Fall fishing and hunting seasons here; local fishermen fare well in tourney

Fall fishing and hunting seasons here; local fishermen fare well in tourney

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 12:00 pm
By: By Brent Callicott

The Messenger 10.12.12

We are just about in full fall hunting and fishing mode. This is the busiest time of year when you mix fall fishing and fall hunting together.
We have finally seen a decent cooldown with scattered light frost that nipped the area Sunday and Monday nights. Cool nights and warm days have also helped in cooling water temperatures in area lakes and rivers. This should help all fall fishing.
Crappie Masters
I wanted to pass along results of the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters National Championship that was held last Friday and Saturday on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway near Columbus, Miss. At least three teams from our area fished and did well. There were a total of 141 teams that fished this event.
Roy Logan of Obion County and his partner Wade Hendren of Lauderdale County finished ninth overall with a two-day total weight of 16.89 pounds.
Tim Blackley and Jackie Vancleave of Obion County finished 10th overall with a two-day total weight of 16.82 pounds. They are members of the Strike King Lure Company Crappie Pro Team. Blackley and Vancleave also had the fourth largest crappie caught in the event that weighed 1.87 pounds.
Well-known Crappie National champions Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman of Lake County finished 16th overall with a two-day total weight of 15.87 pounds.
Deer on the move
Speaking of hunting, deer season is here. My good friend Brandon Adams sent me some information to pass along to our readers on the deer season. He said with the recent cool weather that has settled into our neck of the woods, the deer have really started to move some. We had a cool blast a few weeks ago but then warmer weather came back which kind of set the deer back as well. Now with this cooldown, he said several bucks have been seen and have started to move around. They have split from their so called “bachelor groups” but are not really chasing does yet but also at the same time, you can tell those days are very close by.
He also noted that tree rubs are everywhere and has even seen a few scrapes. Bow season started off slowly with warm temperatures that I mentioned and unbearable mosquitoes. The temps have cooled and the mosquitoes are not as bad. Brandon also wants to pass along the most important thing about deer hunting season — SAFETY. He reminds everyone to always wear your safety belts. By not doing so, and you were to fall, it could be a very serious injury from a fall. Also, remember to wear your orange.
Something new the TWRA is doing is Tennessee big game hunters now have the ability of checking in their animals from the convenience of home.
This service is provided not only to help our fellow hunters but to help the TWRA manage the state’s wildlife resources to the best of their ability. Your compliance and honesty has been, and always will be, greatly appreciated. This application allows you to report any big game harvested except for bear in the state of Tennessee. To do so, go to www.tnwildlife.org for more information.
Reelfoot Lake
Reelfoot remains low, very low at the present time but has risen slightly over the last week or so. Every drop of rain that we receive is welcome for sure. What we need is a couple of good rain storm systems to move through. The reasons? One to soak the grounds and the other to have the rainfall waters to runoff in the lake.
The low waters sure have helped the crappie fishing. Two years ago, the lake waters were in the same range causing thousands of new small stumps to be exposed which many crappie fishermen had a field day fishing throughout the fall. The same is setting up for this year if the rains do not come.
You can find all the wood you want the low waters have exposed over the entire lake but the two most popular spots are the Lower and Upper Blue Basins with the Lower Blue Basin area being of most everyone’s choice. Purchase some of the new line of Strike King Lure Companies crappie baits and head for the waters.
Camp Greenhead
Don’t forget, tomorrow from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is hosting Camp Greenhead, a free 1 day event for 15 lucky 14-17-year-old waterfowlers to come learn about waterfowl identification. Be a part of a group of young adults that can take pride in knowing what species of waterfowl you are taking before you shoot. During Camp Greenhead, these young folks will learn to identify a variety of waterfowl species while feeding, in flight and by call. Paint duck decoys. Take a tour of the refuge to see how bottom land hardwood forests, row crops, and moist soil units benefit waterfowl. A refuge biologist will demonstrate how we band wood ducks and discuss the purpose for banding waterfowl. Participants will receive a free duck call, federal duck stamp, and several booklets and pamphlets over waterfowl identification. You might want to call ahead to make sure they aren’t booked up.
Waterfowl Festival
Don’t forget about the 23rd Annual Reelfoot Lake Waterfowl Festival and Sporting Collectibles Show that will be held in Samburg on the banks of Reelfoot Lake this weekend from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. This year’s show will feature many of the nation’s best duck, goose and turkey call makers in addition to a large number of collectors’ exhibits. Also exhibiting will be vendors specializing in hunting clothes and gear, boating and accessories, duck and goose decoys, wildlife prints, wildlife artists and other waterfowl and hunting related vendors. Nationally sanctioned duck calling competitions as well.
Thanks, TWRA
As I close this week’s column, I want to give praise and thanks to the TWRA folks that went around Reelfoot lake and dug out around many of the ramps for fishermen and hunters alike to have better access to Reelfoot Lake. They are doing everything they can to make things as easy as possible for what Mother Nature has dealt everyone on gaining access to Reelfoot.
A trackhoe manned by a TWRA employee along with several other staff members went around and cleaned out the ramp areas as far out into the lake as their bucket would reach. Some ramps around the lake have at least 8 feet deep of water if not more just behind the ramps. This does not mean there might not be shallow water; there probably is. They did the best they can and will continue to keep maintaining these ramps to help all of us. So once again, thank you so much to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for taking the time helping us all.
’Til next week’s column,
Catch ya on the water folks.

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