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Wild Bill's Grandson Takes His Title in August Fishing Tournament
August 14, 2010
The day of the Clark Fishing Tournament has been a rainy day.The fishing started about 5:00 p.m. and there was still a light drizzle and very muggy.As they say, "the show must go on"!The Grand Prize was $100.00 for the biggest fish.
This year my wife and I decided to take one of our grandsons to the tournament for his birthday because he likes to fish.He is eight years old.I had to unload my four-wheeler and fishing equipment, but he was anxious to get to fishing, so I left my equipment behind and went with him to the dock.This was not an easy thing for me because of my passion for fishing, not to mention that I had my title of last year's winner to defend.
I got him a cane pole and inspected it.I checked the line, the hook and then noticed that it didn't have a bobber.I told him to hold on a minute and I would get him one.Of course, he informed me that he didn't need one.So I said "get a worm and bait ?er up".He said he had not been shown how to hook the worm, so I showed him how and hooked the worm for him.After some instruction, I asked him where he wanted to fish.Of course he wanted to fish by a cypress tree.Remember he has no bobber and cypress tree roots are notorious for keeping your hook if you get hung up.
He barely got the hook in the water and one hit.The monster bent his cane pole almost double.I was afraid it would break.Then he said, "Help me PaPa"!Both of us had a time landing that fish because of its weight and the fact that we were fishing from a dock with railings.
After getting the fish in, I could see that it was a contender for the prize.We added the six pound catfish to the cooler.After all the excitement I turned him over to my wife so they could have some fun.I had to go fishing!He caught a lot of fish that day, pan fish and cats, and so did the other 20 people that were there.
There were other big fish caught that day.It was neck and neck.Finally Marshall's fish was declared the Grand Prize winner.That was one happy boy.The look and excitement was priceless.He couldn't believe it.
After the weigh in we had supper that had been prepared while we were fishing.There was fish, grits, slaw, baked beans and potato salad.The potato salad had been judged and the competition was so fierce that all the women were declared winners and took home a prize each.
Of course during dinner I tried to explain what a $100 bill meant to an eight year old.I think he got it."He could buy everything", he said.
While fishing in my favorite spot on the other side of the lake, I caught three out of five channel catfish that were bigger than my grandson's fish.I got to thinking about it and couldn't keep the fish and put them back in the lake.Seeing the look and expression on that boy's face was worth way more than winning the prize.That's what makes a real pro.
Remember, take a child fishing and you will be greatly rewarded.As always, catch and release.Who knows, it may be your child or grandchild who catches that "Big One".
2010, Doug Johnson and Donnie Young Reeling for Kids Fishing Tournament
Well, another tournament is down and no big win. Let me tell you though, my first mate Dell and I hit the water running Friday morning! We hit all of our good holes and we caught a lot of 20" trout but they were averaging only 2 to 3 pounds. We even slipped up into some rock beds with about 2 feet of water above them and boom! Just like that! Dell had a "big red" on his line and after fighting the red for about 2 min., we had him in the boat, but he only weighed about 3 pounds. We went on fishing and caught some sharks, catfish, pinfish and even one 10" gag grouper, but no big fish. Let me tell you, we didn't catch the big fish, but we did load the boat down with legal fish! I always say, "I will take a good day of fishing over a good day at work any time"! If your thinking of heading out trout fishing, we had good luck on new penny gulp shrimp, pearl whit gulp shrimp and a ¼ once jig head. So keep this in mind on your next trip out! Good luck and keep on fishing!
Mell Tillis and Friends 2010 Fishing Tournament
Well, it's that time again. Time to put the bow down and head to the bay. Last weekend my first mate Dell, my girlfriend Kayde and I fished the Mel Tillis tournament in Steinhatchee Fl . As we headed out on the river we had my skiff skinned back like Dale Earnhart at the Daytona 500! When the sun started to break on the slick bay we had the top dog plugs working across the water. We had some strikes but the trout were not very aggressive, maybe because the water temperature was still a little cold. We continued fishing. We tried gulps, live shrimp and even live fish but could not get any big trout to bite. We caught a lot of small trout but no tournament winners. When hope seemed lost Kayde hooked a nice 21 and half inch trout! As the fish pulled, she was screaming "get the net!" When I put the fish in the boat she was happier than a kid in a candy store. It was about 3:30 by then and we had to be at weigh-in at 4:00 so we had the old skiff laid back. After the smoke cleared at the weigh-in we finished 8th . Well its like the wise old Guru told me once "you cant win'em all". On that note, stay tuned, we have another tournament in May and with a littlie luck we might be able to bring home the bacon!
The second Saturday of August I was invited to an office fishing tournament.It started at or about 5:00 PM.That just meant that the temperature was going to be about 98 degrees.This is the Dog Days of summer.There were about 20 people fishing because the Grand Prize was $100 for the biggest fish.After catching about 30 pan fish, I decided that was enough and decided to load up on my 4-wheeler and go to the other side of the lake.After fishing for a while, and changing bait like changing socks, I decided to try something crazy.In my tackle box, for some reason, I had some salt water bait.It was a piece of plastic about 3 inches long - white with a red tip.So I said, "Why not!"I put a #3 hook in it and tied it on my bait-casting reel.I threw it out into deep water and just let it settle to the bottom and waited for a few minutes.I started to reel it in and "dang! I've got a tree branch".I snatched it to get it loose but it didn't come loose.Instead it started moving.I reeled it in and the line started to go from side to side.I then realized I had a fish.After a good fight, I thought this may be the winning fish.It was a nine pound channel catfish.I tied the fish onto my 4-wheeler and came in with my prize fish.It was the biggest that day and the $100 prize was all mine!Wow, you never know what bait or what kind of fish you will catch.Just keep on fishin....
Wilderness Calls fishing pros attend fishing tournaments on a regular basis. That is when they are not hunting.
This weekend's pictures from Reeling for Kids Tournament.
Wilderness Calls is very proud of our Captain Sam and his crew this weekend! The winning redfish was only 1/2 pound heavier than Sam's entry. GO Captain Sam!!!!!
Last week's Tournament the team placed 5th out of 6th!!!!
Saturday April 25 my first mate , Dell Mathis and I, fished the fishing for kids tournament, put on by Shands hospital in Steinhatchee FL. We started out fishing south towards Pepperfish. As the sun started clearing the trees I knew it was going to be a good day of fishing. We caught a lot of little trout to start out with ,but not the size we were after. Later on in the day we came across a group of gator trout the first hit I had was on a trout that was way over 20''. I had him right to the boat when the trout made one more run and shook the hook. But that's fishing. I made a couple more cast in the same area and hooked a couple more nice trout .As the day winded down we headed in to weight in. As we looked at the board we new we had a chance but their was a couple of people that put us out of the running. We ended up finishing 5th on the trout stringer. With the trout I lost would have put us in 2nd place. But you cant win them all. Thanks Wilderness Calls' maybe we can get them next time.