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Editor’s Notepad
Happy New Year everyone! I figured if I was going to write an Editor’s Notepad for 2011 I had better do it now. It looks like we are all going to be very busy with all of the tournaments this year! Our new website has opened, and we hope that you like the new look and feel of it. On it you will find a new fishing report each week for each lake, the tournament stories from the weekend, press releases, and more. There is also a new calendar link, and we are busy “populating” it with all of the tournaments on both lakes. If we have missed any or if you see any errors, please let us know. FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS for all Junior and All Ages Lake Record holders. If you currently hold a lake record, please contact us with your mailing information. As long as you hold a lake record you will receive a complimentary subscription to The Lakecaster each month. This is for the All Tackle records in both the Junior division and the All Ages division. Every month the All Ages/All Tackle records are published in The Lakecaster as well as the Junior Angler Records. In addition, every few months a full color version of the Junior Records is published as a picture guide to what each fish looks like for identification. If you catch a lake record, you can contact Texas Parks & Wildlife Jasper office at 409/384-9572 or you can go online to TheLakecaster.com to print the rules of the program and the application form. TP&W has many facets to their Angler Recognition program, and you can find them all on their website www.tpwd.state.tx.us

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If you catch any lake record fish on the Louisiana side of Toledo Bend, it is still eligible to be submitted with Texas Parks & Wildlife as a lake record. It must be certified by a Louisiana Biologist. You can contact Ricky Yeldell at 318-645-4755 for certification. Let’s not forget about the Sharelunker programs! The Toledo Bend Lake Association offers their program year round for all bass over 10 pounds to be entered into the program. Certified scale locations are listed under the lake records in each publication of The Lakecaster. You can contact Sabine Parish Tourism for more information on the program as well at 318-256-5880. The Texas Sharelunker program runs from October 1 until April 30 for all bass over 13 pounds. Each program offers a free replica of the catch! Time to go fishing and get the replica of your trophy catch on your wall. Also, we have been considering several ideas for new monthly columns. Some ideas include: Gardening and Home improvement. We would like to hear from you to know what you would like to find when you pick up each Lakecaster. In the mean time, I hope your new year has started out well and I look forward to seeing you out there. “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better person.” – Benjamin Franklin Here’s to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; here’s to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold.

5 • LAKECASTER • JANUARY 2011

Harold Allen & Albert Collins win BL on Sam Rayburn by a nose
By Patty Lenderman / The Lakecaster

At the forefront of a double whammy frontal system, USA Bass Trails held their fourth of five season events on Sam Rayburn with their debut tournament trail December 11, 2010. The fish were active, as 2/3 of the field registered limits. Harold Allen & Albert Collins won the event by 08/100ths of a pound! The scene was set at the Umphrey Family Pavilion as 66 teams headed out to find their creel and tally valuable points toward the Championship for the season. Even with recent rains, Sam Rayburn is still just over 8 feet low. Anglers enjoyed moderately cool temperatures but battled the wind as the first front marched in. As the weigh in began, Chad York and Jason Horton set the mark to beat, bringing in a 24.12 lb limit with a 7.33 lb kicker. Their weight looked like it was going to hold for the win well through half the weigh in until Harold Allen and Albert Collins brought in their limit tipping the scales to 24.20 lbs, nosing just ahead of the leaders by less than a half an ounce! “Our plan was to fish drop-offs and stay on them,” Collins explained. Hitting a lot of areas that had stumpy drops from 6’-14’,

their arsenal included a prototype crank bait from 6th Sense Lures, jigs and E2 Baits craw worms. “It took us until around 9:30 to complete our first limit, giving us around 16 pounds.” The wind was fierce, but the team fought it all day to stay in their target areas. “It seemed like when the wind shifted, it helped us. The fish started biting better and we had a little less boat pressure to deal with.” After 12:00, they culled their entire initial limit and had two over five pounds in the well. Allen & Collins took 1st place with 24.20 lbs, and would like to thank Carrot Stix, Ardent reels, E2 Baits and Vicious Line for their support. Jason Horton & Chad York won 2nd place overall with their 24.12 lb limit, and their 7.33 lb kicker held up for Big Bass. “We had an awesome day!” Their strategy was to stay in grass, 5’-7’ deep, and throw ½ ounce rattle traps all day. “We started catching fish right away. Chad caught the big one around 7:30, and by 8:00 we had all of our fish.” They hit 10 or 15 points throughout the day, but it was the first one that was loaded with the fish they needed. The team would like to thank Jordan Marine in Vidor, TX for helping them stay on the water.

1st - They knew it would be close when they came in to weigh and it was - Harold Allen and Albert Collins won the tournament be less than a half an ounce with 24.20 lbs.

2nd - This is what a 2nd place winning stringer looks like! Chad York and Jason Horton nearly won the tournament, less than an ounce seperated them from the win with 24.12 lbs.

3rd - Philip Crelia holds up the 3rd place, 22.17 lb stringer for he and Dennis Permentor.

Bud Light Trail continued on P. 6

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Bud Light Trail continued from P. 5
3rd place was won by Philip Crelia and Dennis Permentor with a 22.17 lb limit. “Man, it was windy!” Philip began. “We ran around a good bit today, fishing the grass with ½ ounce traps. We fished everything from the backs of creeks to main lake points in 2’ to 8’ of water.” Their day started out slow, but kept getting better as the day wore on. “We didn’t start catching anything until around 9:30, but got a limit put together pretty quick after that then we culled all day. During the last hour we probably caught 40 fish.” The team would like to thank Hometown Tackle & Marine in Center, TX and Legend Boats for their support.
BB - Chad York caught the biggest bass of the day weighing 7.33 lbs. It helped to anchor the 2nd place win for him and partner Jason Horton.

TOP TEAMS:

1st - 24.20 lbs Albert Collins & Harold Allen 2nd - 24.12 lbs Jason Horton & Chad York 3rd - 22.17 lbs Dennis Permentor & Philip Crelia 4th - 20.79 lbs Bud Pruitt & Eddie Stagg 5th - 19.98 lbs Bob Vote & Andy Vote

6th - 18.55 lbs Sam Creel & Joel James 7th - 17.61 lbs Tommy Dickerson & John Dickerson 8th - 17.44 lbs Ronald Risenhoover & Charles Ford 9th - 17.12 lbs Stan Burgay & Steve Burgay 10th - 16.89 lbs John Armstrong & John Anderson

Big Bass - 7.33 lbs Jason Horton & Chad York

January 29th will be the final Fall Season event for this region on Sam Rayburn. The action does not stop there! On February 27, the Premier Division will kick off with five season events through June. Through that series, participants can qualify for four championships, plus the state championship which will be held on Sam Rayburn. For more information, check their ad in The Lakecaster or click to www.USABassTrails.com

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Aquatic Invasive Species in Texas
By Dan Ashe, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Problematic invasive species should be viewed as biological pollution. Invasive species can be detrimental to other plants and animals and cost millions of dollars to control. As people become more mobile and resources from all over the world become more and more available, the incidence of invasive species increases. As a natural resources manager, I am careful to not immediately lump all invasive or non-native species into a “bad” or “good” category. In dealing with reservoir fisheries I can certainly see benefits associated with hydrilla, a non-native plant from South America. It provides habitat in an altered ecosystem where it is difficult to establish native aquatic plants that evolved in rivers and protected bayous in sufficient quantity to affect fish populations in an exposed lake. This is not to say hydrilla is always beneficial, as one must look for both pros and cons at individual lakes. Hydrilla can be very problematic in shallow lakes and those with high residential shoreline development. However, there are two invasive species that have recently invaded Texas waters that provide absolutely no benefits – giant salvinia and zebra mussels. Everyone should be aware of these species and take part in ensuring that their spread is kept to a minimum. Giant salvinia is now established with no hope of ever completely eradicating it in several of Texas’s premiere lakes,

including Toledo Bend, Sam Rayburn, and Conroe. It is also present in many other areas. Giant salvinia is a floating aquatic fern floating originally from Southern Brazil and is undoubtedly the most problematic aquatic plant in all of Texas. Infestations can expand rapidly, with coverage capable of doubling in a week under ideal circumstances. This plant was first first discovered in the state less than 12 years ago and has since that time fouled thousands of acres of fishing fishing and hunting areas as well as cost millions of dollars so far to simply control it. Giant salvinia can be distinguished from its close relative common salvinia by looking at its leaf hairs. Leaf hairs on giant salvinia are split four ways at their tip and then come back together to form an egg beater shape, whereas the leaf hairs on common salvinia do not come back together. A magnifying glass is needed for a positive identification. Giant identification. salvinia can form dense mats on the water surface that inhibit fishing, swimming, boating, and other water activities. These mats can also block sunlight from penetrating the water column, thus inhibiting other aquatic vegetation to grow. Giant salvinia is free floating so it can spread throughout a lake relatively easily through wind and wave action. Also, since it does not grow in the water column it provides no beneficial habitat to fish. Although it’s illegal to transport, giant salvinia spreads from one lake to another on boat trailers. Fishermen are encouraged and by law required to clean their trailers and boats of any and all prohibited aquatic vegetation before leaving the boat launch area. Zebra mussels were first discovered in Lake St. Clair, a small waterbody connecting Lakes Huron and Erie in 1988. They are originally from Europe and it is suspected they were transported to the United States via bilge water in cargo ships. Zebra mussels were first discovered in Texas in 2006 by an alert Game Warden on a boat from another state

at Lake Texoma. In 2009, live adult zebra mussels were found in Lake Texoma and there is good reason to suspect that they are in Lake Lavon as well. There is serious concern they can spread throughout the Red and Trinity River watersheds. Zebra mussels multiply rapidly and can block water treatment plant pipes. They can also be detrimental to fish, bird, and other native mussel populations. Zebra mussels will attach to just about anything in the water and can restrict water inflow pipes, foul swimming beaches, damage boat engine cooling systems, and cause navigation buoys to sink. Once zebra mussels are established they are impossible to eradicate with current technology. The costs associated with control vary, but for many water treatment plants costs average in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Boaters and fishermen can help slow the spread of zebra mussels by practicing the following steps when leaving any waterbody suspected of having them present: • Inspect the boat and trailer and remove any foreign objects found. • Drain all water from the boat including the bilge, engine, livewells, and bait buckets. • Wash the boat and trailer at a commercial car wash with high pressure, hot soapy water. Hot water will kill the zebra mussel larvae and when the water from the carwash goes through a water treatment plant the process should kill any remaining mussels. • Open all compartments and livewells and allow the boat and trailer to dry before going to another waterbody. As always, if you should have any questions concerning this article or have any other fishery questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at dan.ashe@tpwd.state.tx.us or call me at 409-384-9572. Good Luck and Good Fishing!

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Boaters: Learn from Last Year’s Freeze!
After last winter’s harsh record low freezing temperatures, Boaters should not wait this year to winterize their boats.
The icy blast of arctic air that pushed freezing temperatures across the area last winter left a wake of damage in its path. No one felt it more in their pocket books than some local boat owners. Local boat dealers this year report seeing a huge increase in damage to boat motors caused by last winter’s freeze. With this increased volume of boats needing engine replacements and major repairs, local service departments became backed up. Since a large number of these problems were not discovered by boat owners till late spring, many missed out on this year’s best boating months. “Due to the long duration of the sub freezing temperatures earlier this year, many boats that had previously been unharmed through the winter months experienced major freeze damage” said Chris Knight of H&W Marine. “The results of freeze damage on a marine motor are very costly to repair. This major expense and inconvenience is easily preventable with proper winterization of your boat. Unfortunately, people tend to put off this important preventive maintenance and once we have our first hard freeze; it could be too late!” Marine engines are liquid cooled by water taken in from the lake. A certain amount of this water is left in the cooling system after use. With sustained freezing temperatures the water in the engine expands to nearly twice the volume it was as a liquid. Many of the cavities in the motor that contain this water, like the exhaust manifold and engine block, will end up cracking and causing non-repairable damage that will require replacement of these expensive components. This is similar to what can happen to unwrapped pipes on your house during a freeze. Whether you store your boat on a trailer or in a boat house, winterization is a crucial step in the care of your boat. Boat winterization is best done by the professionals. This process usually includes stabilizing the fuel, an ethanol protectant, changing the gear oil, disconnecting the necessary electrical, cylinder lubrication, an engine freeze guard and some type of winter corrosion protection. A proper winter storage cover and applying an interior moisture inhibitor with mildew protection is also recommended. Some dealers will even include complimentary De-Winterization when spring rolls around. Taking this protective measure will not only save you time and money, it will also assure your boat will greet you with a happy face when warm weather welcomes you again.

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Sobczak & Garrie win Bass N Bucks Season Opener with over 28 pounds
by Patty Lenderman / The Lakecaster

Out of the woods and back onto the lake for the first event of the Bass N Bucks 2011 season December 4, 2010 on Sam Rayburn. Lots of heavy limits and several big kickers were caught as well as a few “you should have seen the one that got away” scenarios. Casey Sobczak and Jonathan Garrie blew the field away, winning the tournament with a 28.24 lb limit. Lake levels on Sam Rayburn still show to be around 8’ low, making many points and contours easy to see and channeling the fish to easy to find areas. The bite was on, as many reported having a five fish limit in their livewells within the first hour of fishing. The day was gorgeous with mild temps and gentle ENE winds with occasional gusts. 1st place team Kasey Sobczaak & Jonathan Garrie were using a prototype lure from 6th Sense Lures. Going to several spots, concentrating on bare ridges in 10-18’, they started catching right away. “Within the first 20 minutes, we had five fish in the livewell that probably weighed around 21 pounds,” the team reported. Among them was their 7.26 lb kicker. “We hit a lot of spots and caught a lot of fish throughout the day, but only culled three times.” Those culls pushed their weight to 28.24 lbs, winning the tournament. “It just all went right for us. We had a great day.” Bass N Bucks presented them with $8,000 for their win. They would like to thank their sponsors 6th Sense Custom Tackle, Costa Del Mar and Custom Angle Rods. When Bill Rogers and John Walker brought their limit to the scales, they nudged into 2nd place with their 24.61 lb limit. “We worked hard today. We fished in all depths with spinnerbaits, spooks, and Carolina rigged flukes.” They had an early limit, but it was small – less than 10 pounds. “We had started out shallow, but after

Jonathan Garrie and Casey Sobczak won the Season Opener and gets a little help to hold up their winning 28.24 lb stringer from Dave Concienne

boating those five we headed to deeper water.” They not only culled those five, but the next five after that! “There was one three pounder in the well that we just couldn’t cull.” Their best bait of the day was a chartreuse/white double willow Mr. Blitz spinnerbait. The team was awarded a check for $4,000 and would like to thank Advertising

Visuals and Mr. Blitz for their support. Rodney Dotson and Eddie Stagg had held the 2nd place spot until Rogers & Walker came in with 22.19 lbs, ultimately taking 3rd place for the day. Their different fishing styles resulted in catching

Bass N Bucks continued on P. 11

John Walker and Bill Rogers show the biggest of their 2nd place limit weighing 24.61 lbs

Ultimately taking a 3rd place win, Rodney Dotson & Eddie Stagg weighed in a nice 22.19 lb limit

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Bass N Bucks continued from P. 9 TOP TEAMS:

1st - $8,000 - 28.24 lbs Casey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie 2nd - $4,000 - 24.61 lbs Bill Rogers & John Walker 3rd - $3,000 - 22.19 lbs Rodney Dotson & Eddie Stagg 4th - $2,000+ - 21.52 lbs Ben Matsubu & Bobby Waltermeyer 5th - $1,700+ - 21.10 lbs Tyler Bearden & Tommy Dickerson 6th - $1,200 - 19.99 lbs Chuck Salter & John Frazier

7th - $1,000 - 19.95 lbs Todd Castledine & Brent Broussard 8th - $1,000 - 19.26 lbs Travis Moore & James Coleman 9th - $1,000 - 19.16 lbs Jason Hanks & Steven Moorhead 10th - $1,000 - 19.04 lbs Darren Wiggins & David Koonce …….and last in the awards…… 25th - $500 GC - 15.56 lbs Bill Hudspeth & Ricky Potts (Showtime Signs Gift Certificate)

Tyler Beardon had more than one big bass to show, the biggest weighed 9.24 lbs taking Big Bass for the tournament and anchoring the 5th place win for he and partner Tommy Dickerson

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four limits of fish by 1:00 for a continuous cull all day. Fishing shallow ditches, around 4’ deep in the backs of coves, their baits included Senko’s rigged wacky style, rattle traps and chatter baits. The spot they picked was loaded with fish and stayed in that same area all day. Bass N Bucks presented them with a $3,000 check and they would like to thank Needmore Tackle for their support. There were a lot of bass pushing the 8 pound mark registered on the scales, but Tyler Bearden caught the biggest of the day fishing with Tommy Dickerson weighing 9.24 pounds. He had targeted a long point that dropped off to 25’. Using a Carolina rigged fluke, on his 5th cast he felt a small tick. “I

didn’t know it was so big when it first bit. After I set the hook, she started pulling drag.” At that point he knew she had some size to her, but still didn’t realize how big it was. “Once I got her coming in some, she jumped – that’s when I saw she was just barely hooked.” Carefully, he worked her to the boat and got her secured in the livewell. The team won $1,000 for Big Bass to add to their 5th place winnings of $1,700. “I’d like to thank my partner Tommy, my wife Ashley for all of her support and my family. Our new baby boy was just born last week. This has been a very good Thanksgiving and Christmas for us.”

Bobby Waltermeyer won an additional $250 from Cabela’s fishing with partner Ben Matsubu

Congratulations to Bass N Bucks top winners: (1st) Kasey Sobczak & Jonathan Garrie; (2nd) Bill Rogers & John Walker; (3rd) Rodney Dotson & Eddie Stagg; (BB) Tyler Bearden, flanked by Tournament Director Dave Concienne

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Snipe Hunting: are you serious?
By Robert Baker TPWD

I don’t remember how old I was (elementary school age) when I went on my first snipe hunt, but I recall coming out smelling like a rose. I, along with several others, was given a grocery bag (paper) and told to squat down in the bushes along a trail. The bag was to catch the snipe as the other group chased them out of the bushes. The idea of this was that the “chasers” would make some noise in the bushes like they were trying to chase something and then go back to camp leaving the “baggers” out in the woods. Lucky for me I heard the camp cook yelling that a cobbler was ready and headed back to camp (actually got back before some of the “chasers”). Some of the others were not as lucky. I came out of that experience thinking there was no such thing as a snipe. There actually is a bird called the common snipe and they are found in Texas. The common snipe (Gallinago gallinago) is a migratory bird that winters in Texas. It is often found along wetland areas. The bird is a dove sized white bird with brown markings that enable it to blend in very well to the shoreline habitat that it uses. It has a long slender beak that it uses to catch insects. The bird when flushed flies very fast and erratic making it a challenge for even the best wing

shooter. The snipe breeds in the North primarily in Canada and Alaska. They build a nest on the ground and build it up so that the eggs are several inches off of the ground. The nest is built in plain view under a bush but blends in perfectly with the surrounding environment. The female then normally lays 4 eggs in the nest. The male and female both share in incubation of the eggs which hatch in 18 to 20 days. The young leave the nest soon after hatching for tall grass habitat relying on the ability to blend in to protect them. Snipe feed by wading along the water’s edge catching bugs in the soft mud. They catch food by probing the soft mud with their long narrow bill. Food of choice for the snipe are worms and bug larvae.

Hunting of this bird was very popular in the early to mid twentieth century, especially in the Northern U.S. and Canada. The birds were plentiful and hunters could harvest large numbers of birds. For instance, James J. Pringle (Southern Gentleman) harvested 69,087 snipe in the period of 1867 to 1887 at his favorite hunting hole in Southwestern Louisiana near Bayou Teche. Another example is Captain Bogardus (a famous exhibition shooter) who shot 340 snipe in one day during a hunt in Illinois. Snipe populations do not allow for these large numbers to be harvested anymore, but hunts can still be very challenging and fun. To hunt in Texas a hunter will need a hunting license, HIP (Harvest Information Program) certification, and the migratory game bird stamp. The shotgun must be plugged to hold no more than three shells. Lead ammunition can be used and the hunter is allowed 8 per day. The hunting season for snipe is from October 30, 2010 until February 13, 2011. The common snipe is a real bird and there is a hunting season on them in Texas. So don’t get stuck holding the bag. Grab a hunting buddy and go snipe hunting. Life is more fun outside.

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January 2011 • Lakecaster • 14

Avoiding Hypothermia
By Dennis Rice

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This article was published a couple of years ago but is worth running again. Too many times we, as outdoorsmen and women, forget the important safety procedures we need to follow especially during the cold winter months. Remember it only takes a second to change or end your life when water and cold weather mix. Recently a friend of mine was fishing on Kerr Lake located in the eastern part of Oklahoma when the wind picked up to a level making the lake unsafe. Before he and his fishing partner new it, they were in trouble. Water started coming over the back of their boat and in just a few short minutes they were in some very frigid water. The air temperature had been below freezing for several days putting the temperature of the water surface right at freezing. Within minutes they would have been another statistic had they not been aware of what was happening. Fortunately they were able to make it to the shore and summon help giving them the chance they needed to survive. This happens too many times where the people never had a chance. Whether it was because of their lack of knowledge and inexperience on the water or because they were too far from shore. In all cases if they had been wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) they would have had a better chance of making it to safety. As spring draws near there will be times when we are out on the lake fishing our favorite catfish hole and we forget some of the basic rules for cold weather. In the early part of spring there will be days when the temperature will be in the 60’s or low 70’s giving us a feeling of comfort putting us at a greater risk of bodily harm from hypothermia. The water temperature will still be in the 30’s or maybe even the 50’s. A storm can roll in or you may even have boat problems and if you’re not prepared it could cost you everything including your life. Your normal body temperature is usually right around 98.6• F. With hypothermia your body fails to maintain a normal temperature and you will have an internal body temperature of 95• F or lower, at this point your life is starting to be endangered

and you need medical attention immediately. Because your body will lose its heating ability faster in water, hypothermia will set in faster giving you just a few short minutes to get out of the water and into dry clothes. The water temperature doesn’t have to be icy cold to cause hypothermia to set in; any water which is colder than your body temperature will cause hypothermia if you are in it long enough. However, if you are in water which has a temperature of 32• or less, within 15 minutes you will either be exhausted to the point where you can no longer help yourself or you will be unconscious. Last year about this time while fishing with my son, he fell into the water when he was trying to get the landing net for a fish I had hooked. The first thing I had him do once I got him back into the boat was to take off his wet clothes and put on a dry pair of coveralls. It is always a good practice to carry extra clothes including socks and shoes with you on your boat. If you or your fishing partner falls in and there isn’t anything dry to change into your battle has just began. Now you have wet clothes, cold air temperature and now the wind comes into effect. With this combination you are in real trouble. Evaporation of the water from your skin further cools your body, dropping your internal temperature. A wind blowing over the wet parts of your body and clothes greatly increases evaporation and cooling. Hypothermia usually comes on gradually and often people aren’t aware they are in need of medical attention. Common signs to look for are shivering, which is your body’s attempt to generate heat, slurred speech, cold pale skin, an abnormally slow rate of breathing and fatigue, lethargy or apathy. The severity of hypothermia can vary depending on how low your body temperature gets. If it gets low enough it will eventually lead to cardiac and respiratory failure then death. When I was stationed in Alaska we had to go through special training for the arctic regions and one of the things we were taught was to never unbutton your coat when you feel hot. People would be out hunting or fishing

or maybe just walking through the snow and they would begin to warm up, they would sit down and unbutton their coat and the cold air would hit their body and within a minute or two they would pass out from hypothermia and the end result was almost always death. Whether in Alaska or Texas or Louisiana, I have found this to be excellent advice. Seek immediate medical attention for anyone who appears to have hypothermia. DO NOT apply direct heat to them. DO NOT use warm water or a heating pad to warm the victim and DO NOT apply heat to the extremities; this will force cold blood back toward the heart, lungs and brain causing the core body temperature to drop. Remember YOU are YOUR first line of defense: DO keep dry clothes in your boat to include shoes and socks. DO remove ALL wet clothes and put on dry clothing. DO let someone know where you will be fishing and when you will be home. DO keep and eye on the weather and other conditions surrounding you to include other boaters. DO get the hypothermic person out of the cold. DO keep water proof matches or some other device to start a fire in the event something should happen. DO remember the water doesn’t have to be at or below freezing to cause hypothermia. With these few DO’s and DO NOT’s you strand a better chance of making it in cold weather making your fishing better. I have a saying I would like to share with you when it comes to weather; “If in doubt, DON’T go out” I have found this to be a good rule of thumb and it helps ME keep ME safe.

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By Jim Binns

Things We Did In 2010 That We Will Not Do In 2011
that the fish are biting • Assume that I have air in my trailer spare tire • Forget to plug in my boat battery charger • Listen to rumors of fish being caught 20 miles away - and then make a dry run anyway • Buy every new lure I see marketed by those smiling anglers on television • Think that all of the winning stringers are being caught on the other side of the lake • Believe any fishing reports unless they are from my mother … or perhaps my pastor • Believe the weatherman’s weekend forecast • Leave anything valuable in my boat when it sits in front of a restaurant or motel • Forget to take my cell phone and camera when I go fishing • Use light line when fishing in areas with lot’s of trees and heavy brush • Sit a steaming cup of coffee between my legs when I drive the boat • Forget and leave another buoy marker at one of my best fishing locations • Lock the keys to my towing vehicle … in my towing vehicle • Try to “trolling motor” through an area with many trotlines • Leave all of the snacks and drinks we were going to enjoy in the towing vehicle • Try to “front-end” the guy fishing in the back of the boat • Start getting really worried when I have not had a strike in four hours • Store plastic worms in boxes that dissolve when they come in contact with the plastic • Try to light a cigarette by shorting out a pair of pliers and screwdriver on the battery • Drop any more chain saws in the lake while cutting/ placing brush in sweet spots • Forget to take out my long rear boat light when motoring in areas of low timber • Accidentally hit the trolling motor switch when climbing over the front of the boat • Get a “bird-nest” on six consecutive rods while fishing at night • Assume that I know the area “like the back of my hand” when motoring at night • Leave the dock without a change of clothes and toilet paper stored in the boat • Assume that all of the fish my partner and I caught were removed from the livewell • Over-estimate the size and weight of the fish that I catch
I am sure that a few of you will have to worry about these issues. However, for most of us, these and other items made for some awkward and somewhat funny moments during 2010. And I did forget to mention one of the most important of the issues. ….

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Keeping Anglers Informed by pro guide, Joe Joslin
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Hello, Anglers. Is it cold enough for you? We have had some very cold weather and I am putting this report together and the weather forecast is saying a low of 25 degrees in the morning at daylight at my boat launch on The Bend. We just made arrangements to delay our start fishing time to 7:30 as temps should be above freezing by then. Update: Wishful thinking.... the temp reading on my Tundra said 27 degrees when I backed the boat in the water one late December morning. We did not see another boat on the lake all day and we fished until early afternoon. We caught a lot of bass that day. I am fortunate that I am not bothered very much by cold weather but I do have some of the best warm weather clothes available and they sure help keep you comfortable in some

tough weather situations. I have had numerous people over the years ask if fish really bite when it is this cold? I sometimes ask “Do we stop eating in the winter? With Christmas meals fresh on my mind I can safely say....”No, I don’t think so”. Yes, it is true that fish are cold blooded creatures and while they do not eat as often in cold conditions, they still feed. In addition, presentations of lures this time of year often have to be adapted to fish being less active and can be the difference of catching very little or having a great day. Fishing slower is often the key to getting a cold-water bass to bite and there have been days where, in order to catch a fish, you just cast your soft plastic worm, let it sink and never move it. For this technique, I hold my rod at 1 or 2 o’clock position in order to feel a bite/tap and during cold conditions these can be very light. This technique is known as “dead sticking”. There are other techniques which also can be productive in cold weather and as many of you know a couple of my favorites include the jigging spoon and drop shot. These along with DD22s, Rat-L-Traps, Stanley RV Sites - Motel Rooms - Waterfront Cabins - Boat Launch - Boat Slips Swim Max Jigs and Vibrashaft Live Bait – Sandy Beaches – Marina Store – Gas on the Water spinnerbaits keep my rods Complimentary Coffee and WI-FI occupied most of the winter. PRODUCTS THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE IN 2010

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Largemouth Bass Palmetto Bass White Bass Yellow Bass Spotted Bass Bluegill Smallmouth Buffalo Common Carp Blue Catfish Channel Catfish Black Crappie White Crappie Freshwater Drum Alligator Gar Longear Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Warmouth Sunfish, Other Hybrid
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Brandon Adams Nicholas Montano Hunter Muncrief Logan O’Dell Susan Muncrief Tyler Hutchison No Record No Record No Record Hunter Muncrief Ross Brusenhan Jordan Stoyanov Hunter Muncrief Ariel Drewery Travis Ellington Hunter Muncrief Blane Morrow No Record
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11.48 lbs -----2.24 lbs 0.82 lbs ----0.85 lbs 49.84 lbs 23.87 lbs 10.62 lbs 2.44 lbs 1.94 lbs 2.02 lbs ------------0.88 lbs ----0.75 lbs

Dylan Lyons No Record Dylan Lyons Dylan Lyons No Record Kevin Johnson Heather Taber Ben Rumery Ross Leavins Gage Shepherd Dylan Lyons Nicholas Hirsch No Record No Record No Record Gage Shepherd No Record Gage Shepherd

March 6, 2007 ----May 12, 2008 November 25, 2007 ----April 10, 2006 July 14, 2009 March 21, 2008 March 9, 2009 July 1, 2010 February 28, 2008 August 18, 2007 ------------July 5, 2010 ----July 4, 2010

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Happy New Year Lynn Atkinson cell 979-220-0251

The New Year is here and with it comes a new fishing season for everyone. This could be the year for you to catch that trophy bass. You’ll never know sitting at home all the time dreaming of catching all those fish. Grab some gear and get out there. Now the water is cold and that keeps it a little cooler on the water. Make sure you have plenty of warm clothes and a change of clothes in a watertight bag, just in case. Hyperthermia can set in very fast if you happen to fall in the water. January can be tough but it can also be very rewarding. There is a chance of catching a trophy fish coming up and looking for a place to spawn. These big fish will come up when the weather turns warm for a few days. Then they move back with the next front. That’s what makes this time of year so good for catching a trophy fish. There will be some males running the shallows looking for nesting areas on the warmer days. Some will be starting to use staging areas as they move up. Finding one of these spots can be a lot of fun as these fish will be moving back and fourth. Most

the fish up shallow will be a little spooky and may be hard to get to bite. You can bet there are some close by that will. Lots of baits come to mind. The most talked about is the Rat-L-Trap for covering a lot of water and catching a lot of big fish. Get some new line on, grab a few new baits and get out on the lake and catch some fish. The Stanley Spinner Bait is also a good bait to throw when the grass is right at the surface. White and Chartreuse are just two of the colors that I start with. I also like to drop them off the edge at times. You might want to hang on as I have had a few fish almost pull the rod out of my hands. Look for some fish to head to the points and drains as they move toward the spawning grounds. The Crappie will be up the rivers for the most part till early spring. Then they will make their move back down the rivers to look for spawning grounds. Not to say you can’t catch a few around the bridges or tight to a few brush piles. If you’re wanting to get out of the house and catch a few fish, go for it. We have a pontoon boat that can handle up to 8 Crappie anglers.

I want to thank a few of the bait shops in the area for their support and continuing to stay up with all the new baits that pop up. These shops have saved my bacon several times when I needed something fast. Think about them when you need some baits or a new rod. These guys and gals in the shop keep their ears to the ground and hear a lot about baits and tricks that are working. Stop by and catching up on the gossip and pick up some of the hot baits the fish have been biting on this week. Can’t hurt and sometimes it can really help. If you don’t think that’s a job just stop by one of the shops and look at all the baits on the walls. If you don’t see what you want ask about it. Most the time they can get it for you. Thanks to “Bass Strike Tackle” Located downtown Zavalla,” Tri Lake Tackle” on 69, South of Lufkin,“Needmore Tackle” on 255, just down from the Stump Restaurant and” Ann’s Tackle” on 96, just north of Jasper. We all need to say thanks to The Lakecaster and the crew down there for all of their hard work and dedication. Happy New Year

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make for great eating too. If you’d like to go on a run with us give us a call. NOW LET”S FISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Bass are hemmed up and from the way the Bud Lite Tournament went they are real easy to catch and were big ones. The Rat-L-Traps, Stanley Spinner Baits, and the good ole crank baits are doing great. Big worms Texas rigged and the Carolina rig will get you a bite. Folks please if you see anyone catching large numbers of bass and keeping them please report them to your local Game Warden. With the water low as it is we have to look out for the bass as best we can. The crappie are starting up the big creeks and rivers now. River bends and ledges are the best bet to catch some nice fish. Big jigs, road runners and there is a new jig called Slab Daddy by Blakemore that I really like. No reports on Cat fish right now. You all know it’s this time of the year we all give thanks for the good we have had the past year. We here at Tejas Guide service would like to thank everyone who fished and hunted with us this past year and look forward to making new friends in 2011. Happy New Year from Jan and I, Tiger Creek Lodge and 3S Ranch. Please remember if we can help just call.

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Happy New Year everyone! You know all in all 2010 was a good year. Lots of new projects, revamping existing businesses and building brand new ones. Although the water is low we have had some good fishing and of coarse we all hope the lake will fill up before spring. Hunting season is about over and we heard of some really large deer being harvested right here in East Texas. Most of youknowIdoalotofworkonthe3Shunting ranch. If you’re looking to have the hunt of a life time give me a call 409.381.1397 and I can fix you up. It’s about time for the White Bass run. They’re a lot of fun to catch and

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REGION 1 - SPRING TEAM ($160 Entry Fee)

Shreveport Division
Toledo Bend (S TB State Park) Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 19 Red River (River Bend Marina) Apr 23, May 28

REGION 1 PREMIER TEAM ($300 Entry Fee)
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Rayburn Division

Longview Division
Bob Sandlin (Barefoot Marina) Feb 12, Mar 5 Lake O’ the Pines (Johnson Park) Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11

Region 1 Tour Division
Bob Sandlin (Barefoot) - Mar 5 Lake Tyler (*Gand Mtn) - Mar 20 Pines (Johnson) - Apr 9 Tawakoni (City Park) - Apr 16 Lake Palestine (Kiloland) - May 29

Palestine Division
Lake Tyler (*Gand Mtn - Tyler) Feb 6, Mar 20, Apr 17 Lake Palestine (Kiloland) May 29, Jun 12

Commerce Division
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JANUARY 2011 • LAKECASTER • 28

Area Club Updates
October is the last month of our fishing season. The point standings for the year were pretty close up to the very end! Tammy Davis won this month’s tournament with 5 fish weighing 11.02 lbs. Tammy also had big bass of the tournament with a 3.97 pounder. Wayne Moran The Final Point Standings came in 2nd with 10.28 lbs. Calvin Tarver came for the year in 3rd with 8.83. Tim Braud 103.61 (Our 2 alternates finishing 7th and 8th for the Wayne Moran 101.81 year are BJ Shoemaker and Dave Laborde) Keith Jenschke 89.84 Anyone wishing to join the Sabine Bass Club Tammy Davis 82.22 may log on to sabinebassclub.com for Layne LaCaze 72.21 more information and for the current standings and pictures. You may also contact Ty Cobbs 71.74 Ty Cobbs at 318 471-1391.

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Tammy Davis won tournament with limit of fish that weighted 11.02 lbs.

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Here are the results from the latest tournament. Many anglers reported a good day of fishing, but most of the fish were short. 1st place – George Aucoin and Hunter Aucoin – 17.57#; in a tournament that not many teams broke in to double digits, George and Hunter stole the show with 2 double digit sacks each! George’s 10.96# and Hunter’s 13.87# put them ahead of the rest of the crowd. They had a few 3-4# fish, with the biggest being Hunter’s 5.20# bass. Rumor is Hunter wielded the jig to put together his sack. 2nd place – Chester Sams and Bryan Lohr – 15.76#; they led the standings going into the Saturday tournament, and no one really thought anybody would beat them. Chester’s 6.38# bass contributed to this second place sack, which also won him honors for the big bass of the tournament. 3rd place – Huey Martin and Barbara Martin – 12.51#; Barbara said she just couldn’t catch that 5th fish to make a limit, but her 9.85#, 4 fish sack still beat Huey’s limit of 8.95#. That 9.85# sack also propelled Barbara into the top ten standings of the club, so congrats to her! 4th place – Leslie Woodall and Troy Woodall – 11.5#; Leslie weighed in a limit and Troy weighed in two, but, one of Troy’s was a nice 4.19# bass. 1st place out of the money went to Forrest Erb and Morgan Terry, with 8.36#. The 2010 Port Arthur Refinery Bass Club Angler of the Year is LESLIE WOODALL! Leslie finished all alone in the 90# club, with a total weight of 95.34# for the year! Congratulations Leslie!

Port Arthur Refinery Bass Club

Congratulations to Clay Ivy for winning the 2010 Many Bass Club Championship Tournament. Clay Ivy won the November 20th tournament with a three fish limit weighing an impressive 14.40 lbs. Fishing shallow ledges in the Blue Lake area of Toledo Bend Reservoir his fish were caught using crank baits and plastic worms. Paul Hammontree finished in second place followed by Mike Smith in third place. Big Bass honors was also won by Ivy with a 7.15 lb lunker. Thanks is given to all those who gave their time and efforts to make this tournament a success. Special consideration is extended to Bo Dowden Real Estate, Johnny Jenkins Logging, Toledo Town & Tackle, Nichols Discount, Toledo Fiberglass & Big Star. The Many Bass Club Championship Tournament is an individual three fish tournament held annually out of Cypress Bend Marina. Restricted to club members only, the tournament is designed to recognize and reward the championship fishing skills of our members.

Many Bass Club Championship Tournament

Clay Ivy with trophy & Harvey Coward – Club President

Left to right – Mike Smith 3rd Place, Paul Hammontree 2nd Place & Clay Ivy Tournament winner.

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Chester Sams won Big Bass honors with his 6.38 lb bass.

Chester Sams and Bryan Lohr came in 2nd with their bag that weighed 15.76 lbs.

Many Bass Club’s December Tournament
Continuing his winning ways, Wayne Moran won the Many Bass Clubs’ December tournament with a five fish limit weighing 12.96 lbs. Fishing the Housen Bay area, Moran caught the winning stringer on rattle traps and crank baits. Bob Self finished in second place with a five fish limit weighing 12.79 lbs. Richard Pesson won third place with a five fish limit weighing 12.65 lbs. Mike Smith claimed big bass honors with a 5.37 lb lunker.
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2010 tournament year has ended for the Many Bass Club. Congratulations to Boyd Sanders our Angler of the Year recipient and each of the remaining top six anglers. Weighing 50 fish over the year, Sanders averaged over 10 lbs weight for each tournament fished. One of the best fisherman in the area, Sanders will Captain the Many Bass Club’s Top-Six team in March.
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January 2011 • Lakecaster • 30

Knots
Double uni Knot
Start To start, overlap the ends of two similar diameter lines for about 6” inches.

loop Knot
Step 1 To start, tie a loose overhand knot using about 10” inches of working end protruding through the knot. It’s OK to use more line if needed. Step 2 Feed the working end through the eye of the lure or hook.

Step 1 Take one end and form a loop, leaving about 8” inches of working end extending beyond the loop. Step 2 Tie a loose uni-knot, making six (6) turns around the towlines and leave the loop open. Step 3 Feed the tag end through the open loop, and then pull it…

Step 3 Then feed the working end back through the overhand knot. Adjust the first loop to desired size. Step 4 Make a second overhand knot around the standing part of the line just past the first knot. Step 5 Finish by tightening each of the two individual knots…

Step 4 …to form a snug tight knot around the line.

Step 5 Repeat steps 1, 2 & 3 in the same order, to form a snug tight knot with the other line. Step 6 Cinch up both knots -- by pulling the two standing lines in opposite directions -- to slide the knots snugly together. Step 7 Trim the ends close to nearest knot and you’re done!

Step 6 …then slide them together snug, against the eye of the lure or hook, and your done!

tRilene Knot
1. Run the end of line through eye of hook or lure and double back through the eye a second time.

iMpRoVeD blooD Knot
The Improved Blood Knot is used for tying two pieces of monofilament together of relatively equal diameters. 1. Overlap the ends of your two strands that are to be joined. Twist them together about 10 turns.

2. Loop around the standing part of line 5 or 6 times.

2. Separate one of the center twists and thrust the two ends through the space as shown.

3. Thread the tag end back between the eye and the coils as shown.

3. Pull the knot together and trim off the short ends.

4. Pull up tight and trim the tag end

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Toledo Bend Fishing Forecast
creeks. Once they get into water over thirty feet a 1/32 oz jig can sometimes be more productive than shiners. Either drop your own brush or look for natural cover where the Crappie will bunch up. The limit is fifty per person. Remember for the months of December, January and February you are required to keep all the Crappie you catch (no minimum length). The White bass will feeding heavy and holding on the north end old river channel sand-bars waiting to move into the river proper. Concentrate on the south inside bend of the bars with slab spoons and tail spinners. Use your electronics to locate the bait- fish. In January the water temperature usually drops to the lower fifties and forties moving the Black bass into deep water. Their metabolism slows down and they become less active, feeding less and conserving energy. The easiest way to locate the bass is to locate the bait- fish. Look for balls of shad on your LCR in deep creeks, sloughs and along the river channel. When you locate the shad the bass are usually underneath just off the bottom or suspended. If the bass are on the bottom, they will orient themselves close to some type of structure, brush- tops, lay-downs, stumps, ledges, drops or humps. A jig, jigging spoon, Texas rigged plastic or drop-shot rig fished vertically can be very affective in triggering a strike. If the bass are suspended, a fluttering spoon or tail spinner cast out and counted down and retrieved with a pumping motion can also trigger a strike. Once the fish have moved into deep water, the strong northern fronts don’t affect them as much as they do when the fish are in shallow water. Remember when fishing cold water down size your lures and fish slowly.

TOLEDO BEND LAKE FISHING REPORT
Lake level information updated daily at www.lakecaster.com Lake levels as of 12/21/10 (163.68') Normal pool level (172. 00') For lake level updates and generation schedules, call 318-256-4114.

Going into January the lake is still 7ft below high pool. Unless we get an unusually large amount of rain we should expect to be fishing these low conditions through the month. Caution should be used when running the lake. Go to Toledo-Bend.com for available boat ramps. Huxley Bay Marina has a deep water boat ramp. In January, most fisherman venture to Toledo Bend to harvest our world famous Crappie or to load up on the White Bass that are feeding heavy on the old river channel sand bars. The Crappie will start moving into deeper water along the old river channel and towards the end of the month usually will be found moving into the deeper

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braid on a medium action 7’ Temple Fork Outfitters rod paired with your favorite reel in 25’-32’ of water. As days warm, move to pointsnearspawningareasin12’-18’ofwaterandthrowaStrike King 6XD crank bait in black/red or blue/chartreuse colors on 12# triple fish fluorocarbon and a 7’6” Temple Fork Outfitters rod paired with a slow gear ratio reel like a 5.3:1 ratio.Make sure to always keep a black/blue jig tied on this time of year as well. And don’t forget the Kick N Bass. Crappie ~ Excellent. Lower water levels always means great action at the chicken coop. You should catch them good on minnows in 22’-32’ of water until the water temps hit the upper 50’s. Then the crappie will move towards backs of creeks to get ready and spawn, then go to blue/white or pink/white jigs around shallow brush in 8’ to 12’ of water. Brush piles along deep creeks are also producing if you don’t want to deal with the crowd at the coop. Catfish~Goodoverbaitedholesin22’-32’ofwateronCatfish Charlie dough bait and live carp or trot line minnows. Rig your catfish bait on a lighter weight for best results 1/4 oz. or less. White Bass ~ Good. You can find them along the old river on the north end of lake. Use a Humdinger tail spin in gold color. Later in the month the white bass will start the annual run up the river. Live crawfish and 1/4 oz. rattle traps will work best. ***I will be at the Outdoor Show in Dallas January 7-9, 2011 doing daily seminars. Come out and join us!*** Remember - If it tugs on the line...SET THE HOOK!!

Well, another year has come and gone. Hunting season is ending and most anglers are chomping to get back on the water. The big topic on Toledo Bend is the lower lake level. It’s due to the inspection of the dam back in September. But, all the boat ramps are open and in good shape. Some of the boat lanes a little tricky in the back areas but, all the main lake river lanes are good and clear. The lower water has fishing really good. So, bring your new gear and hit the water! BASS ~ Good.Start early with a Humdinger in green/white or a silver 3/4 oz. slab spoon fished on 30lb. Fins pink wind tamer

SOUTH TOLEDO BEND REPORT
By Pro Guide Joe Joslin, 30 Years Experience on Toledo Bend Joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com • Pg 337-463-3838 • 409-565-1288

It looks like we will go into 2011 with Toledo’s water level well below the average levels of early January. We have had an extremely dry summer, fall and early winter of 2010. Hopefully, by the time this report is published we will have had some meaningful rainfall. Currently, at press time, the lake is close to 164 feet which is 8 feet below full pool and about 6 feet below normal January levels. Fishing has been excellent for the past several months on The Bend and January shows promise to be the same. I know I will fish a lot of deep water on the southern part of the lake this month but with a rise in the lake and some mild weather, a portion of the fish

population could definitely move to shallow structure. However, there will be a lot of bass on deep ridges close to spawning grounds as well as on the bends of creeks. On the shallow patterns we will use Stanley’s new VibraWedge spinnerbait as well as their Swim Max Jig and target shoreline grass and hit points as well as drains and ditches as fish begin to think spawn. Of course, I will also have on a couple of original Bill Lewis Rat-L-Traps and mostly likely a Toledo Gold and Rayburn Red. I also like blue/silver and white crawfish trap colors. I will either rip the grass with these or yo yo them on the outside edge of grass. I also have a lot of faith in Bill Norman’s DLN, DD14 and DD22s worked on deep points and main lake ridges as well as the edge of major creeks. In addition, I have so much confidence in a TX rig on Toledo and choose Berkley’s 7 and 10 inch

Power Worms as well as a Trick Worm. I also suggest a Carolina rig with a creature bait such as Stanley Itsabug, Power Craw, Critter Craw and baby brush hog. We will work a Carolina rig in water from 15 to 30 feet, depending on weather conditions. Finally, there’s no doubt that I will have a 3/4 Jigging spoon on as well as a drop shot to head deep when things get tough in shallow and mid depth areas. Toledo Bend has produced some heavy weights in 2010 and 2011 ‘ain’t gonna be any different. God Bless...Good fishing! AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated outdoor columnist, tournament angler and pro guide on Toledo and Sam Rayburn. Contact him at 337-4633848 or joejoslinoutdoors@yahoo.com . and WEBSITE www.joejoslinoutdoors.com

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Henry Mcmillon kills first buck. This 8 point brute was taken by Henry on11/30 with his 30cal. m-1-carbine at 115 yards. After his initial shot knocked the deer down, a life-and-death, handto-hoof struggle insued, in which Henry finally wrestled the beast down after crossing two sloughs and swimming most of lake Steinhagen. The 10 year old suffered only minor cuts and bruises.

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Species Wt. Date Angler Method Bass, Largemouth 11.48 3-06-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bass, White 2.24 5-12-08 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bass, Yellow 0.82 11-25-07 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Bluegill 0.85 4-10-06 Kevin Johnson Rod & Reel Buffalo, Smallmouth 49.84 7-14-09 Heather Taylor Bow & Arrow Carp, Common 23.87 3-21-08 Ben Rumery Bow & Arrow Catfish, Blue 10.62 3-09-09 Ross Leavins Rod & Reel Catfish, Channel 2.44 7-01-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Crappie, Black 1.94 2-28-08 Dylan Lyons Rod & Reel Crappie, White 2.02 8-18-07 Nicholas Hirsch Rod & Reel Sunfish, Other Hybrid 0.75 7-05-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Sunfish, Redbreast 0.88 7-04-10 Gage Shepherd Rod & Reel Warmouth 0.68 5-21-10 Holly Berry Rod & Reel Records are kept and provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife in a newly formed cooperative relationship with Louisiana Parks & Wildlife. These records may change over the next several months as this cooperative effort evolves. The Lakecaster will strive to keep the most updated information available in each publication. SAM RAYBURN Jackson Hill Park Marina American Angler Powell Park Shirley Creek Sam Rayburn Marina Piney Point Store Tx Parks & Wildlife Brookeland/Sam Rayburn KOA 936-872-9266 936-872-3451 409-584-2624 936-854-2233 409-698-2696 409-698-2309 409-384-9572 409-698-3422 TOLEDO BEND Lowe’s Creek Park Mid Lake Kampground Holly Park Pendleton Harbor Marina Pleasure Bend Store Toledo Tackle Fin & Feather Resort Bass Haven Resort

Junior Angler Records for Toledo Bend

Species Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Yellow Bluegill Catfish, Channel Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Redbreast Warmouth

Junior Angler Records for Sam Rayburn
Wt. 11.57 2.95 1.12 2.18 0.71 0.71 1.63 2.12 1.58 0.89 192.00 0.10 0.45 0.40 Date 4-23-05 6-21-07 6-12-08 4-20-08 7-09-10 6-14-07 8-08-07 5-30-09 4-10-10 7-18-09 4-21-07 7-02-03 6-14-08 3-28-08

Species Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, White x Yellow Bass, Yellow Bluegill Bowfin Buffalo, Bigmouth Buffalo, Smallmouth Carp, Common Carp, Grass Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Gar, Spotted Pickerel, Redfin Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Other Hybrid Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Warmouth

All-Tackle Records for Toledo Bend
Wt. 15.32 15.81 3.40 33.22 4.40 0.22 1.66 0.86 19.00 75.00 84.76 26.81 53.50 84.00 7.94 97.50 4.00 2.88 31.50 181.00 8.00 0.66 0.33 0.75 0.88 0.80 1.09

Species Bass, Largemouth Bass, Palmetto Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, Yellow Bluegill Bowfin Buffalo, Bigmouth Buffalo, Smallmouth Bullhead, Black Bullhead, Yellow Carp, Common Carp, Grass Catfish, Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Flathead Crappie, Black Crappie, White Drum, Freshwater Gar, Alligator Gar, Longnose Pickerel, Redfin Shad, Gizzard Shiner, Blacktail Shiner, Golden Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Orangespotted Sunfish, Other Hybrid Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Warmouth

All-tackle records for Sam Rayburn
Wt. 16.80 11.58 5.50 4.75 1.24 0.75 10.13 65.00 84.00 1.46 2.51 27.00 84.00 83.50 12.32 84.06 2.15 2.94 6.20 244.50 41.00 0.55 0.24 0.04 0.07 0.30 .01 0.34 0.57 0.60 0.06 0.40

Current Lake Records
Date 5-31-97 4-06-05 2-14-87 7-17-10 4-19-07 4-28-08 10-23-95 8-02-05 8-17-05 2-17-07 5-27-97 4-18-04 5-08-08 1-15-01 6-13-05 3-17-03 5-01-07 3-28-95 3-24-07 8-04-05 6-01-02 4-06-09 6-02-06 5-07-06 5-07-06 6-04-02 6-05-06 6-17-06 4-10-05 3-05-06 6-09-07 3-28-08 Angler Tommy Shelton John Olive Curt E. Smith Marc Shaw Randall Bradfield Robert Biskamp Sr. Lewis Byers Keith Riehn Kevin LaForge Randall Bradfield Willis Francis Jr. Jim Welborn Scott Henslee Michael Crochet Gary Ritnour Donald Latham Ricky Ethridge Paul Burleson Randall Bradfield Keith Riehn Robbie Woods Douglas Wright Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Kenneth Thyssen Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Randall Bradfield Blane Morrow Angler Eric Weems Johnny Pritchett Larry Upshaw James Kent Jr. Lisle Brook Billy Autery Carl Gantt Robert Kinberger George E. Lord Joe Walker Miles McDaniel Steven Sallee Tontie Pennock Thomas Allcorn Clint Walker Otis L. Pleasant Hazel Bolton Geneva Daniels Freddie Keel Michael Hughes Larry McDowell Jr. Bill Ritzell Kenneth Thyssen Gage Shepherd Gage Shepherd Robert Prejean William Tawney Angler Brandon Adams Nicholas Montano Susan Muncrief Hunter Muncrief Logan O’Dell Tyler Hutchison Hunter Muncrief Ross Brusenhan Jordan Stoyanov Hunter Muncrief Ariel Drewery Travis Ellington Hunter Muncrief Blane Morrow Method Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Pole & Line Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Trotline Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Trotline Trotline Trotline Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Fly Rod Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Method Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Fly Rod Rod & Reel\ Rod & Reel Trotline Trotline Bow & Arrow Bow & Arrow Rod & Reel Trotline Rod & Reel Trotline Cane Pole Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Bow & Arrow Float Line Rod & Reel Fly Rod Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Method Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel Rod & Reel

Date 7-03-00 5-25-87 2-07-09 2-08-80 6-19-10 5-17-01 6-24-09 4-30-07 1-03-75 8-07-85 9-09-06 7-26-09 8-02-06 4-13-07 4-25-09 5-24-91 12-05-02 3-13-98 3-03-95 7-27-09 4-11-04 2-10-09 6-05-02 7-05-10 7-04-10 9-05-08 4-14-95

Certified Scale Locations

409-787-2600 409-625-4611 409-625-4424 409-625-4912 409-579-2203 318-256-5613 409-579-2056 318-286-9239

Williams’ Vacation Rentals Relax and Enjoy….
Cabin, Trailer, RV’s and spaces
For weekly or weekend rental Overlooking the Neches River Nestled in the Piney Woods only 2 ½ miles from Hwy 255, 12 miles From Sam Rayburn Dam. Boat parking, picnic area, fish cleaning station 30/50 amp hookups, Satellite TV

Coming in December! Now Open!!

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“The All New”
Offering great rates – call to make your reservation today!

409-384-4331 or 409-344-1506
williamsrentals10@yahoo.com

Pleasure Bend General Store
Corner of FM 3315 and Pleasure Bend Road

NISSAN OF 96 Bypass SILSBEE 3480 Highway
visit us on the web at www.silsbeenissan.com

409-579-2203

(409) 299-3221

Daily Lunch Specials Dine In or Out Call in Orders Welcome

NOW HERE!!!

xtra Charges Toppings No E All
113 Pleasure Bend Road Fairmount, TX 75948

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

Deli-Lunch specials, Plumbing and Hardware, Gas, Groceries, Live Bait, Beer, Fishing Tackle & More
We Now Have Certified Scales! Scott & Sharon Tangman

Smith & Barnhart Authorized

Retailer

Large Selection of AT&T Phones,
Equipment and Accessories
o Serve You Better 2 Locations t
(Intersection Hwy 96/190)

2011 Nissan Sentra 2.0S
$
$17999, 72 mo. 3.99% $2000 down & TT&L (-$1,500 Rebate Applied) $17,999, 72 mo. 3.99% $2,000 down & TT&L (-$1500 Rebate Applied)

Stk #10060

All New!

249/mo

2011 Nissan Juke
$
$21300, 72 mo. 3.99% $3000 down & TT&L $21,300, 72 mo. 3.99% $3,000 down & TT&L

Stk #10067

279/mo

323 E. Gibson Jasper, TX

409-384-7929

715 S. Magnolia Woodville, TX 409-283-2246

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Monday – Friday 9am-6pm • Saturday 10am-2pm

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4 Dr Crew Cab

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At the heart of Toledo Bend & Sam Rayburn Fishing Capitol of the World!

Sabine County Texas

BC
Lic. #39407

Making East Texas more beautiful one new home at a time!

"Big Ideas in Affordable Homes"
Your information source for Attractions • Events Lodging & Marinas Lake information and more!
Sabine County Chamber of Commerce
Hwy 87 N.• P.O. Box 717 Hemphill, TX 75948 generac.com Bill Temple - 936-676-8925 Celia Alvarez - 936-875-3734 2833-D Ted Trout Drive • Lufkin, TX 75904

CUSTOM HOMES

P&L Enterprise 626 County Road 200 Nacogdoches, TX 75965

936-554-5012

www.SabineCountyTexas.com

sabinecounty1@windstream.net

409-787-2732

RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL
• Automatic standby generators (8-150 KW) - Hands-free operation - Natural Gas or LP fueled - Works if you’re home or away • America’s most trusted brand • Sales, parts, service & maintenance • Factory trained representatives

24/7
POWER PROTECTION

Owners: Alan and Carrie Fitts

Toledo Bend Lake

Convenience Items • Hardware • Cabins RV Camping • Fishing Tackle • Live Bait Mobile Home Park • Fishing License • Propane

NEVER BE WITHOUT POWER AGAIN

GUIDE SERVICE AVAILABLE!

409-625-4611 • www.midlakecampground.com
Hwy 3121 @ Palo Gaucho Bayou • R 1 Box 960 • Hemphill, TX 75948

& Hwy 63 (Last Stop for Beer, Tackle & Fuel before Toledo Bend) Corner of Hwy 87

409-565-2253 • Owners: Alan & Brian Fitts
Bait • Tackle • Convenience Items Deli • Beer • Lotto • ATM • Shell Gas & Diesel Hardware Supplies

Burkeville Food Mart

NEW Pvt. concrete Boat Launch

$495,000

Todd Castledine’s Signature Series SM33
SM30 284G A457 A02AT SM33

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C293

500G

A010

A05

908G

The Strike Pro Flapjack has an incredible action. It’s vibration and sound draws fish in from great distances. The Strike Pro Flapjack can be ripped through the water, slow trolled or even jigged. The Flapjack features VMC 9650BN hooks and superior stainless steel split rings. The Strike Pro Flapjack is definitely a very versatile bait, and with Strike Pros world renowned paint finish, you can slap the hydrilla off of this lure without damaging the finish. Give one a try, you won’t be dissatisfied.

SPECS:

EG-128B, 2-9/16”, 1/2 oz, sinking lip less crankbait, 9650BN VMC hooks EG-128C, 2-15/16”, 3/4 oz, sinking lip less crankbait, 9650BN VMC hooks EG-128D, 3-9/16”, 1-1/8 oz, sinking lip less crankbait, 9650BN VMC hooks

www.StrikeProLures.com

409-938-7400

Join us on facebook

Find Strike Pro Lures at these area dealers: Tri Lakes Tackle (Lufkin) - Bass Strike Tackle (Zavalla) - Hales Tackle (Nacogdoches) - R-1 Bass (Beaumont) - Ann’s Tackle (Jasper) Gander Mountain (Beaumont)

January 2011 • Lakecaster • 44

The Lakes’ No. 1 Promotional Magazine

702 S. Wheeler, Jasper, TX 75951 409-384-3441
E-mail at plenderman@thelakecaster.com
Publisher: Jeff Reedy Managing Editor: Patty Lenderman Sales: Patty Lenderman Tammy Vaughn • Gay Norton Production: Houston Chronicle Contributing writers: Joe Joslin • Greg Crafts Jim Binns • Lynn Atkinson • Robert Baker Bill Fondren • Darrell Lyons Bill and Barbara Long • Dan Ashe Howard Elder • Todd Driscoll

THE LAKECASTER is published once monthly and is distributed throughout Lakes Sam Rayburn / Toledo Bend and surrounding areas, including Shreveport, Bossier City, Center, Dallas, Huxley, Shelbyville, Bronson, Milam, Hemphill, Burkeville, Leesville, Many, Zwolle, Converse, Lufkin, Newton, Kirbyville, Buna, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Jasper, Woodville, Beaumont, Orange, Bridge City, Lake Charles, Kingwood, Texas City, League City, Houston and Humble. THE LAKECASTER is also distributed at Boat, Sport and Trade Shows. The opinions expressed by the writers are theirs and theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent the view of THE LAKECASTER.

Do you have a lake oriented friend or family member that would like to keep abreast of the happenings on Lake Sam Rayburn or Lake Toledo Bend? Then why not have THE LAKECASTER mailed directly to their home every month? A GREAT GIFT FOR THAT SPECIAL PERSON! Only $35 for Sam Rayburn / Toledo Bend’s Lakecaster for 12 issues (charge is for postage). Just fill in the form below and mail it and a check to: THE LAKECASTER, 702 S. WHEELER, JASPER, TX 75951. Name

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Address City State ZIP

R1- BASS
K 'E M STICCOMPANY BAIT
“Don’t Trick 'Em, Stick 'Em”
Having problems with your reel? Bring it on in - Fast turnaround! We also offer Rod repair, Trolling Motor repair and we are your complete Tackle Store!

Strongest scents available! New Flavors!
6640 Eastex Frwy. (At Sears Bldg.) • Beaumont, TX 409-898-2277 • www.raywestman.com

Toledo Bend Pro Shop

409-625-0495
Hwy 21 on the TX side of Pendleton Bridge

SHAD WORM

Register at www.oakleybigbass.com Phone: 877.958.8687
Text the keyword conroe to 53318 for updates

The Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm gives anglers another reason to fish Gary Yamamoto Baits exclusively. Combining the elements of a ribbed Senko and a tiny shad-like bait, these finesse worms are an ideal choice for drop shotting and darter heading, but will work in your favor on most other applications. The Yamamoto Shad Shape Worms work great for changing up your presentation if the bite gets slow.

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Mail-in classifieds are $7.50 for up to 25 words, only 25 cents per word over thereafter. Use this form and mail to:

Many models & options to choose from! Featuring The Blue Bonnet

• Storage Buildings • Classrooms • Offices • Cabins

702 S. Wheeler, Jasper, TX 75951 409-384-3441 Deadline is 15th of each month. The perfect rustic, yet refined cabin, ready for you to relax and have fun! With a great open living space, this charming cabin comes loaded with extras. It is fully insulated for year round use, not to mention beautiful.

NO OPE W N! Boat, Motor, and Trailer Service All Outboard Services performed. We install power poles, GPS units, Side Image Units Pick up and Keel Guards, Trim Tabs, and Troll Motors ice Delivery Serv We do all Bass and Bay Boat rigging available Fiberglass, Gelcoating & Boat Restoration

Beaumont Boat Works

Chuck Salter & Shawn Morgan
3050 Rusk Beaumont, Texas 77702 (409) 383-4305 or (409) 926-8158
Come on by or give us a Call.........
BROKER AGENTS Villis P. Dowden Gladys Dowden Villis Dowden, Jr. Eason Dowden Dayna Yeldell 318-256-0585 409-625-4909 318-256-0557 12275 Texas Hwy. Many, LA 71449
Weekend Rentals www.toledo-bend.net/choicerentals

Quality Construction, Great Floor Plans Come by and see our Full Line today!

707 Southview Circle - Center, Texas

www.toledo-bend.net/realestate

LOCATED AT CYPRESS BEND RESORT

RENTAL AGENT FOR BAILEY BLUFF CONDOS
E-mail BoDowden@hotmail.com

WORK HOME FAX

936-598-8000
Or come by any of our other locations:
Lufkin - Beaumont - Baytown Dickinson - Caldwell - Jewett

Come see me!
Phil Hennigan

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UND THE LAKES ARO CLASSIFIEDS
RENTALS
FISHERMAN’S HOUSE — New 1-bedroom in Westwood, Sam Rayburn. One block to boat ramp & swimming area. Covered parking, satellite TV. Completely furnished. No pets and no smoking in house. Call 409-384-7645 or 409-489-2065 (Jan-11) THE FISH CAMP @ MILL CREEK, Sam Rayburn Lake – Located next to park. Older, but nice. Sleeps 6-8. Covered parking for 1 boat with electricity. Dish TV, fully furnished. Summer rate $70 per night. 409-698-2199 or 936-275-7879 (Feb 11) FISHERMAN’S VILLAGE LODGERV SITES & STORAGE — Fully furnished 4BR/2BA lodge with satellite TV & boat parking. Daily – Weekly – Monthly rates. 5518 Hwy 21 E, one mile from Pendleton Bridge. Book now for the 2011 Fishing Tournaments. 409-787-3138 w w w. F i s h e r m a n s V i l l a g e . u s (April-11) CABINS FOR RENT ON TOLEDO BEND. NEW 2 BEDROOM cottage in Beechwood III (Fairmount area). Fully furnished, boat ramp. Daily & Weekly rates - $85 per night Mon – Thurs, $100 per night Fri – Sun w/2 night minimum except holidays which is a 3 night minimum. 409-579-4336, 936-201-5528, 318-623-5413 or cooley1971@bellsouth.net (Jan-11)

SERVICES
DIVERSDEPOT.COM: “More than 15,000 Divers and Dive Instructors trained since 1974” We are a Career Development Center. Dorms on site - Heated Pool on site. We train year round. Turn your hobby into income. We train from beginner to Master Instructor. Your one stop shop to underwater. Bauer Compressor Distributor. We offer online educational programs for busy people. Salvage & Underwater services. 936. Log.Dive (564.3483 (Mar-11)

REAL ESTATE
TOLEDO BEND CAMP FOR SALE. LOUISIANA camp or home on water, Turtle Beach area. 2BR/2BA, fully furnished, fireplace, large covered porch, pier, storage, boat ramp available. $110,000 337-783-8281 or 337458-1932 (Feb-11)

RICKS CUSTOM RODS
Located On Toledo Bend

Tommy Martin’s Guide Service
Bass Masters Classic Winner

• Specializing in MICRO GUIDES
( Great sensitivity & Longer cast)

40 Years Experience!
Toledo Bend, Sam Rayburn, & Lake Falcon

• Broken Guides or Tips - get them fixed
318-586-3956 • rcwriborg@hughes.net 220 Westview Dr. Many, La 71449
227 Moss Lane • Rayburn Country

Call or e-mail for appointment

409-625-4792 Hm 936-676-8394 Cell tommymartinent@sabinenet.com tommymartinguideservice.com

Bass Only!

Houses for Rent

3 BR, 3.5 BA, kitchen, living room, a/c & H, laundry room, carport and storage room.

“A home away from home on beautiful Toledo Bend Lake”
Located at 203 Becker Lane, Hemphill, TX ~ 409-625-1093 Lake location on Palogaucho Bayou near Pendleton Bridge . *Two or three bedroom guesthouse available. *Guesthouses include living/dining room, full kitchen, satellite TV, internet, private deck, BBQ pavilion, and fishing dock. *Call now and be our guest!

www.ToledoBendBedandBreakfast.com

Call Judy 409-698-9571 home, 409-224-0565 cell

$1,250 Monthly $1,250 Deposit

Visit Historic Downtown Hemphill for new businesses including scrapbooking, restaurants, antiques, clothing, home decor and more!

Get The Lakecaster mailed right to you each month. A one year subscription is only $35. Call us at 409-384-3441 and we’ll sign you up!

Jordan’s Marine & Pro Fuel

1380 W. Fwy (I-10) Vidor, TX
#1 in Service

(409) 769-9890

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Locally owned and operated to give you a personal boat buying experience at a competitive price.

If you’re ready to start the New Year in a new boat, you need to come talk to us at Jordan’s Marine. We have a limited amount of Champion Boats on the lot and need to move them out. Let’s make a deal! - Scott Jordan

Hull color is Alpha & Gunmetal Top cap inlay color is Custom Burgundy Arrow color blend is Alpha & Smoke Silver Carpet is Storm Upholstery colors are Charcoal, Chianti and Marble

2010 Champion 198 CX w/Yamaha 225

Hull color is White (Gel) Arrow pins color blend is Alpha and Blueberry

2009 Champion 210 Elite w/Yamaha 250

$38,500.00 + TT&L

$47,500.00 +TTL

Hull color is White Top cap pin color – Custom Burgundy Turf color is Storm

2009 Champion 183 CX w/Mercury 150 EFI

$27,000.00 +TTL

Hull color is Smoke Silver Arrow color is Sapphire Mist (premium) Turf color is Storm

2009 Champion 206 CX w/Yamaha 250

Hull color is Eggshell Arrow color is Gunmetal Upholstery colors are Artic White, Marble and Charcoal

2010 Champion 220 Bay Champ w/Yamaha F150

Hull color is Eggshell Arrow color is Alpha & Navy Upholstery colors Artic White , Blue Wave and Charcoal

2010 Champion 220 Bay Champ w/Yamaha F150

$41,500.00 +TTL

$32,500.00 + TT&L

$32,000.00 +TT&L

Sales * Service * Parts www.JordanMarineSales.com

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