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Been Working on the Boat for Summer Fishing

Been Working on the Boat for Summer Fishing
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Something I dearly love about spring, but was skipped this year, and that is going out on the boat.   In March and April we had something like six weeks straight where it rained every weekend.  It seemed like as soon as the rain stopped, the heat started.

Here it is mid-May, and it seems summer has arrived with a vengeance.   Here we are in mid-May and daytime temps are in the low 90s.  Where did spring go?  I thought we were suppose to ease into the summer heat.  It seems like only a few days ago daytime temps were in the 70s.  Then again, this is Texas.

Boating on the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas

For one reason or another I have been putting off working on the boat.  Last time it was in the water was two years ago, which is a shame.  In all honesty, I love being out on the water.  It seems like in only 20 – 30 minutes someone can go back 10,000 years in time.

I usually put the boat in at the Bevil Port boat launch of hwy 63 just north of Jasper, Texas.  Once the boat is in the water, I head south on the Angelina River to Bee Tree Slough.  Bee Tree Slough seems like time rolls back to the stone age.

Summer Fishing

Bee Tree Slough is full of stumps which are just below the top of the water.  Which means the main motor is pulled out of the water and the trolling motor is used.

Imagine sliding over the waters edge, not making a sound, with old growth timber on both sides of the slough.  Fish, gar, gators, and various other wildlife thrive in the area.  It is not uncommon to look over the edge of the boat and see a garfish swimming by.

One of the problems with summer fishing here in Southeast Texas, the water heats up and fish move to deep areas.  This makes fishing in river sloughs hit and miss.  You have to know where the deep areas are, and then fish those locations.

Then there is the heat.  By the time noon rolls around, the metal of the boat is so hot pads have to be used to sit on the seats.  This is where the overhanging trees come into play.  Start getting a little hot, pull up under a tree, tie off to the tree, then fish in the shade.

Bee Tree Slough on the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas

Chances are fishing under a tree will result in catching perch, which is fine with me. The goal is to get out of the house and enjoy nature.

Getting the Boat Ready

In all honesty I have neglected the boat.

  • The battery was dead.
  • Starter switch was broke.
  • Solenoid was messing up.
  • Wiring had to be replaced.

The wires between the battery and the motor were around 20 years old and had dry rotted. The solution was to go to a local hardware store, buy new wiring, and replace everything,

Battery had to be replaced.

New starter switch had to be installed.

In all, we are talking about several hundred dollars to get the boat back on the water.

Final Thoughts

Is the boat worth it?  Of course it is.  How can I place a price on peace and quiet? Getting out on the river is a wonderful stress reliever.  Plus, I want to take my wife fishing.

Bee Tree Slough near Jasper Texas

During the spring I love getting out on the Angelina River, and this year (2018) we had rain almost every week.  More or less, we skipped spring and went straight to summer.  Thus I have to plan for fishing in the summer.

Stay tuned and I will post articles on fishing.  Hopefully we will see some gators.



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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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