Bluebonnets and White Bass

We’re on Shaw Island at Lake Buchanan, in the hill country of central Texas. If you want to cast your reel for white bass, there may be no better place than this and no finer time than now. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by DuPont.

“It’s family oriented, and friend oriented. Everyone around the island is friends with everyone else and everyone comes together and tells everyone where the fish are biting, and you know, you need to go over to that point over there or take the kids out here. or come right next to us, just sit right next to us, it’s not a matter of, no you can’t fish here, this is our spot. So it’s a real nice bonding thing for friends and family.”

This time of year in Texas, the state flower, bluebonnets, are in bloom, carpeting huge fields with their intense purplish hue. This is when the white bass migrate to Lake Buchanan in great numbers, from the streams of the Colorado River. And for Pulse of the Planet listener David Walker and his sons Riley and Chris, it’s their annual ritual to spend weekends fishing for bass. Part of the tradition is a reward later on at a local restaurant.

“Dad says whoever gets the biggest fish gets the biggest milkshake and you can pick what kind you want.”

The white bass prefer to eat smaller fish called shad. Seagulls eat shad too, so if you look for the gulls, you’ll find the bass. This time of year, there seem to be plenty of them.

“My goodness, Chris this is a big one…reel it it man, that’s a big ole fish.”

“Dad can I get a large now? Yeah, you can get a large milkshake.”

To hear some of your favorite Pulse of the Planet programs again online, please visit nationalgeographic.com. Pulse of the Planet is presented by DuPont, bringing you the miracles of science, with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I’m Jim Metzner.

Bluebonnets and White Bass

If you want to cast your reel for white bass, there's no better place than Lake Buchanan, Texas, and no better time than now. For one Pulse of the Planet listener, it's a family ritual.
Air Date:05/03/2000
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We're on Shaw Island at Lake Buchanan, in the hill country of central Texas. If you want to cast your reel for white bass, there may be no better place than this and no finer time than now. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by DuPont.

"It's family oriented, and friend oriented. Everyone around the island is friends with everyone else and everyone comes together and tells everyone where the fish are biting, and you know, you need to go over to that point over there or take the kids out here. or come right next to us, just sit right next to us, it's not a matter of, no you can't fish here, this is our spot. So it's a real nice bonding thing for friends and family."

This time of year in Texas, the state flower, bluebonnets, are in bloom, carpeting huge fields with their intense purplish hue. This is when the white bass migrate to Lake Buchanan in great numbers, from the streams of the Colorado River. And for Pulse of the Planet listener David Walker and his sons Riley and Chris, it's their annual ritual to spend weekends fishing for bass. Part of the tradition is a reward later on at a local restaurant.

"Dad says whoever gets the biggest fish gets the biggest milkshake and you can pick what kind you want."

The white bass prefer to eat smaller fish called shad. Seagulls eat shad too, so if you look for the gulls, you'll find the bass. This time of year, there seem to be plenty of them.

"My goodness, Chris this is a big one...reel it it man, that's a big ole fish."

"Dad can I get a large now? Yeah, you can get a large milkshake."

To hear some of your favorite Pulse of the Planet programs again online, please visit nationalgeographic.com. Pulse of the Planet is presented by DuPont, bringing you the miracles of science, with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I'm Jim Metzner.