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4-H Trap Shooting Team taking aim; fishing tournaments upcoming

4-H Trap Shooting Team taking aim; fishing tournaments upcoming

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010 10:22 am
By: Brent Callicott

4-H Trap Shooting Team taking aim; fishing tournaments upcoming | 4-H Trap Shooting Team taking aim; fishing tournaments upcoming
Back a few weeks ago, I mentioned that our area had a 4-H Trap Shooting Team. In this week’s column, I will go a little more in-depth on this great organization for our area youth.
First, I have several other things to share with you starting with the Reelfoot Lake water conditions and fishing report.
June 12th has been set aside as Free Fishing Day for all of Tennessee, meaning anyone can go fishing that day without having to purchase a fishing licenses in the state of Tennessee. You can visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for more information.
Also, June 12-18 has been set aside as free fishing week for kids under the age of 15 in the state of Tennessee.
On Saturday, I spent part of the day with my family on the water down at Reelfoot Lake. This was my daughter Gracyn’s first trip ever in a boat and of course her first trip out on Reelfoot. It was also my wife Lisa’s first trip in several years on Reelfoot.
We took a nice boat ride around the lake, Gracyn caught a few of the Reelfoot Lake well-known bluegill, saw tons of wildlife — some that Gracyn had never seen, like the many osprey nesting areas that some now have little ones.
It was a special day and one that I for sure will never forget. Thank You Lisa and Gracyn for making my day a special one on Reelfoot lake. It wasn’t about catching fish but catching a great time … and we did.
As the warmer weather has settled into our area, the water temps have also warmed quickly. Water temps on Reelfoot are in the upper 70s to some lower 80s.
Water color is good. There are some areas of the lake that seems to be a little stirred up. With all of the recent rains over the past week’s along with the lake getting muddy during that time frame, it doesn’t take much to change the looks of things. Reelfoot being somewhat a shallow lake, the large amount of boat traffic also helps to keep the lake unsettled in places.
Also, the water levels continue to drop ever so slowly and I would be willing to say that the lake is very close to being at the normal levels. You can tell by the water rings on the trees, the lake has easily dropped 14 to 16 inches over the past 21⁄2 to 3 weeks.
As for the fishing report, most of the major sport fish are biting pretty well on Reelfoot Lake. Bluegill, bass, crappie and catfish are doing well. It has especially been a great year for crappie and now the bluegill.
Some folks are still catching crappie and some nice ones at that. My father Lanny and one of his fishing buddies, Jimmy King of Tiptonville, crappie fished Saturday afternoon. Overall, they had a good day but the bite was slow. Minnows and jigs were their choices of bait.
Several folks are still doing well on the bluegill. Lots of traffic on the lake and this has hampered some of the bites. Most folks are catching their bluegill either in lily pad patches and some deeper cypress trees. Grab some crickets and waxworms for your best choices of baits. Now is a good time to introduce a person to fishing if they have never been. The bite is good and the weather isn’t all that bad either.
The bass bite is OK. Fish around lily pads and trees with spinnerbaits and soft plastics.
Now about the Obion County 4-H Shooting Team. They team had their start-up meeting in November 2005. Ranson Goodman was the one who started it all. They had their first practice in the Spring 2006. Ranson was looking for another outdoors opportunity and sport that families could enjoy coming to together.
In Spring 2009, Mike Rinker of Union City took the reins as head coach because Ranson left the OC Extension office for another position in Henry County. Since then, they have added Roger Williams and Mike Holman as trained coaches as well. They have a great group of parent volunteers who help at practices and competitions and whenever else needed.
Currently, they have 16 active members. Rinker’s wife, Rhonda, a strong supporter of the shooting team was kind enough to share this information with me. “We have already attended a 4-H competition and a regional competition, which qualifies us for the state competition in June at Montgomery County Shooting Complex in Clarksville,” she said, adding that they attended the Tennessee Junior Olympic Shoot at the Holly Fork Shooting Complex in Paris.
She said they plan to attend other Amateur Trap Association shoots throughout the summer and fall.
The 4-H’er shooting team has their practices at the Goodyear/Wingfoot Shooting Range on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The Tennessee 4-H Shooting Sports Program is a volunteer-led program that teaches positive life skills through shooting sports. Youth learn safety and shooting techniques in the discipline of shotgun. This program is affiliated with National 4-H Shooting Sports.
Rhonda said the goal of the team is to teach the safe and responsible use of firearms, to promote outdoor, physical activity and to introduce an activity youth will enjoy their entire lives.
The team competes in the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program, which is designed to teach the importance of safe firearms handling, responsibility, leadership, teamwork and to promote healthy competition. TNSCTP provides Tennessee’s youth, grades 5-12 and collegiate athletes, an opportunity to compete in clay target shooting competitions with their peers from across the state.
Each individual participates on a team of shooters. Most teams are recognized as a school endorsed program, local 4-H clubs or other community groups, such as Boy and/or Girl Scouts or Venture Crews.
Since the program’s inception in 2001, participation in the program has grown enormously with more than 1,800 youth  registered TNSCTP athletes in Tennessee.
The current active team members locally include Luke Davis, Nancy Davis, Taylor Gooch, Klayton Ha-gan, Rob Holman, Mike Klein, Dalton Lewis, Rad McDavid, Garrett Mc-Daniel, Jonathan Poole, J.T. Ragsdale, Bruce Ragsdale, Colton Rinker, Connor Rinker, Matthew Thompson and Bret Williams.
On Sunday, two Union Citians, brothers fished in the annual prestigious Austin Peay University Buddy Bass Tournament on Kentucky Lake out of Paris Landing State Park.
There were over 265 boats or two-man teams to fish for total cash prizes of $11,000. I am happy to report that these gentlemen finished 8th place overall. They had 5 bass that tipped the scales at 19.72 pounds. Now you ask, “What did it take to win first place and who won?” Sam Lashlee and his partner, who was listed as ‘J D’, claimed the top prize of $4,000 with a total weight of 5 bass and a total weight of 29.12 pounds. Lashlee is one of the many well-known anglers who fish several tournaments each year on Kentucky Lake.
Phillip also along with another one of his brothers, Larry Harris of Huntingdon, won a bass tournament this past Saturday that was also fished out of Paris Landing. There were 70 boats in that event and they had 5 bass that weighed over 22 pounds. Good going guys!
The Reelfoot Lake Junior Bass Club will sponsor their annual bluegill tournament Saturday on Reelfoot Lake. The entry fee for this tournament is $35 per boat. A possible $500 in paybacks are in store for this tournament. This will be out of the Kirby Pocket State Park area with times being blastoff at 6 a.m. and the weigh-in will take place at noon that day. For more information, you can contact Rick Kelly at 885-2610, Gordon Fox at 885-5541 or Taylor Williams at 538-9243. There will be a 10 fish limit on this tournament.
This week, members of the UT Martin  bass fishing team competed in the U.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Lake Lewisville near Dallas. Members include, Team 1: Travis Howell and Grayson Smith; Team 2: Rhea Taylor and Alex Derry.
Also fishing will be Obion County resident and member of the Bethel University fishing team, Jake Lawrence.
You can go to www.collegiatebasschampionship.com to follow the tournament each day. I hope to have some of the results in next week’s column.
Also reminding you that June 4th that the New Harmony Baptist Church near Paris will be hosting its annual Outdoor Feast. This year’s guest speaker will be one of my good friends, Randy Howell, touring BASS Elite Series bass fishing professional. Randy has been fishing professionally for many years and is from Alabama.
This event starts with a free meal beginning at 6:30 p.m. with many door prizes and the TWRA will be on hand for deer scoring.
The church and this event is located at 7050 Highway 69A South, Paris.  For more information on this event, you can call 731-593-5276 or 731-593-3207.
Also the week of June 9-12, the BassMaster Elite Series Bass Tour will visit Kentucky Lake and Paris Landing State Park area. For more information, visit www.bassmaster.com.
On June 19th, the Reelfoot Lake Bass Club’s annual Buddy Big Bass Tournament, sponsored by Final Flight Outfitters in Union City, will take place on Reelfoot Lake. This will be held out of the Kirby Pocket area of the lake.
This tournament will blast off at 6 a.m. with the weigh-in taking place at 11 a.m. This event will reward the people who weigh in the largest bass of the tournament. This is a one fish event where most other bass tournaments as a five bass limit.
First, second and third places will be paid for the top 3 largest bass of the day weighed in.
Entry fee is $60 per boat. You can pick up a registration at Reynolds Brothers in Union City or simply show up the morning of the tournament between the hours of 5 and 6 a.m.
For more info, you can call Gordon Fox at 885-541, Rick Kelly at 885-2029 or me at 446-3678.
I want to again say “Thanks” for reading my column/report each Friday and if you have anything to pass along to us to share with our readers, simply call me at 731-446-3678, e-mail me at brentcallicott@gmail.com.
Til next week’s report…
catch ya on the water folks.
Brent
Published in The Messenger 5.28.10

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