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V'#Â·Â».- By Sfrip Johnson RosyFuture Seen for ABA : -ftON'CEVERTE - Should anyone set out to build a smallmouth bass stream, they couldn't use a better model ihan the Greenbrier River, which is west Virginia's classic! smallmouth habitat. I -TJus beautiful river has its origin in the "Birthplace of Riv- ecs-" high in the mountains of Randolph County, but reaches its ietiith in the lush, rolling Greenbrier County farmland. Â· iThe water is fertile and reasonably clean; there is an abundance of rocks and logs in the stream and trees and brush along the bank for shade and cover; and the gradient is perfect -- not ioo fast, not too sluggish -- just right. ; -As for the smallmouth fishing, it's debatable whether the Â·Greenbrier is any better or as good as a few other streams in ."West Virginia, particularly the South Branch and Cacapon in the Â·Eastern Panhandle. There are also some smaller, lesser known streams that can match the Greenbrier. ; 1-Those who fish it often say the walleye fishing, at least, has jgclined on the Greenbrier in recent years, for no apparent rea- Â£0$, and that while the river still has an abundance of small Â·bass, trophy smallmouth are caught much less frequently than Irefore. ; Itike the walleye decline, if there is on there is no readily avail- table reason tor the decline in the number of large bass being icaught on the Greenbrier, if the.e is a decline. In both cases, Â·life reason may be increased fishing pressure * ^*' * : * Â· *' __ :Ifs Best Stream for float Fishing "Â· ^'But although there may be room for argument whether the ; tireenbrier is THE best smallmouth stream in the state, this is Â·rgally beside the point. It's a good one and, from the standpoint ".of-jioat fishing, it's the best beyond question. Â· "JHloated the six and one-half "mile stretch between Caldwell '.atul-Ronceverte last week, accompanied by photographer Frank Â·\Srlkin. and came away with a renewed appreciation of the finer 'points of this river. ; -At last week's water level, which was normal for June, you Â·cpuld float the entire sfction and never get your feet wet if you "didn't want to, yet there are plenty of shoals. They're simply the Â·k5nd you can gently float over. ; '. -Neither is a lot of paddling required; the current takes you Â·along pretty good .'. ;ff this sounds like ideal float fishing conditions, it is, but fish- ;erfnen should never float through such water without stopping to .-fish; the shoals. They're the best parts of the Greenbrier. 1 -J'iaybe it's only my imagination, but Greenbrier smallmouth Â·seem to fight harder than they do anywhere else, and if any other istceam in West Virginia has as many and as big rock bass, let it 'dome forth. ' ;SVe didn't catch as many rock bass as we had expected to, and ;ribjvhere near as many as I've caught on previous trips to the Â·Qpeenbrier, but the ones we did catch were whoppers that struck ;so;jiard they fooled us into thinking we had tied into good small- .Â·rfjeuth. .'Â·,,". * * * : We Really Stretch Out Longest Day Â·1 ^Dur day started at 4:30 a.m., which was a heck of a way to /start what, according to the calendar, was the longest day of the Â·tfear anyway. / -Keith Cooper, a Webster Springs native who works for the forestry division of the Department of Natural Resources at Green!brier State Forest, had us on the river by six. V iiKeith's favorite fishing water is the Back Fork of Elk and Â·1 main Elk near his home but his boss, Greenbrier State Forest su- ;penntendent Jim Fleshman, would rather fish the Greenbrier Â· than save a tree. And Jim loves trees. .; -'Jim, a native of Clover Lick -- a Greenbrier river town in Po- v^ah'pntas County -- is one who believes the Greenbrier fishing .:;haS- declined, not in numbers but in size. He says he simply Â·Â·doesn't catch as many good smallmouth or rock bass as he once jidid: : l~ 1'Well, we didn't catch anything approaching the 21-inch small-|1 mouth Jim once caught in the Greenbrier. Our biggest fish would ^p*rpbably have gone 14 inches, although we didn't measure or ";-Kep any of the 13 bass we caught. Â·Â£ -But like I said, what they may lack in size, they compensate Â·'Â· JSft'with enthusiasm. Biggest Fish We Saw Was a Carp. ** * ;;'. :"For example, the first smallmouth I caught -- on a Hula Pop- ; ; per in the early morning mists -- came out of the water four ';Â· IJmes. Almost every smallmouth, regardless of size, cleared the Â·'.water at least once, and 10-inch bass hit like IfMnch bass. .;Â·*!Â· caught one smallmouth that had a hook embedded in its ?, throat and about four inches of monofilament line sticking out of ';Â· ijs mouth. Yet it grabbed the Mepps spinner I was using like it \ was going out of style. fr-CWe caught most of our fish on a 4'/i-inch Rapala, although that f. was because we used this lure most of the time. Some other lure, I; Used as often, would probably have paid off as well. J--*;Our most interesting fishing occurred in a stillwater pool be; ; hifid a series of small islands, where we got several strikes on a ' Qeddon Baby Torpedo surface lure. .; VThe biggest smallmouth we saw would probably have gone 16 V inches. It followed a lure but didn't strike. The biggest fish we |! saw was a whopping carp that a bank fisherman hauled in near /;Ronceverte as we passed by. X;-We talked with another fisherman who said the fish hadn't Â£ been hitting well for the past two days. Fortunately he didn't say 'Â· We should have been there last week. jjladdix Remembers Pitch' to Sauer Cubs' slugger Hank Sauer. But it didn't help. It was 1952 and Haddix was pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals. Sauer and Ralph Kiner were locked in a late-season home run duel. Both had 37 home runs. "Most of the players didn't like Kiner." remembers Haddix. "We decided to groove one for Sauer. We told Sauer it was coming right down the pike, but he didn't believe it. He let the ball go by." said Haddix. now a farmer at nearby South Vienna. '"Well. I wasn't going to do it again. I said to myself. OK fella, you had your chance. This next one is going to be a real zinger. "I fired the ball right past him and struck him out." Sauer and Kiner finished the season tied. Harvard Wins Regatta Title SEATTLE (AP)-The Harvard varsity eight jumped to an early lead over the University of Washington Saturday and held it over a 2,000-meter course to win the Intercollegiate Championship Regatta ie setting a new course re- Â«*Â» . It* Â· STALKING SMALLMOUTH BASS IN GREENBRIER RIVER RIFFLE Wading Is Better Method Than Boating In Water Like This - Staff Photo by Frank Wilkin Ferraris Dutch Favorites LOUISVILLE, Kv. Commissioner Mike Storea saw a rosy future for the American Basketball Association Saturday following a two- day meeting of the league's trustees. Storen said despite Memphis being without George Thompson and Carolina losing Mack Calvin and Ted McClain. he felt the two franchises would be competitive next season. "You want to start with Memphis?" Storen quipped. "Suppose they sign David Thompson? You think they'd be competitive next year?" He continued, ."1 am not creating predictions, but the question of competitiveness and becoming competitive relates to good solid ownership and good management." Storen said discussions on a national television contract for the ABA would continue. He said ABC and NBC are still being conferred with and the Hughes Sports Network has a first-rider refusal. Storen said that throughout the summer Jlao's, -we'll beexptoriug with UÂ»se entities a broadened television package." Asked if he was optimistic the ABA would be able to negotiate a national television contract, Storen said, "I was very optimistic on the merger." He added, "It's like signing a player. If you strike a 15-game package" with ABC, I'm totally optimistic, or if you don't have a 15-game package or you don't have television, I'd be very pessimistic." The question of merger appears dead for this season, although Storen says the ABA trustees are still open to the idea should the National Basketball Association decide to take positive action. Storen said the ABA has more to offer national television with the "emergence of Julius Erving on the East Coast and Wilt Chamberlain now playing in a major arena in San Diego on the West Coast, we have gained a measure of national acceptance which I think greatly enhances our ability to garner a more productive 'envision aackaee." ZANDVOORT. The Netherlands (AP) - Ferraris were the ore-race favorites to win today's .world championship Dutch Grand Prix. In two days of trials at this North Sea coastal circuit, the red Italian racers dominated, the fastest lap being set by Austrian Niki Lauda. who averaged 120.71 miles per hour around the twisting track to clinch pole position. His time for the 2.66 mile circuit was 1:18.31, just six- tenths of a second faster than his teammate, Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland. Although no fewer than 10 drivers were inside the lap re- .cord of 1:20.31, no one could match the flying Ferraris. ' Their nearest challenger was the Brazilian ex-world champion, Emerson Fittipaldi in his Marlboro McLaren, with a time of 1:19.56. Alongside him on the second row of the grid will be Britain's Mike Hailwood in a Yardley McLaren, with a best lap time of 1: 19.68. fl mid-year clearance} TYPICAL SIZE OF GREENBRIER RIVER SMALLMOUTH Oldtimers Say Trophy Bass Are Much Scarcer Now - Staff Photo MEN'S SUITS SAVE 20% Sharp-looking 2 and 3 piece suits for work, dress or evening occasions. Wide range of sizes. $5200 TO $96Â°Â° Rqulariy Priced from '65" to* 120" BONUS DISCOUNT SALE ALL CARS TRUCKS AT BBORf-PRICE-INCRfASE PRICES '74 DODGE DARTS DART 4-DOOR SEDAN SUMMER SPORT COATS ^.Coordinate almost any combinations with I these coats. 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