|Legendary Billy Carter|
"My first paid trip was at 12 years old and I made $5; however I became 'licensed' at 24," Billy said in an email.
The lake and town are his life. He was born a few miles away in Marshall and started fishing Caddo when he was 4 years old. He now owns the more than 100-year-old Johnson's Ranch Marina with his wife, Dottie. According to the website, it's the oldest inland marina still operating in Texas opening in 1908. Even the creatures on the lake are family — Billy and his wife have a pet raccoon named Beady Bear (for his beady eyes) that is house-broken. He said that his life and the lake "are one." An old article in Outdoor Life called him the product of the swamp. Another article called him the unofficial garbage collector of Caddo Lake. "I resemble both," Billy wrote in an email. It is apparent when you spend time with him and watch him fish.
We speed into the rising sun through hundreds of small, black duck-like critters called coots that bob on the water like bath toys. Billy points to an eagle overhead, not a hawk or buzzard, but the real deal. I'm in awe. He probably knows almost all 240 species of birds and the 71 species of fish that populate the lake. The coots fly off into their never never land and the sun peaks through statuesque pillar-like trees as we fly to Billy’s secret destination where the fish bite like mosquitoes on a humid night. Six of us throw our lines in the water and four of us get watch our neon orange corks sink within minutes. Fish on!
I recommend a trip to Uncertain, Texas for a weekend getaway with friends or family, because it’s only three hours away and there isn’t much else to do but enjoy loved one’s company against the unique backdrop of Caddo Lake.
|A Perfect Cast|
|A Road Through Caddo|