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TWRA repairing boat ramps at Reelfoot Lake

TWRA repairing boat ramps at Reelfoot Lake

Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009 10:01 am
By: Brent Callicott

TWRA repairing boat ramps at Reelfoot Lake | TWRA repairing boat ramps at Reelfoot Lake
In this week’s report, I have lots of information to pass along to you. I will start of by saying that the TWRA is in the process of repairing some of the ramps around Reelfoot Lake. The Air Park Inn ramp has been repaired and re-opened, hopefully, Thursday. Also other ramps to be repaired in the very near future are Grey’s Camp Landing area on the Walnut Log end of the lake. The TWRA plans to have this ramp ready by Sept. 12th if at all possible. Then two other ramp repairs to take place after the teal/wood duck Season are Champy’s Pocket and Kirby Pocket. More updated information to come in the following weeks. Thank you TWRA and all of those involved for doing so. The water conditions on Reelfoot Lake remain pretty good, especially for the first of September. We are usually dealing with low water, low oxygen levels, very warm water, hard to unload and load your boat conditions, but that’s not the case this year. Water temps on Reelfoot are in the mid-70s, a big difference from two weeks ago. The water temps may rise a degree or two this weekend but as long as the nights remain cool, this will slow the warming process and keep the waters in good shape. As for the water level, the lake has dropped a couple of inches over the past week or so but still remains decent. We could use a little rain and I know the farmers do not want any right now. As for the color of the water, most of the lake is good. Some areas are better than others. This all depends on what area of the lake you are fishing. This past week, I was able to take me a little trip on Reelfoot Lake. Overall, I had a good day, boating a few bass and all were of good size. I did see another fisherman as well but he had not done that well. Not many folks were on the lake taking advantage of the very nice weather, which kinda surprised me a little. The bite is good over most of the lake that I found. I fished logs, trees, lily pads and areas of moss seed that had been pushed in pockets up against lily pads. Frog-type baits such as the Strike King Rage Tail Toad and a buzzbait work well. I also caught some on spinnerbaits and Strike King Soft Plastics. Basically, just about anywhere and anything I fished, I would get a bite or catch a bass. As for the Ccrappie, my mother and father (Lanny and Patricia) took a trip on Reelfoot one day this past week as well. They didn’t find the crappie all that aggressive. In fact, not aggressive at all. The bite was slow, the winds were out of the north/northeast and a high bluebird sky. The barometric pressure was high so really not a good overall fishing day. I do understand that the crappie bite is pretty good on the lower end of Reelfoot in the Lower Blue Basin area. Minnows are best for good results. Then, last Sunday late afternoon with the cooler air temperatures and the bright sunshine, I decided to take my daughter, Gracyn, down to Reelfoot Pond at the old Reelfoot Packing Co. We managed to catch a few nice size bluegill, which most of them were hooked and reeled in by Gracyn herself. We both had a ball. It was quality time spent for us both. As long as the pond is there, each time I drive by, I will remember not only that special day but every special day Gracyn and I have gone there to fish. This is a great place to either introduce someone to fishing or a short trip with a youngster who might not have a lot of patience. Back on Aug. 15th, the Reelfoot Lake Junior Bass fished their final tournament of the 2009 season and it was held on Reelfoot Lake. There were 11 members of the junior club to fish that day and claiming first place in the 15 to 18 a group and the overall big bass of the tournament was Cody Barbee. Cody won with 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Claiming first place in the 11-14 age group was John Coble Garrett. John won with 6 pounds 11 ounces. The Reelfoot Lake Junior Bass Club has 20 members and is a great club. This is all made possible by having adults in and out of the Senior Reelfoot Lake Bass Club taking the time to be with these kids and teach them about tournament fishing along with teaching respect in the outdoors. I want to say a special thanks to Johnny Garrett, Rick Kelly, Taylor Williams, Jamin Barker and the rest of the Reelfoot Lake Senior Bass Club for taking the time, money and effort to make this club a huge success for these kids. If it weren’t for these guys taking time out of their busy schedules, this club would have never been started. A special thank you to the parents as well for taking the time to get these kids up at 3 and 4 a.m. on the weekends, fixing lunches and getting them where they need to be. By simply doing little things like this, we all can make a difference in our world today … spending time with our youth. Speaking of the Reelfoot Lake Junior Bass Club, the Angler Of The Year Awards have been calculated after all points of each tournament fished this year. Angler of the year in the 11-14 age group is John Coble Garrett, 13, of Union City and a student at Lake Road School. Angler of the Year in the 15-18 age group is Chance Williams, 16, of the Shawtown community. Chance is a student at Obion County Central High School. The reward for these two young gentlemen is a guided trip on Kentucky Lake with BassMaster Elite Series Pro Mark Menendez of Paducah, Ky. Mark has kind of adopted the local junior club to help in any way he can and came forward with this idea. Back last year, Mark was the guest at the Reelfoot Lake Junior and Senior Clubs year end banquet and when he left and saw how great things were going with kids getting involved in the local club, he wanted to donate his time the best he could. “I want to help make a difference,” Menendez said. In order to qualify for this trip — in addition to being the winner with points — grades played a very important role as well. “Each kid must have at least a 2.5 GPA as a extra bonus” Menendez said. “You have to know how to fish but school and education is equally important.” Mark has already won over $178,000 this year, almost $800,000 for his career and has made the top 12 postseason Toyota Tundra Points Chase Shootout that will take place this month with a two-tournament playoff, so to speak. Mark has also qualified for the 2010 BassMaster Classic next February on Lay Lake in Birmingham, Ala. He is one of the top touring pros fishing today. So for sure, this will be a day these kids will never forget when they get to spend then day in a boat with one of the world’s best bass fishermen this fall on Kentucky Lake, his home lake. I wonder if I can go? Remember, dates for this years teal and wood duck season is set for Sept. 12-16. Limit is 4 ducks not to exceed 2 wood ducks. Remember, dove season started this past Tuesday and will continue until Sept. 26. Dove season is divided into three seasons. The second being Oct. 10-25 and the third and final segment will be Dec 19 through Jan. 15, 2010. Daily bag limit is 15 doves per person. For information on Tennessee Hunting or Fishing regulations, go to www.state.tn.us . Last, I want to remind you that I will be featured again this weekend on the third and final segment of Bass Fishing on Reelfoot Lake on the Tennessee Wildside T V Show. This show airs each weekend on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. and on Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. all on our local cable channel 50, News Channel 5 Plus station out of Nashville. I want to remind you that if you have anything you want pass along to our readers, simply e-mail me or call me at calli1@charter.net or 731-446-3678. Thanks again to all of you who tell me how much you really enjoy reading my report and article. I am simply overwhelmed by your very kind comments. ’til next week… Catch ya on the water folks Brent Published in The Messenger 9.4.09

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