Billie and Paul came down from New York to avoid the bad storm, and to have some fun in the sun in the Great Bass Fishing Capital of the World. We had a total blast on Lake Toho, catching some good quality bass and as always I get to make new friends. Wild shiners were the bait of choice, and as you can see from the pictures, we caught some good quality bass. Tight lines Billie and Paul and see you both soon Capt. Tim Fey BassOnline.com / 888-829-BASS
Jack and I were out on East Lake Toho this morning scouting and checking out the flow and how it was going to affect the bass out here. Very strong flow coming thru the canals made for some good fishing using Red Eye Shads, Whacky rigged and T-Rigged senkos and lizards. Water Temps have cooled some because the rains and water levels are looking great.
Big key out here right now has been to focus on that water flow. This will have bass stacking in areas in attack mode as the bait fish come by. We have had success tossing our bait along the grass lines and letting it just drift along the line. We have used the Red Eye Shad as our main search bait in some areas, once we get a few we switch over to the soft plastics and really focus on the area to keep a steady bite going.
Waters will start cooling down more with the rains we have gotten and we expect the bite to continue going strong. Artificial baits have been producing good for us on multiple lakes around here which we love since it helps us show case our skills and why we are one of the most sought after guide services in Florida.
The bass fishing on East Lake Toho has been doing great folks. Once again, the off shore grass beds were the place to be as the bass were stacked up in the grass. The Strike King Redeye Shad has been really catching the florida largemouth bass like you would not believe. Here is yet another one caught today, and believe me she hit this lure hard!
Kreit Lands Lake Murray Record Largemouth
Professional angler and Oklahoma resident Jeff Kriet caught both a personal best and a lake record largemouth bass this month at Lake Murray when he reeled in a 12.1 lb. fish from the south end of the dam.
Kriet, who lives in Ardmore, was fishing for smallmouth, and though his party landed more than 50 that day, it was the largemouth that put him in the record books.
“That’s the biggest bass I’d ever caught,” said Kriet, who has been bass fishing full time for the past 15 years. “I’ve fished all over the place.”
Kriet has been fishing Lake Murray for about 35 years, and the lake has not only produced his best largemouth, but he also caught his best smallmouth out of the lake as well. However, unlike the smallmouth, which he said weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz., the largemouth was officially weighed and put in the books for good.
“I think it’s a great deal,” Kriet said about the lake record fish program.
When fishing a lake, he said he often finds himself curious to know what the record for that body of water might be, which is one reason he likes the lake record fish program. Endless stories are told about big fish from various lakes – and there is undoubtedly some truth to many of them – but with no official record, there is an element of legend to it that leaves room for skeptics.
But with the lake record fish program, fish get the recognition they deserve and prove to other anglers just what kind of fish Oklahoma lakes can produce, and Kriet’s Lake Murray largemouth is no exception.
Kriet said the lake record program gives anglers an incentive to have big fish officially weighed, drawing attention to fish that deserve to be recognized and removing any doubt about what kind of fish swim in Oklahoma waters.
“It’s on paper and it was let go,” said Kriet about his fish. “It’s not a rumor anymore.”
The information from Kriet’s bass is in the record books, but the actual fish is back in Lake Murray, only to grow and perhaps break its own record under the name of a future angler.
“It’s a great lake,” said Kriet about Lake Murray. “It’s just full of fish.”
The day Kriet caught his lake record largemouth, he went to a honey-hole on the lake where he knew fish spawned early, and it was there he landed his lake record.
The fish measured 26 inches in length and 20.5 inches in girth.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s lake record fish program was initiated in 2008 to recognize big fish from certain lakes and the anglers who catch them.
The program has grown from about a dozen lakes at its inception to more than 40 lakes today. So anglers all over the state can go fishing just for leisure, but they can also go with a sense of competitive drive in hopes of putting their name in a record book.
Species eligible for spots in the lake records book include blue, channel and flathead catfish and largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in addition to crappie, paddlefish, striped bass, striped bass hybrids, sunfish (combined) walleye/saugeye and white bass. Minimum weights are set for each species and are detailed on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at wildlifedepartment.com.
Anglers who catch a potential record from a participating lake should contact designated business locations around the lake that are enrolled as lake record keepers. A listing of official lake record keepers is available on wildlifedepartment.com.
Once it has been determined that an angler has landed a record fish, the media is notified and the public will be able to view information about the catch on the Wildlife Department’s Web site at wildlifedepartment.com.
An easily-operated search feature is available on the website that allows those interested to view a wealth of lake record fish information, ranging from the size of record fish caught to what kind of bait or rod and reel was used to catch them.
All past and current state record fish are registered in the lake record fish program as records for their respective lakes.
For more information about the lake record fish program, or for more on bass fishing in Oklahoma, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.
2010 Season Of The College Bass Tour Kicks Off With CBT’s Largest Tournament Ever
ATLANTA (April 5, 2010) – The College Bass Tour heads to Alabama’s capital to kick off its 2010 season with the College Bass East Super Regional during the second annual Bite the Tail off of Cancer Crawfish Boil Saturday, April 10-Sunday, April 11. The College Bass tournament gets underway with daily morning launches at 6 a.m. CDT at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre docks and culminates with the afternoon weigh-ins at the College Bass stage at 3 p.m. CDT.
The College Bass Tour is tournament series consists of three regional events and one national championship. With more than 70 teams registered for the East Super Regional from more than 30 colleges and universities, this event is expected to be the biggest College Bass tournament to date. Plus this is the first time the state of Alabama will host a College Bass tournament.
This is why Alabama is blessed when it comes to bass fishing and we’re thrilled to have the best collegiate anglers here to showcase it,” said Branch Kloess, director of Riverfront Facilities for the city of Montgomery. “We’re very excited to welcome the College Bass Tour to Montgomery as part of our second annual Bite the Tail off of Cancer Crawfish Boil.”
The ultimate state bragging rights are on the line as nine Alabama schools compete in the East Super Regional, including Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Birmingham-Southern University, Faulkner University, Montevallo University, Troy University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama-Birmingham and University of North Alabama. These nine schools will send 30 teams for a shot at the East Super Regional title and more than $7,000 in scholarship monies and prizes.
The Eastern Kentucky University team, Richard Cobb and Tyler Moberly, secured the 2009 College Bass East Super Regional title by more than five pounds on Clarks Hill Lake in Evans, Ga. with a two-day total weight of 24.84 pounds. But two Alabama teams landed in the top five; including Richard Peek and Mason Craver of Auburn placed second with 19.83 pounds and Kyle Tindol and Michael Eubanks of Faulkner claimed fifth with 16.8 pounds.
“We’re excited that the East Super Regional will be held on home waters. It’s a great way for the state to show off our excellent fishing,” said Tindol of Faulkner University.
Two-person teams from colleges and universities all over the Eastern region will fish for the 2010 College Bass East Super Regional title, more than $7,000 in scholarship monies and prizes and the ultimate college bass bragging rights. Teams will fish the Alabama River, known for giant spotted bass, largemouth bass, striped bass and white bass. Anglers from each participating school will fish for large-mouth and spotted bass 12 inches or longer, with a five-fish limit. The heaviest two-day weight will determine the East Super Regional winner.
“We’re delighted to bring the College Bass Tour to Alabama for the first time,” said Hank Weldon, College Bass tournament director. “It’s an honor for College Bass to be a part of the Cancer Crawfish Boil and help raise money for such a great cause.”
The Bite the Tail Off Cancer Crawfish Boil is presented by the American Cancer Society Junior Executive Board and Riverfront Facilities, City of Montgomery. Money raised at the event will go to cancer research, education programs, advocacy efforts and patient support programs. In 2009, the Bite the Tail off of Cancer Crawfish Boil raised more than $22,000 and offers fun for the whole family with live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and interactive games for kids of all ages. The Cancer Crawfish Boil will take place Saturday, April 10 from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CDT.
In its sixth season, College Bass will receive extended television coverage on ESPNU that will include coverage of the College Bass Super Regionals for the first time ever. ESPNU reaches more than 64 million households across the United States. Additionally, all Super Regional events will be live Web-streamed on www.CollegeBass.com.
For more information, please visit www.CollegeBass.com.
College Bass East Super Regional
Dates: Saturday, April 10-Sunday, April 11
Morning Launch: 6 a.m. CDT at the Montgomery Riverwalk Amphitheatre docks
Daily Weigh-Ins: 3 p.m. at the College Bass stage at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre
Participating Colleges and Universities
Number of Boats
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Auburn University at Montgomery
East Carolina University
Eastern Illinois University
Eastern Kentucky University
Gardner Webb University
Georgia College & State University
Kennesaw State University
Louisiana State University at Shreveport
Mississippi State University
Missouri State University
North Carolina State University
Southern Mississippi University
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Georgia
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University of Mississippi
University of Montevallo
University of North Alabama
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Virginia Tech University
Young Harris College
About College Bass:
Since its inception in 2005, College Bass has been the pioneer in the emerging sport of competitive fishing at the college level with a nationally televised national championship comprised of a qualified field of student anglers. With more than 220 participating colleges and universities from more than 30 states and Canada, College Bass is a rapidly growing property with a mission of supporting student anglers and bass fishing at the club level. The 2010 season marks the sixth anniversary of the national championship event and will also feature three Super Regional events, an increase from two in 2009. Fans can follow the 2010 College Bass Tour online at www.CollegeBass.com and on ESPNU, which will televise nine hours of coverage beginning next summer.
Sponsors of the 2010 College Bass Tour include Mercury Marine, Triton Boats, Plano Molding Company, Strike King, Ardent Reels, Carrot Stix, Vicious Fishing, Gemini Sport Marketing and Motorguide.
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Menendez Joins Largemouth Mafia
Paducah, Kentucky – Mark Menendez unveils his tournament boat with a new look and new wrap. Fishing fans will be treated to the ride of the future. The Skeeter FX 20 powered by a 250hp Yamaha SHO 4- stroke Outboard will feature many sponsor logos highlighted by a new name in the fishing world.
“My wrap will feature a new a name in the fishing game. Largemouth Mafia (www.largemouthmafia.com) is a social website that will be featuring content and contests of every type concerning bass fishing. I will be writing tips, ‘How to Articles’, and other never seen before attractions to the internet. This website will be a great source of information for fishermen. “, stated Menendez.
“I am also proud to say that the fans will be able to autograph this rig as always. I started this tradition at the beginning of the Elite Series several years ago. It has been a hit everywhere I travel. To see a young fisherman’s face light up from when I ask for their autograph on my boat is absolutely the best in rewards for me and my sponsors!, cited Menendez a 2009 Elite Series Champion. “The fans will also get to see a familiar face. Barkley will have his picture on the sponsons of my boat. He will be with me in spirit as always. It will be nice to be reminded of all the support I have at home.”
The 2010 tournament season is here and Menendez will be dressed for success.