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Dardanelle Memories

The first time I ever heard of Dardanelle Reservoir was when my uncle, Lee Baker, moved here. He was one of my favorite uncles because he fished, for bass even. I was about 14 years old when he showed my brother, Keith, and me how to fillet fish. This was before Ray Scott even thought of Catch and Release of course, and we ate most of the fish we caught. I had heard of this method of cleaning fish, but most of the ones we caught were more like “pan sized” anyway so there was little need to filet them. As a matter of fact most were fried with just the head and guts removed and they fit easily into a pan, usually a rather small one at that.

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PB&J and Marshals

I don’t consider myself a superstitious person, but I don’t really believe in coincidences either. I do pay attention to the timing of happenings, especially good happenings. At Amistad last week, I noticed a set of circumstances that has me planning to add another trick to my arsenal.

Here’s the deal. Tammy, being the good wife and all, made me a PB&J sandwich for a mid-day pick-me-up. Crunchy and peach jam on whole wheat to be exact, which are at least two of my favorite food things. No, I’m not scared by the “peanut butter scare”. The thing is, I had a really tough time figuring out how to catch those bass after that cold front scared my shallow water fish out of the area.

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Return to Amistad

We just arrived at Lake Amistad to start the 2009 Elite Series Tour. Tammy, Ali and I stopped off at Choke Canyon Reservoir for a few days “on the way” down here. We left temperatures with daytime highs of around 35 to arrive in daytime temps of 85. A nice change if I do say so.

It’s March in Texas, so the wind is pumping out of the Southeast; like 30 mph pumping. That’s kind of normal for this part of the world. It did make the new Tru-Tungsten wrap on my Triton take a little beating in the trees at Choke though. Oh well, nothing is new forever.

It was definitely worth the effort because we spanked the bass. Not a lot of big-uns, but lots of nice chunky 3 pounders. Tammy jerked a 6 on a Rapala DT Fat. That made her pretty happy. The best part was working out some of the winter kinks from the joints and checking out some new lures from Rapala and Berkley. The worst was remembering how to remove a hook from the old self after one of those fun 3 pounders stuck a treble deeply into my finger. Ouch!

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How do I write the end?

Bass Communications
At the 2009 Classic, Ken Cook announced that the 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series would be his last as a professional angler. After more than 30 years in the business, including the 1991 Bassmaster Classic title, he is calling it quits. Cook will be blogging his thoughts and emotions throughout season on Bassmaster.com and ESPNOutdoors.com.

How do I write the end? Not really the end, but another start to something else, another chapter.

I have come to a time, spot, place, in which I must make a change. I have made other changes during my life, but this one seems imminently more difficult than any of the others. Of course, the other changes also seemed this way at their times.

Nothing stays the same for long, but life changes are different. Different from changing vehicles, or moving to another town, they are soul stretching changes that define who we are and who we will become. Read More

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