The annual Operation Welcome Home for 2017 is fast approaching it’s just a little over two weeks until November 3-5.

“It couldn’t be done without the support of the Texomaland people who help out every year,” said Jerry Dorsey, the godfather of this event.

Jerry’s strong right arms are VFW Lakeside Post 7873, Elks Lodge 238, American Veterans Lakeside Post 231 and the Vietnam Veterans Post 973. They have had his back when he gets in a bind with the military members who come to Texoma for three days of fun and fishing.

Thank you to the cash and food donators who help defray the cost, and they are still accepting cash donations for this event. The Georgetown Baptist Church is feeding BBQ to troops, guides and volunteers actively involved with this event on Nov. 4.

A special thanks to the guides and boat volunteers who are furnishing the boats — speaking of which Jerry still needs at least five more. If you can help please give him a call at 903-786-3981.

The guides and volunteers so far are: Cole and Jason Cook, Mike Scott, Colt Brust, Steve Thompson, Tim Hall, David Mitchell, Mike Blakely, Coy Dvoll, Britt McKinney, Howard Judd, Thomas Powell, Denies Curtis, Joe McKlemurry, Alan Webster, Steve French, Guy Martinez, Nick Abate, Robert Fahey, Don Charenal, Dan Hand, Jeff Bobo.

Remember these names if you want a good fishing trip. As I said above there is still a need for five more boats.

In my article on tree trimming 101 I neglected to tell my readers the first limb I cut fell on my wife. Most of it missed her but she had a scratch on her back. She is a tough woman as she hung around dodging falling limbs till we got it done.

I can’t figure the crappie out; this is the best fall of fishing I have ever had. Monday I went to the boathouse. When I left I had 10 nice crappie, including one that people who saw it said it would go close to three pounds.

Tuesday, same place but a little later, and I got six more big crappie. Up to then I have been catching all my fish including a slew of little ones on a 1½ inch plastic shad bait on a 1/16 oz. Blakemore Road Runner. I decided Monday to try the old saying: big bait, big fish.

I went to a ¼ oz Blakemore Road Runner with a three-inch Crappie Tube. Color didn’t seem to make much difference as long as it had a Crappie Nibble on it. It worked as I wasn’t bothered but a couple of times by little fish. Tuesday I went again. I didn’t catch a small fish but everyone I caught on the bigger Road Runner was 10-13 inches long.

I’m letting them rest Wednesday; Thursday I have to bass fish so Friday morning I think I’ll go fishing again.

Susan and I are going to have a busy weekend. Friday night we are at the Denison football game to see my Stingerette Lt. granddaughter Hailee perform. I’ll miss seeing my Gunter Tigers tussle with Cooper. They will have to win one without me in the stands.

Saturday night it’s the Boot Scooting Ball and Sunday our annual family pumpkin carving will keep me busy. I still haven’t got this retirement figured out. Seems like I work all time if you count my fishing.

This weekend Texoma will see at least two, maybe three, bass tournaments on it. I’m not sure who the other two tournaments are but The Little Dixie Open Tournament is Saturday and Sunday. It is probably the longest running yearly tournament on Texoma since the old Texoma Bass Club folded.

It will go out of Catfish Bay. You can register Friday night or early Saturday morning. They feed beans Friday night and BBQ Saturday to the fishermen entered. My weekly predictions: Tigers, after dining on Patriots last week, sink the Cooper Pirates big. My crystal ball is misty but I think Denison wins too.