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(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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