Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 7, 1974 · Page 17
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 17

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, July 7, 1974
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Aubrey Shepherd Ancient Fish Tale Worth Repeating ThrOW RuOVnMlt By Material To Help Swimmer ST. LOUIS How many iminimiinn inn imniiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiini! niiinnn Four years before Mr. Paul Spencer was born, his father caught a smallmouth bass of seven and three-quarters pounds from a tiny stream which runs into the Illinois River in Northeastern Oklahoma. A few weeks ago Mr. Spencer was in J. and J. Sport- shop having James Hemingway assist him in the restoration of the Heddon Dowagic bamboo casting rod with which his father caught the big brownie so many years ago. The fishing reporter realized that a catch of maybe seventy years ago would hardly-be appropriate in the weekly fishing report, especially when most of todays catches are so meagerly by comparison. But knowing about the. bass of yesteryear is good for today's fishermen. Knowing helps him realize the potential of stream fish. Those tiny brownies in area streams do have the genetic potential to become trophies if given a chance. The Illinois River and its tributaries may at any time produce a truly large smallmouth bass if bad land use practices can be stopped in the watershed and if the proposed regional sewage treatment plant somehow can be made compatible with the environment. Terry Williams of Fayetteville, a well-known authority .on sewage treatment problems, points out that so far there has not been sufficient testing of a system of crop fertilization and irrigation using secondarily treated waste water to indicate clearly whether such a system can be developed for the Northwest Arkansas area. He explains that for soil conditions such as those found in this region a method of spraying the water would be necessary in order to prevent pollution of ground water and streams. Fortunately, there are sensitive and concerned engineers like Terry who care enough about the environment and the long-range effects of their projects to see that the most environmentally sound methods of disposing of waste materials are found. However, it is up to the ordinary citizen to see that adequate financing is available for public projects such as the nro- posed sewage treatment plant. The easiest method may be to dump the waste products directly into the Illinois. If area citizens settle for such an easy out they will be accepting the kind of environmental degradation which soon could make Northwest Arkansas (and Northeast Oklahoma with it.) no better a place to live than any northern urban area. Hitching A Ride The fishing reporter is finding hitchhiking tough this summer. In a year when an energy shortage and price gouging have made traveling expensive for everyone, he had expected to find an above average number of people willing to offer roadside walkers a .ride. But most drivers are suspicious of hikers or they are busy with other concerns or their cars are cluttered already. There are still, however, some people who can be depended upon to offer a 'lift to a person walking alone. After a bit of conversation, practically every person who offers the fishing reporter a ride mentions his own experiences while trying to thumb a ride. Having been a hitchhiker makes it pretty difficult for a person to be prejudiced against all hitchhikers. Unfortunately, most people apparently have not tried to travel by thumbing, leaving only a few willing to let a stranger violate the sanctity of their automobile. Obviously, the fishing reporter does not feel that everyone should indiscriminately offer rides to strangers. A woman alone, anyone accompanied by a child, anyone who simply wants to be alone -these and others probably should think carefully before allowing anyone into their vehicles. However, healthy men driving pick up trucks have little excuse for consistently passing up those in need of a ride A rider in the back of a pick up is relatively harmless if he sits down and doesn't make faces at the driver through the rear view mirror. That is, when you have nothing to lose, why not help out another human being? One group of drivers who formerly could be depended upon for a free ride are now intimidated by their companies' insurance carriers and no longer are very willing to stop for. a night-bound wayfarer. The truckers still, however, are second only to traveling salesmen in their willingness to accept passengers. One recent example of a kind-hearted trucker in action found the, fishing reporter riding from Alma to Fayetteville with an independent truck owner from Mulberry. Mr. James was transporting a load of watermelons from Texas to Kansas City when he met the long-haired piscatorialist IP the Alma Truck Stop and immediately agreed to transport him and his sack of specially designed spinner baits to Fayetteville. Stealing Watermelons Riding in a truck loaded with watermelons reminded the fishing reporter of some youthful experiences of the 1950s era and also of a comment he heard a respected Fayetteville mother make. The woman spoke with nostalgia of her childhood in rural Arkansas and Oklahoma. She remembered with pleasure the days when she had played outdoor games with her male cousins, including taking part in many of the pranks for which country boys enjoy such a mixed reputation. Her most telling comment was not however, about the many unladylike activities of her own childhood but rather about the too-protected upbringing of her own children. "Do you realize that those, kids had never stolen a watermelon and that they were nearly grown before I found out that fact?" she said. Her reaction was to put her inexperienced deprived young'uns into the family car and spend the afternoon searching for an appropriately placed watermelon patch. Needless to say, such a thoughtful mother could never fail her brood, and after dark came the lucky farmer was visited and the children's lives were enriched. Fortunately, no buckshot was exchanged, as has happened in cases where a group of children lacked experienced adult leadership in selecting a 1 field for visiting. The mother pointed out that each . time the group passed a grocery the kids urged the mother to stop and let them lift a melon from the temptingly arrayed display of green and striped wonders left out obviously as an attractive nuisance to tempt youngsters. But the mother stood firm and insisted that only a patch of melons appropriately placed -- .just out of shotgun range -- would do for one's first experience in midnight requisitioning. times have you considered what you would do upon finding a drowning person? Hopefully, you never be in the situation, but thought should be given to the possibility just in case. What should you do? Should you jump in, swim out and rescue him? -- Should you run for help and hope you make it back before he goes under for the third time? -- Should you throw something buoyant out to him to keep him afloat? -- Or, should you stand there and scream for help? The Coast Guard suggests that in most cases you should thraw some- .hing able to keep him afloat. Many experienced people :iave drowned while trying save someone else. Even And Fish Commission Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sunday, July 7, 1974 FAYETT«VILL«, AHK*N»AS ___ 3C Federal Regulations Adopted LITTLE KOCK -- As soon as Question: How do I register Question: What is a Type I. a Coast Guard approved device he Arkansas Game and fish Commission announced the adoption of Federal Boat Regu- ation for federal waters effective August 1, 1974, the Commission's office of Boating Safely was deluged with phone calls. As the calls continued to come in it was apparent that many people were asking the same questions. In an effort to get the proper information to Arkansas' boating public Boating Safety Administrator John Welch has " following li asked questions: Question: r a ski belt in good and scr- iceable condition. Question: When do I have to vear these Personal Flotation Only while waterQuestion: I have an open ishing boat with portable fuel artks. Am f required to have ext in- greater than 16 feet In length re required to have a whistle, and only those boats greater lian 26 feet In length ara equiied to have a bell and a vhisllc. Question: My boat is never- used after sunset or before suti- ise. Do I need running lights? Answer: No. strong trouble swimmer may have saving a drowning person and there is no reason to make yourself a victim. Swim out to save a drowning person only as a last resort. Your first thought should be to get something out to the person to keep 'him afloat. It is surprising what can keep person afloat. Anything handy, such as a tackle box. thermos jug, or any \vooden object like a deck chair, tree - branch, paddle, or water ski will do. Any of these objects will keep a person afloat long enough to enable you to get help to them. There have even been instances where spare tires have been used to save persons in danger of drowning. Look around, find anything that would float. If the person is too tweak to reach shore with buoyant device, THEN swim out with something capable of supporting both of you. If possible, send bystanders for help after you have the victim ashore. Be smart, prepare for your outings near Hie water. Take Red Cross swimming and water safety clsss. If a person can't swim he should wear a U.S. Coast' Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) anytime he is going to be near the water. Additionally, all swimming areas should 'be equipped with flotation devices available to be thrown to anyone who might find himself in trouble in the water. NAIA Cage Team KANSAS CITY (AP) -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics will select a Basketball team to represent the United States in the Cup of Nations tournament ir Call and Bogota, Colombia. A'lg. 23-31. * Duer. NAIA executive y, said Friday Dean coach, will guide the with the assistance of Covington of Jackson ...... Miss. The NAIA basketball cpach's association will select the 18 players to report for tryout camp at Quincy, 111., Aug. 1119. Twelve will be named to the Worm Fishing Often Beats Other Lures There's a lot of truth to the old story of the barefoot boy with a can of worms and a cane pole catching more fish than the well-equipped angler. The young fisherman is using one of the most successful angling methods known. Worm fishing, often frowned upon by misinformed fishermen, require a great deal of skill and knowledge of the correct way to present a live bait. The lad with his can of nightcrawlers probably works as hard to catch his fish as does the older, more experienced angler who prefers -to use artificial lures. For the best results, worms should look natural to a fish. To learn what a worm does in water, fishing experts re c e n 11 y experimented by dropping some angle worms into a shallow river, and into the shallow portion of a lake. In the river the worms were swept downstream, just off the bottom, bumping the gravel and settling in water. An pockets of back- experienced worm fisherman tries to imitate this natural action by casting his bait upstream and letting drift back down to him. In the lake the worms settled to the bottom and began to move slowly toward shore. During their journey they crawled across leaves, sticks, rocks...anything in their paths. The only way the experts c o u l d copy the natural movement of the worms was ·jo use as small a hook as possible. It appears that size 10 or 12 isn't too small when fishing "or sunfish, bass, trout crappie. If possible, omit any sinker. If one is needed to put the bait down, pinch on as little weight as will dp the job. It is also possible to troll with a worm hooked behind a small willow-leaf spinner. Use a size six or eight hook and let a nightcrawler stream back from it. Troll the bait across points and along shore where there are gravel beaches. This is a favored method for catching walleye in the Spring. North American Sports Service has announced that Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma will be the site of the first annual World Championship Open Fishing Tournament to be held Ocober 26 and 27,1974. Lively Minnows Are Good Bail Minnows are excellent fish bait but they are sometimes difficult to obtain where the fishing is best. River anglers are bothered with this problem more than lake fishermen, since most lakes have marinas which stock minnows. Many baitfishermen assure themselves of a continuous supply of lively minnows by catching them In traps.. The round, elongated traps are usually made of small mesh- wire, or glass. Of several different traps, those made of glass have produced the most consistent catches. It appears that wire is more easily seen under water and possibly frightens the minnows away from the entrance. Revenue Agent. You need preserver which is recommended for deep sea use. A .Type buoyant vest. This type is recommended for large lakes to register a boat? and costal cruising. A Type III Registration fees arc which may be a vest, jacket. two dollars (52.00) for regislra- a f i r e extinguisher? tion and one dollar ($1.00) for or use on lakes and impound- *uisher is required only if your Question: When must I regis- Type IV can be buoyant cushion or a ring buoy. 'hrown to a person in the water, registered beginning July 1 of each year. However, for those of 10 horse-power or under that recommended for large lakes or John-boat with a 9% horsepower Do I have to regis- because you intend to use them ter this boat? Answer: Yes, if you on federal waters, you should Coast Guard approved in order to operate your boat on federal wait until August 1, 1974. to be acceptable for use. waters such as-Corps of Engi my boat I was given a Certifi- mable materials are stored, or impoundments and navi- permanently installed fuc gable streams. No., if you in cale of Number, does that cerli- end to operate your boat 011)5 ficate have to ,be on board the Question: I have a boat wind is under 16 feet. Do I need bell or a whistle? and Pish lakes, most old rivei approved device, but .state la\ requires a skier to wear either Southgate Shopping Center WAL-MARK t-t SALE STARTS MONDAY Classic TENNIS RflCKET "Honour" Deluxe TENNIS RflCKET Steel TENNIS RflCKET Pennsylvania TENNIS BPLLS Kramer, Smith, BJ. King flUTOGRflPH RflCKET flvlog*af k fe a ttio« power and bol- ooc*. lie- franc It lected flnerkan WMt* Rik, tit* wood wlih Tennis Racket COYER OR PRESS Smith or King American IS RflCKET TENNIS RflCKET

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