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(Wednesday, March 31,1999 - Harborlight Marina, Toledo Bend Lake, TX.) It's Springtime on Lake Toledo Bend, and when Spring arrives on "The Bend" most anglers grab their favorite ultra-lite rods & reels, purchase' some live minnows and pan-fish jigs, and head for the lake, "because, when Springtime arrives on Big "T" so do the "Crappie". Just ask Toledo Bend resident/guide, Bobby Wright, of Bobby Wright's Guide Service, who decided to spend some crappie fishing time with a friend, where he managed to catch a 17 & 1/4 " long by 17 & 1/2 " wide White Crappie that weighed-in at 2.91 lbs, a "possible" new lake record for Big T's long list of quality fish catch records. "Then" as a point of concern for the full bellied female that was preparing to spawn, Bobby decided to live release the "huge" female back into Lake Toledo Bend's waters where she could finish her spawning urge.

The Bass Pro Shops Tracker Legends Pro-Am Tournament
(Tuesday, March 16,1999 - Tyler, TX) Recently, I was fortunate to get the call most serious weekend anglers yearn for. I had been selected to participate as an Amateur in the Bass Pro Shops Tracker Legends Pro-Am at Table Rock Lake, Missouri. This angling adventure included an expense paid stay at Big Cedar Lodge, two rods and reels, a tackle box full of baits, a Stearns life vest, special Tracker Legends Tournament apparel, and a day in the boat with one of the "Legends" of the sport of bass fishing. Like the commercial says, "it just doesn't get any better than this". My friends at The World Of Fishing have asked me to share some of my trip with their readers.

(Thursday, March 04,1999 - Texas City Dike, Galveston Bay, Texas.) "Going out", warned the Little Rock Arkansas, fisherman, "alerting us of his impending cast, we quickly stepped aside to avoid his swing, Darion Hines then arched his whole body into his "bull-rod" as he flung a 2 lb sand-weight (which much resembled a Russian "sputnick") out into the incoming currents of Galveston Bay. After setting his weight to the bottom of "The Drum Hole", Darion began to review his previous evenings catch at Texas City Dike Pier.

(Thursday, February 25,1999 - Lake Sam Rayburn Dam, Texas.) "Umph", "scritch", "got-em", "snap", "oops", were the only sounds or "@*~!!?" words being heard, the early morning of February 24, as "break-of-dawn" anglers were slinging 2 oz slab spoons towards the Dam to "hook-up" with some of the awesome action which was occuring in front of the Dam. But it would take a 9' to 12' casting rod, with wide spooled casting reel loaded with 150 yds of line to make the distance cast it would take to reach the strike zone. And for those who could make the cast, it was "Katie Bar The Door" as each successful cast was immediately "thumped", as another large "Hyper Striper" slammed their baits.

(Tuesday, February 16,1999 - Sam Rayburn, TX) "I love this lake, stated Mike Metzler, as he stepped off the BassMaster stage with the winners plaque for the 1997 BassMaster Texas Invitational tournament, held in December on Lake Sam Rayburn. The December of '97 tournament was won with a three day catch weight of 12 bass/ 48.04 lbs, giving the Birmingham AL, construction contractor, Mike Metzler his first pro win of his 8 year career, giving a 2nd place finish to Lake Sam Rayburn's own, Jeff Buchanan, who managed a 37.12 lb weight and a 3rd place slot to Alexander AR, angler, Scott Suggs, with his 35.09 lb catch.

January results - Lake Fork Trophy Bass Survey
(Saturday, February 13,1999 - ) Lake Fork area merchants participating in the monthly Trophy Bass Survey reported 140 bass over 7 pounds (including 21 over 10) caught during the month. The numbers indicated that January through April still remains the prime time for "Trophy Largemouth", as four fish over 13 pounds were reported.

Another Tournament Season Has Started
(Monday, February 08,1999 - ) Well, another tournament season has started, and 1999 looks like it could be full of surprises. For instance, the Angler's Choice Pro-Am which was held on Sam Rayburn on February 6th and 7th. Would anyone think that, with a field of 150 top Pros and 150 accomplished Amateurs that there would not be a stringer on the first day that did not weigh 20 pounds? Boy I wouldn't have. The size of the fish that were weighed in were, to say the least, small. I have no explanation for this, and I don't think anyone else does.

"Somewhere" on the Texas, Louisiana border waters of the Sa'Bine River, North of Lake Toledo Bend.
(Thursday, February 04,1999 - Texas, Louisiana border) Light, and almost undetectable at first, the hesitant tug seemed more like my Roadrunner had just thumped over a root or rock, "but, upon lifting my rod tip to clear the snag, that subtlety quickly "activated" into a rod bending, drag screeching "free for all". After yelling "Fish on" to my partner at the back of the boat, my rod "stretched" to the waterline, causing my fishing instinct to further yell, "Sandy, and a good one too. As the classic reaction of it turning sideways against the current was the telling mark of this small, but pugnacious relative of the Bass family, the battling, silver sided critter would definitely give a good account of its fighting ability.

Cape Lookout Draws Attention of International Fishing Community in a Non-Profit Event
(Wednesday, January 06,1999 - Morehead City, NC) A collaborative effort between scientists and the recreational fishing community is providing valuable information necessary in solving critical stock issues surrounding Bluefin tuna. As part of the "TAG-A-GIANT" project, researchers from Stanford University and Monterey Bay Aquarium will converge on Morehead City, NC and Cape Lookout National Seashore to surgically implant computer tags into the giant fish. Dr. Barbara Block of Stanford University is heading the project, which takes place December 28, 1998 through January 11, 1999.

Mexico Update -- Fishing is Heating Up
(Wednesday, January 06,1999 - ) Five years ago, Ron Speed Adventures closed their fishing on Lake Comedero and left it closed for 3 years due to small bass. For the past two years from January until April we have taken several groups and the results have been absolutely fantastic on big bass. Our numbers were about 30 to 40 bass a day, but almost everyone who fished the lake the past two years caught a lot of quality bass with almost 100% catching a 9 lb to 14 lb bass. In fact, last March we had 10 clients in camp over a weekend and every single client caught a 10 lb bass or bigger.

(Tuesday, January 05,1999 - Belleville, ONT, CA) About 90 minutes northeast of Toronto, just off the MacDonald Cartier Freeway (also known as Highway 401) along Lake Ontario's north shore, lies an industrial town of 43,000 called Belleville.

Adios 1998 and Howdy 1999
(Thursday, December 31,1998 - Lindale, TX) If you are just discovering for the first time, let us take this opportunity to welcome you to the World of Fishing. A true community just for fishing enthusiasts who are looking for a place to call home. In a minute we'll go over all the interesting areas that are available at To all of you who visit regularly, thanks for your support and we hope that the upcoming year is loaded with lots of "bites" of happyness and prosperity.

1998 Wrap Up ....Countdown to 1999
(Wednesday, December 30,1998 - Lindale, TX) During 1998 has almost daily experienced an upward growth spiral, reaching over 2 million hits per month during its peak periods. Along with the rapid growth in use, many businesses have joined the community greatly increasing the information and services that are available for the fishing enthusiast.

(Tuesday, December 29,1998 - Lindale, TX) It is time to put the 1998 accomplishments of competitive freshwater fishermen into the history books and prepare for 1999 which promises to be an exciting end to this century.

(Friday, December 18,1998 - Lake Fork, TX) If you happen to ask Rick Sleeper what he was doing last week, he will tell you a tale that might just sound more like a dream than a "fish" story.

(Tuesday, December 15,1998 - Brainerd, MN) To borrow a phrase from the tired vernacular of the politicians, sportsmen sent a clear message to lawmakers in the November election.

(Wednesday, December 09,1998 - Quitman, TX) After the initial three months of a unique new Lake Fork Trophy Bass creel survey, it is obvious that this world-class fishery is holding its own, according to state fisheries biologists.

(Thursday, December 03,1998 - Jasper, TX) Wim van Velzen is from Holland (Dutch not Texas) and he has spent the last five years traveling the world fishing for trophy sized game fish. This past September He and his companion Joseph (Joe) Taylor of England visited the Piney Woods of East Texas in pursuit of a large Alligator Gar.

Bass Tournaments Attracting Family Oriented Enjoyments
(Saturday, November 28,1998 - Sam Rayburn, TX) The bass fishing tournament industry has come a long way from those previous weekender fruitjar "winner take all" episodes to what are now well developed, and professionally organized, bass fishing tournaments which now pay out thousands of dollars in cash & prizes for its weekend contestants. "Something for everyone" is now a promised enticement which attracts the interests of all those who seek to exercise their sporting blood, as tournament organizations now offer several different formats which can fit anyones family budgeted enjoyment.

(Monday, November 09,1998 - Brainerd, MN) Have you ever heard of flasher-friendly lures? Do your know the difference between a drop-and-lift and a lift-and-drop? Do you think a Pounder is a really big hamburger?

Lake Sam Rayburn & Toledo Bend
(Sunday, November 01,1998 - Zavalla, TX) Boy, what a year this has been! Let's try to recap the high points in the world of fishing in East Texas in 1998.

(Tuesday, October 27,1998 - Algonquin, IL) The glow hasn't dimmed since I won the 1998 In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail Championship at Bismarck, N.D., at the end of a tough three-day tournament on the Missouri River in late September. Winning the championship has been the high point of my fishing career. It just doesn't get better than this. I began dreaming of this moment when I began fishing professionally 10 years ago, and the reality is even better than the dream.

Now here's a brain-teaser for you: How many of the new record-holders were caught this decade?
(Saturday, September 26,1998 - ) The 1990's saw three of the oldest and most revered records in freshwater fishing erased from the books. Replaced during the '90's were the 1995 smallmouth bass record, the 1957 musky mark and the 1960 walleye record.

(Friday, September 11,1998 - ) Fall is a great time to go fishing. Gone are the wake-throwing water skiers, whining jet skis and fish-spooking speed boats. Gone, too, are most other fishermen. But best of all, fall means those trophy walleyes that played hide-and-seek all summer are finally catchable.

Tournament Championships
(Saturday, September 05,1998 - Zavala, TX) Yes, it's that time of year. Almost all of the tournament circuits have wound down to the end of the year, or only have one tournament left. Most of the individuals have been chosen, by the points they scored throughout the year, that made the championships, and are trying to get mentally prepared for the classic tournaments coming up.

(Tuesday, August 25,1998 - ) Bob Torgerson of Aberdeen, WA and his life-long friend John Person of New York City wanted to do something special for their 74th birthday, so they decided to retrace the Lewis & Clark expedition in reverse. The pair put into the Missouri River at Great Falls, MT on June 23rd using a 16' drift boat powered by a Mercury 15 hp four-stroke Bigfoot.

(Monday, August 24,1998 - DISNEY, OK) You're all set to go. You have the tackle, you've got the snacks, and you're about to depart on one of the greatest adventures you and your child will ever enjoy together. It's called bonding at its best. It's called fishing.

Anglers are always arguing about which fish is "pound for pound" the strongest fighter.
(Thursday, August 20,1998 - ) Actually, our lakes and rivers are full of fish that are toughas barbed wire. From the scrappy bluegill in the featherweight division to the acrobatic smallmouth bass in the lightweight class to powerful middleweights like musky and pike, there are lots of bona fide contenders for the pound-for-pound crown.

(Wednesday, August 19,1998 - Zavalla, TX) Many anglers don't do much fishing after it gets dark, because they have never been exposed to the ways that you can catch fish after the sun goes down. The first thing to look for when you are out during the day time, is spots or locations where there is a rise in the bottom, such as a submerged island, or underwater knoll that is predominate over the normal depth of the water surrounding it.

(Tuesday, August 18,1998 - ) Time was when bucktail lures were found in the tacklebox of every serious bass fisherman in America. In fact, many of today's so-called modern lure creations were copied from this century-old design.

Grass, Weeds, Hydrilla, Moss, what ever you want to call it
(Thursday, August 13,1998 - Zavalla, TX) As a guide and tournament fisherman, I have learned that if you don't get familiar with the under-water growth in the water that you are fishing, the chances of winning a tournament, or catching the quanlity fish that you would like to catch, is not only unlikely, but almost impossible.

The Journey
(Tuesday, August 04,1998 - DISNEY, OK) Taking a youngster fishing can be one of the most rewarding days you will ever spend. The success and the quality of "the journey" will depend on many factors, some over which you have control, and some not. Let's talk about the controllable factors . . . things you can or should buy to make your fishing outing more successful. The people at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Tracker Marine Kids All-American Fishing Derby program have some recommendations, based on years of experience with youngsters.

40% of Nation's Waters are Unfishable and/or Unswimmable
(Wednesday, July 29,1998 - Montgomery, AL) Twenty-six years after passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA), 40 percent of America's waters remain unfishable and/or unswimmable, according to EPA reports. In a rally in Greensboro, N.C., August 6, groups that often differ on conservation issues, plan to stand side-by-side to unveil the Fishable Waters Act -- legislation aimed at restoring that remaining 40 percent of waters to fishable and swimmable conditions.

excerpts from TPW News
(July 20, 1998 - LAKE JACKSON, Texas) The concept of supply and demand applies as much to fishing on the Texas coast as to any commodity. Fortunately for anglers, the fish market is excellent these days.

(Monday, July 13,1998 - Disney, OK.) When you take a kid fishing, be prepared for one thing: communication. It's a great opportunity to listen and communicate with your youngster, and it will be an experience you'll both treasure for a lifetime. It's a chance to talk about nature, his or her school, their friends, things they like or dislike . . . you've got the idea . . . plus its building a foundation that will keep that youngster focused on this great American sport for many years to come. Make it the most pleasurable outing you can imagine for the youngster.

Babe Winkelman Fishing Column --- August
(Wednesday, July 08,1998 - Brainerd, MN) In 1997 environmentalists gathered on the bank of the Cuyhoga River near Cleveland to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Clean Water Act. Three decades earlier it was the river-not candles on a birthday cake-that was burning.

If I could fish only one species the rest of my life, it would be the smallmouth bass.
(Wednesday, May 27,1998 - Brainerd, MN) Using the old pound-for-pound rating system, the string-stretching smallmouth scores high on any list of light-tackle brawlers. A hooked smallie always seems to be going two directins at once, diving and tail-walking, zigging and zagging, all at the same time.

Grass, Weeds, Hydrilla, Moss, -- the Big Bass Hang Out!
(Sunday, May 17,1998 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir, TX) Grass, Weeds, Hydrilla, Moss, what ever you want to call it, in the lakes you fish in East Texas. This is what we are going to talk about this month.

Inducted into the Freshwater Hall of Fame in 1998
(Tuesday, May 12,1998 - Lawrenceburg, TN) Charlie Brewer grew up in the small southern middle Tennessee town of Lawrenceburg. He was born May 16, 1920. He spent most of his youth around Lawrence County and neighboring Wayne County, were his father was raised. This area has a plentiful supply of creeks, small lakes, and ponds. Charlie learn to fish with his father, Lon Brewer in the streams of Wayne County.

(March 10,1998 - Sam Rayburn, TX) Well, the 1998 tournament schedule is in full swing, and I do mean full swing. There has been a tournament on Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend, every weekend since February 15th, and they are schedule almost as frequently for the rest of Spring and Summer, right up till late Fall. Don't get me wrong, I'm a tournament nut, and it is one of the biggest boosts to the local economies

(November 20,1997 - San Marcos, Texas) Little did the offshore sport fisherman think in late 1996 when the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act that this very reauthorization would--in the future--directly impact fishing opportunities. What has been observed recently is only the beginning as relates to fishing in federal waters off the coasts of the United States. It probably comes as a surprise to most fishermen that from November 27th, this year through December 31st, they will be unable to fish the Gulf for red snapper.

(Friday, August 15,1997 - ) The decline of fishing participation is well documented: In Ohio, for example, 368,000 fewer licenses were sold in 1995 than in 1990. And in Pennsylvania 100,000 fewer fishing licenses were sold in 1996 than the previous year. Michigan experienced a decline of 113,848 fishing licenses between 1990 and 1995. Nationwide, although fishing increased by 20% between 1980 and 1990, the number of anglers decreased by almost half a million between 1990 and 1996, according to the newly released National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

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