Fishing Tackle Unlimited is "re-opening the big store on I-45 at Fuqua this Saturday, and it all starts when I crank up my show live from there 7a-10a. The redesign features a new Shimano Technical Center and G. Loomis Performance Center along with other upgrades and visuals from top tackle makers. I've been told there will be some great giveaways that day, and there will be factory folks on hand to help guide you to the best tackle in the world's best tackle store.
Exactly one week later, FTU's store on I-10 between Campbell and Voss hosts its annual Inshore Expo. I'll be there, too, right after my show on Dec. 14.
...Lake Fork, of course, home of an overwhelming percentage of the state's biggest bass. Sharelunker entries must weigh at least 13 pounds. This one, taken on a crappie jig (or maybe the crappie that ate the jig) weighed 13.29 pounds and was landed, on 4-pound-test line, by Oklahoman Stephen Proctor. She's a beast for sure, and slightly overdue for Lake Fork. Proctor's fish is the Sharelunker season's first and the program's 549th overall.
Guide Pat Lester (black T-shirt) and a crew of waterfowl sharpshooters who have hunted together for years took a fast, full limit of ducks Sunday morning not far from Houston. Most outfitters agree that waterfowl hunting this season is as good or better than in any recent year.
Jack Ferruzzo, 11, is grinning ear-to-ear over this great buck he shot recently on a ranch near Mason. I'd be smiling, too, over a rack like that. And by the way, he filled a second tag with a buck in the same class. (Ask your dad to put them both on the wall, Jack, like big-antlered bookends.)
Deer season continues generally better than average statewide, and we haven't even begun to see the best that South Texas and East TExas have to offer between now and January. Go when you can, and stay in the stand as long as you can. Older bucks know our habits nearly as well as we do. Be there when you're not expected, stay quiet, and you'll see bucks you didn't even know were on the place.
My friend Allan Collier (Financial Fitness, 6p-7p Sundays on KPRC) may not be the best photographer inthe world, but he's a pretty good bowhunter. Took this buck off national forest land around Huntsville. Overall, according also to my friends at Midway Deer Processing in Katy, the deer season has been better than average so far - and the best of it, as most local hunters know, is still to come.