‘Gone Fishin’ signs still popular

‘Gone Fishin’ signs still popular

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 12:16 pm

‘Gone Fishin’ signs still popular
There are a lot of things to cover in this week’s column.
Despite low water conditions, many locals are still going to their favorite fishing holes.
Last week, former Obion Countian Ben Parker, now of Springville, completed his last of three Bassmaster Open Northern Tournament on the Chesapeake Bay.
Going into the third and final tournament of the three tournament trail, Parker was in 19th place overall in points, needing to have a good finish in order to complete his goal of making the season ending point standings high enough to qualify for the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Bass Fishing pro trail.
Parker started out day one finishing in fourth place with 15.2 pounds to his name. On the second day, Parker dropped just a bit with a three-fish total ing 5.11 pounds.
Day 3 saw Ben bring four bass to the scales with a weight of 9.1 pounds. This was good enough for 10th place overall in the tournament. Parker ended up 10th overall in the year-end points standings.
Nate Wellman of Michigan, a pro who I fished with back in 2008, won the event. Nate is a full time touring FLW Outdoors Pro.
It is now a wait and see situation for Parker on if he made the Elite Series cut and what will take place after that.
On a recent fishing trip to Kentucky Lake, Kathy and Keith Forrester of the Rives community had a pretty successful day catching 25 crappie. A total of 14 of them were said to be nice keepers. Randy Flowers and Richard Doughton took a crappie fishing trip up to Kentucky Lake this past Monday. They managed to boat around 40 crappie — keeping 24 of the nice ones. They also boated 15 or more stripers and bluegill with most released back into the lake.
The 2010-11 Tennessee Deer season is here and will start Saturday.
 The following is a list of the different deer season dates this year as outlined by the TWRA.
 Archery Deer Season: Sept. 25 through Oct. 29; Nov. 1-5; and Dec. 6-17.
 Muzzleloader/Archery: Nov. 6-19.
Gun/Muzzleloader/Archery: Nov. 20-Dec. 5; Dec. 18-Jan. 9.
The annual Tennessee statewide youth hunts for ages 6 to 16 will be Oct.30-31 and Jan.15-16.
The 21st Annual Reelfoot Lake Waterfowl Festival and Sporting Collectibles Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9-10 in Samburg.
The featured event will be the Grand American Duck Calling Championships, a sanctioned regional contest sponsored by the Reelfoot Lake Callmakers and Collectors with the winner collecting $1,500 and a plaque. Second place wins $500 and third place takes home $250.
For information on the calling contests, call Mike McLemore at 986-3090.
Further information on the contests can also be obtained 536-0266 and (270) 830-6505 or visit www.reelfootwaterfowl.com.
As I reported in my column last week, Mark Menendez and his son, Max, fished their first-ever team buddy bass tournament last weekend on Kentucky Lake.
They had a great time together. Mark said they caught fish but it wasn’t all about catching bass and winning the tournament. Instead, it was about spending quality time together — father and son in a boat and giving Max the experience of what his daddy does on an almost every day basis.
Mark, I know that was a day you will never forget. Thanks for setting an example for others in what you do and showing how important family time is.
Great news to pass along. After the historic flood that hit Nashville back in early-May, Bass Pro Shops in Nashville at the Opry Mills location has re-opened. The rest of the mall remains closed. A grand opening has been planned for sometime in October for the newly-remodeled Bass Pro in Nashville.
Finally, I would like to congratulate Charles and Sandra Cobb of Union City on having their dog Brandi, a 3-year-old Brittany breed, make the recent publication “Gun Dog Magazine and Pointing Dog Journal.”
If anyone has any outdoor information that they would like to share with our readers, please either contact me at 446-3678 or e-mail me at brentcallicott@gmail.com. One can also drop photos off at The Messenger office on Jackson Street in Union City.
 Catch ya
on the water folks…
 Brent Callicott
 
 

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