Fishing is like raising children: both require patience, superior breath-holding skills, and a pocket full of worms to entice cooperation. Put night crawlers to good use with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a day of fishing (a $120 value) and a barbecue picnic (up to a $30.98 value) for two at Texas Ranch Life in Chappell Hill (up to a $150.98 total value).
Featured in the New York Times, Texas Ranch Life teases the inner cowpoke out of city folk on the 1,800-acre Lonesome Pine Ranch, one of the only working ranches in the Lone Star State and home to more than 15 fully stocked lakes spanning up to 13 acres in size. Lasso a buddy and hit the ranch with fishing gear, bait, and a cowboy hat full of tartar sauce for up to seven hours (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) of fishing, catching and releasing schools of bass, crappie, and bluegill. After a few hours of angling, activate the pole's safety and break for a lunch of barbecue meat (your choice of ribs, brisket, sausage, chicken, a brisket sandwich, or a baked potato stuffed with either brisket or chicken), sides, desserts, and drinks for two simmered up by the nearby Silver Saddle Smokehouse. Fishermen wrestle with scaly foes amid the peace and grandeur of the 188-year-old ranch, home to century-old houses, the largest Longhorn herd in the country, and bands of free-range banjo players.
10848 Cactus Ln.
Chappell Hill, Texas 77426