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Old 05-22-2021, 07:06 PM   #1
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My wife and I bought a new place last year and one of the big projects has been getting the 12 acre lake where we want it. We did a electro survey and DNA testing and they were all native Texas bass. So we brought the electro boat back out and wiped out all the bass.

After that, we brought in 3,000 coppernose bluegill, 300 pounds of fathead minnows and 200 Mozambique tilapia. Weíve also added several hundred pounds of crawfish.

Next came the bass. We brought in 100 1-3 pound pure F1s that were culled from a lake that has produced 14 pound bass.

We have added brush piles, lay overs, fish feeders, done a lot of chemical treatments, next up aeration. Itís been a fun project. The bonus flooded timber holds a PILE of wood ducks.

Hereís a bunch of pictures dating back to last year when we first bought the property. We are also in the process of completing our high fence, so Iíll have some deer pics soon.





































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Old 05-22-2021, 07:13 PM   #2
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Congrats impressive work. Living the dream for sure.

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Old 05-22-2021, 08:14 PM   #3
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Question, those tilapia seem big for food or is the pic is deceiving? Is that a duck blind or fish structure for the bottom, the pic with the palms? I’m in the process of building/stocking my pond and I’m always curious about what/why people do for there ponds.
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Btw it looks great!
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Question, those tilapia seem big for food or is the pic is deceiving? Is that a duck blind or fish structure for the bottom, the pic with the palms? Iím in the process of building/stocking my pond and Iím always curious about what/why people do for there ponds.
We brought in big tilapia to help with vegetation control and so they can start spawning. The bass will be crushing their hatches.

Structure. Held down with cinder blocks.
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You did it right. All that restoking didn't come cheap. If you were honest with your wife about the true cost of it all, then you need to keep that woman.
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Old 05-22-2021, 08:27 PM   #8
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Very nice . . Gotta love it when a plan comes together . . Enjoy . .
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Old 05-22-2021, 08:48 PM   #9
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Wow! That's a fun project, and you are dong it first class!
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Old 05-22-2021, 09:09 PM   #11
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That’s badarse. Good luck on everything. My FIL’s uncle has a 50 plus acre lake in Weimar and so far they have hit 17 pounds on the bass on multiple occasion. Taken some time to get there but it’s happening finally.
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You did it right. All that restoking didn't come cheap. If you were honest with your wife about the true cost of it all, then you need to keep that woman.
It been a little pricey. The biggest expense was the bass. I didn’t have the patience to go with small ones and wait a few years, so we went with the big bass which was pricey. Wife well aware, luckily she fishes!
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Thatís badarse. Good luck on everything. My FILís uncle has a 50 plus acre lake in Weimar and so far they have hit 17 pounds on the bass on multiple occasion. Taken some time to get there but itís happening finally.
Wow! Thatís awesome. Our goal is 10 pounds. I think weíll get there. 17 is insane! Good on them!
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Ver nice man!
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Looks great! Can you get the water off the timber when it’s not duck season?
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Looks great! Can you get the water off the timber when itís not duck season?
I can not. Itís all connected.

One of the other projects is building a dam across my slough. There I will be able to drain in the summer and flood in the winter.
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I can not. Itís all connected.

One of the other projects is building a dam across my slough. There I will be able to drain in the summer and flood in the winter.
Gotcha, weíve killed most of our standing timber keeping the water on em too long. What county are you in?
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Looks awesome...congrats! Estimated time frame to reach / grow 10 lb bass?

You taking Jimbo fishing at the Helix ranch?
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Old 05-22-2021, 10:22 PM   #20
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Looks awesome...congrats! Estimated time frame to reach / grow 10 lb bass?

You taking Jimbo fishing at the Helix ranch?
Thank you!!

The company who is helping with this tells us these fish should gain 2 pounds per year. We put some 3’s in, so maybe 2024-2025.
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Old 05-22-2021, 10:51 PM   #21
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Looks great! I am stocking some pure Florida fingerlings in 2 weeks to introduce some genetic diversity in our lake.

Curious....you said you are stocking pure F1's. F1's are the hybrid Northern x Florida crosses (Tiger Bass) which grow very large in their own right. Pure Florida's are F0 strain so I'm curious which strain you are stocking. Good luck!
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Old 05-22-2021, 11:29 PM   #22
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What part of the state did you purchase your ranch in? Huge congrats on the place and the fishing will be off the hook. If you were real Gangsta you would some how get the sporty in the there for one pic! It would go viral.

Keep posting the progress this is greatness.


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Old 05-23-2021, 12:15 AM   #23
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Wow! Thatís awesome. Our goal is 10 pounds. I think weíll get there. 17 is insane! Good on them!
Yessir it is. I canít imagine handling a bass that size. Time effort is all you need! I bet yíall can get to 10 pretty easy. Post some more progress pics and info along the way if you donít mind. I like following a thread like this
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Beautiful Place!!
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Old 05-23-2021, 07:55 AM   #25
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What part of the state did you purchase your ranch in? Huge congrats on the place and the fishing will be off the hook. If you were real Gangsta you would some how get the sporty in the there for one pic! It would go viral.

Keep posting the progress this is greatness.


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Angleton. 25 minutes from the boat and 25 minutes from the house.
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Old 05-23-2021, 09:56 AM   #26
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Very nice!!! Fun project!!
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This is cool. Do you have an aerial view of the lake?
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Angleton. 25 minutes from the boat and 25 minutes from the house.

Sounds like you hit a home run. Trophy bass in the morning and trophy swords that evening.


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Old 05-23-2021, 11:04 AM   #29
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Reminds me how I grew up. This will be something your kids will never forget. Congrats on a successful set up! Awesome.
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I donít. Need to break out my drone. Iíll get on that.
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Thank you! We got incredibly lucky finding this place. It was in a family for over 50 years. They both passed away and left it to their niece out of state. It was on the market for just a few days when we snagged it.



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Reminds me how I grew up. This will be something your kids will never forget. Congrats on a successful set up! Awesome.


Thank you! Chase is enjoying it. Loves the tractor work. Been wacking the pigs, too.


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Congrats you got it going on!
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Old 05-23-2021, 12:03 PM   #33
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Nice fishing lake. I am currently redoing an old silted in pond on my place. Fish being delivered Wednesday.
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Old 05-23-2021, 01:28 PM   #34
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Thank you.

Sweet. What are you having delivered?
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Old 05-23-2021, 03:07 PM   #35
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We brought in big tilapia to help with vegetation control and so they can start spawning. The bass will be crushing their hatches.

Structure. Held down with cinder blocks.
Broadcast Corn gluten meal to control the algae.......
All natural..... and the fish, eat anything left over........
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Havenít updated in a while. Tons of rain has made things interesting. Never got a real bloom and the grass went crazy. Did some chemical treatments and added aerators. It has helped. Been catching a few good ones recently. Will do a survey when it cools off and likely adding more bass. The bluegill have exploded.






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Meanwhile, we did finally get the fence up!





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Place is looking good, Brandon!


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Lastly, finally broke ground for the barn/barndo! Should be laying the foundation in a week or so.

After a slow start, things are finally moving.



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Weíre you affected by the last hurricane?
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Your living the dream, super proud for you!!! Please keep us updated on the progress,,
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Lost power for several days and had a few big trees down. Amazingly, none landed on the new fence. Phew! Other than that, just a bunch of rain making for a bit of a mess.
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Been a bit since I have updated this. We did a survey last week. Lake is looking good. Tons of bait, bass looking strong. Going to add more bass in the coming weeks to get density and catch rates up a bit. This has been a lot of fun!











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Beautiful fish great job

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Old 11-21-2021, 04:02 PM   #48
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Is that some Aggie gold I see?
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Old 11-21-2021, 04:24 PM   #49
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Heís a full blown Aggie.
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