Bussey Brake reopened for the first time in almost 10 years Wednesday, July 15, 2020. And it was a hit. Or since it’s fishing, maybe you’d call it a “THUMP”. Either way, first-day fishermen lined up early and stayed late to fish the refurbished 2,200 acre reservoir north of time. The gates opened at 6 a.m. and the first boat got in line at 1:05 a.m.
That was Jeremy Cooper and his dad James. They wanted to be the first to fish the “new” Bussey and they made it, but just by a few minutes. Ian Carter his Dad, John Leamon Carter, were second in line.
“Us and some friends had started messing with each other about who was going to be first and the time kept getting moved earlier and earlier,” Jeremy said. “We finally decided we would get there at 1 a.m. so we could be first. We slept in the truck a little bit and then visited with the other early birds. It was worth it.”
Here are just a few scenes from opening morning, courtesy of the Bastrop-Morehouse Chamber of Commerce, which was on hand along with the LDWF to welcome the latest visitors to our parish lake!