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Reelfoot’s Buddy Bass Tournament reels in some winners

Reelfoot’s Buddy Bass Tournament reels in some winners

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 3:00 pm

Saturday was a big day on Reelfoot Lake.
The Reelfoot Lake Open Buddy Bass Tournament was held with some impressive catches highlighting the event.
First place overall in the tournament went to the team of Coby McBride and Kyle Ross. They had 5 bass that tipped the scales at 22 pounds, 8 ounces. They also had Big Bass of the tournament with a 7 pound, 1 ounce kicker fish.
Here is how the rest of the top 7 teams fared. Second place, Mike Chandler and Eugene Angel with 5 bass 20 pounds, 12 ounces. They also had second place big bass that weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces. Third place G.G. Hicks and Chad Parsley with 5 bass 20 pounds, 8 ounces. Fourth place was the team of Josh Jones and Derek Hicks, 5 bass that weighed 19 pounds, 10 ounces. Fifth place was the team of Ricky Seals and David McBride with 5 bass that weighed 16 pounds, 12 ounces. Sixth place was the husband and wife team of Kathy and Jackie Childress, 5 bass at 15 pounds, 8 ounces and seventh place went to Jamie Spencer and Chris Rice with 5 bass that weighed 15 pounds, 7 ounces.
There were 41 boats (two-man teams) that fished this long-running event and 23 of those teams brought bass to the scales to be weighed.
Of the top seven teams, 35 bass were weighed in and they averaged 3.74 pounds per bass, which is a year in and year out standard with this tournament.
Gordon Fox, longtime president of the Reelfoot Bass Club, wanted to thank each of the sponsors as well as all of those who fished the event.
Big Bass Event
You can mark your calendars for the annual Reelfoot Lake Bass Club Big Bass Event has been moved this year to May from years past being in June. This year’s tournament will be May 12. Tournament fishing hours will be from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. that day. Each boat will be allowed to weigh in only one bass during the tournament hours. The largest by the end of the weigh-in wins. Tournament blast off and weigh-in will be held at the Kirby Pocket State Park. Entry fee is $60 per boat. I will have more on this event in the coming weeks.
Reelfoot Lake
conditions
Water temps are in the mid-60s, give or take a few degrees.
Water levels on Reelfoot Lake are 282.78 feet above sea level. The normal lake level is 282.20 feet above sea level. All of this information come from the USGS Current Water Conditions website.
Fishing has been good for the most part. Crappie and bass have been pretty decent up until the cold front moved through late last week and changed things. Been pretty cool most of this week. Some bluegill are reportedly being caught as well.
Wounded Warrior
Program
This has been a great week for me, starting with going to Reelfoot Lake late Tuesday afternoon and meeting up with the eight “Wounded Warriors” who were brought to Reelfoot Lake and treated to meals, overnight stays and crappie fishing two days with some of the best guides the lake has to offer. These soldiers/warriors are from Fort Campbell, Ky., Army Base.
My dad and I had the honor of going down to Reelfoot Lake and presenting each “Warrior” with donated fishing items from many of my sponsors. We met up with them at a very informal small gathering at the Tiptonville Volunteer Fire Department enjoying great food.
When I contacted my sponsors back several weeks ago, telling them what was going to take place, most of them jumped onboard and wanted to give back just a little of what had been given of these soldiers, most of them still in the active military.
I have to say that most of my sponsors came through in a big way, to say the least. My dad and I presented each “Warrior” with at least $350 in fishing merchandise so they could use while down at Reelfoot Lake enjoying a little R&R.
That was the least we could do when I was asked by Jeff Martin of the TWRA when he called me back a couple months ago asking me to put something in the paper and on the radio making everyone aware of the Wounded Warrior Programs across this great nation. I then turned to my many sponsors asking for help and wow, did they ever.
Here are those sponsors of mine that came through: Strike King Lure Company (tackle bags, T-shirts, hats, baits, decals), Kevin VanDam (autographed books and posters), Navionics (T-shirts, free PC Apps), Frogg Toggs (Chilly Pads), Berkely (Tackle bags, baits, multi-tools and floating pliers), MinnKota/Humminbird (hats) and Wired2Fish (Baits, decals, sunglasses, wristbands).
TWRA news
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is asking for public comments on the state fishing regulations for next year.
Public comments will be considered by fisheries managers and may be presented to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission as proposals for regulation changes.
Comments may be submitted by mail to: Sport Fish Comments, TWRA, Fisheries Management Division, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204. They can also be e-mailed to TWRA.Comment@tn.gov with “Sport Fish Comments” in the subject line. The comment period will remain open until April 30, and sport fishing regulations for 2013 will likely be set by the TWRC in October.
With the weather already being above normal in temperatures most of the late winter and spring, that means more folks out of the water a little earlier than normal. We have had a really nice spring so far and the winds overall have be OK and given many folks chances to get out and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will present a preview for the 2012-13 hunting and trapping seasons among the agenda items at the April 12-13 meeting of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission.
The TWRC, the governing body of the TWRA, met at the agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building in Nashville yesterday and today.
The TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division provided the commission with its recommendations for the next season’s hunting regulations during meeting. The annual recommendations are made at this meeting.
The hunting seasons are set during the May meeting which is scheduled this spring for May 17-18 in Nashville.
In addition, TWRA Wildlife and Forestry Division Chief, Daryl Ratajczak, will present a summary of the first year of TWRA’s new wild hog program.
A review of the recently-held National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament will be provided. The event drew a record number of participants in its sixth year.
The agency will honor the 2011 Boating Officer and the 2011 Part-time Boating Officer of the Year during this month’s meeting. This will be the second year for the agency to honor a part-time boating officer.
Til next week’s column,
Catch ya on the water folks.
Brent Published in The Messenger 4.13.12

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