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Fishing tournaments in full swing at area lakes

Fishing tournaments in full swing at area lakes

Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 8:04 am
By: Brent Callicott

Fishing tournaments in full swing at area lakes | Fishing tournaments in full swing at area lakes

TOP John Coble Garrett, Johnny Garrett Bottom Ben Parker, Chuck Murray
Bass tournaments continue around the area on both Kentucky and Reelfoot lakes.
Two area anglers from did really well over this past weekend with both claiming top spots in each of their respected tournaments they fished.
But first, here is what I have to report on at Reelfoot lake.
The lake continues the summertime evaporation process with the lack of rainfall in recent weeks. Maybe this will change over the next few days. The lake needs water. Some areas around here have received a little rain.
Water temps are in the lower 80s on Reelfoot. This will only continue to climb as the summertime heat settles in our area.
As for the water color on Reelfoot, some areas are starting to get that greenish/brown tint that usually settles in during the summer. Other areas aren’t that bad at all. The lake could use some fresh water for sure.
Catfish and bluegill rank as the top fish to go after right now. Good reports of nice catches of catfish are taking place. Most are coming by the use of trotlines or yo-yo’s. These friendly whiskers will bite just about anything you throw their way so load up and have a good time.
The bluegill bite still remains decent. Several area resorts are reporting good catches of bluegill by their guests. Locals are fairing well, too. Crickets and waxworms are best choice for bait.
The crappie bite has slowed down with very slim to none on the reports there.
The bass bite isn’t all that bad either. Mainly fish trees and lily pads using soft plastics, spinnerbaits and some jigs. A morning buzzbait bite is possible also.
This past Monday, my dad, Lanny, and Ray Wilson managed to bring home 41 very nice crappie they caught while fishing Kentucky Lake. Most of which were black crappie.
John Coble Garrett, soon to be a freshman at Obion County Central High School this fall, recently competed in the Tennessee State Federation Junior Championship that was held last Saturday on Kentucky Lake out of New Johnsonville.
John was the top angler in his age group, which is 11 to 14, weighing in the largest stringer of bass that tipped the scales at 9 pounds, 6 ounces.
There were nine other clubs that sent representatives and one high school from across Tennessee to fish this event. I also understand that there were around 110 bass weighed in at this tournament.
John has now qualified for the 2010 FLW Forrest Wood Junior National Championship that will be held this August with details to be announced at a later time. I have been informed by the Garrett family that this is a all expense paid trip so go have fun folks and John, good luck buddy. This will also be fished in conjunction with the FLW Pros fishing their championship.
John has had his share of finishing second three different times and third another, making this year his seventh attempt. I guess you could say the 7th trip was the “lucky 7th.”
Former Obion Countian and Springville resident Ben Parker has added another championship trophy to his collection. Last Friday and Saturday, Ben and his partner, Chuck Murray of North Carolina tag-teamed, fishing the 2010 11th annual Triton Owners Tournament that was held on Kentucky Lake near Paris.
In the two-day event running out of Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Murray and Parker caught 25.40 pounds with one 6.31-pound kicker on Day 1. They added 26.24 pounds with a 5.45-pounder on the final day to win with a 10-bass sack totaling 51.64 pounds claiming first place over all in the 298 boat (two-man team) field.
The pair double-teamed the bass by keeping different lure types in the water. Parker caught most of his fish on a 3/4-ounce Fat Free Shad crankbait. Murray threw a 3/4-ounce football jig from Shooter Lures in blue oyster color. For the victory, they pocketed $6,000.
This makes two major events Parker has won in the last few weeks.
Remember, Saturday has been set aside as Free Fishing Day for all of Tennessee. This means anyone can go fishing without having to purchase a fishing licenses in the state of Tennessee. You can visit the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for more information.
Also this coming week has been set aside as free fishing week for kids under the age of 15 in the state of Tennessee.
The longtime running and Annual Steve McCadams Casting For A Cure Fishing Rodeo will take place Saturday at TWRA’s Carroll Lake just off of Highway 22 between McKenzie and Huntingdon. Times are set for 7-11 a.m.
Young anglers ages 15 and under are invited to participate in the FREE event which will benefit the American Cancer Society. Each year McCadams teams up with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the big event continues to grow in popularity each year. For more information, you can contact Steve at 731-342-0360.
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 persons who weigh in the largest bass of the tournament. This is a one fish event where most other bass tournaments as a 5 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 for 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 information on this tournament, you can call Gordon Fox at 885-541, Rick Kelly at 885-2029 or me 446-3678.
Also, Saturday will be the final day of the 2010 BassMaster Elite Series Tournament stop at Paris Landing. All 93 of the Elite pros fished on the first two days, then cut to the top 47 who fished today. Weigh-in starts around 3 p.m. For all of the info on this event, go to
I would like to pass along that Jamin Barker, a resident of Dyersburg and a employee at Union City Marine as well as a member of the Reelfoot Lake bass Club here in Union City, is fishing the FLW’s The Bass Federation Southern Divisional Tournament on Lake Eufaula Alabama this week. I will have his report next week. Good luck Jamin.
The application period for all Wildlife Management Area (WMA) 2010 Big Game Quota Hunts will run from June 16 through July 21, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced.
Applications are available and will be accepted at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office, or online at the TWRA Web site at Mailed applications will not be accepted. The application must be received by midnight (CDT) on July 21.
Sportsmen are reminded to read the application form carefully, fill out all requested information, double-check the form and take it to a license agent where it will be entered into the system. When applying at any TWRA license agent, there is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 permit. For all other applicants, there is a $20 permit fee for each drawing entered plus a $1 agent fee.
Hunters may also apply over the Internet at the TWRA Web site ( There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 permit. All other applicants, in addition to the $2 Internet usage fee, will be charged a permit fee of $20.50 per drawing entered. The $2 usage fee is collected by the company that maintains the Internet site. (It is not a fee that is charged by the TWRA
That is all for this week’s report. Please be sure and call or e-mail me with your information. We would love to share your stories of success with our readers.
‘Til next week…
catch ya on the water folks.
Published in The Messenger 6.11.10

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