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Wetting a hook: Callicott to contribute weekly column

Wetting a hook: Callicott to contribute weekly column

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 8:01 pm

Wetting a hook: Callicott to contribute weekly column | Wetting a hook: Callicott to contribute weekly column
 Brent Callicott is continuing a family tradition — the love of fishing. The 45-year-old got his start as a 4-year-old fishing with his father, well-known area fisherman Lanny Callicott, and has been hooked ever since. He has also followed in his dad’s footsteps in providing a fishing report for area radio stations and newspapers, including The Messenger, which is proudly publishing his first installment today. “I give credit to my father for my love of fishing,” he said. “And I just want to help give back to the youth what I have learned over the last several years.” The elder Callicott began providing a fishing report — Outdoors with Lanny Callicott — on WENK 1240 in the early-1970s and it has grown to include two other radio stations in Paris. Years later, when he was out of town or otherwise unavailable, the younger Callicott began filling in on the radio fishing report. While he continues to do that on occasion, the 1982 Union City High School graduate has his own fishing reports that appear on various Web sites, as well as in regional newspapers. “I love fishing and really enjoy talking to others about fishing,” the avid bass fisherman said. “We have several excellent ponds and lakes around here and I enjoy hearing from people about what’s biting, what they’re using, how deep they’re fishing and any other information they’re willing to pass along. It’s something you can do and continue to learn about with each fishing outing. “Hopefully, I can pass that information on to others in a way that can be helpful.” A tournament bass fisherman and a Tennessee Wildside pro staffer, Brent has fished the Strens Series Events and FLW Tour Events as a co-angler over the last several years. He has also won and placed in numerous bass tournaments on the local levels. His favorite spots to wet a hook are Reelfoot and Kentucky lakes, which he considers his home lakes. He is a member of B.A.S.S., FLW Out-doors, Tennessee Bass Federation and the Reelfoot Lake Bass Club, and he also assists with Steve McCadams Casting For A Cure, the Reelfoot Lake Junior Bass Club and The University of Tennessee at Martin Collegiate Bass Fishing Team. His sponsors include Strike King Lure Co, Rage Tail Baits, Plano Tackle Systems, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Berkley Trilene Lines, Pure Fishing Co., MinnKota Trolling Motors, Humminbird Electronics, AllStar Rods, Pflueger Reels and Columbia Sports-wear. “I think fishing is a great pasttime for people of all ages and would encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors — whether with friends, family or by yourself,” he said. Callicott, who is married to the former Lisa Horner, practices what he preaches by taking their 5-year-old daughter, Gracyn, fishing. “She caught her first fish when she was about 3 years old at Reelfoot Pond,” he said. “It was a bluegill. In fact, she caught about 20 of them that day, reeling them all in on a Barbie fishing pole. It eventually broke but that was a great experience.” When not fishing or spending time with his family, he can be found at his day job at White-Ranson Funeral Home, where he has worked for the past 11 years. Callicott, whose fishing reports will appear each Friday in The Messenger, may be contacted by e-mail at calli1@charter.net. Published in The Messenger 4.17.09