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Aubrey Shepherd An Endless Parade Of Bass Tourneys UHUHIIW By AUBREY SHEPHERD The market for bass fishing tournaments seems to be endless. Every person who ever caught a limit of largemouths thinks that some how he'll be the fortunate winner of some contest and become an over-night sensation, the fact is that every tourney has only one winner, and that winner is quite often the same person who won another tourney--seldom a complele newcomer to the game. . Nonetheless, it is not entirely unreasonable for a good fisherman to expect to do well in a tournament, particularly if it is held on a body of water from which he frequently and consistently takes a limit of the species sought; Of course there are other considerations: does he have'success fishing during the tournament hours or only at night or early mornings or at dusk? Many fishermen take-good strings of fish during certain peak fishing hours or at certain seasons of the year, yet these same persons may be dumbfounded by the riddle presented by their favorite body of water at midday or in March or November or August. It seems that few people can do as well as usual fishing under, tournament conditions. Those who can--who react well to pressure and everi come into their own under unusual condi- .tions--are the ones likely to excel in tournament fishing. Being persistent in doing the basic actions ,of fishing is important. But learning to find fish under the widest variety of circumstances is even more necessary. For thos« who s u s p e c t themselves to be of championship bass fishing calibre, the smaller tournaments are the place to start. There ar« as many types of bass tournament as there are lakes or streams, but basically tournaments may be divided into professional, pro-am (open) for MR. BASS Mr. Bass will receive Deer Study Areas In Ozarks Damaged By Massive Tornado both cash and prizes and although he may be an amateur now, he'll find it hard to deny his professional status after accepting $1,000 in cash, a Holiday bass boat, a Custom Bill Benton trailer, $100 worth of Rawhide rod blanks, twelve dozen spinner baits/ a year's supply of top water lures and probably several other prizes as yet undonated. To qualify for the finals of Mr. Bass of Arkansas, a person must 'enter at least one preliminary tournament and finish in the top ten. The qualifying rounds are called Bass Buddy Tournaments, and the next one is to be held on the Arkansas River at Little Rock on August 18. The entry fee is $25 per boat; and alt entries must be In by August 17 at noon. The promoter of Mr. Bass- Porter Everett--has expressed Tornadoes .make .headlines when they hit inhabited areas, but .when wooded areas are struck, it is usually not newsworthy. However late l a s t spring a massive tornado left a swath of downed trees almost a mile wide and many miles long in the heavily wooded Ozark Mountains of north central Arkansas. Winds were so strong that one steel forest tower was jerked out of its concrete moorings, twisted up like a pretzel and hurled 150 . feet in the direction from which the storm came. No human lives were lost, but Ihe storm crossed two deei study areas that are surrounded by 10 feet high deer-proof fences. Areas that have been used for years in a cooperative deer study by the United States Forest Service, the U.S. Fisl Wildlife Service, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Southeast Cooperalivi Deer Disease Study Team Each area covers approxi mately one square mile. These areas have been usei to determine the carrying capa city -- number of acre required lo support one dee -- on two types of Ozark Moun tain habitat. Also, long rang studies, were set up to lean , ____________ , pi the profit of the promoters, and pro-am (open) for the benefit of some charity, amateur, and club fishout. PRO STATUS The simplest type is the club fishout, and thousands of men participate in such tournaments each weekend, with stakes of a fishing reel or a pot of ' money collecte das the boats start out. At the and B.C. A. and P.S.I, and other organizations sponsor Hheir organizers quite well and provide good cash prizes for consistent winners. In b e t w e e n the range is amazing, A man may compete for $4,500. one week and for $200.00 - the very next weekend. Professional status Is hard to define. Is a proflsherman only Ihe fellow who wins enough in tournaments to live comfortably, or must he be a guide fulltime, or a lure salesman and demonstrator of manufacturer or outdoor writer or a combination, of any or several ot these. With some fifteen regionally or nationally syndicated television fishing shows and many more local ones, one may ask if all T.V. fishermen are pros? How about people who have lake concessions and fish daily to be able to tell their find a concentration of fish? Traditionally in many areas professionals were those fishermen who used nets or trot- lines and sold their catch at market. Whatever, titles are a popular part of the game. Knowing this, a fellow named Porter 'Everett has decided to select an official Mr. Bass of Arkansas, using a series of qualifying tournaments to select contestants for a winner-take-all tournament planned for October. Because he has a copy right on the name, the title interest in holding a Bass Buddy Tournament in the Northwest Arkansas Beaver Lake--if sufficient 'interest warrants the effort. A good showing of area fishermen in the upcoming B.B.T. number four ought to convince Porter of the area's interest in such an event. Bob Carries and Roger Mhoon testify that the Arkansas River holds a few bass these days, making a trip down seem worthwhile for other reasons. August 24 the North Little Rock Jaycee Bass Tournamen takes place on the Arkansas starting from the same location as the Buddy Tournament-Burns Park. The first would be good practice for the second p the events. First prize in this one is $400.00 to the boat weighing in the top combined total of bass up to the limit of ten icr man. While this prize is louble the amount paid the winning boat In the Bass Buddy tourney, there is no follow-up prize (admission to the Mr. Bass final). Both of these events al- the nutritive value of differen deer foods and how an acbr crop or ' lack of it affects th eer herd. Damage to one area wa light, flatening cres of trees, only about and damagin ne mile of fence. This are vas repaired and deer-proofe n four days. No .census ha een made yet, but it relieved that this year's dat vill still be reliable. In the second enclosure, over 0 acres, or about 50 per cent the trees were knocked down, nd four miles of fence were eavily damaged. Repairs took vo weeks. This invalidated this ear's research and may have banged Ihe habilat so drastic- lly that this area may be bandoned altogether. Fish will eat almost anything lat finds its way into their abitat. This Includes animals, sects, some plants, other fish -- and many man-made concoc- Ethic Issued For Hunters Ever mindful of the rich Ira jilions of his sport, the ethica iiunter maintains hunting skills and physical condition of the lighest feasible degree; studio lis game, its habits and habi tat. so that he may respect no only that game but the laws vrilten and unwritten, govern ing both its fair chase and : it management: He respects als the rights and properties o others, and above all, he rever Jie beauty and character ot th environment he shares with hi ;ame. Ever conscious of bot present and future needs of hi sport, the ethical hunter 1 prac tices the best principles c game conservation, seeks onl the finest experience of selec live hunting without regard fo competition with other men and in all things moral or cu tural so comports himself tha he acts as an honorable exam pie, to broaden public undo standing of hunting in our tim and to provide guidance for a concerned with the huntin sport in future generations. Range Of Fish-Luring Baits Limited Only By Imagination Lead Phaseoul Is Proposed ATLANTA -- Proposed rcgu- aliens to ban lead shotgun m m u n i t i o n for waterfowl mnting throughout much of the United States starting in 1970 are being published in the 'ederal Register, Nathaniel F Reed, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks :aid. A draft Environmenta :mpact Statement discussing he entire issue is also now available to the public. Comments are invited on boll ,he proposed regulations ant the draft impact statement. Al comments received through November 15, 1974, will be considered, and public hearing: will be held in four major citie across the nation before a fina decision is made. The lime anc place of these hearings is ye to he determined, but 30 day advance public notice will b given by the U.S. Fish am Wildlife Service. The proposed regulations ar designed to slop further depos tion of lead pellets which occur during hunting in areas fre quented by aquatic birds. Spen lead pellets are eaten by water fowl, resulting in lead poisonin and death to many birds eac year. ons that benr little resem- once to -anything they've ever een before. The range of balls that will atch fish Is limited only by ian's imagination. I( a bait has an odor, whether pleasant or nplcasant, and can be placed pon a hook, it will probably ; peal to some kind of fish, ngllng experts have used some dd baits during their years of shing. One of the strangest is 10 "bloodsicle." Bloodslcles rely upon a fish's ensc of smell to work. To make lie bait, you should seled everal plugs, spinners 01 poems the day before going ishing and wrap balls of cotton iround the hooks. The cotton i then soaked In beef, chicken r pork blood. The lure is ilaced in the freezer overnight Since the bloodsicle is frozen t thaws slowly in water am releases its scent over a perio if time. This is a particularly Jood bait for nothern pike nuskie and walleye. Another different bait, .th icneyball," appeals tp a fish' sweet tooth. To " make them slowly cook a teas'poonful o anise seed in a half-cup of ho water for three to (our minutes Add five tablespoons of hone and continue simmering th mixture until a Ihin syrup formed. Next add a half-cup o whole wheat flour and remo\ the pot from the flame. St in a cup of corn meal and the knead it with a fork. When th has cooled, pour it onto waxe paper and shape it into a fla thin cake. . You should ;. have r r a- toug dough that--when -rolled- inl balls will stay on the .-hook fi a long time. . .Honoyballs ai good bait for carp, catfish, ai drum. rthwmt Arkanscu TIMES, Sun., Aug. 4, 1974 AKK*M1*1 5C South Arkansas Swamps Stocked With Alligators LITTLE ROCK - Two| undred alligators from South ouisiana have recently been ocked . in swampy areas in oulh Arkansas by the Arkan- is Game , and Fish Commis- ion. - - . This was a cooperative effort rniong the two states, the U.S. ish and Wildlife Service and Golf Winner FORT ERIE, Ont. (AP) -- 3ob Sneddon of the American lockey League's Rochester lemorial Golf Tournament Frilay wilh a three-under-par 69. The one-day tournament aised about $7,000 to be used or. the construction of a summer camp for underpriviledgec hildren. The camp was to be named for Horton, one of pro essional'" hockey's all-lime ^reals who died in an auto ac cident last February. Horton's teammates on both ,hc Maple Leafs and the Sabres ilayed in Ihe tournament. Crow Hunters Meet RUSSELLVILLE -- In Jun of 1975 the American Cro\ Hunters Association will hold it 37lh annual meeting and CTO\ hunt in Arkansas. This will h the fourth. consecutive year fo them tp-meet-in Arkansas. Las month 38' crow hunters too! part in the .National' Meet i the Russellville area an bagged 1,893 crows in the twi day meet. he National Audubon Society. Richard Broach, Commission Administrative .Assistant cp- lalned, "This is part of an .on oing effort to re-establish alli- ators in their former range/ in oulh Arkansas. They are;* on 10 Endangered Species list apd eed a helping hand." ";; Alligators are just one df. (he inimals that fit into nature's alanee and their presence,'in he wild in larger numbers liould pose no problems to man and his activities or to other ypes of wildlife in the stale.. Most of the 200 alligators eleased were from ZVi fo f A eel in length and even though hey were caught on the Miirsh sland Refuge off the coast .,of Louisiana and trucked td'.j : a more northern wooded swain py area, they are expected tp' be 'right at home" in their ; new environment. Alligators have been protec- :ed by state game and fish ·egulations since 1961 long jefore they were placed on. the endangered list. There is t a state $100 to $500 fine for killing or capturing in any manner Van alligator In Arkansas at .any time. There are more severe lenallles under federal regu- ations. Trout Permits In 1973 there were over. 85.POO trout permits at $2.00 sold' in Arkansas. All of the revenue was put back into the trout program. ig , will have a certain official power-- that Is, no one else can legally claim it away from the low the first place money to increase if more than a certain number of. people enter. A person who chooses only one to enter might consider lihe differences between enter- -ing a tournament for the sake of his own possible entrance into the Mr. Bass competition and entering one primarily to help finance the charitable and civic activities of the Jaycees. For a lot of bassmen the distinction is unimportant--they'll fish both if possible. For these, both addresses may be help- ·ful--North Little Rock Jaycees, c-o Jeral Howard, 306 South Lingfield, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116; and Bass Line Pro Shop, 5900 Baseline Road, Little Hock FISHING SCHOOL Those of us who try one or both of these events and have no. success may want to investigate another Little Rock fishing activity--Arkansas Fishing Academy. In their promotional literature, the operators of the academy claim that their course is taught by professional fishermen, with emphasis on bass fishing but with a wide variety of subjects included. The academy idea is not a strange approach to fishing but is relatively new. Most experienced fishermen spend a large part of their time teaching skills to persons new. to the sport. But to use a classroom approach may seem a bit hard to take. Anyone really excited over fishing would prefer to take his lessons on the water. Obviously, however, the classroom is less distracting and skills may be learned without reference to catching a fish or not. Let us hope that no good fisherman gets so discouraged by his lack of success in a particular tournament that he decides to enroll in a fishing school. But wouldn't it be interesting if one of the academy's graduates were to win the upcoming bass tournament? George Burns Retains Lead In Porter Cup Amateur Golf NIAGARA FALLS, - N. Y. (AP) -- George Burns of Port Washington, N. Y. retained the lead Saturday with a third- round two-under-par 68 in the 16th annual Porter Cup Am a- Jenny Turrall Breaks Record MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) -- Jenny Turrall, Australia's slender schoolgirl record-breaker, surpassed her own world mark in' the 1,500 meter freestyle .with a. time of 16 min utes, 39.28 seconds in the Los Angeles Invitational swimming meet Saturday night as she lowered the record , for the fourth time in the last year. The H-year-old from Sydney bettered the 16:43.4 she set only last rnonth in her hometown. The tiny brunette first burs into prominence on a rainy day in Australia last December 9 1973 when she eclipsed the olc mark of compatriot Sham Gould; swimming to a 16:49.9. The youngster lowered 1 again Jan. 9 at North Sydney with c 16:43.2 and broke the record the third tie July 13 in Sydney. eur golf championship. Burns, who has led from the tarf,, fired his -third con- ccutive sub-par round on the par-70 Niagara Falls Country Hub course for a 54-hole total if 204. Burns, 25, is shooting for his econd straight amateur victory after winning the New York "'itate Amateur title two weeks igo. He aiso holds the North- iouth Amateur title for 1974 and is the reigning Canadian amateur champ. The leader fired five birdies on the second, fifth, eighth, 10th and 13th holes. He bogyed the first, third and ninth for nines of 35 and 33. Bob Ault of Columbus, Ohio, 'inished two strokes behind Burns with a 68 and 206 total. Ault is a senior from the University of New Mexico and is playing his first Porter Cup. Jay Sigei, who scored three Porter Cup second-places in 11 previous tries, fired a 69 for a third-place 209 total. Burns, Ault and Sigel are the only golfers in the field of 71 who were still under par. Defending champion Vinny Giles with a third round 70 and 217 finished far back in the pack total. 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