The Sand Bass In North East Texas.
It's late February, and it's about time for the great sand bass migration. I'd went fishing today with some friends out in the sticks of Kaufman, County Texas; and in the community known as Gray's Prairie, or maybe we were actually in Kemp, Texas; it's hard to know for certain. We'd went out to the King's Creek, which flows from Terrell, Texas; a nice long ways to Cedar Creek Lake, and we'd went fishing specifically for these large, beautiful sand bass, and their hybrid cousins. We got out and found some nice, wide, and probably deep enough pools in the creek, but we'd come without a thermometer to know what the water temperature was. You see, the sand bass don't head up the creeks from the lakes until the water temperature is right. These fish are like salmon in that they swim upstream, against the current, and back to as close to the exact spot that they were born as possible, and they do this to continue their species in the same manner as their fore-bearers had.
The Sand Bass
The Sand Bass and the Hybrid
Now, I didn't know it till now, but I thought that a hybrid bass was a striped bass; but this is not so.The striped bass is a fish that can live in salt or fresh water; and the largest freshwater striped bass on record is one that was caught, and weighed in a 67.5 pounds. In saltwater, the striped bass does grow larger. Striped bass are the largest fish in the sea bass family, and are sometimes called "true bass," to distinguish them from small mouth and large mouth bass, which, strangely enough; are actually members of the sunfish family.
An anadromous species of fish, the striped bass may swim as far as a hundred miles upstream in order to reach it's place of birth; but the striped bass that I was fishing for are not anadromous, they are confined to the Cedar Creek lake, and the creeks that feed it; but I'll call the striper a "Texas Salmon," just because I can.
Although the striped bass is not truly native to Texas; it is stocked in most of the large reservoirs. Because it must migrate via streams for successful hatching, re stocking the fish is often a necessity; but in areas like Lake Texoma, and Cedar Creek Lake, there are sustainable populations, and the economic impact of fishing for striped bass is a rather nice one for the residents of those areas.
The hybrid bass, of course - is merely the cross between the striped bass and the sand bass.
There is something to be said concerning the nature of a man or a woman who has never spent time out doors, and that person's relationship with the meat or fish that they eat. I do not think that one can properly appreciate the cycle of life without experiencing some sort of hunting or fishing; unless of course, you are a vegetarian. Who can say just how badly the money masters, far away in their modern castles, have decided to oppress us in the coming months and years? Perhaps we should all make certain that the ponds and lakes are kept stocked, we don't know what we will have to eat in the years to come, or whether that food will be anything other than poison sent from on high to the slaves that we've all become.
Fishing For The SandBass
Yesterday, March 6, 2011, I went to King's Creek, a creek that feeds Cedar Creek Lake. I caught a male sand bass on my very first cast using a green plastic worm about an inch and a half long. The bass was about a pound and a half, and within one hours time I caught five more exactly like the first one. They could have all been twins, or clones. My fishing partner caught five himself, and one large hybrid bass that weighed in at over four pounds. Today, I have many a fine fillet in my freezer.
Purchase a great fishing net! Don't let those big bass get away!!