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   What would you like to know?  I’ll cover some of the basics and if you have questions, feel free to ask. Vicki and I have been married for thirty-eight (38) years in August.  I’m a retired school administrator and she continues to serve as a Theatre Arts teacher. We have two (2) adult children who are also teachers and both are happily married. I’m proud to say that everyone holds a Master’s Degree.  We are blessed to have two (2) beautiful granddaughters and do our very best to teach, love and spoil them all at the same time.

    Vicki and I live in a country home in Wichita County in North-Central Texas. I spend my time Farming and writing. I consider my first published book to be a great personal accomplishment. As I Recall, is a collection of short narrative essays and poetry that shares memories from my life. Check it out some day.

Going Fishing?

Blog Posted:4/1/2014 10:53:00 AM
I just posted a few new photos of some memorable catches of the past! They are scattered as to time and place but were all significant for family reasons. Yellow-cat, flathead, crappie and bass. Two photos show brothers and how they had grown and their catch along with them! One shows me in the kitchen at Mom and Pop's with a 50# yellow-cat. We were cleaning this fish when I told Mom that we were expecting our first child. It's a good story that I can share another time. And, those scantly clad little ones are none other than yours truly and my brother. We grew up fishing. Dad made it a priority in life. You can find out more about how to land fish like these in my book, "As I Recall". And just for fun, you can read my poem, "Catch a Big'un". It's funny and gives away part of the secret to catching a REAL HOG. BTW- those fish held by Dad were too big to weigh on the scales available. just look at Mom and get the feel of their size. Dad was 6' 6" and weighed 320 lbs. Good ones!
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  1. Date: 4/1/2014 10:30:00 PM
    Great photos, Ray: I imagine they took some landing. Do they still grow that big these days? When I lived in Tasmania we would fish for flathead. They were so sweet pan fried in butter....

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    Dillard Avatar Ray Dillard Date: 4/1/2014 10:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The lakes here are at 25% capacity. I'm afraid we're gonna lose a lot of fish if we don't get a lot of rain. They have been seeding clouds and it has produced a little, but not enough.
  1. Date: 4/1/2014 5:17:00 PM
    Lovely memories in those pictures, Ray. Reading your comments (and mouth-watering!) you made me realize that I've not eaten fried fish since the 80's!! : D

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    Dillard Avatar Ray Dillard Date: 4/1/2014 6:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Had some just the other day! Yes, it was good.
  1. Date: 4/1/2014 4:29:00 PM
    Wow........if you had tried to write about the size of those fish, I would have thought they were just 'whopper-sized fish stories'.........but you have the proof in those photos!! Those fish are large enough to feed an army !!!

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    Dillard Avatar Ray Dillard Date: 4/1/2014 4:52:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And we did feed armies. We had picnics when I was young and Dad fried fish for everyone associated with the oil company where he worked. Later, just feeding the family was like feeding an army. We still have a picnic and fry fish at Easter. I can't wait!
  1. Date: 4/1/2014 12:39:00 PM
    OMGoodness Ray!! That last one is huge!!

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  1. Date: 4/1/2014 12:23:00 PM
    Too much fun Ray--HOLY CATFISH!! Now that's what I call a horned pout on steroids!!

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 4/1/2014 2:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hmmm...carp...never thought of that! :)
    Dillard Avatar Ray Dillard Date: 4/1/2014 12:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The bigger ones were caught on carp about 10" long. They last longer than other bait and will catch a whopper .
  1. Date: 4/1/2014 12:22:00 PM
    Awesome string of crappie! Definitely the best tasting freshwater fish in the South. I'll give the nod to walleye in the North. Catie, there are several varieties of what are commonly (but erroneously) referred to as perch (sunfish) which can grow to a good size and are very tasty as well - Bluegill, Goggle-eye and Nutcracker to name a few.

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 4/1/2014 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's true, I don't know very much about fish, I do know trout, catfish, and mud sharks! LOL But I love fishing regardless. hugs, catie :)
    Thomas Avatar F. J. Thomas Date: 4/1/2014 1:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ...that's a lot of teeth -.-
    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 4/1/2014 12:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The trouble with a northern perch--actually up here there is a distinct difference between perch and sunfish, is that they have more bones than a graveyard full o hens teeth!
    Dillard Avatar Ray Dillard Date: 4/1/2014 12:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Spoken like a true Texan! Mom would fry up any fish we would catch no matter what time it was. It was a trick to teach us to clean our own catch. And we cleaned many a Bluegill. Watch out for the bones!
  1. Date: 4/1/2014 11:56:00 AM
    No Catie, Those are crappie. Look them up online. Just about the best eating fish ever to take a hook. You need to try one sometime.

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    Lindsey Avatar Catie Lindsey Date: 4/1/2014 2:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ummm...sounds wonderful! :) love and hugs, catie
  1. Date: 4/1/2014 11:38:00 AM
    I once caught 2 catfish, on the same day, which measured from my shoulders to my knees. I had a picture of myself taken, holding them both up, with much pride. I gave that photo to my dad! LOL I love to fish. BTW ~ are those perch? Why in the world would you fish for perch? LOL Wonderful blog, Ray. Enjoyed. Love and hugs, Catie :)

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