I was up early on the Saturday morning at 5.30 am. Terence and Stephen arrived my hotel on time, but we weren't the early bird at Lake Austin. After paying the entrance fee of $10 per person, we saw a white guy was already fishing and he had some luck in catching a Largemouth Bass and released it back. "Gee, fish must be hungry", I eagerly rub my hands together, aching for action. Terence set up the bait trap with bread and scanned the water for sign of bait fish - minnows. "Yep, there are those bait fish", pointing to some small sleek shadow moving about in the water, he whispered. He dropped the trap in the water and wandered off to get his rod ready. He handed me a light rod and I chose an artificial lure to practise cast and retrieve method. It was a cast, and then retrieve, then let go, then retrieve again method, mimicking an injured fish to lured the largemouth bass. However after some 30 or so castings, my hand were starting to get tired.
The place where we fished is also a pontoon for boat launching into Lake Austin for jet ski or just pleasure boating. Occasionally we were disrupted from fishing by these boat launches. The bait fish trap was full with minnows when Terence lifted it out of the water. He took out the small fishes from the trap and put them in a pail. We had some 20 to 30 minnows. He hooked one of them and cast away into the lake and waited. I did the same. There was some small activity but they were small fishes trying to steal our bait. After 30 minutes of no activity. turned my attention to crappies action for at least some action. I used bread to catch them, and I indeed landed the first one, and then more and more and more. They were pretty small, about three quarter of my palm. Crappie are highly regarded game fishes and are often considered to be among the best tasting freshwater fish. Because of their diverse diets, crappie may be caught in many ways, including casting light jigs, trolling with minnows or artificial lures, using small spinner baits, or using bobbers.
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Soon after we had used up all minnows and even the trap did not got any. Terence threw all the crappies I caught back into the lake. Final count we had a baby largemouth and an adult largemouth, and a good fresh water fishing experience to tell. Here are the photos we took from our expedition to Lake Austin: