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For Pro BASS Anglers Watts Bar Is Next UOCKWOOD, Term. - Roland Martin, tho current all-lime money wlnnor on tho Uass Anglers Sportsman Society's T o u r n a ni e n I Trail with $37,711.70, nnd tho Classic point lender for both 1972 and 1073, said ho fiiccd the toughest competitive fishing conditions ever in his history on the Tournament T r a i l last year when his ten bass total of 21 Ibs. 6 0^ set an all-lime low record w i n n i n g catch on HID pro fishing circuit. Proud of his dubious distinction or not, Martin -- a research specialist for the Lowrance Electronics Company of Tulsa, Okla., returns to Watts Bur for the Tennessee Invitational May 1-3. Watts Bar Lake is known to be stingy with Its bass for Hie visiting tournament angler. It's a tough lake, Martin's kind. The "streaker" on this year's Tournament Trail is 29 year-old Ricky Green, a chemist from A r k a d e l p h i a Ark. Green finished second in the 1D72 BASS Masters Classic and ranked tenth in total lourna- ment points at the close of the 1973 season. So far in '74, Green has been just short of phenomenal. He fished his way from 21st place at the close of the second day of competition in the Texas Invitational on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, to the winner's circle with an outstanding catch of bass that tipped the final scale at 27 Ibs. 10 oz. Next came the Arkansas Invitational held on April 3-5 at Heaver Lake. Again, Green had Itm nre-tourniiinent spectators nnd fellow contestants buzzing with a first practice day catch of almost 30 Ibs. of buss, including ,111 8 Ibs. 11 07.. lunkcr. He finished In 3rd poslllon on tho first day, 2nd the next dny and fell just short ill Hie final scales and again wound-up in the number two spot just behind Tommy Martin from Hemphill, Tex., a marina operator-guide on Toledo Bend. Green says, "I didn't like my second place finish al Walls Bar last year or my recent number hvo spot al Heaver, don't want this lo become a haiiil, You know I also finished second in a ncn- B.A.S.S. lournament in March al Lake Ouachitn, Arkansas," he added. Tommy Martin, who placed 3rd at the Florida Invllalional in February and 46th at the Texas Invitational in March, really showed his bassin' savy and stamina when he took top- spot at the torturous Arkansas Invitational amidst .high winds, rough water, sleet and snow. Tommy will be testing the difficult waters of Watts Bar in competition for the first time. O t h e r outstanding bass anglers on hand will include Bill Dance, Memphis, Tenn.; Tom Mann, Eufaula, Ala.; Bobby Meador, Baton Rouge, La.; Bobby Murray, Hot Springs, Ark.; Stan Sloan, Nashville, Tenn.; Billy Westmorland. Celina, Tenn.; (maybe the nation's best smallmouth bass fisherman), Glin Wells, Grecnbrier, Tenn.; and Rayo Bass Fishing Secrets Guarded Less Closely For years, the bass angler was a loner. By nature his'se- crets were closely guarded. Today the tactics of the fishing pros Are widely exchanged and n a t i o n a l bass tournaments serve as "convention centers" for swapping these ideas and tactics. Six veteran bass anglers discuss their successful techniques In a special "Tackle Tactics, the Pros Use" section in the 100- page 1974 Bass Fishing Guide that goes on sale on area newsstands April 23. The Guide is a new "how-to" publication from the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.), a .165,000 member fishing-conservation o r g a n i- zation headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama. B.A.S.S. also sponsors the fishing Tournament Trail, a cast-for-cash circuit' similar t o - golf's pro tour. The bass anglers interviewed have accumulated over a century 'Of bass fishing years among them. ' They represent both the modern, scientific- minded tournament angler and the early-day bass fishing pioneer. They all catch bass in markedly different ways. Floyd Mabry typifies the veteran bassman with his keen memory of the fishing past, an unbeatable record of fishing experience, and a steady faith in proven tactics. Mabry, 61, is a fishing legend In the big state of Texas. When Mabry started chasing bass Congress Told To Turn Over Rodman Pool MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- In testimony prepared for delivery before Florida's Congressiona delegation this week, the presi dent of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) urged CongresF to turn over ownership and management, of Kidman Pool to the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. Ray Scott, BASS president, told the legislators that the only way Rodman Pool can be removed from the political a n: legal bickering is "to lease it or deed it outright to the State of Florida, with the provision that it be managed in perpc luity as a fishery and recreational resource." "Rodman is thu nation's finest bass lake. Since we began our efforts to save it, we have received dozens and dozens o! letters from bass fishermen al over tho country, telling of the giant trophy bass they've taken from Rodman," Scott said. He said those who wish to drain Rodman are motivated by "the belief, rightly, or wrongly t h a t draining the pool will forever kill the Barge Cnnal pro Jcct. Noilly k n o w sdint for sure. Only the United States Congress can make that decision. "The American t a x p a y e r lias already Invested some $2( million In Rodman. If it is drained, that investment will go down the d r a i n with it. Let's keep the pool and let Florida's fishery biologists manage II In the boat Interests of Us recreation polentinl, P u t n a m Count} officials estimate it brings In some {1.2 million n ycnr, which Is nf major Importance to the local economy. ' Scott snld If Congress adopts his recommendations, "This nctlon will assure thnt Rodmnn will ,bo removed from the Barge Cann! controversy, "because you cumuil niamigo Ihr prinl for hfl.st fishery nnd navigation nt tho nuniu time," almost 40 years ago, he did it without the modern day electronic aids and topo maps. "I can usually tell the depth of the water by the type of standing timber' or the lay of the land, and a. lot of other old buzzards can too," he says. Mabry discusses his "Systerr r or Crank Baits." He says 'Unless you know t h e capability of t h e s e floating-diving ures, you'll tend to underrate 'em. They're among the mos; versatile lures in your tackli box. I'll fish the Bomber type diving lures anywhere, agains any of the new so-called fa: plugs, and I believe It'll hold its own." Ralph Giessow is another top bassmaster who shares hi bassin' tactics in the Guide Giessow, now "retired" to th w h o l e s a l e tackle business earned a reputation as one o the country's top bass fishing guides while winding a success ful path through the Ozarks deep impoundments and th super bass lakes of Sam Ray burn and Toledo Bend. "Spoon Jigging" was fo years the closed-mouth secre of professional bass guides it these areas. Giessow, now o Hemphill, Texas, is a maste at the art of vertical jigging--a quick-limit payoff tactic fo finding and catching schoolin, bass. Although of a more moder vintage, Tom Mann, Bill Dance Stan Sloan, and Bobby Meado are also fishing "pioneers. They have helped trail-blaze th sport of competitive fishing-game where skills and tactic are tested to the limit. These pros repeatedly rank a the top of the Tournamen Trail--sure-fire evidence tha their tactics pay off. Lure selection is an importan and highly individual matter t all bass pros. The small plasli grub and weighted tailspinne are predicted by many to b two of the top bass-catchin lures in 1974. These small, bu potent bass catchers have bee "secret weapons" of the tour nament pros for some time. What better way to learn ho 1 to fish them than from the de signer himself--Tom Mann? H says, "Try to establish a goo swimming or jigging rhythir with a plastic grub. Then pain a picture in your mind of wha the lure Is doing with you sense of touch from the nx and line.' 1 The lure credited with win ning two out of the three o the world's bass fishing final: the BASS Masters Classic--i the spinnerbait. Stan Sloan nn Bobby Meador cover tactics fo fishing this overhead safety-pi style lure from shallow to dee water, in all seasons. Docs the weight of a sli sinker make n difference i plastic worm fishing? Vetera pro angler Bill Dunce believe it does. Dance, a sevcn-tim winner in B.A.S.S. tournaments tells how to get the most on of tho deadly plastic worm i his article "What Rig is.Bcs for Fishing Plastic Worms?" Besides these proven method the pros use, the new Has Fishing Guide covers strcan fishing with fly rods, top watc tactics, tips nnd tackle for mas tcring the art of Jig fishing and answers the often - puzzlliu questions "What'Color, Flavor Plastic oVVrms for Bass?" For Hie do-lt-yotirsolf bass man, n special s e c t i o n includes instructions on how t whittle your own bnlsit "f/i plug." This prrgnmil, perch shaped plug has become th dnrling of tho pro fishermen O r i g i n a l homemade bals models sold for $5 to $30 n national tourimmonts nud wer even rented with a JiO-n-rin deposit, Tho 1074 Bnsa Fishing Gntd Is published by the Una Angler* Sportsman Society, no 30'H, Mnnlflnmery, Alii. SfilOS Newsstand copy prlco is $1.00. rcckenrlcigo, Panigould, Ark., isl year's Classic Champion. Many competent competitive nglcrs from Ihe loiinl area will e on linnd to give somo of icsc globc-lrolllng pros a run or their money. Keep an eye n Elmer Pickciw of Seymour nd Glynn West of Hlxson. Walts Bar, a 39,000 acre TV A mnoundmcnt on the main :innncl of the Tennessee River, 111 again play host to the boys from B.A.S.S." who will c hard-pressed to belter Ihelr Don't Kill Your Catch" record ct at the Arkansas Invitational i eurly April on Beaver Lake. During lhat contest, 170 of S.A.S.S.'s best brought 14(iO ass to the weigh-In scales and ccording to figures compiled y the Arkansas Game and "'ish Commission, only 33 were ol released back Into the lake, 'hat feat established the ociety's all-time "save" rate f 07.8 per cent. Since each ontcstant is awarded a bonus olnt (ounce) for each fish rought-ln alive, and often these od-to-rod competilions arc ecidcd by only ounces, you can cst assured Ihey'll be trying. Biologists from the TVA will larticipale in a study whose hjective will be to collect basic 'ate relative to the bass lopulation in Walts Bar, i.e. cale samples, stomach content nd length-weight-girth data 'he Tennessee Game ad Fish Commission has also been in filed to participate. All profits from the 197' B.A.S.S. Tournament Trail are ieing donated to the Bass lescareh Foundation, an in ependent non-profit organ! ation established to promote esearch on bass management and biology. Only two more regular Tourn a m e n t · Trail competitions emain before the prestigious 15,000 winner-take-all 1974 Miller.High Life BASS Master? Classic in late October. They the Virginia Invitational 'une 5-7, at Kerr (Buggs sland) Reservoir, and the Al American, September 25-27, a Clark Hill Reservoir. Jaycees Of Marshall Plan Canoe Race This year Itic Jaycees of Marshall, will ngain sponsor a canoe race on the Buffalo National River, J u n e 1 and 2. Sprinl races will be held Saturday, Juno I, nt 1 p.m., from Ihe U.S. 05 bridge to the Gilbert Camp Area. A rcgistra- lonljoolh will ho open at Gilbert from 10 a-m. to 10 p.m. Juno 1. Registration w i l l be S3 per person through Saturday, with a charge of $3.50 for late registration Sunday. The big event is schcdulcc to get underway at 8 a.m. Sunday. June 2. The race will cover a 20 mile stretch of the river from Gilbert to Buffalo Point (formerly Buffalo River State Park. There will be a wide variety of race classifications so that everyone who wants to compete can tie accommodated. Among the classifications are: men's singles, men's d o u b l e s , women's singles women's doubles, mixed tan dem (male and female), boy and girl (under 14). junior bo (under 19), junior girl (under 19), adult and youngster (over 29 and under 15). men's single and double kayak, women's single and double kayak. Com petition will restrict types o canoes racing against each other, so that aluminum canoe* will race against aluminum fiberglass against fiberglass racing canoe against racing canoe. Some 52 trophies will be awarded at a presentation sche duled at 4:30 P.M. at Buffalo Point. The four top contestant in each category will receive recognition. Conteslanls may send the! registration fees in advance ti the Marshall Jaycees, Marshall Ark. 72650. For additional infor rnation, write to the sami address. Lure Primer Compiled For Neophytes Fishing lures are fascinating, 'hey come in n i l sizes, colors and shapes, They gurgle uc, shimmy, spin, dance dive and float. And occasionally »ome of them catch fish. Ncophyle anglers are often :rnfused by the multitude o urea available lo stuff In llieli brand now tackle boxes. They usually buy what the tackli salesman recommends (Ihe ilghcst priced), what their "riends recommend (they don'' want any competition), or wha happens to look good to their at the momcnl. Seldom does i Beginning nnglcr know- jus what the different lures do. To help solve Ihe dilemma if which lures do' what, the fishing experts at Mercury out hoards have compiled a lur primer for new anglers. 1 doesn't tell which lure to use but it docs indicate what a par Licular type of lure is supposci to do. Deep diving lures: Thes have lips in front to plane then down to deep water whe retrieved. They can be eilhe flpallng-dlvlng or sinking lures Sinkers let you fish to th bottom, depending upon the re trieval speed. Flaoting-divin lures are good down to abnu 20 feet. Both troll well, and th spec dof your outboard-powerei boat determines the trollin, depth. Floating-diving lures: The rest on the surface, but div under when retrieved. Bes action occurs when retrieve slowly. Some chug on the su: face, then wobble along for few feet simulating a wounde minnow. Others call for steady retrieve with depl depending on the speed. S i n k i n g lures: Spoons spinners and sinking plugs 6 right to the hotom when cas Some spoons wobble wlu sinking and they are frequent] taken by fish then. Others nee to be retrieved from the bo torn. Sinking plusgs are classe according to the best depth fo r e t r i e v i n g them: shallow medium, deep. New Threat Seen Northwest Arkantai TIMES, Sun., April 28, 1974 rAVETTEVILLE, A R K A N S A S sc Wetlands Contested , lly .JOHN MADSON Until 11 years ago, prime Juck-produclng wetlands In the J.S. were an open batlteground lOlwecn Iwo Federal liind-uso lolicics: the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife effort to iroserve natural .wellards, and J.S. Department of Agriculture [rainiigc assistance that de- itroyed native wetlands faslcr .han Ihcy could be saved. The wlldliters usually lost. During one 4-year period In the early 1950s, the USDA spent 83 imes as much money to destroy 256,000 acres of waterfowl labital as the Bureau spent rom Duck Stamp funds to save only 3,4132 acres of wetlands in the same three slates. In 99 key vyetlands counties of western Minnesota and the e a s t e r n Dakotas, intensive drainage that had begun in the early 1940s really got into gear during the "Fatal Fifties." In one 37-county area in South Da- iota, over 48,001) acres of wet- ands vanished between 1951 and 1959. From 1954 to 1900, North Dakota lost about 20.00C Dotholcs that included some ol -he finest duck breeding grounds in North America. Much of this drainage was paid for by the taxpayer - duck hunters included. Under USDA programs, a farmer could apply for drainage aid and be pal on the basis of Ihe number o cubic yards of earth removet from ditches. This subsidy could run 50 per cent or more-a strong incentive for a farmer to drain a marsh or pothole In addition, the USDA also pro vidcd much of the necessary planning and engineering frei of charge. Of an cstimatec 1,350,000 prairie potholes in the Upper Midwest at the start o subsidized drainage, more than 350,000 were eliminated through f e d e r a l subsidy payments From 1943 to 1956, over t million acres of prime water fowl habitat were destroyec vith the help of federal funds. This federal aid In destruction it native wetlands was largely uillcd In 1903 by a special pro- 'Iso that was added to annual griculture appropriations acts, iponsored by one of wild wct- ands' best friends, Uoprcscnla- Ive Henry S. Rcuss (D-Wisc,), h e "Rcuss Amendment" simply forbade the use of federal funds in draining shallow marshes, deep marshes, and open water areas. Denied Uncle Sugar's help in wetlands drainage, and faced with the prospect of paying the bills them- s e l v e s , many agricullural, commercial and industrial !n- crcsls shelved Iheir drainage plans--and thousands of acres of wetlands were given reprieves. But now the Administration las deleted the Reuss Amend rient from budget proposals for 'iscal year 1975 agricullural appropriations--and the drag Ine operators and agri-business must be jumping for joy. Wash ington sources lell us that the Reuss Amendment is being re garded as unnecessary in some quarters, in view of tho fac that the ASCS (the Agricultura Stabilization and Conservation Service of the USDA) has in Chesty Gobblers Spring turkey hunters s e things lhat the fall hunter don't see. One of these is t h i "breast sponge" of the wil gobbler. This is a big pad o spongy fat that stores energ for the breeding season, so tha the gobbler doesn t have t waste time with such nonsens as eating. In early spring, this breas sponge may be as much as 1 per cent of the gobbler' dressed weight. 'Most hunter we know remove it befor cooking the bird. icaled that It will not authorl/.* rainage In its official .pro- rams. 3ut conservationists are towing great reluctance Vf rade a legislative amendment or a USDA pnlicy. . · Scrapping the Rcuss · Amena-t ment--and Its powerful policy;, f wetlands preservation--could, e a Iragic sclback in resourca, management and waterfowl, reduction. Returning to prej, 963 drainage programs would e bad enough. But big agri- msiness is far more powerful, oday than it was 11 years ago 'and so are grain prices), anoT iubsidies could be a death blow o the U.S. duck factory. '; Joining Henry Rcuss in his lefenso of Ihe crucial amend-? ment is Representative John D;' Dingell (D-Mlch.). Reuss is chairman of the Conservation. 1 and Natural Resources Subi committee of the House Committee on Government' Operations, and . Dingell is" chairman of the Subcommittee' on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. In a joint statement!] Reuss and Dingell said: "It is bad enough when the"' Nixon Administration hurts the? :onservation cause by refusing to spend needed dollars to acquire wetlands for migratory- bird refuges and waterfowl production areas. But it is sheer hypocrisy for the Office of Management and Budget to approve spending additional millions of dollars in order to hurt these conservation practices." : Hearings on the proposed budget for fiscal year 1975 are expected to be held in May. Newberry Signs BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Lobsters of World Team Tennis have signed 20-year-old Janet Newberry, bringing the number of players on their roster to six^ A spokesman said they expect to add two New England players to the team to complete the roster. WAL-MAR Open 9-9 .CITY WAL-MART DISCOUNT CITY WAL-MART WE SELL FOR LESS WAL-MART Discount City Sourhgate |i] Shopping Center S A T I S F A C T I O N ^ G U A R A N T E E D . WAL-MART'S ANNUAL FISHING CONTEST " SIXTH WEEK It WINNERS Division 1 BLACK BASS Weekly Prize S1O.OO Gift Certificate Grand Prize ftmbassadeur 5OOOC R*e[ , PFuia BiautlMta IngrnYtrfTropliy. Randy Evans 5-lb. Tl-oz. on Minnow in Pond Grand Prize Winner John Jackson 8 Lb., 2 Oz. Division 2 CRflPPIE Weekly Prize J1O.OO Gift Certificate Grand Prize Shakespeare Ultrallte Rod and Reel E ngr a»rd Trophy,^ Laseca Dixon 2-1 b. 12-oz or White River Grand Prize Winner Bill Quick 2 Lb., 13 Oz. Jimmy Sisemore 2-lb. 9.5-oz. on Spinner at 45 Bridge Grand Prize Winners Kirt King and Ronnie Cavens Dlvtson 3 White Or Sand Bass Weekly Prize 91O.OO Gift Certificate Grand Prize Zeboo No. I Reel Plui R Btaullfully En graved Trophy Tom Madwell 28 Lbs. Gold Fish White River GranJ Prize Winner L. B. Gibbs 26 Lbs. Division 4 CATFISH Weekly Plz* SIO.OO Gift Certificate Grand Prize Zebco 868 Reel and Rod Plvifl B*au1lfu1[y Johnson Century REEL Reg. 9.99 Packet of Hunting KNIVES While Quantities Last Your Choice $144 Wal-Mart CABIN TENT NT-4001. Reg. 49.96 Umco T393V Reg. T5.88 TACKLE BOX FISHING BASKETS Reg. 1.88 Each Wooden CAMP STOOLS Reg. 1.26 Inflatable Vinyl BOAT Reg. 7.88 $C96 Wal-Marr SPIN-CAST OUTFIT Includes Tackle Box and Gear, Lures/ Rod Reel. 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