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make the covers color specific for easy identification. Next is what to do with all of those bags of baits? Some anglers have plastic boxes that nicely separate colors, shapes and sizes. Others use a “worm book” much like a binder with pockets. Then there are clips mounted inside a panel of your boat to hang the bags from. For those who are attached to your bass boat? Truck hitches must have a bass covering the trailer ball! If not, at least a bass sticker on the window will suffice. I’m not even going to try and explain the complexity of my truck’s back window. If you are sitting at a stop light behind me and can’t tell I’m a fisherman, then there has got to be something wrong with you! From your everyday attire, to something to mow the yard in, it has got to be covered in a fishing logo of some sort. The funny thing is that most of the time we pay to advertise for these companies! Brilliant idea and we all buy into it. “Hmm, should I wear the lure manufacturer’s shirt, the sunglass company shirt, or the boat brand shirt?” Do we have a problem? For most (non-fishing types) a boat, fishing sickly engrossed with the addictive traits of baits, it’s a combination of them all. I am not sure that there is enough room for the conversation of boat accessories… compartment lights, clips, trolling motors, plugs, tackle systems, net storage, electronics , rod storage and I am just beginning. Many of these items are now being built into the original construction by boat companies in order to appeal to appeal to specific clientele which they are working to gain, The Bass-Aholics. What about the times your truck is not rod, or truck accessory is just that, an accessory. For bass fisherman, it’s a way of life. We are so often lead to believe that the accessories we have will help win us that next tournament or assist in landing that fish of a life time. Looking back on my early years of fishing, it was a much simpler way of life; one box of tackle, a couple rods and a good night of rest was all it took to get me going. As time has gone on, I am still looking for the one last accessory that will land the big ‘un. Fish ON!

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When ESPN/BASS announced the termination of the Women’s Bassmaster Tour in early January, women anglers were left in limbo. While many of the ladies scrambled to enter other predominately male fishing events before the fields were full, they were still saddened by the fact that they could no longer compete with the life-long friends they had made over the years fishing with “just the girls”. and the means of creating quality sponsorship opportunities.” York said. The event in May was a great success. In the pro division, Robbie Hartline of Forisell, Missouri, took first place with five fish weighing 13.85 pounds. Second place went to Patti Campbell of Waxachie, Texas, and third to Secret York of Benton, Kentucky. In the co-angler division, Donna Newberry of Van Buren, Arkansas took first with five fish weighing 12.4 pounds. Second went to Jennifer Helgrin of Park City, Illinois, and third went to Leslie Lively of Grapeland, Texas. “All in all, everything turned out,” said York. “We want to thank our sponsors who made our event possible”: SHE Outdoor Apparel, Moors Resort and Marina, Castaway Graphite Rods, Ray Barga and Associates, Inc., Sportsmen’s Edge Triton Boat dealership, West Kentucky LED, Todali Lures, Necessity Jigs, Nite Owl Media Productions, Triton Boats, Dave Stewart’s Big Bass Guide Service, North Texas Marine Triton dealership, Legend Boats, BassCat Boats , Phoenix Boats, and Skeeter Boats. Lady Bass Anglers Association is currently developing a Website so people can learn about the organization and stay up to date on our events. Look for us at www.ladybassanglers.com. In the mean time, people can catch up and learn more about the Lady Bass Anglers Association at www.cherylbowden.net or on our Facebook Page. Also anyone with questions may contact:
Cheryl Bowden 214-738-7518 Cbowden1212@tx.rr.com or Secret York 270-748-9041 secret.york@mchsi.com

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ady Bass Anglers Association is a group of women who have joined together to reach the shared dream of having a professional tournament trail that; meets our need to bond with other likeminded women; provides the opportunity for us to earn a reasonable return on our financial investments; understands where our financial obligations lie; and allows us to provide our sponsors with a positive return on their investment. Our mission is to provide women with an opportunity to fish professionally, to grow the sport of bass fishing and to build a program that will allow future generations of young ladies with the opportunity to fish competitively against other women if they so choose. In May of 2010, a new chapter in the history of professional bass fishing unfolded in Kentucky as women anglers from all corners of the US converged on Moor’s Resort and Marina in Paducah, Kentucky to discuss the future of women’s bass fishing and to compete in a tournament pairing boaters and non-boaters. Professional anglers Secret York and Cheryl Bowden organized this momentous event. “We are impressed with the enthusiasm and willingness of everyone who played a part in the formation of the Lady Bass Anglers Association” said Bowden. Even if someone did not attend this event, he/she can still volunteer to help. Cheryl also announced the dates for the first Lady Bass Anglers Association’s tournament on September 16-18, 2010 which will kick off the 2011 events. This tournament will take place in Russellville, Arkansas on Lake Dardanelle. There will be two divisions: Professional and Co-Angler. More information on the entry fees, payouts and rules will be released after the Board of Directors meeting takes place in early July.

Two respected touring pros decided it was time the women took charge of their own future. Cheryl Bowden of Texas and Secret York of Kentucky went to work immediately with a plan to organize a new women’s trail “Our goal is to establish a trail run by women anglers for women anglers,” Bowden said. Bowden and York see this as a “win win” situation for everyone. “Not only does this create the opportunity to continue fishing professionally with other women, but as women anglers we have a voice in the direction of a future tour

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ne thing’s for sure, the transition between spring and summer in Texas happens

faster than tying on your favorite spinnerbait. Every year throughout Texas, temperatures begin to flirt with the nineties in May and could easily hit the century mark by early July. As water temperatures began to rise, and largemouth begin their move from post spawn to their summer patterns, bass will become more and more aggressive early while turning fairly predictable as the day heats up. The decision to get out and sweat a little on those muggy mornings and super hot days can really pay off if you’re willing to stick it out. With that being said, summertime bass fishing is no different than any other time of year in terms of understanding how they move, feed and relate to cover during the summer migrations. There are typically three productive patterns that work well during the dog days of summer; however the key is to understand when to move and when to stay. The ever popular early morning bite is a favorite for those of us who love great top water action. When targeting early morning largemouth, try tying on a white or chartreuse buzz bait and work down banks adjacent to the main lake or large secondary creek points. The banks that produce best are those holding old beanie stems, standing timber, and isolated lay downs in water about 2’ or more in depth. These fish are typically on the feed and will look for cover they can easily ambush from. The trick here is keeping up with the water temp. Water temperatures will usually be in the mid to high 70’s early in the morning and will move up quickly as the sun rises. As the sun begins to break the horizon, and the water temp reaches the mid 80’s start working back out to the main lake points that hold larger standing timber and/or large grass mats that extend out into 10’ or more in depth. Main lake points that have a well defined underwater point with a depth of 15’ or more at the end of the point will produce the best. As the water quickly heats up, bass will begin to look for cover they can stage on that provides some form of shade and size to ambush from at deeper depths. When working these main lake point patterns, try working the old ball and chain (Carolina Rig) across, down the middle, and off the breaks of the point. The key to successfully working a Carolina Rig, is to keep it moving and stopping slightly only on contact regardless of how subtle. The typical Carolina Rig bite can be as faint as a slight tick, spongy feel, or just a heavy feeling. As it gets later in the day, keeping track of water temps during mid day hours will be key in helping you determine your next move. The third and most productive summertime structure pattern is the “brush pile”. When the sun is high and water temps are approaching the 90’s, brush piles are your best bet at putting together a great day on the water. When locating productive brush piles, the one thing to

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Carolina rigs are probably the most consistent in producing good fish time and time again, and if the weather permits jigs and big Texas Rigged worms or lizards can produce the fish of a lifetime. We all know Texas summers are brutal, and to better enjoy ourselves and make sure we remain safe on the water. ·Always stock your coolers with ice and water ·Snacks ·Keep enough sunscreen for everyone As always, be safe on the water, think conservation and introduce someone to fishing!!!

consider are their specific locations. Not all summertime brush piles are productive; those that are located at the junction or adjacent to deep ditches, main creek channels and distinctive breaks on main lake humps provide the best chance for catching a ton of fish. Once you locate a few brush piles to fish, try a few different presentations to find out how active and what the fish are in the mood for. Deep diving crankbaits that can reach brush piles at 17’ deep can be really productive when fished on all sides.

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hris Fontenot is admittedly more of a lover
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fishing guide from Nacogdoches, Tx., still likes getting into a good, old fashioned brawl every now and then. He always likes it best when a burly largemouth delivers the first punch, especially when the violent blow comes from the blind side and there is an unsuspecting frog lure on the receiving end. “Frog fishing is one my favorite things to do -- I love it,” said Fontenot. “It’s not something that will work every day, but when the bass are on it the bite can be almost like magic.”

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"Of all the Texas and beyond.to catch a bass, he says cangame never gets old ways there are Not surprisingly, none the compare lakes across withmatterexcitement that Kermit can dish out," Stanley said. no the how many times he plays it. If anything, it becomes more entertaining
with time. "At times, the strikes can be so violent that it almost seems

Huntington, Tx., Stanley has witnessed the brutal assault hundreds of times on

like you are playing self defense out there."

“Of all the ways there are to catch a bass, none can compare with the excitement that Kermit can dish out,” Stanley said. “At times, the strikes can be so violent that it almost seems like you are playing self defense out there.”

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he vexing affinity bass have towards frogs comes natural. Toads rank pretty low on the aquatic food chain. Bass rank close to the top. When Kermit goes skimming across a grassy flat or gurgling across a stand of lily pads, the temptation is often more than Micropterus salmoides can stand.

Bass are natural born head hunters and they rarely hold anything back when they wage war on a frog. Often times, the strike is so vicious that it can be heard from 100 yards away on windless summer day. Therein lies a big part of the attraction bass anglers have for these baits. Simply put, we are wolves for excitement and gluttons for punishment. Frog baits feed both obsessions. They also can help add some serious weight to a tournament sack if the timing is right.

To wit:
Fontenot and his team partner, Jaret Latta, have put together a banner season in 2010 that at last count included eight Top 10s and one win on various regional circuits. According to Fontenot, Kermit has played a major role in their success all year long. “We have used the frog in every tournament and caught a lot of key fish on it,” he said. “Plus, it helped us locate some big fish that we ultimately caught using other baits.” In the segments that follow, the two anglers discuss the ins and outs of fishing a frog while sharing some valuable tips to to help you score next time you take Kermit for stroll:

Anatomy of a Frog
There are two styles of frogs -- the floating hollow body and buzz frog. The angler imparts the action on a hollow body frog by using a combination of rod tip and wrist action to make it dance side-to-side or ‘walk the dog.’ A stop-and-go retrieve can be productive, as well. Especially when throwing a popper-style frog with a cupped nose. The hollow body usually comes pre-rigged with a double hook, which rides snug against the hindquarters to resist fouling on weeds or brush. The frog’s body compresses when the bass eats it, thus exposing the hooks. While there are easily more than dozen companies that make hollow bodies, Fontenot’s favorite is the Spro Bronzeye, mainly because it has a serious hook with plenty of bite. “The hook sticks up a good half inch when the body compresses,” he said. “That’s critical in my opinion. The wide bite naturally increases the chances of a fish getting hooked and staying buttoned.” Soft plastic buzz frogs have two legs and feet that sputter and churn as the bait is retrieved across the surface, thus the title “buzz frog.” The amount of thump

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displaced by the legs and feet can vary immensely from one frog to the next. As a rule, buzz frogs with boot-shaped feet create more surface commotion than those with flat feet. Based on his experience, Stanley says there should be slots reserved for both styles of toads in every bass angler’s arsenal. “Hollow body frogs and buzz frogs are like Texas rig worms and spinnerbaits,” he said. “They are two different animals, each with a purposed. A hollow body might work better in some situations than a buzz frog and vice versa. It could have something to do with type of cover you are fishing, or the mood of the fish. It’s always a good idea to have both.”

SPRO Bronzeye Frog
The SPRO Bronzeye is the perfect frog lure to be fished in heavy cover or in open water. Designed to cast long distances. Specially weighted to land on its belly cast after cast.

The SPRO Bronzeye Popper Frog is designed weedless and attracts bass out of the thickest cover with a loud popping sound made by its specially curved “mouth”.

Good Places, When and Ways to Fish ‘Em

SPRO Bronzeye Popper Frog

Frogs will produce in wide open spaces, but tend to work best when fished in shallow, clear water, usually in relation to aquatic vegetation, brush, bushes, stumps, docks and other cover bass use to ambush unsuspecting prey. Spring, summer and fall are optimum seasons to take froggy for a stroll.

the legs and feet churning. Occasionally, he will stop the bait and let it fall into isolated holes and pockets to antagonize bass that may not be aggressive enough to snatch it off the surface.

Buzz Factors
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Fontenot likes to throw the Bronzeye when targeting bass that are hanging tight to willows bushes or beneath overhanging tree limbs and boat docks, mainly because the bait’s physical design lends itself to skipping. “It takes some practice, but once you get it down that bait will skip like a flat rock,” he said. “You can skip it way up into tight spots you can’t reach with other baits, and it really seems to aggravate the fish.” Stanley says buzz frogs can be effective around docks and brush, but as a rule these baits are more at home traversing lily pads, pepper grass, eel grass and hydrilla beds. He likes to target water 1-4 feet deep in close proximity to a creek channel or drop off. He pointed out that edges, points, holes or pockets in weed beds, or areas than offer a mix of vegetation, generally hold the most potential for attracting bass. “Bream beds can be another big key during the summer months,” he said. “Big bass will hang around the edges of the bedding areas, just watching and waiting for somebody to make a mistake. They’ll blast a buzz frog if one comes by.” Stanley’s likes to retrieve his buzz frog slow and steady, just fast enough to keep Texas Bass Fishing Magazine | Summer 2010

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The ZOOM Horny Toad can be utilized at all depths, and it can be flipped and pitched. But ultimately, it’s at its best fished weightless and buzzed or hopped near the surface.

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Like other specialty tactics, frog fishing demands speciality gear in order to be most effective. * Brooms and Braid: Both anglers said the ideal buzz frog rod should be a broom stick and a rocket launcher wrapped into the same package. A heavyaction stick around seven feet in length with a fast tip action will usually fill the bill. “I like a rod with enough back bone to drive the hook into the bass’ jaw and horse a large fish out of thick cover,” Stanley said. “I also want some tip action so I can make long casts.” Fontenot prefers a rod with slightly lighter action for hollow bodies, especially when skipping baits around bushes and docks. His choice is a seven foot All-Star designed for Carolina rigging. The pros said braided line with a

STANLEY Double Take Hook
The STANLEY Double Take holds the toad secure at the rear by hooking through the base of each leg and at the nose using a spring keeper. The hooks ride flat on top of the frog’s rump without restricting the enticing action of the legs and boot-shaped feet.

STANLEY Ribbit
The STANLEY Ribbit can be worked weedless over logs, grass beds, and lily pads. With its unique foot design that kicks up and gurgles water, fish won’t be able to resist. Rigged properly you can work this lure almost anywhere.

The Ribbit’s tune is more radical. It has thin legs and boot-shaped feet turned at an inward angle. The foot design kicks up water and creates a thumping, gurgling noise and leaves a distinctive bubble trail on a steady retrieve. “It’s almost like a buzz bait,” Fontenot said. “Bass hate it.” As much as Stanley likes to throw the Ribbit, he says there times when quiet can be better. “That’s often the case in dead calm conditions,” he said. “As a rule, the Ribbit tends to work best when there is some ripple or light chop on the surface. That’s why it is always a good idea to keep both styles handy. If one isn’t working, try the other. The bass will let you know which one they want.”

breaking strength of at least 50-pound test is essential for frog fishing. Fontenot is a Sufix guy. Stanley prefers Power Pro. “Fish a frog without braid and you are asking for trouble,” Fontenot said. “It’s super strong. Plus, it has zero stretch to improve hooksets and it cuts through grass like a knife.” * Reels and Hooks: Stanley and Fontenot prefer a high-speed baitcaster with a gear ratio of at least 6.7:1 to get their frogs up and running and to recover line quickly. Even more important is a high quality hook. As earlier mentioned, hollow bodies are sold with hooks pre-rigged. Buzz frogs are not. There are a several good buzz frog hooks on the market, but Fontenot contends that none compare to the Stanley Double Take, a long shank double hook introduced earlier this year. Though it was designed around the Stanley Ribbit and Zoom Horny Toad, the hook matches nicely with some other brands, as well. The Double Take holds the toad secure at the rear by hooking through the base of each leg and at the nose using a spring keeper. The hooks ride flat on top of the frog’s rump without restricting the enticing action of the legs and boot-shaped feet. Stanley said the design naturally turns more frog strikes into solid hook-ups. “A lot of the strikes you get on Ribbit are directed at the legs and feet, because that is where the action is at,” he said. “The Double Take catches a lot of fish that might miss a traditional single hook. Plus, it keeps them buttoned up much better. If they eat a frog with the Double Take, it’s usually game over if you get them stuck.”

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Texas Bass Fishing Magazine | Summer 2010

2010 south resulTs choke canyon May 22, 2010
place 1 2 3 4 5 place aNGler 1 SPIKE STOKER STePhenVILLe, TX ELROY KRUEGER ThRee RIVeRS, TX RICHARD KEYLICH JR PLeaSanTon, TX WILL WELCH SAN ANGELO, TX BRENT BURNETT SWEETWATER, TX aNGler 1 JOHN VILES cLeVeLanD, TX RICKY POTTS LonGVIeW, TX JASON BLACKMON benTon, La STEVE BURGAY TIMPSon, TX JEFF REYNOLDS PLaTTeR, ok aNGler 1 CHARLES WHITED San MaRcoS, TX RANDY FREDERICK kyLe, TX RONNY MAYNARD GeoRGeToWn, TX CODY MARTIN TayLoR, TX DANNY FISHER eLGIn, TX aNGler 1 BILLY JOHNSON RockWaLL, TX ALAN PERRIN JuSTIn, TX JEFF REYNOLDS PLaTTeR, ok
JEFF WACHSMAN WhIchITa FaLLS, TX

aNGler 2 JUSTIN STONE haMLIn, TX CHARLES WILSON PeaRSaLL, TX DAVID DOVE Von oRMy, TX JOHN BASINGER SLaTon, TX BILL HUNTER III SWeeTWaTeR, TX aNGler 2 DONALD UNGER ShePheRD, TX BILL HUDSPETH kILGoRe, TX

Fish BiG Bass 5 5 5 5 5 8.26 8.92

weiGht 27.72 22.46 20.58 19.78 19.44 weiGht 22.50 20.00 19.62 19.50 19.36 weiGht 17.12 13.90 13.64 13.64 12.78 weiGht 16.72 16.70 15.84 15.82 15.74

prize $20,200 $3,000 $2,000 $1,000 $1,000 prize $20,000 $5,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,200 prize $26,450 $3,000 $1,400 $1,400 $1,000 prize $25,500 $3,000 $2,000 $1,200 $1,100

2010 east results SaM RaybuRn aPrIl 24 , 2010
Fish BiG Bass 9.44

Spike Stoker and Justin Stone

1 2 3 4 5 place 1 2 3 3 5 place 1 2 3 4 5

5 5 ALFRED PEMBERTON JR haRkeR heIGhTS, TX 5 CHANDLER BURGAY TIMPSon, TX 5 RANDALL BRUCE coLbeRT, ok 5 aNGler 2 BILL POLKINGHORN hockLey, TX GENE WHITE auSTIn, TX EDDY MAYNARD LeanDeR, TX CHARLES SIMMONS Waco, TX CHAD LORENZEN auSTIn, TX aNGler 2 BLAKE BALCH coRInTh, TX
DARRELL CAMPBELL TRoPhy cLub, TX

2010 ceNtral results Lake TRaVIS May 8, 2010
John Viles and Donald Unger
Fish BiG Bass 5 4 5 5 4 7.04 4.86

Charles Whited and Bill Polkinghorn

2010 North results Lake LeWISVILLe May 15, 2010
Fish BiG Bass 5 5 5 5 5

RANDALL BRUCE coLbeRT, ok
MARK BROADWAY WIchITa FaLLS, TX

4.42

Billy Johnson and Blake Balch

CHRIS BACHTA coPPeLL, TX

CHARLIE JOHNSON FRISco, TX

www.Basschamps.com
1st series tourNameNt results, Toledo bend - May 15, 2010
aNGlers
1 2 3 4 5 DERRICK MONG & DAVE MONG RYAN PINKSTON & DEUCE WULF RUSS CARTER & LAMONTE LOYD SHANE HILTON & CHAD DYESS DAVID HARVEY & KRIS WILSON

Fish
5 5 5 5 5

BiG Bass
9.85 5.99

weiGht
25.53 24.47 22.25 21.31 21.04

poiNts wiNNiNGs
275.53 $15,000 + $2,500 273.47 $2,000 270.25 $1,000 268.31 $1,000 267.04 $2,000

11.06

www.BassNBucks.com 2Nd series tourNameNt results, saM rayburn - june 5Th, 2010
aNGlers
1 2 3 4 5 TOMMY HOWARD & JIM FURR KEITH WORTHY & CHUCK SHEFFIELD JAKE GOODRUM & JODY GOODRUM RICHARD DRAPER & PHIL MARKS BUTCH CARMACK & DAVID CURTIS

Fish
5 5 5 5 5

BiG Bass
9.44 8.21

weiGht
28.66 21.75 21.11 20.97 20.14

poiNts wiNNiNGs
278.66 270.75 269.11 267.97 266.14 $6,500 + $1,000 $3,000 $2,000 $1,500 $1,000

NEXT EVENTS:
2nd Series - July 10th Toledo Bend, August 7th Sam Rayburn

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2010 TOURNAMENT TRAIL

2010 TOURNAMENT TRAIL 2010 TOURNAMENT TRAIL
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2010 c.a.s.T. reGioNal schedule
NorTheasT reGioN FeB. 28 Mar. 21 apr. 11 May 2 May 23 JuN. 13 NorTh reGioN FeB. 21 Mar. 14 apr. 18 May 16 JuN. 13 Jul. 18 lake lewisville palesTiNe possuM kiNGdoM cedar creek huBBard creek aMoN carTer MeTroplex reGioN FeB. 20 Mar. 20 apr. 17 May 22 JuN. 26 Jul. 17 GraNBury paT cleBurNe BridGeporT whiTNey cedar creek eaGle MouNTaiN FeB. 6 Mar. 6 apr. 3 May 15 JuN. 12 Jul. 17 cypress spriNGs cedar creek lake lewisville BoB saNdliN richlaNd-chaMBers TawakoNi JaN. 30 FeB. 27 Mar. 27 apr. 24 May 19 JuN. 19 souTheasT reGioN saM rayBurN coNroe lake liviNGsToN saM rayBurN lake liviNGsToN saM rayBurN FeB. 28 Mar. 14 Mar. 28 apr. 25 JuN. 6 JuN. 27 ceNTral reGioN sTillhouse cedar creek richlaNd chaMBers lake waco liMesToNe BelToN JaN. 17 FeB. 21 Mar. 14 apr. 11 May 2 May 30 FeB. 28 Mar. 28 apr. 18 May 16 JuN. 6 JuN. 27 ark-Tex reGioN palesTiNe lake Taylor BoB saNdliN lake o’ piNes wriGhT paTMaN cypress-spriNGs souTh reGioN choke caNyoN coleTo creek aMisTad choke caNyoN aMisTad choke caNyoN wesT reGioN BrowNwood huBBard creek Brady BrowNwood o.h. ivie o.h. ivie

w w w. F i s h c a s T. c o M
2010 casT classic TourNaMeNT SaM RaybuRn - LuFkIn, TeXaS - ocT. 22, 23 & 24, 2010
2010 casT souThwesT Ford Top six iNviTaTioNal TourNaMeNT SePTeMbeR 24 & 25, 2010

“door PrIze” - 2010 skeeTer zX190 w/yaMaha 175 hPdI

2010 c.a.s.T. classic
*Based oN 200 eNTries

GauraNTeed $10,000 - 1sT place*

2010 MeMBership Fee - $50.00 per couple 2010 reGioNal TourNaMeNT Fee - $100.00 per couple

bASS AnGlER’S ClASSIFIEd dIRECToRy
lAKE lIVInGSTon, PAlESTInE & RIChlAnd ChAmbERS
Lakeside rv resorT & Marina
Lake Livingston 15152 US Hwy 190 W Onalaska, TX 77360

ChoKE CAnyon

WATERfRonT LoDgE Marina & RV lAKE lIVInGSTon
317 Navaho Trail Onalaska, TX 77360 Office: 936.646.3525

RV Reservations: 936.646.3824 Resturant: 936.646.4734 www.lakesideresort.net

www.thewaterfrontlodge.com Choke Canyon Lodge 141 Jeff Street (Corner of Jeff Street & SH 72) Three Rivers, TX 78071 Phone: 361.786.3999 • Toll Free: 866.792.3999 www.chokecanyonlodge.com

Lake Palestine Resort Tyler, Texas

www.lakepalestineresort.com

8900 Ruby Lane Frankston, TX 75763 Phone: 903.876.2253

FOOd - FishiNg supplies - RV paRk www.cooson3@aol.com p.O. Box 846 Junction, TX 76849 phone: 361.786.2685

Texas Bass Fishing Magazine | Summer 2010

bass angler’s classified directory
laKe conroe
april Plaza Marina, inc.
10 1/2 Miles West of Conroe on Hwy 105

falcon laKe
2195 South Highway 83 • Box F-10 Zapata, TX 78076 • Phone: 956.765.4866 www.falconlaketackle.com • www.falconlake.com

Stow-A-wAy MArinA LAke Conroe 13988 CALvAry rd wiLLiS, 77318 936-856-4531
Marina - Live Bait & tackLe - FueL - Wet & Dry Boat Storage - rv Park; HoMe oF tHe SunDay Morning tournaMentS!

Falcon Lake Tackle

LAke Conroe 17742 Hwy 105 W Montgomery, TX 77356 Phone: 936.588.1144 www.aprilplaza.com

Robert’s Fish N’ Tackle
Tackle, Live Bait, Guide Service, Motor & Trailer Repair

2425 S. Hwy 83 • Zapata, TX 78076 Phone: 956.756.1442 • Falcon Lake

saM rayburn
Sam RaybuRn maRina ReSoRt
Phone: 409.698.2696 www.samrayburnmarinaresort.com Cabins • RV Sites • Boat Sips • Fishing Dock • Motel

laKe forK
The Minnow BuckeT Marina
Lodge-Motel-RV Park-Resturant

Lake Sam Rayburn, tX

www.minnowbucket marina.com Annual RV Sites • Bait & Tackle Groceries • Refueling Dock • Camping • Boat Ramps

Lake Fork Reservoir 3035 W. Hwy 154 Quitman, TX 75783

Lake Fork Marina & Motel
275 County Road 1558 Alba, TX 75410 Phone: 903.765.2764
www.lakeforkmarina.com

Hwy. 255 Piney Point Plaza Lake Sam Rayburn • 409.698.9495

Needmore
Tackle STore

Powell Park Marina
On Lake Sam Rayburn 971 cr 459 Broaddus, TX 75929 Marina: 409.584.2624 www.powellpark.com
Shaded RV Sites - Cabins Boat Slips - Camping Restaurant - Store Jackson Hill Park Marina 1705 FM 2851 Broaddus, TX 75929 Phone: (936) 872-9266 w w w. j a ck s o nhi l l .us

Fisherman’s Cove Marina resort
2712 N. FM 17 • Alba, TX 75410 Phone: 903.765.2943 • Lake Fork

www.needmoretacklestore.com

www.fishermanscovelakefork.com

Phone: 409.698.9430
The source for fishing tackle, supplies & info on Lake Sam Rayburn!

4239 Hwy 255 Sam Rayburn, TX 75951

Oakridge Resort and Marina “Eat, Sleep, Fish” Lake Fork
2919 W SH 154 Quitman, TX 75783 LAKEFORK, TEXAS 903-878-2529 www.oakridgemarina.com

Reel um N Guide Service
Owner: Lynn Atkinson 865 Norris St Zavalla, TX 75980

www.reelumn.com

cell (979) 220-0251 home (936) 897-3400

Guide Service

Reel um N

Located 1/2 Mile South of Hwy 515 on Hwy 17 5004 North FM 17 • Alba, Texas 75410 Phone: 903.765.2987 • Toll Free: 800.230.4367

Lake Fork Resort

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