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Extraordinary Saturday At Buffalo Bay

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Neil and I hit a new venue Saturday we dubbed "Buffalo Bay" on Eagle Mountain Lake her in Texas. Bank fishing around this lake is nigh on impossible as there is NO public access. We managed to contact someone with some property for sale and they gave us permission to bank fish there.

Within 2 hours of getting our rods in the water, we had about 8 or 9 catfish. We were both thinking... "Not again!"

But just like you flipped a switch, the catfish turned off and the buffalo turned on. The smallest being about 13 pounds and largest was a 20+ pound black buffalo, the first I've seen and only the second that Neil's ever caught. Almost coal black with a beautiful helix pattern in the scales. During the day, we managed more than our share of buffs, netting over 250 pounds in a session cut short at about 3 in the afternoon. I've included the list I tried to keep, which wasn't easy at the rate we were landing them. Even had my first double, both of them buffs in the mid teens. For lunch, we even pulled our rods out of the water to get a few minutes rest.

Early on we managed to snap my net's spreader bar trying to land a buff that came in at a difficult-to-get-to area. Most of the fish you see here were netted by holding the spreader bars. Still worked out okay, but from now on we carry a spare net.

Did I mention we shared the bank with a handful of water moccasins? At one point, we could see 5 of them in one spot about 20 feet down the bank from us. Two of them were as big around as my wrist. Not monsters by no means, but still respectable. Since the fishing was good, we reached an agreement with them to leave each other alone. I did look real careful though every time I climbed down to net a fish.

Since we were fishing in an area that was normally "off limits" to fishermen, the owner of the land started getting angry calls from people and sent a security guard down to tell us we could fish, but we would have to move our truck and extra gear farther away where it wasn't as noticeable. We figured we had just about had all the fishing we could take for one day (I kid you not; I've got bruises in my upper thigh and groin from the butt end of my rods), and went ahead and packed up early thinking maybe we could scout out another place to try our luck next time. Will keep you posted how that works out.

20 lb buff Neil

10 lb common Carl

18 lb buff Neil

10 lb buff Neil

20.4 lb black buff Neil

10 lb buff Carl

16 lb buff Carl

12 lb buff Neil

14 lb buff Carl

14 lb common Carl

6 lb common Carl

12 lb common Carl

16.5 lb buff Carl

14 lb buff Carl

13 lb black buff Neil

6 lb common Carl

6.75 common Carl

14.5 buff Carl

10.5 lb buff Carl

17.25 buff Carl

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Wow now that is a great day of fishing.

Jeff

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wow that buff is bad arse never seen one like that. i wouldve stayed far away from them snakes

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wow that buff is bad arse never seen one like that. i wouldve stayed far away from them snakes

Yea, the thing about water moccasins is that they are very aggressive sometimes, particularly when cornered. I've had one actually chase me before when he had a perfectly good chance to go the other way. Lucky for me, unlike him, I was running on dry ground... :yes:

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Sounds like a great day of fishing guys that buff is something different for sure. :yourock:

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Neil can't catch a mirror carp but leave it to him to nail a fully scaled mirror/mudler buffalo. :P

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Wow that black buff is amazing looking, well done guys quite the session to say the least!

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i COULDN'T BELIEVE IT !!!

Caught a lot of Buffs over the years, but BLACK BUFFS are kind of rare here in Texas...the mouth and eye configurations are different than the regular buffs

and that JET BLACK color was outstanding, and to have a Helix pattern as well was wayyyyyyyyy to cool !!!! ( Still not a Koi but I;m happy for now )

there will be no mistaken this one on a re-capture......crazy day for a new venue....but one hell of a day at that!!!

Carl didn't mention it, but as the bite alarm went off on the Black Buff, a cop was checking my license...I had to excuse myself from him checking my PAPERS to set the hook, and play the fish,,,,,he stood around, watched the entire fight, and was a little surprised at all that was going on crazy rod pods, weird bite alarms, etc, etc....

I might add to what Carl said, the butt of my rod left me with a very pretty Black and Blue mark on my upper the thigh ....these buffs had an attitude, but that Black Buff must have really been pissed, fought and took out line like a trooper !!!!...great day......oh and Carl, I've got a new net and spreader bar on order,,,it was a ###### landing fish the way we did,,,,,lesson learned,,,,we'll be carrying another net in the future,,, :thewave:

Carl had me a bit worried what with him getting close to those snakes for pictures,,,,at one point I flat out told him, if one bit him on the wanger, he was going to soon learn that I'm not the great fiend he thought I was :lol: :lol: :D:lol: :lol: :o

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Wow,now that is a haul of buffs. That is probably more caught in one session than get caught here in ten years. Congratulations on the black buffalo Doc.

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That is a sweet buff!

Those snakes though appear to be just common water snakes. But when in doubt, leave them alone!

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That is a sweet buff!

Those snakes though appear to be just common water snakes. But when in doubt, leave them alone!

I think you're right. I did some checking online, and it appears these are diamondback water snakes. I don't care. A snake is a snake and I avoid them like the plague.

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Going where Very Few have been in some time!! WoW!!!!!!

HOPPY4

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That black buff is sooooooooo cool !! Great catch

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Beautiful fish!

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Wow, some serious and impressive fish caught. Great write-up.

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LOVE the scale pattern on that Buff !!! AMAZING ?

Carl you did not post the pic of Neil's carp !!!

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Great session!

I was also about to point out that they were banded watersnakes, not venomous.

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I didn't get any Carp.......was on a Buffalo hunt,,,,,,,( that's my story and I'm stickin to it )

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Neil I hear you may have had to turn down a trip to a mirror lake..... sad sad day indeed haha... maybe another time

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Yes, I had a Great and generous offer from Mick, really upset me that I couldn't go,,,,,,it would have been nice to see if the lake had Commons :icon_smoking:

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Buffalo Smuffalo -- Neil, you really need to posting Koi pics here :blush: Nice session though, and although they were all babies - it's nice to have a crazy busy session once in a while.

Congrats guys!! If you wanna blank, come down to LBL for a while :angry2:

PS - The 'odd one' looks like it had huge propeller damage as a youngster?

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yeah Brid I agree, babies, but what a session, !!!!

the Pattern on the Black Buff is called a HELIX, kind of like a MUDDLER in Commons but I haven't a freaking clue as to what causes it,,, I've sent the picture off to a biologist in hopes of an answer,,,,, ,,, would be interested to see what the guys with degrees in Marine Biology say,,a few years ago Keith M. caught one with this Helix pattern at Lake whitney,,,,,,and I've caught several smallmouth with it as well,,,,,really doubt if it's a boating accident

Just really a cool looking fish and to have it be a Black Buff, well that's ALMOST ( note I said almost) as good as a Koi

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Neil, that buff is soooooo much cooler than a koi. Well done my friend. Koi are everywhere, just go to any residential pond and you will find them. I mean, you have to be a real numpty to not catch one. Oh, wait.... :P

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Thanks ,,,,,,,,I think???? :blink::bonk::hi501:

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Well I sent of the pictures to two Biologists here in Texas, and they agree that it's genetic, and it is a BLACK BUFFALO...one of them asked if I had submitted it as a STATE RECORD...actually I never thought of that,,,,,just wanted to confirm the capture on pictures and get the guy back into the water with as little damage as possible,,,can you imagine that,,,,a RARE fish, made RARER by the Scale pattern and all I wanted to do was get a few pics, and get him back in the water,,,,I gave up fame and fortune,,,,

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