As waterfowl season winds down, fishermen begin making preparations

As waterfowl season winds down, fishermen begin making preparations

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 9:17 am
By: Brent Callicott

As waterfowl season winds down, fishermen begin making preparations | As waterfowl season winds down, fishermen begin making preparations
The 2010-11 area waterfowl seasons are growing ever-so-closer to the end.
Also, the first annual Tackle Trade Day is just a week away.
First, about the waterfowl seasons.
The duck seasons, both Tennessee statewide and Reelfoot Lake zones will conclude Jan. 30.
Goose season in Tennessee statewide will also close Jan. 30, but the Northwest Goose Zone will continue until Feb. 13th. The Northwest Goose Zone consist of Lake, Obion and Weakley counties and that portion of Dyer County excluding that portion south of Highway 104 and Gibson County, excluding that portion bounded on the south by Highway 104 and on the west by Highway 45W.
The Kentucky duck season will end Jan. 30th also. Goose season in Kentucky will end Jan. 31st.
There will be youth hunts held in both states also. In both Tennessee and Kentucky, the two-day waterfowl youth hunts will be held the weekend of Feb. 5-6. This is for youth ages 6-16.
The Reelfoot Lake Zone youth hunt will be held the weekend of Feb. 12-13.
From the reports I have received from many, this year’s waterfowl season has basically been hit or miss. Some days folks had good hunts. Other days they didn’t. Other folks just weren’t as blessed this year with a overall poor season. Food was one problem because our area didn’t have the normal food source that we usually do simply because of the drought. The other has been the lack of water. This was good for some and not so good for others.
The 2011 Spring Turkey season in not that far away. The season dates are April 2 through May 15. There will also be a Tennessee statewide turkey youth hunt the weekend of March 26-27. This will be for ages 6-16.
Remember, also, your hunting and fishing licenses will expire the end of February. Make yourself notes to purchase your new license and do not wait until the last minute in case that good fishing day was to come around about the time you want to hit the water.
The Tennessee River Hunting and Retriever Club of Union City will host a two-day seminar Feb. 12-13 with trainer Al Arthur, co-owner of Sandhill Kennel. The kennel, which has produced 16 field champions and 37 dogs on the National Derby List, was founded in 1974 by his father, Hugh Arthur.
The younger Arthur, who joined the kennel in 1996, is a member of Avery’s team Waterdog, which is comprised of the nation’s top trainers. “Our goal is to strive for continuous excellence in each and every dog,” Al Arthur said. “We do this through our four-step approach: Obedience, regular exercise, proper nutrition and regimented training.”
The seminar will take place at Quail Haven Preserve, located just outside Union City, and will be open to the first 16 people to sign up. It is $125 per person. For more information about the seminar, contact Eddie Watkins at 731-693-0697.
As I have mentioned, the inaugural Tackle Trade Day will be Jan. 29 at the Union City Marine located on North Second Street in Union City. This is a free event opened to anyone who wants to either get involved in fishing or is a avid angler themselves. This will start that morning around 10 and will conclude around 4 that afternoon. There will be boats, electronics, baits, rods, reels, clothing, on display and for sale. There will also be several attendance prizes given away all day. Seminars will also be held throughout that day on electronics from Humminbird and fishing techniques from various local and regional fishermen. Some food will be available for sale by the Reelfoot Lake Junior Bass Club. Come and join us.
The seminars will be presented by area and regional professional fishermen, who will share their best fishing techniques and ideas. Some scheduled to appear include local professional catfishing guide Gary Haynes (Cabela’s Kingcat Catfish Champion) and Keith Amerson, who is from Bethel Springs area and a teammate of mine on the Strike King Regional Pro Staff. Keith also fishes the BFL’s, the Everstart Series and some FLW Series bass tournaments. He will be sharing tips on bassfishing.
Ben Parker, newest rookie on the BassMaster Elite Series Bass Fishing tour, and one of our own, will be answering questions.
This is going to be a day for area fishermen to come together, share stories, learn from one another, trade lures, see some of the newest products on the market, ask questions and get rid of that cabin fever, getting in the fishing mood. More to come or you can call me for any question about this event at 446-3678 or
Remember last week, I mentioned about my sponsors and in particular Strike King Lure Co. Strike King has now ventured into the crappie world by now adding that line to their growing company. I have since learned that some area local crappie fishermen have been added to the National and Regional Pro Staff at Strike King. Tim Blackley of Hornbeak and Jackie Vancleave of Samburg are now members of the National Pro Staff at Strike King representing crappie fishing.
Then, Billy Blakely, my dad Lanny, Doug Cherry and Mark Williamson are also on the Regional Pro Staff at Strike King also representing crappie fishing.
I want to say Dad and I will have most of the new line of crappie baits now available to see first-hand in most colors at the Tackle Trade Day along with may other items that Strike King and many of my sponsors’ products.
I will also have on display a brand new reel that is out for those of you who want to learn how to throw a open face casting reel. This is called a EZ-Cast by Shakespeare. This is something that anyone can throw without getting backlashes. I will also have tons of information on some of the latest technologies my sponsors have to offer. 
The area is still considered to be in a somewhat major drought, even though we have had some on-and-off rains and light snows over the last several weeks. The rains at the first of this week only amounted to a half inch depending on where you may live. Reelfoot Lake continues to be at a very low level. We are at the time of year that decent rains should be able to help but our area seems to have some type of “anit-rain” dome over the top of us.  Hopefully this will change. Actually, I have seen rains that come in one week be able to change everything completely. So, keep praying for rains that would benefit our area for not only the lakes but the farmers as well. I have even had farmers tell me the ground is still very dry.
I want to continue to remind everyone that if you have stories, photos or any information concerning the outdoors, please pass them along to me so we can share with our readers.
‘Til next week’s column
Catch ya on
the water folks.

Published in The Messenger 1.21.11


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