Well, with the busy Christmas season over, it’s time to figure out these bass! The great blue heron thinks he’s figured them out but we didn’t see him catch any. The bass were schooling on this day in early January. We had never seen a heron land on open water – usually they stand in the shallows. So this was a special treat.
Don, however, figured them out. Dad and Don’s limits are shown below. The slot length limit for largemouth bass, here, is 14-21 inches (meaning, you can’t keep anything from 14-21″). These are all under 14″. He threw a few back that were over the limit. It was a fun fishing day!
We’re headed back to Alabama and stopped overnight in Louisiana. We camped at Acadiana Campground. It has a nice Nature Station with lots of trails. It’s pretty wet and we just made it before dark so we stuck to the boardwalk part of the trail. I like the reflection of the live oaks and cypress trees on the water. The cypress roots make steep bends in them that stick up out of the water. They’re called “cypress knees”.
What is really neat is how it looks when you turn the picture upside down.
Tonight we are camped at Gulf Island National Seashore near Biloxi, Mississippi. (We cannot see the seashore from the campground.) It is raining and getting colder. All electric sites are filled now (the last 4 went within 10 minutes of our arrival!) It’s supposed to get down to 20 by morning. We’ll make sure the roads are thawed before we head east in the morning!
Oh yeah, GO LONGHORNS! We’ve got Texas plates on the Dodge so we don’t dare enter Alabama until that game is over. Shhhhh…
We are making our way from east Texas to the gulf coast of Alabama. We hate to take the interstates the whole way. So we’re taking some back roads. That comes with it’s hazards though. We were busily looking for where to turn in a small town. We quickly got into the left turn lane and didn’t notice we were too close to the intersection….until that big log truck came up to us, nose-to-nose and told us to back up. After we got out of that predicament, the slightly-impatient-sherrif pointed out the white line under our rear tires. :-}
Anyway, we found a nice state park about half way between Alexandria and Lafayette, Louisiana. Some of the sites have wooden decks. I’m thinkin’ that’s due to high water.
All the sites have electricity and water and are well shaded. We paid $16 for camping and a $3 “transaction” fee. I’m not sure if that’s because I used a credit card or just because I paid – hahaha
The south campgrounds have a good wi-fi signal.
There is a pavillion down by the cypress swamp. The water is covered by tiny green plants that make it look like algae covers the surface.
There a rental cabins available, on the lake, for $70 – $90/night. I don’t know how many they sleep. They have AC, screened porch, satellite tv, fishing dock, lake front. We saw lots of trailers at the boat ramp so the fishing must be good.
We give Chicot State Park an A+