May outing to Bill Ward’s Ranch near Mexia

It’s time for another of the club’s all-time favorite outings – the overnighter to Bill Ward’s Ranch near Mexia on May 18-20. Bill wants to remove some of the population of bass, sunfish and perch, and we are just the group to do it. Camping in an RV or a tent is the easiest, but some may seek accommodation in Mexia. There are no hook-ups. Bring your own favorite eats. There will be a fish fry on Saturday night. If you have an electric filet knife, please bring it. Outing leader Dale Middleton will have the first-aid kit and directions to the nearest emergency room for any mishaps.

This is also the FWFF Perch Off. There will be recognition for Largest Bass, Most Perch by Number, Most Perch by Weight, and Total Weight for Largest Five Perch. No frozen fish or previously frozen fish will be judged. Likewise, no fish with lead shot or other unnatural alterations will be allowed, this includes Bass with earrings or other body piercings. Dale will be the final judge as to the Rules. Winner may or may not set the Rules for Next Year’s Perch Off.

A belly boat, kayak or canoe is highly recommended, if not required. There are limited bank fishing opportunities. Don’t forget a stringer for the fish fry. A 5-weight or 6-weight rod should handle anything in the pond. Either a floating or sinking line will do. Dale recommends nymphs, streamers, poppers, bass bugs and terrestrials to entice the fish. There have already been reported sightings of grasshoppers in the area.

NOTE: This is not a GPS-friendly address. Follow these directions to get there:

1. Take Interstate 35W south toward Hillsboro. Take exit 368A.
2. Go east on Texas 22/Texas 171 South.
3. Go through the towns of Bynum, Malone and Hubbard to Coolidge.
4. In Coolidge, go right on Bell Street, just past Debbie’s One-Stop convenience store.
5. Go left on FM 2310.
6. Go left on CR 192.
7. Go right on CR 201 (Turns into CR 198) for one-half mile.
8. Turn left into a private driveway and look for Dale.

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