Memorial Day great for honoring the ultimate sacrifice

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Hello Folks,

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. It was great to see all the events around the country honoring our service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. To lay down your life for your country so that we can enjoy our freedoms we have today is one debt that we can never fully repay.

The fishin’ over the weekend was in full force for all those anglers who got a chance to get on the water. Folks were able to catch some bluegills that were on the beds, and folks were able to catch their limit of bluegills in most of the lakes in our area. They were catchin’ ’em on red worms but the best catches came on grass-shrimp. I saw lots of folks who posted their catches of bluegills they caught over the weekend.

We have a full moon this weekend so now is probably your last chance to take advantage of the bluegill bite while they are on the beds. Also, you might be able to catch a few bass around those beds as well. Bass love to eat bluegills, so it’s a good chance that you may catch a bass or two hangin’ around those beds.

The bass fishin’ has been good as of late. My fishin’ buddy Rick Mullins and his brother-in-law Greg Fugate are fishin’ together this week and they are catchin’ plenty of bass. They have been catchin’ 20 to 30 each day on the Butler Chain. They are catchin’ their bass on plastic worms and slow-sinkin’ Senko-type baits.

Also over the weekend, my other fishin’ buddy Rich Niles took his dad fishin’ on the Harris Chain and they caught and released more than 20 bass. The biggest bass was 6.6 pounds. Rich caught his big bass on a chatter-bait.

On West Lake Toho, the bass fishin’ has been really good as of late. The Extreme Bass Series held its tournament on West Lake Toho this past weekend. Congrats to the team of Shelton Smith and Bruce Bozeman. They weighed in five bass that hit the scales at a total of 37.35 lbs. Folks, that’s more than a 7-pound average per fish. They didn’t have big fish either. The biggest bass of the tournament was caught by the team of Richard Murling and Richard Carpenter. Their big bass weighed 9.89 lbs. There were two bass caught durin’ the tournament that weighed over 9 pounds.

Kyle at Bitter’s Bait and Tackle reports that a few folks are catchin’ some bluegills in Lake Monroe. They are catchin’ ’em on red worms. As a reminder, the lake is pretty low and you need to be careful that you don’t run aground while you are fishin’ on the lake. The water levels have come up some with the rains we have been gettin’, but water is still low close to the shoreline.

Kyle also reported that folks are catchin’ some bass in the local lakes as well. Most of those folks are fishin’ with shiners. My granddaughter’s boyfriend Josh Dannels fished Boggy Creek over the weekend. He and his fishin’ buddy caught more than 30 bass on their trip.

Folks, we are headin’ into summer and it’s gonna be a little hot so make sure you take along plenty of water and Gatorade and keep yourself hydrated while you are on the water.

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you get a chance to do some fishin’ this week or over the weekend. See ya next week.

Tip of the week: full moon.

Save a few and good luck!