Working in the garden, a little fishin’, and grilling

Well, another weekend is almost in the books and it was a good one. With everything that is going on right now, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Covid in any way.

Living at Lake Conroe, what is a weekend without some fishing. I now I started my post with working in the garden, however, yesterday I started the day with a little bank fishing on the breakwater at Walden. The TPWD fishing report comes out every week, and I always check it. The information is useful and tells me what has been trending during the week. This week all fishing was pretty good: catfish, bass, crappie- according to the report. The bass report was good for plastics, and unusually did not mention colors. In any case when the fishing report starts out with GOOD, in capital letters you know it’s going to be all right. I fished with a chartreuse 7 inch worm on a Texas rig. Basically I worked the stair stepped terraced rock on the Lake side of the breakwater. Slow walking with a pull up and let drift down motion with the worm works well as you get closer to the rock starting about 25 ft out from the bank. Last week I caught about a one and half pound large mouth bass, so I gave it a shot again yesterday. Sure enough, I snagged about a two pounder no more than a dozen casts in to it. That was it, one more bite I think, walking a worm on rocky bottoms can fool you into thinking it’s a bite sometimes. I gave it up and decided to go ahead and start the yardwork.

This time of the year I try to be very mindful of watering the right amount, not too much or little. Even here in East Texas, the fires weeks of August through much of September the heat will begin a toll on the St. Augustine. Deep watering will establish a good root structure, so if you see some wilting from skipping a day to allow some dryness in your yard, the wilting can be quickly restored by watering during the day in a pinch if you have to. I have a lot of potted plants in our backyard in addition to our beds, so I started getting some old growth that can cause thinning out and leaf damages this time of year as well. I found that re potting some into a different pot, moving them around from sun to shade and vice versa can adjust the plant’s growth and blooming habits. On some of our herbs like mint, sometime you may need to harvest and store what you can and then go ahead an cut them way back to keep them healthy. Some herbs like rosemary, don’t need much water at all, and they are almost maintenance free, those you will not have the stretching out problem you might see with your other herbs in the garden whose lower leaves will show yellowing and burning. So, I spent time pruning, harvesting, cutting back and moving plants around from one bed to another some coming out of pots, some going back in.

Even though the small bass I caught was not a keeper, and did not constitute a mess that we could feast on, HEB saved the day. I picked up some fresh harvested never frozen wild caught Salmon for 9.99/ pound. Can’t beat that. A little cracked pepper, garlic powder, and sea salt, 4 minutes each side on the grill and man it just doesn’t get any better than that. My wife and I also grilled a ridiculously tasty Tenderloin so together we had surf and turf. With the meat shortages we’ve had lately I was pumped to find the high quality Tenderloin, and of course, we realized just how blessed we are to be able to eat like kings. Well, that’s about it for now, please leave comments or share your thoughts, and have a blessed week.

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