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6B · NorthwMt ArkanMs TIMES, Sun., Aug. 25, 1974 PAVCTTIVILLE, ARKANSAS niigniiiiiiiiiiiH^ 1 Aubrey Shepherd Missouri Fishout Almost A Washout ffiinrainnniiiiiniiiuiiiHiiiNiNHiniiiiiiiiniiin^ Mid-America Bass Fishing Association's Pomme de Terre tournament last Sunday was nearly a literal washout as winds of nearly 60 miles per hour struck the lake area at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Cast-off had been scheduled for 8 p.m., but was rescheduled for 6 a.m. Sunday. According to Foster Holtzclaw, several boats were swamped at the launching site by the waves and rain. A few boats were so severely damaged by the buffeting of the winds that they had to drop out entirely. Hulls were damaged in several instances. The winner was Carey Morales of Independence, Mo. His winner's share was nearly $600, because of the 120 paid entries in the tourney. Fifteen places are usually paid in M.A.B.F.A. tournaments. This is the last event for this year, except for the organization's tournament of champions, to be held sometime in October. Membership in M.A.B.F.A. costs $10 per year. A Silvertrol electric motor was presented to the person who caught the largest bass in the contest, a six-pound, nine-ounce largemouth. Similar valuable prizes are given to participants in all M.A.B.F.A. events. The organization offers a very high percentage return on its entry fees, according to all reports. Mexico A letter from two families in Washington, La., came this week, and it seems worth quoting: "Our trip to Lake Guerrero in Mexico was just wonderful. The lake is everything people say about it. It is something to fish in a lake where you can pick the size of fish you want and throw the rest back. "We fished a day and a half and got our limit of nice-size bass. The biggest fish was 4V2 pounds and was caught by Dr. Ronald Lafleur. Chico and his family are really nice and we enjoyed their company (Chico runs a camp). "It was a trip that we will always remember and we are all ready to' go back. Sincerely, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Lafleur, Mr. and Mrs. Bo Quirk and Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Fruge." These folks were in Ciudad Victoria the day that a party of anglers from Rod and Reel of Arkansas was leaving to return to the states. Leon McMoran, manager of the Little Rock tackle store, gave these folks some good advice and a few samples of his Squirmy plastic worms. They were kind enough to share some of their precious American water with us. Others at Guerrero that week were Joe Grisaffe of Belle Alliance Homes in Baton Rouge, La., and Wayne Aucoin and his party. Joe was somewhat disappointed with the average size of the Guerrero bass. He said that he had heard that the average fish was four pounds, but his averaged only about IVz pounds. However, he said he caught at least 50 every day and fhat the numbers were greater than at Dominguez. According,to Wayne Aucoin of Baton Rouge the action was great, even though his biggest fish was only 3Va pounds. He took a lot of bass on Swimming Minnow, No No spinner baits, and Busy Bee. Sons of the two men -- Joel Grissaffe, Blaise Grissaffe and Gene Aucoin -- said they caught more fish than ever before in their lives. The biggest bass brought in by the party was a five-pounder taken by Joe Grissaffe, while using a broken-back Rebel minnow. Bass Club Results Through August 10, Harry Richey of Shakespeare of Arkansas is the top bassman in the Fayetteville Bass Club's fishouts. Roger Mhoon is second, Bill Kisor is third, Don Grimes' is fourth and J. W. Cheatham is fifth. The second five includes Gordon Mhoon in sixth place, Don Witherspoon in seventh, Glenn Neal eighth, Rodney Monday ninth and Bill Boudrey tenth. Those placing further down the list requested that their standings not be published, but they have nothing to be ashamed of, for these ten men are all excellent fishermen with whom anyone would be · proud to compete. Fayetteville Bass Club is considering a motion to require the releasing of all bass alive after their fishouts. This is a commendable idea. Of course, unless fish are really in good shape when released there is no point, for they likely will die and might as well be used as food. But if aerated live wells are used and fish are not put on stringers and ai'e not handled except by the lip then they have a good chance of survival. But let's face it, a lake like Beaver never has enough fishing pressure to hurt it. The bass are there in enormous quantities but are simply hard to catch. Anyone who has ever fished a one-acre farm pond seriously knows that there are plenty of fish to be had if one will work at catching them. If a person is really concerned for the survival of the fish, he should work to improve their habitat. Every stick of wood and every blade of grass removed from the White River and War Eagle watersheds hurts the quality of Beaver Lake's fishing. Every cut of a bulldozer and every dumping of a chemcial or dead chicken lowers the quality of the lake's water. Throwing back a bass is insignificant. Urging people to leave the mountains and valleys green and demanding that Industries not pollute and discouraging the use of chemical defoliants ·-- these and a lot of other ecologically important acts may improve or at least slow deterioration of the lake's fishing. Ironically, no one concerned for the quality of the marine life would even live on the shores of the lake, for every new septic tank put in hurts the fishing and brings closer the day when Beaver Lake will be severely polluted by algae and will have too low an oxygen level to sustain quality bass fishing. Fish, cries biologists constantly tell us that removing fish of all species from a lake through sporting means is 3 useful tool for keeping the number of fish down to a level where there is adequate food and oxygen for the survivors. Still, when one man sees a man catch a big bass, look it over and maybe photograph it quickly, and then release it, he gets a good feeling. Maybe the bass elubs could go on an honor system and let partners score each other, measuring rather than weighing their fish. Length is just as valid a criterion of fishing quality as is weight. It is much easier to measure accurately than to weigh accurately if each boat is responsible for its own scoring. Golfers keep score for themselves and their partners. Surely, bassmen are equally trustworthy, and fish released immediate- Jy are sure to survive. Ozark Society Cleanup Float Draws Canoes Canoeists from four states are expected to participate in the Ozark Society's annual cleanup float on the Buffalo National River Aug. 31-Sept. 1, according to Steve N. Wilson of Little Rock, chairman of the event. "Mon-Ark Boat Company of Monticello has donated a 15-foot aluminum canoe as first prize and outdoor equipment manu facturers and sporting goods dealers in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Louisiana have contributed nice prizes that will be awarded to winners on a point system," Wilson said. The clean-up float will begin at the Gibert, Ark., gravel bar at 8 a.m. Saturday and the river will be scoured for litter downriver to Maumee g r a v e l bar. A highlight of the Saturday night camp at Maumee is a free supper of "garden fresh" vegetables in a stew or other concoction that is furnished by Buffalo River float trip outfitter J. W. Barnes, who is located at the H i g h w a y 14 b r i d g e . The second day's float will be from Maumee to Buffalo Point (formerly Buffalo River State Park) Sunday and prizes will on be awarded at 3 p.m. Wilson said prizes will be awarded on a point basis for bags of litter gathered. The National Park Service will provide trucks to haul the trash to a suitable disposal area. Residents of Gilbert will handle the car shuttle Saturday at $6 per car, halt of which will be paid by the Society. TWO-FOLD PURPOSE ·'The Ozark Society has a two-fold reason for sponsoring this annual cleanup float, which has been a model for other cleanup activities on lakes and Twin Stripers Thirteen - and seven - pound stripers like these taken by Ronnie Williams of N o r t h . Little Rock are not unusual in the Arkansas River t h e s e days. Williams caught these bass at Murry Lock and Dam while using shad tor b a i t on deep sea tackle. Accord- Ing to Dudley's Bait Shop's report, stripers in the five - to seven - pound class are being taken in (lie Litlle Rock pool regularly on while single spins and silver spoons. rivers in the slate," Wilson said. "First, we want to clean .rash from the most beautiful natural river in mid-America. Second, we want to demonstrate :hat canoeists are not the ;houghtless litterbugs some people say we are." "Those who have participated in our float will tell you that much of the litter consists of junk that could not possibly nave been brought in by canoeists or ' fishermen old auto tires, parts of stoves and appliances, and even bedsprings," Wilson said. The Ozark Society is a regional conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of eastern wilderness, scenic rivers, unique, natural areas, and a quality environment. Dr. Joe Nix of Arkadelphia is president of the Society, which has move than 2,000 members in 13 chapters located Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Wilson, a professional ecolog- st, is a member of the Society's Pulaski Chapter which las more than 200 family memberships in the central Arkansas area. The Society's annual cleaup float on the Buffalo has received national acclaim from conservation organizations f o r its success at focusing attention on the . value of scenic rivers in a balanced recreational picture that requires diversity. Sailing Crown | CLEVELAND (AP) -- Peter Wright of Chicago won the North American Star Class sailing championship Friday, despite a failing wind that dropped him to ninth place in the fifth and final race he had led most of the way. The runner-up was Barton Beek of Los Angeles. WFL Franchise CHARLOTTE,. N.C.(AP) -Upton Bell met Friday wit Mayor John Belk on prospect of moving an unnamed Worl Football League team to Cha lotte. Bell said he still hopes t bring a team to the city in tim to play several home game. this season. Three Bass Tournaments Planned For Beaver Lake In September By AUBREY SHEPHEKD TIMES Outdoor Writer Farminglon Jaycees kick off ic Beaver Lake tournament clion tor September with an pen bass tourney at Hickory ,rcek Marina next Sunday -- eptembor 1. This is the second ournament tar this group this ear. The last one was very uccessful, with a large assort- nent of prizes going to every lace. Cash prizes again will be of- ered to the top finishers, in- luding $250 for first place, $125 or second place, $75 for third, 25 For places four through 10. jargest bass will be worth $25 nd the bass club with the lop ive finishers will receive $50. Proceeds from this tourna- nent will go to the Farmingtor aycee community park fund md to other civic projects jrogress. T h o s e who pay heir entry tee by August 30 vill be charged only $25. Those vho wait'until Saturday or Sun day to pay will be charged $30 This provision is made in order ,o tacilitale administration of :he tournament. A portable aerated fish hold ing tank is being built by the Washington County Bassmas ters. This tank may be reads n time for the Farmington Jay cees tourney. Greg Copeland secretary of the club, says tha :he tank will be available fo use by any organization holding a tourney on Beaver Lake in the future. Bill Jones of Fay etlcville is in charge of plan ning Ihe building Ihe lank. MR. BASS Bass Buddy Tournamen Number Five is to be held o Beaver Lake on September 1 This will be the last chanc for Arkansas bassmen bas persons?) to qualify for opporlunily lo compete for th title of Mr. Bass of Arkansas Porter Everett of Little Rock Bass Line Pro Shop is directo of the event, which is to be head Each person qualified will fish uarlcreu ai rranie »ji^uit marina. Entry fee is $25 for each two-man boat entered. Careful iccking of all fish will be carried out by Arkansas Wildlife and Fisheries biologists to see lat no fish caught ahead of time is weighed in. In order to qualify for to Mr. Bass Finals, one must finish in 10 top five boats in a Bass uddv Tournament. Each boat s allowed to weigh in 20 fish -- a limit of bass for two persons. Fish may be iced or kept in live wells. Bass Buddy tournaments have generated a. lot of interest n south and central Arkansas. ix boats representing Northwest Arkansas were entered in the August Bass Buddy tournament which saw Bob Games and Roger Mhoon place third and earn the right to compete for the title Mr. Bass. The championship finals will not be a buddy tourney. vith an observer -- either a ·epresenlative of the news media or a boy scout. The championship tourney is to be held sometime ill October at an as yet unspecified lake.' An application blank is to be printed in next Friday's TIMES. WEST FORK W e s t Fork' ' Jaycees are planning a bass fishing tournament for Saturday, September 28. To be held at Rocky Branch Marina from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., this event will pay $200 or 25 per cent of the entry fees to the first place winner. Big bass winner is to receive his choice of the donated prizes. Trophies are to be presented to high finishers. Anyone is eligible for tills event, regardless of age, sex or professional status. Partners will be paired by the tournament committee. Recipe Given For Crawfish There is a long-standing joke among fishermen that if you aren't successful . at catching fisli you can always eat the bait. This might be difficult to do when you consider the plastic and metal lures which fill many tackle boxes, and live bait anglers are known to carry some unappetizing concoctions to the lake. But there is one popular lure that can serve as 30th bait and something to cat if the fishing isn't a success. There arc more than 275 species of crawfish in the United States and almost everywhere they are used by fishermen as bait. However, if the fish aren't cooperating, and you want tc try a different kind of food consider preparing and serving the crawfish instead of using them for bait. Wash seven pounds of crawfish in clean water and then place t h e m in heavily salted water for about five minutes :or purging, rinse them again in plain water. Next heat a large pot of water to boiling, adding three sliced lemons, two onions, ona pound of salt, two cloves garlic. Cayenne pepper to taste, and a package of dry seafood boil (available at most grocers). Place' the crawfish in the pot and boil for five minutes. Turn off the fire, cover the pot a n d let them soak in the mixture for 20 to 30 minutes. Then taste one and if the. seasoning is insufficient, let them soak a littla longer. To eat crawfish, cut off the tail portion, remove the shel and serve hot with spicy tomato sauce or lemon juice. Sport Divers Enjoy Reefs At Key Largo KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) -'o newcomers, the underwater vorld at night is a dark, fright- ining place filled with threat- 'ning shadows, the most frightening being those that decide to move. Thousands of sport divers vis- t the coral reefs off the Florida toys every day, enjoying the wautiful scenery and creatures in the celar waters. B u t a Srowing number are learning hat the reefs are even more 'ascinating after the sun goes down. Many diving guides from Key j Largo to Key West now offer I light trips. The requirements or participants are the same as for daytime divers--competence in swimming and diving skills and a guide fee that averages $12 per person. Night divers stick closer to :he boat and cover less territory than they would in the day- :ime. A beacon light hangs beneath the boat to guide the divers home, and each diver carries a small underwater light for individual viewing. ACTIVE AT NIGHT Most of the reef's inhabitants are more active at night. Moray eels hole up in caves in the daytime, and the first time a night diver's l i g h t illuminates a 6-f o o t e r swimming freely across the coral is a moment never to be forgotten. Night diving is a relatively new pastime. In his book, "Something Rich and Strange," Dr. Robert Schroeder tells of some of the first night dives on the reefs in the early 1960s. The keibsca aslagncve.:..ht The sea is black at first, but the diver can see surprisingly well without his light once his eyes adjust to the gloom, especially on moonlit nights. Safety precautions for night diving are more stringent than for day diving. The divers never lose sight of the beacon light under the boat. Since a diver who surfaces any distance from the boat is al most impossible lo f i n d at night, many carry small strobe lights or flares to help sear chert locate than. 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