Outdoor events, fishing tournaments plentiful as fall arrives

Outdoor events, fishing tournaments plentiful as fall arrives

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 9:24 am
By: Brent Callicott

Outdoor events, fishing tournaments plentiful as fall arrives | Outdoor events, fishing tournaments plentiful as fall arrives

Just a reminder, 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 on the banks of Reelfoot Lake.
Callmakers and collectors from all over the region and United States will settle in at Reelfoot Lake for this annual event.
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.
Additional calling events include: National Junior Metal Reed Duck Calling Championship, National Metal Reed Duck Calling Championship ($1,500 and a plaque, $500 for second, $250 for third).
Also, the Grand American Junior Duck Calling Championship, Grand American Two-Man Duck Meat Calling Championship, Grand American Duck Meat Calling Championship, Grand American Novice Duck Calling Championship ($100 and a plaque).
The entry fee is $40, and the overall winner will compete in the World Championship during Thanksgiving weekend in Stuttgart, Ark.
For information on the calling contests, call Mike McLemore at (731) 986-3090. For additional information on the event itself, you can call 536-0266 and 270-830-6505 or visit their website at www.reelfootwaterfowl.com.
Speaking of Reelfoot Lake, the lake continues its downward turn to very, very low waters. Some folks are saying the lake is at least as low as it was back in 2008.
Jimmy King and his brother Richard kept 43 crappie on a trip this past week on Reelfoot. The King brothers reported the bite was good for the most part. They also wanted me to pass along to please take it really slow while on Reelfoot Lake. The lake is very low and you must take it really slow and easy when navigating around on the lake.
The Tennessee River Hunting Retriever Club will be hosting their annual fall hunt test Saturday and Sunday at Final Flight Outfitters in the Midway Community near Union City.
For more information, you can contact the events chairman James Couch at (731) 669-3330 or hunt secretary Ann Pennell at 731-286-6208 apennell@bellsouth.net or contact the folks at Final Flight.
Be looking next week as I do a interview with Randle Flowers of Union City on his hobby of collecting waterfowl game calls.
Some Interesting news has been reported from the TWRA folks. Some TWRA officers were given laptops with Internet air cards for use in the field.
The laptops allow officers to check hunters for things like hunter education certificates and criminal records.
Also, a officer can look up if he thinks a recent ticket has been written on someone or any information. Basically stops the TWRA officer from having to contact a dispatcher when the officer can simply get all of the information they may need out in the field.
Some officers across the state received a tiny video camera that’s about the size of a Blue-tooth cell phone receiver also. He said the use of thermal imaging is also becoming more popular every year in all types of law enforcement.
These tools only allow the TWRA officers to do their jobs better. Being on top of their game, so to speak, and being able to get vital information while out in the field doing their work is a great asset. This will only help them be so much more efficient.
Mark Menendez is fishing as we speak in one of his largest tournaments to date.
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), the world championship of professional bass fishing, will be held this week with Menendez qualifying for the event. This awesome field of competitors is compete during a three-day event on Lake Conroe that combines the top PAA anglers from the FLW Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series and PAA Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix. The field of 50 anglers competes for the unified world championship today through Sunday.
In addition, tournament officials announced the TTBC will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net. A one-hour special will recap the three-day event and air Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. (check local listings).
“The quality of competition in our tournament is unmatched by any other fishing tournament in the world,” said tournament director Lenny Francoeur. “We have created an event that will truly determine the world champion of bass fishing. Fans around the nation will be able to watch all the action during a special airing on Fox Sports Net on Nov. 21.”
The TTBC field is comprised of defending champion Dave Lefebre, the top 15 anglers from the 2010 FLW Tour Angler of the Year standings, the top 15 from the 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year standings, the top 15 from the PAA Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series Angler of the Year standings (which Mark qualified through) and four tournament exemptions. Terry Scroggins, Kelly Jordon, Gerald Swindle and Shaw Grigsby have been selected as the four exemptions.
The TTBC qualification criteria ensure the field is representative of the best anglers in the world. The tournament is the only event in the world of professional bass fishing that brings the best anglers from the major tours together on the same lake to compete for one title.
Headlining the field of competitors is Kevin VanDam. VanDam is the all-time leading money winner in professional fishing with $5 million in earnings. In 2010, he earned his third Bassmaster Classic title and added his sixth Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year award. VanDam finished 35th at the 2009 TTBC.
You can follow more about Mark and the tournament by going to www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com or www.markmenendez.com.
Good luck Mark.
It has been talked about and now has come out that the folks in the ethanol industry are pushing the EPA folks to allow a 50 percent increase in the ethanol added to your gasoline. From what I have read so far and understand, these folks want you to pump your gas first and ask questions later. Many tests are in the process of being studied at this time. The EPA shouldn’t rush to judgment just yet. Instead, they should wait for the test completion and objective scientific tests and act to protect our safety and environment.
Increasing hot-burning ethanol from today’s 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15) could harm some engines. E15 has never been thoroughly tested to determine if it’s safe for engines in the cars, trucks, boats, lawnmowers and other outdoor power equipment used by millions of Americans every day.
Most everyone who I have spoken with — from outboards, small engine and auto engines repair — say ethanol has done nothing but hurt all type engines and cost consumers millions of dollars in repairs. Please voice your concern to the proper folks.
Don’t forget to vote “Yes” come Nov. 2nd for the Tennessee’s Right To Hunt and Fish Amendment. You can learn more about this by going to www.huntandfishtn.com. I will continue to remind everyone about this between now and then.
Remember to send your outdoors information that you might want to pass along to our readers to me at brentcallicott@gmail.com or 731-446-3678 .
‘Til next week’s column,
Catch ya on the water folks.
Brent.

Published in The Messenger 10.01.10

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