Plummeting temperatures, rain put damper on nice fall weather
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 3:02 pm
Looks like our nice, warm, fall-type weather has come to an end and the sudden drop of air temperatures on Tuesday might have had a setback in what good fishing we did have. Last week was great for me as far as fishing and the weather.
Over the weekend and Monday, we saw daytime air temperature reach close to 80 degrees and now we have struggled a few days since then to reach 60 degrees, even 50 in the middle of the week.
This should send the water temperatures on a downward trend.
One thing in the outdoors that the weather affects — snakes. All type of snakes, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes.
Right now, they are moving toward hibernation and can be somewhat on the aggressive side. I have received a few reports of actual cottonmouth snakes around bodies of water moving to higher ground and looking for a place to settle down for the winter. So be careful, especially you deer hunters who are out in the woods and those of you who plan to work on your waterfowl blinds and pits this late fall.
Last weekend, the 2011 Cabelas Crappie USA Classic was held on Kentucky Lake out of the Paris Landing State Park Marina.
Crappie anglers from all over the United States settled in the Henry County area for this once a year event.
There was over $100,500 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Two local teams from the Obion County/Lake County area competed in this event.
There were 95 teams that fished the amateur side of the tournament with the winners having a two-day total weight (14 crappie) weighing 21.72 pounds. Big crappie on the amateur side was 2.33 pounds.
Then there were 72 teams to fish on the professional side of the tournament. Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman, both of the Tiptonville area, finished third place with 14 crappie weighing 22.26 pounds.
Also, Obion Countians Tim Blackley of Hornbeak and Jackie Vancleave of Samburg representing Strike King Lure Company had a two-day total weight of 17.02 pounds and finished 23rd.
Congrats to both teams.
Big crappie on the professional side weighed 2.23 pounds.
If you’re a cappie fisherman, this is the time of year — other than the springtime — that many wait for to fish.
A reminder that the Tennessee deer season is under way and I wanted to refresh your memory on this year’s dates.
Archery Deer Season, which also includes crossbows, will go through Oct. 28 and then Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
Muzzle Loader Deer Season will be Nov. 5-18.
Gun season will be Nov. 19-Jan. 1.
You will be allowed three antlered bucks during the season with no more than one taken per day in Tennessee.
The Young Sportsman Season will be Oct. 29-30 and Jan. 7-8.
Youths 6-16 years of age only. Each young sportsman must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 years of age or older, who must remain in a position to take immediate control of the hunting device and who must also comply with fluorescent orange regulations, as specified for legal hunters. Multiple youths may be accompanied by a single qualifying adult. Youths 10 years of age or older must meet Hunter Education requirements.
Visit the TWRA website for more information on the upcoming deer season or anything else pertaining to hunting, fishing or boating in the State of Tennessee.
As I reported last week on the 2011 Strike King Lure Company Outdoors Writers Conference, many outdoor writers from many magazines, newspapers, video and TV publications took hundreds of photos to go along with their stories. Well, just about 90 percent or more of the photos and articles you read about the Strike King products and even the Strike King national Pro Staff were written and photos taken at Kentucky lake near Paris Landing. So be paying close attention, you just might recognize the background in many of the photos.
Last week, a tragedy struck a man who was bass fishing in a Florida neighborhood. This Florida man who was bass-fishing from the bank at a small lake last week was apparently electrocuted when his spinnerbait became entangled on a 7,200-volt power line that crossed about 15 feet overhead. I wanted to pass this along simply because many young people and adults alike pond fish and should always be aware of their surroundings. This happened because the line was wet and transferred down from the power line to the person fishing. The line was soaked with water, which helped in the electricity passing down to that individual.
Down at Reelfoot Lake, water levels continue to be the subject of discussion until we receive some good amounts of rainfall to get the lake up for during the winter waterfowl and crappie season.
We did see some rainfall earlier in the week but not even a drop in the ol’ bucket of what we need to get the lake up some. With the flood back in May still on the minds of many, we need to be very careful of what we wish for.
Crappie are hit or miss but if you’re on the side of the hits, your day might just be a good one. My dad, Lanny, reported his luck last week wasn’t that great and the water conditions are about as bad as he has ever seen. He is basically meaning the color and oxygen content. That is why we need rain.
The best bite on crappie is finding some waters in the Lower or Upper Blue Basin that in 10 feet or deeper and then fish from four to six feet. Jigs and some minnows are good to use.
Water temps have really cooled off and was in the 70-degree range at the first of the week but that has all changed and has dropped every bit of seven to 10 degrees.
The sixth annual Youth Hunt Breakfast hosted by Mack’s Grove Baptist Church at 4580 Palmersville Highway 89 Dresden will be held on Oct. 29 at 4:30 a.m.
There will be prizes awarded at 7 that night and you must register at breakfast to be eligible for prizes.
Throughout the day, deer will be weighed in for prizes at Wit’s End Acres, 4855 Boydsville Road. Chili, hot dogs, burgers and the trimmings will be served at Wit’s End Acres also. For any additional information, call Charles Mitchell at (731) 822-3079
My last thought to pass along to you is I always encourage others to spend quality time with your family and friends.
Last weekend, we took our daughter to her first ever Tennessee Vols football game vs. LSU. No, Tennessee didn’t win but we as a family actually did. The memories we made and the important time we shared together was worth every penny and minute. We finished our trip off by paying a visit to a local church there in the Knoxville area on Sunday morning, Valley Grove Baptist Church where Dr. William “Bill” Sims serves as pastor there and has since 2008. We met up with his wife, Nancy, and children, Drew and Hannah Sims, that day for worship.
Dr. Sims married Lisa and me back in November of 1999. He and his family are very special to us and will always be apart of our lives. What a day and weekend it was for sure.
So I encourage each of you, outdoors is not for everyone, but as long as the family is together and enjoying the time together, that is what counts.
Til next week’s column
on the water folks
Published in The Messenger 10.21.11