Another huge fish out of Lake Fork by John LaBove 15.48 pounder! Congrats to John

A note from Nate Dean on the Working Mans Bass Tournament Lake Hawkins,

Well we had a decent turnout we had 13 Anglers. The water is clear the water temps around 60° in the back upper North end and the wind was a little high today. But somebody had to catch them. First place with a total weight of 12.06 lbs Nate and Jason. Second-place Jeff and Louie with 11 lb. And with big bass swinging in at 5.14 lb Nate and Jason. A lot of fish were caught on different methods from swimbaits, Texas Rig, weightless, Shaky Head. Bonehead black and blue stick bait was the winner for this catch.

Now to the book, The Complete Fisherman and Anglers Manual or How to Catch Fish: Thank You Dave Ellison 

This little book is a true treasure, and Buzzacott is sure to make sure about a few things. As with many other sports we know today that association is an important aspect of fishing. If you are hanging around folks that are not catching fish, chances are you are not catching fish. Better leave the social gatherings for another time, Buzzacott is serious about catching fish, and I’m catching his drift. (Laugh)

As I read I’m reminded that the most important factor in reading this book is to gain enjoyment from fishing. Its also to pay it forward, so I’m looking at our readership to see if anyone would be interested in obtaining one of these great little treasures.

If you and the outdoors do not mix well, then you should re-think you attitude toward why you even visit the country. Buzzacott goes on to mention is his book, that we see many folks writing articles about fishing, lots of opinions, as to what the great outdoors offers, but are they grasping the real reasons why we like outdoors, why we really love it the way we do?

In the early 1900s the industrial revolution had taken hold, cities were springing up everywhere. All kinds of machines were being invented, the city was great for convenience and great for advancements, but a man must have time to replenish. A time to sharpen the ax. Time to reflect. Again as I read, attire was of utmost importance back in that day. So choosing your outfit, was important to Buzzacott yet again. He must have been a sharped dress man. ( As Billy would’ve said from ZZTOP) But more importantly I gleaned that one of the best and almost forgotten reasons to escape to the outdoors is for serenity, peace and quiet, something of which cannot be obtained in the city. Its this that I love the most, time to reflect, the calmness of the favorite fishing spot.

Now for some nuts and bolts, and a top down perspective from Buzzacott. There are 3 different types of fishing.

First one is “Still or Bait Fishing” which means you are offering an acceptable food to the fish, using a common ordinary rod. Casting to a spot usually in mid to deep waters, with a float, and hook and the bait placed before them.

2nd “Trolling and Trailing” this entails either a natural bait or imitation fish or objects representing such as a revolving spoon, spinner, etc. Or by using dead baits trolled near surface, mid or deep waters. He also goes on to mention that if a bait is dead and not fresh the fish will have nothing to do with it. I’ve had no luck using dead bait, except for catfish on a dead, but fresh shrimp.

3rd “Bait or Fly Casting” tempting and deceiving fish with apparent or natural dainty morsels, either insect or other form deftly thrown or lightly tossed on the surface of the waters, that which represents what the fish is known to be fond of or antagonistic to, and by skillful manipulation, imitating life and of all sport requiring knowledge and skill that experience only can master…as “poetry does to prose.”

According to Buzzacott in Bait Fishing the game is all yours, while in fly fishing its evenly divided between the angler and the fish. An outdoor’s man, Buzzacott goes on to explain that when bait fishing the fish has the chance of and is likely to swallow the hook, in which he has sewn his fate. Whereas in fly fishing the hook is smaller, and the fish mostly is biting in the front of its lip, a tough exterior that doesn’t hurt the fish, “the hook being usually fastened in his mouth, or edge of it (where there are few, if any, nerves of pain)no great torture is inflicted, while its strength and breathing faculties being thus uninjured, leave his all the strength and ability to resist your efforts at capture, thus both contributing to and prolonging the sport and skill require to land him.”

Read next week when I get into some of my old tackle and start our 15 Casts.