Week 21 07252023
Tonight, was not that eventful, which means everyone fished well and safely returned. Some did not come to the scales, but those that did were the top contenders for Angler of the Year placing in the top four spots of the evening. Coming in First Place was Garrett Hennig and Brandon McQueen with 16.22 lbs. Second Place was Keith Honeycutt and his son Grayson with 15.26 lbs. Chris Tatum and his son Justin was Third with 14.79 including Big Bass of the evening an 8.44 lbs. And in Fourth Place was Donnie Mathes and Tim Rake with 13.99 lbs.
Low weights and low water continue as the series progresses. Low weights are common for this time of year and unfortunately, we continue to be plagued with the lowest water level in recent years. I’m going to make a statement. I think we will not see any substantial rainfall to get us out of this critical situation, however; as I say this, it is because I want the Rain Gods to prove me wrong. WE need the rain, but more importantly, at this point, water conservation should be on everyone’s mind. Watering your grass, washing your car and other wasteful attitudes are not going to help. If you think gas prices are high, wait until they start rationing your water supply, WE have been here before. The last drought Texas experience, Austin did not have a plausible answer how to handle the situation and just as they went into emergency deliberation, we were blessed with water all over the state bringing water levels to full pool at nearly every reservoir in the state and shortly thereafter a good bit of rain fell into O.H Ivy and other impoundments in the western portion of the state. Well, here we are again, only this time without the experience in handling such a large-scale crisis. Fortunately, the eastern and northern areas benefited from the rainfall we saw in the late Spring. Central Texas is in a dire situation where our government is not fully capable of inducing a reasonable plan of action. It will take the citizenry to affect lasting preparedness and it will be those of us that are on the water weekly to educate others just how serious the situation is. This is not politics; this is you and me and our families. Water is on the top tier of human needs. (Manslow)
I hope I am not over dramatizing by stating that we are at the forefront of educating those around us with less knowledge and walk through life oblivious to matters of true concern, but the statement should be heard as loud as the importance of voting. Your voice can be heard, and it should be heard. Those of us that enjoy the water, fishing, and the outdoors should take this read seriously and promote the concern to your family and neighbors, at your workplace and as you conduct business with others. The word is to be spoken daily. Be an alarmist, be fanatic but be here for each other because waiting for rain has expired. The time for action is now and it has been for a while now.
This space on the page is normally to appreciate our sponsors and supporters of the 3×9, but this is more important than that. PLEASE rally with others to spread this word every chance you can. WE must try to save every crucial drop we have remaining. Not everyone wants to be a good steward of our community, therefore we must try to affect what we can to effectively stave off a disastrous situation on the horizon and it starts with YOU!