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Nov 18 2019 #1

Jim Bennett

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Number of Posts : 101

Property :
Hidden Springs Ranch, Laneville

Frosty morning, sleepy fish

Reservation Number : 22478
Property Name : Hidden Springs Ranch
Reservation Date : 11/17/2019 All Day -
Total Fish/Sizes : 6 at 16-17", 3 at <14" culls
Lures Used : whopper plop, swim jig.

Sam and I fished Hidden Springs for the first time on Sunday. Very nice property with first class facilities.  After a great day before at Bennett, we had high hopes for this adventure.  

Catching was slow in the frosty morning, I think the fish were chilly and just not hungry. After the sun got up we started catching a few near shore on poppers. We tried swim jigs near bottom, but it was pretty slow, we did catch a couple that way but most were on poppers near the warmer sunny west bank.  We wound up landing 9 fish total, 6 released were 3-4 lbs, and only 3 culls <14".

The owner Randy came down chatted and with us. Very nice fellow.  He explained our average catch size was far better than past years, as they have been culling 500-700 bass per year, plus adding tilapia.  The process seems to be working.

Unfortunately, our trip got cut short just after lunch, as I got a call that my mom had fallen and broken her hip.  That resulted in a loadup and quick trip to Mother Frances in Tyler.  She is in surgery today getting a new hip.  Hopefully, she will be fine in a few weeks. 

Sam with one of six 3 lb:

Nov 18 2019 #2

Danny Renfro

Slot Fish

Member Since : 2015
Number of Posts : 128

I really wish we were able to lodge here.  I think we used to be able to at one time.


Nov 18 2019 #3

Steve Alexander


Member Since : 2002
Number of Posts : 759

Me too, Danny. Great lodging while it lasted. In the meantime we get to enjoy one of the most scenic lakes in the club. The fishing is drastically improved over the last 5 years with over 50% of the fish are now overs with dozens and dozens of fish caught over 5 lbs this year. I personally was in the boat where 3 of us caught 7 fish over 6 lbs in 2 hours in the Spring of 2017; including a 9.2 caught by the late Ray Sasser. I miss that guy. 


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