
I can still see my Mom landing huge bluegills using green grasshoppers that my younger brother and I would catch for her to bait the hook. We would bait the hook for her and she would let us land the fish. We were no more than 5 years old. A long cane pole taught me the art of playing a fish then.
The spring that feeds cold clear water into the pond was still pumping. We drink a lot water from this spring over the years while fishing on those hot summer days. I know one can never go back in time, but if I could this would be one place I would surely  visit.
 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 


This past week I spent a couple of days with my brother and his wife in Mississippi. Sorry to say it was not a fishing trip. The purpose of the visit was to clean up an old Trussell cemetery that was located in the back woods of Choctaw County in the Northeastern part of the state. We spent the better part of the morning moving small trees and brush from the 15 ft. by 30 ft. area. The cemetery is actually where my Great Great Grandpa is buried with his wife, one of their sons and three other unknown individuals. Their graves only had rock markers with no names. During that day and time the cemetery was usually located near the home.
We used marker tape to fence off the perimeters of the area so the timber company wouldn’t destroy the place later this summer. We will go back in a few weeks to place a permanent enclosure around the area. The graves date back to the 1840’s.
This is a long inscription here on my Grandpa’s grave describing what he expected in the here after.
While we were in the area we decided to ride by our old home place about 10 miles from the cemetery. The house was located on this hill. We were both raised up here as boys and had fond memories of fishing in the pond that was located down below our house.
It had been over 40 years since my brother and I had seen this pond. A lot had changed as far as the area itself, but the memories remained where we went swimming, caught some of those large bass and super size bluegills. This pond is where Dad taught my brothers and I to fish.
I can still see my Mom landing huge bluegills using green grasshoppers that my younger brother and I would catch for her to bait the hook. We would bait the hook for her and she would let us land the fish. We were no more than 5 years old. A long cane pole taught me the art of playing a fish then.
The spring that feeds cold clear water into the pond was still pumping. We drink a lot water from this spring over the years while fishing on those hot summer days. I know one can never go back in time, but if I could this would be one place I would surely  visit.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

60 EXOTIC SPECIES IN ONE LAKE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR NEXT FISHING HOLIDAY IN THAILAND

We are yet again increasing our stocks of Exotic species so that you the customer have a better chance to catch any one of our special fish . We are constantly in communication with our fish suppliers and I personally look for new fish at every opport…


We are yet again increasing our stocks of Exotic species so that you the customer have a better chance to catch any one of our special fish . We are constantly in communication with our fish suppliers and I personally look for new fish at every opportunity .



The Goonch is at the top of many peoples target list so we buy every fish that is available to us and are also trying to grow some smaller fish .


We are not 100% sure how the Goonch will ultimately adapt to a lake environment but they are doing well so far and anglers are catching them each month.



There are a lot of Giant Snakehead available right now so we bought the biggest we could find . All the fish we bought were between 8 and 11 kilos ...


Giant Snakehead can be territorial to say the least so lets see how they survive . I am very happy so far that we dont lose many fish due to compatibility issues between species . This is always a worry when there are so many different fish and especially a lot of predators together in one body of water ..


We try to keep a healthy population of smaller feeder fish to distract the more aggressive fish from fighting or just eating each other .. Keeping them all well fed is also a good idea :).


We recently bought some more Chinese Black Carp so that we now have one of the highest stocking levels of these fish in Thailand.


Our Chinese Black Carp are growing well but still have a long way to go to reach their potential size which is rumored to be over 100kg.


We have increased our Blue Mahseer numbers and they are also getting caught each month.


We haven't purchased many but we felt every big fish lake must have at least a few of the potentially monstrous Wels catfish .


The Albino Wels is also a new addition and also has tremendous growth potential.



I recently came across some Redtail, Marble catfish cross breeds and couldn't resist to buy some as they are just such a pretty fish ..I am interested to see how quickly they grow and how big they will get .


We are always getting interesting questions from our customers . For example ;- Why have Wels if I can catch them in Italy and Spain ? OR ..Why have Vundu and Tiger Fish when I can catch them in Africa ?? Why have Goonch and Mahseer when India is not far away ? The answer is very simple and one of the reasons we developed EFT.

We have customers visit us from all over the world and different fish are special to different anglers based on what species are available in their home country. We also appreciate that not every angler has the disposable income to travel all over the world to catch Exotic species in their natural environment


Exotic Fishing Thailand gives every angler the opportunity to fish for 60 different species from around the world in one lake while surrounded by absolutely breathtaking mountain views and lush gardens. EFT is one of the only places in the world where you can enjoy this awesome experience , so make sure to consider us for your next fishing holiday.


All our exotic species can be viewed on our new website at http:www.exoticfishingthailand.com where you will find all the information you need about our resort and how to book with us ..We still have openings for most months in 2014 but some are booking up quickly .

DIY Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina and Chile: Off Season Rates!

April = Brown Town Patagonia!We have had a great fishing season!  We held a 98% booking rate for the months of December, January and February. It’s hard to believe the Patagonia fishing season, at least the high tourist season, is almost over…wh…

April = Brown Town Patagonia!

We have had a great fishing season!  We held a 98% booking rate for the months of December, January and February. It's hard to believe the Patagonia fishing season, at least the high tourist season, is almost over...where did it go?  

In just a few days, March 3rd to be exact, kids from all parts of Argentina (and, Chile), will be back in school. Summer vacation is over!  The high tourist season is over!  About 95% of all fly fisherman (DIY anglers, lodge anglers, etc) have left. Once again, Patagonia becomes a quiet fishing playground for the off-season angler. Speaking of...

The off-season in Patagonia offers the angler many advantages:

  • Less people/tourist/anglers
  • Great, end of the summer, pre-fall weather
  • Reduce cost (hotels, auto rentals, etc)


At First Cast, we are no different from any other business.  We want to book clients throughout the season, even if means offering discounts during the low-season. That being said, we do have limited openings in March and much of April is wide open.  Maybe you would like to join me for an 'Adventure Travel' program...an all out road-trip heading south into the wild's of Patagonia Argentina and Chile!  So...


We do about 98% of business in the months of December, January and February.  Why?  It's just how the world works.  




























We hope you enjoyed reading this post.  If you have some free fishing time in March and April, and want to take advantage of our low season pricing, please feel to contact us. Many thanks and hope to see you in Patagonia.


Gone Fishing,

Mark

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