There are very definitely several sure signs of summer around this time of year. Although the calendar is net yet aware of the advent, it’s a pretty safe bet that the thermometer already knows. There have been a couple of days when the Mercury about reached the century mark, and we’ve had quite a number of days that have registered in the mid to high nineties. Some of the additional signs of summer that we’ve come to notice each year might include June Bugs (some say May beetles), yellow hoppers & Jumbos, mosquitoes, fishing, lightening bugs, barbecues, fish-fries, and kids wandering aimlessly about town. Be fairly well assured that as soon as we get through with Dad’s Day, summer will show up real soon.
While speaking of fishing, there have been reports of a good bit of angling activity up and down our Rivers and creeks the past couple of months. The San Saba and Colorado have had a couple of pretty good rises on each of them and has equally enhanced the reported catches on both. We’ve even had some folks haul in pretty good catches from some of the Creeks in the County.
I’m sure you saw the panoramic pic. Of all the fishermen hoisting their catches from the "Catfish Catch-off" sponsored by the 6-Pak store and San Saba VFD. J. Shaw & son, Will baited the lines over theweekend below Harkeyville and down at the Colony, and added some nice fish to the freezer. Jarvis had taken off some Yellowcats during the week in the 4-9 lb. range, & we watched Will clean a couple of Channels that totaled right at 7.5 lbs. That’s not a whole bunch of braggin’ rights, but surely does add fine filets for the frying pan. Yellowcat Sutton and his lil’ Granddaughter were perch fishing down on Cherokee Creek trying to catch some bait and he allowed that she hooked a Channel cat that tore up her pole, but they finally got it on the bank and it weighed in right at 4.5 lbs. I don’t know if you’ve ever caught a 4 lb. Channel, but that’s quite a chore on a Perch pole. Anyhow, the Rivers and Creeks are in pretty good shape and if you can’t catch any minnows there are some Grasshoppers about, now-days.
You surely noticed the influx of folks around Town this past weekend for the Rodeo, Parade, and several reunions. Reports on the Rodeo seemed to support it being a huge success and the Parade seemed a lot longer than in recent past years. I happened to get caught on a side street between Wallace & Commerce just about the time they shut off the thru traffic. With little else to do, I found a shade and watched the whole affair. Counting separate vehicles and horse groups, I added up a total of 50 entries. In what they used to term the Commercial division, it looked like Harry’s and the City National Bank really did a fine job. Visiting floats had to go to the Llano Chamber with the Rodeo Queens. Pepper Bellies played some very lively music and the Fort Hood vehicles were rather interesting. The Ice House Muleteers sort of put the icing on the cake for my likes, as I’ve always thought that Mules are smarter than are horses. Anyhow, looks like most of the folks enjoyed the procession as evidenced by the throngs that lined the Parade route up and down Wallace & Commerce.
College Sports has been in the fore-front of the news the past couple of weeks with all the speculation of Conference jumping and realignments. We as fans and former students have little or no control over whatever happens in the matter, but a good bit of grumbling, and will have to be satisfied with whatever the Regents decide is best for the most money.
Anyhow, I would imagine that the Mayor & yrs. truly will be pulling for the Horn Frogs as they wield their bats at the College World Series in Rosenblatt at Omaha. Other than that we’ll both be keeping a keen eye on activities out around—————Harkeyville.