Some vintage stores use slow hunting – Herald Democrat

I will be back when I was growing up. Now some of my new readers will have no idea what I’m talking about; Those over the age of 70 might do it if they think a little.

We’ll start this story for everyone at Gunter. This is for you new Gunterites and for those of us who can remember those good old days. I don’t know since when it started, but on Saturday Gunter had sketches downtown, and sometimes we also had terrapin races. I even entered a turtle or two.

They are all painted by numbers; If I remember they were a big draw. The first tortoise to come out of the big circle got a special gift from its owner. I had moved to Gunter in first grade and was always looking forward to going downtown on a Saturday. I think I’m right on most of this. If I’m not right, you can talk to me at this year’s Gunther football matches.

The reason for the popularity of this event was that merchants would put on special things for that day to attract people to it. And they had a big cage rolling on the sidewalk. Now a question for any of you older Gunterites reading this: Did people put money to paint or did the traders?

When all the names were thrown and it was time to draw an innocent child, nine times out of ten who were a girl, were selected to draw one. They would reach out and pull one out. I don’t know what the other towns did on Saturday, but there was money being paid for the names on the papers.

Lots of things in all the stores were laid out on the sidewalk, and this was also a time when adult friends would gather to talk.

Not to be outdone, there was a good-sized grocery store owned by Bill Barrett between Gunter and Van Alstyne. It was in the middle of nowhere and the only competition was the Road Baptist Church. My uncle Clifton was the pastor and often traded debt for food. Generally he and his wife, Aunt Nurali and three or three cousins ​​were invited to someone’s house for a fried chicken dinner on the Sunday after church.

At some point I’ll tell you how to get the best out of a preacher as I slapped. Back to Bill Barrett’s store; It was the only one in Grayson County on the 121st between Gunter and Van Alstyne. It was also close to Collin County, and people who lived south of the Bell Store in Weston and the surrounding areas near and far generally came to shop on Saturdays.

At one point, two bridges over East Fork Creek cut the way at the time of travel to his shop. Alas, all that remains of Elmont today are a few houses, a good Mexican restaurant close to Barrett’s grocery store, and the church that my uncle Clifton tried to flood – at least that’s what I thought.

I think he might have had the distance. He will probably see that I will need a lot of help in the future which is why I got two big vat drops as everyone seemed to get one. Now, Mr. Barrett’s store also had a gimmick on some Saturdays to attract more people. All of these events were different, but my best memories of one were when he was giving out baskets of food to anyone who could catch a guinea fowl.

When the time came, a man at the head of the store came out with a cage full of them. I bragged about how many people I could catch, my grandfather and grandmother Webb were all smiling, I’m sure of that. I was standing on the outskirts of the crowd ready to fetch a bird for me.

I didn’t know they could fly better than they could run. Some of them may have been in Oklahoma before they landed. This is how I grew up in the country. Today I would go back and relive those times again if I could.

Now for the Hunting – Talk to a guide, he said getting live bait is now harder than it used to be. If you can find them and keep them alive, you will hunt strippers. Lure fishing is another way to fish. If you are walking around, you will likely find scattered schools of toboggan lines and sand dunes.

Big boards, deep pool baits, and big Heddon Spooks or Pin Poppers on top will get you in a bit. If you’re looking for Striper Top aqua baits, head over to, then head over to Creek Chub Baits to see all of their baits. Trolling is another lazy way to catch streaks and sand sand.

If you get out early enough and go down around the dam boat ramp, there will be plenty of boats following the lines down Bluff towards Grandpappy. Ease of joining them – they probably won’t say anything; Just don’t break them.

Now the bass is a different story, a little hard to come by. Some of my good fishing friends and I are having a hard time finding them. Tuesday, I went out and covered a lot of great looking bass water. Caught only 3 and missed 1 more. Two of the three mouths were solid hardened.

I let the sun escape from the lake around 10am, and crappie is also slow. I can catch a few at the fish market but it’s not like it should. If I were hunting them I would be looking for deep water brushing. I am using 1/16 oz. Blakemore Road Runner with Bobby Garland plastic lure.

Its fall very slow. If you do not get a bite on the way down, gently lift it from the bottom and swim around it; If there is no sting this way, slowly rotate it upwards. Also try changing the colors of the bait.

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