Earlier this week a huge crappie was reportedly caught in Highport Marina. Donna Vance, fishing in a boathouse, supposedly caught it. We don’t know what on or why it wasn’t weighed on certified scales for the record.


No one I have asked so far knows what was done with it. Was it let go, saved to be mounted or eaten? There isn’t much I can find out about it and I’ve been looking. Not only could it have been a new Texoma record it could possibly be a new state record also. It’s still a big crappie.


It’s been awhile since I’ve shared another of my fishing escapades with you. Steve Baugh, a friend who worked at B&B Boat Repair in Pottsboro, was a member of the Texoma Bass Club like me. I had posted a picture of me with a basket full of crappie Monday.


He commented on it, then asked if I remembered the Banana Peel event. I had no idea what he was talking about. He said it happened over 20 years ago. As I can’t remember where I put my socks a day ago. After 20 years I had no idea what he was talking about. As soon as he typed the first sentence it flashed before my eyes. We were fishing a Bass Club Tournament on Texoma. It was cold and we had run to the back of East Burns run to get out of the wind and eat.


Steve had finished a banana and he had dropped the peel on the deck as he caught a fish. He yelled get the net. I jumped up, grabbed it, hopped up on the back deck and hit the peel. He said I was slipping and sliding. I let go of the net, fell down and rolled off into the floor.


I don’t remember if we got the fish or not. To add insult to injury, he said after I had got it all together and changed lures on some of my rods, I closed my tackle box and didn’t notice I had left both long shoelaces in the heavy box. I jumped up on the front deck but didn’t make it. You can’t flat foot two-foot-high with 10 pounds of tackle box on your feet.


I fell face forward, smushed my nose and rolled back in the floor. He said I had a colorful vocabulary. If I had fallen on my rods and lures he would have heard some more new words. It all started with a banana.


I consider myself a fair bass fisherman. The last three weeks have seen the crappie move to the bank and into shallow brush around boathouses. I considered myself to be good at catching crappie also. These last weeks I have been fishing with and learning how much I didn’t know from one of the best crappie fishermen I ever saw. Chris Doty, who lives out here in our hood, is the best I have ever seen.


I’ve learned a lot about the little things that can make a difference by watching him. I have days where I caught more than him but not many. When you have the chance to fish with someone better than you, swallow your pride and watch what he’s doing — it can make you a better fisherman.


I guess my articles are read by a lot of people who are now bank fishing. The marinas around the lake have people standing or sitting everywhere fishing. The crappie displays in both Wal-Mart and Academy are almost empty of plastics. For me small Blakemore Road Runner jigs are working. Those fishing the bank are using minnows and soft plastic and jigs.


People are telling me on average the crappie on the Highport side are larger than what we are catching here in Little Mineral. Either side, just get the family and go fishing while it’s this good. Had reports that some stripers are surfacing up North on the lake around Platter Flats for you striper fishermen.


Last but not least, this Friday will see the annual KTA event in Lewisville. Keeping Tradition Alive. This is a brotherhood of all firefighters, both active and retired, who come together for a night of bagpipes and drum playing by department bands from all over America. There is also an honor guard competition.


For our local firefighters if you want to attend, it’s a fun night and you can make a lot of new friends from coast to coast. Most, including myself, will be kilted out but you can just wear your uniforms if you like. It takes place in downtown Lewisville at the City Hall Area. I would try to be there by 7 p.m. to see the whole show. Admission is free.