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On The Cover Chandler Booth of Moultrie, Ga with his first-ever redfish! Caught with Capt. Pat McGriff out of Keaton Beach, Fl. See Pat McGriff’s Keaton Beach Fishing Report on Page 5.

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Thanks To The Mothers Daniel F. Evans

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As I write this, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I would like to thank all the mothers in my life. Life would not be same without all of them taking care of me and my family. My mother isn’t with us anymore but, I think of her everyday. All the things that she taught me over the years, even though I didn’t know it at the time, I use in someway everyday. She took me fishing many

times as a young boy. I never dreamed it would become one of my favorite things to do. As my children grow up, I wish they understood now how much their mothers are teaching them each day that will prepare them for life down the road with their own children and families. Mothers play probably one of the biggest parts in our lives. Without them all of the things we enjoy wouldn’t be possible. From the deer that has the fawn, to the fish that spawns. None would be possible without the mothers of the world. I know I very thankful for all the mothers in my life. I’m sure you are too!! Let them know each day how important they are to you.

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We are catching fish at Keaton Beach! Capt. Pat McGriff

Southern Outdoor Magazine Columnist Keaton Beach

I had Stan Bryant and Reed Horton of Macon, Ga. out Saturday, April 16 in 20- 23 knot w-i-n-d-s and we had our 15 trout in less than 3 hours. That included two over 20 inches, one 24” long! We fished live pinfish rigged 32” under Back Bay Thunders rigged on Star Stellar Lite SGF817FT76 rods matched with Star Aerial 4000 reels lined with Trik Fish Game Green 10# test line. May should hold some Great fishing at Keaton as the sow trout we have cleaned have not laid their eggs yet. May looks like the prime month this year for our Speckled Trout to spawn. That means fishing in 4 - 5 ft. of water on top of the tide and don’t be surprised to land your larger fish in those depths. I have been catching some fine trout on artificials as well. I have done great on Saltwater Assassin’s Sea Shads bounced on 1/8 oz. Chartreuse flash JAO6005 jighead and on their 5” Shads rigged up under an Original Cajun Thunder with a 34” leader tied to a 1/16 oz. chartreuse spring lock SLJA71005 jighead. Sea Shad colors that have been working include Stinky Pink, Pink Ghost, Albino Ghost, Limetreuse Glow, and Pt 2000. 5” Assassin Shad in Stinky Pink, Croaker Shad, Alewife, Grey Ghost, Ripper and Clear/Gold. May should see plenty of trout ready to strike artificials both soft plastic and plugs. We have ballyhoo already just not in the numbers we need to get the trout in a “plug eating” mood. Stickbaits Like She Dogs. and Top Dog Junior by MirrOlure will be a great choice early in the a.m. with hard jerkbaits like BiteA-Bait fighters, Bomber Long A,s and Cordell Redfins my choice later in the day. We have yet to have cobia show up but May should be the month the ling start to attack our trout tackle as our water temps today were 67 degrees early with 72 this afternoon. Have a 40 # outfit ready when cobia show up boatside and slip them a small blue crab and HOLD on! Meanwhile...Let’s Go Fishing!

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Flooding Is Very Beneficial Steven Crenshaw

Southern Outdoor Magazine Columnist Lake Blackshear

March and April was great for crappie fishing this year, but now “The crappie fishing season has ended”. This statement is a little confusing to some people because the crappie are present and feeding year round. So let me clarify, the spawn is over and the crappie have left shallow water. The majority of the crappie have moved back into the river channel which is deeper water and makes the crappie a lot harder to locate

and catch. The Flint River has experienced flood conditions in December, February and April. All the fresh water coming through the lake caused the lake to be very muddy and difficult to catch fish for two weeks after the floods. Flooding is very beneficial for the fish because when the water leaves the banks of the river it covers the ground with water and causes the worms and insects to come to the surface, the fish then gorge themselves on the plentiful food source. The catfish, bream and bass become much larger has a result of the flood. Lake Blackshear didn’t leave it’s banks during the recent floods, but did benefit from all the extra nutrients that flowed down river. So now is the time to catch

a lot of large healthy fish. To locate a good place to start fishing near Georgia Veteran’s State Park look north of the sand beach located in the park and you will be looking at the Sam Short Line/Heart of Georgia railroad track. Start fishing the southwest edge of the rocks and fish the bank going east. I normally use a telescoping pole called a bream buster with a small cork, number 6 hook and BB weight, for bait I use red wigglers or crickets. And always remember to thank God for our great outdoors and the opportunity we have to enjoy it. Steven Crenshaw operates Mr. Wildlife Guide Service clbsim@yahoo.com lakeblacksherfishingguide.com

The Sunfish Will Be Bitting In The South Ga. Rivers WAYCROSS, Ga. (May 6, 2016) – Two years ago, bait shops were quiet… eerily quiet. Why? Because the cricket bins were empty. That year marked one of the best fishing seasons ever on the Satilla and other South Georgia rivers. 2016 looks to rival that year for anglers seeking sunfish, so start stocking up on crickets now. South Georgia rivers are poised to provide large catches of panfish as river levels drop within the banks after extended flooding of surrounding land occurred this past fall and winter, according to personnel with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “Our past research has shown that redbreast sunfish grow extremely fast whenever the river is out in the floodplain, so I expect to see some of the biggest river bluegill and redbreast we have seen in years,” said Don Harrison, fisheries biologist. “This spring should yield some fantastic panfishing on the Satilla and other south Georgia rivers.” Fishing tips for panfish, such as redbreast sunfish and bluegill, include pitching crickets suspended underneath a small float around shoreline cover. Those anglers that can make pinpoint accurate casts can sling artificial lures into shady haunts to pull out some true “rooster” redbreasts. Some of the

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“The Scrapbook” Terrence Fannin of Warner Robins had a great day fishing on Lake Lucas and caught a bunch of good bream.

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Crickets Continued From Page 7 hat) for trophy fish that meet specific criteria. There will be plenty of Angler Award-sized panfish of several species caught from rivers this spring – so be sure to check out the requirements at www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/ anglerawards. Safety while fishing on rivers is important. Anglers are encouraged to wear a life jacket. Flood events change rivers by moving logs and sandbars in river channels, so be careful while boating. Anglers needing a fishing license can purchase one online or find a list of retail license vendors at www.georgiawildlife. com/licenses-permits-passes , or buy one by phone at 1-800-366-2661. South Georgia rivers fishing information is available at www. georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Rivers). For real-time river level readings, visit the USGS River Gauge website at http:// waterdata.usgs.gov/ga/nwis/rt.

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The Outcome of Your Trip May Be Determined Before You Go: The Importance of Angling Trip Preparation

Dr. Andrew A. Cox

Southern Outdoor Magazine Columnist

Over the course of many fishing trips, I have been reminded of the importance in making advance trip preparations. Such preparations are important whether you will be making day, overnight, or extended angling trips. On one Florida Gulf Coast trip, my fishing partner had forgotten to pack his toiletry items. Accordingly, we had to make a side trip to the local dollar store to purchase a toothbrush, hairbrush, and all necessary toiletry items. I also recall another Florida Gulf Coast trip where I arrived, launched my boat, and noticed that I had forgotten to put the ignition key into the boat. Fishing for this particular day was wiped out as I had to telephone my wife to make the six hour one way trip to hand me my boat key required to operate the vessel. Advance preparations could have prevented these mishaps. Good preparation for angling trips can make the trip enjoyable or a mess. After all, who wants to spend the extra time and money to purchase essential fishing items that are in your garage or storage areas at home? I learned a tip some years ago from a friend of mine who is a backpacking enthusiast. He made extended backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail and other wilderness areas where convenience stores and other commercial outlets are not readily available to purchase desired or essential items.

He had prepared packing lists stored on his computer with required items to take on a hiking trip. These lists were compiled for a particular backpacking location to include the weather that may be encountered on the trip during a particular time of year. These lists aided in packing essential clothing, camping, and food items that may be needed over the course of the trip. I adapted these lists for fishing, storing them on my computer for review in packing and preparing for a particular fishing trip. I have several lists to accommodate both freshwater and saltwater day, overnight, or extended fishing trips. These lists also reflect items needed for the species of fish that I will be seeking at a particular location, i.e. trout, bass, redfish, speckled trout, etc. I also include lists where food preparation will be an aspect to insure the inclusion of cooking utensils and items. It used to require several days to pack for a fishing trip to insure that items were not forgotten. With these packing lists I can now pack in one to two hours and minimize forgotten items. As they are stored on my computer, I can continually update the packing list to reflect my changing fishing preferences and destinations. I have also begun to develop specialty tackle boxes for the type of water that I will be fishing. Rather than toting around one or two stuffed general tackle boxes, my tackle is now organized into boxes according to tackle type. I use the plastic, transparent boxes (the type manufactured by Plano, Flambeau, or similar manufacturers) labeled according to top water, shallow, medium, deep running lures; plastic worms; tubes; drop shot tackle; tackle

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for crappie or bream fishing, etc. Now I simply place a particular box into my boat containing essential tackle that I may use in the waters that I am fishing. These specialty boxes have gradually expanded in number as my arsenal of lures and tackle has grown over the years due to the variety of tackle marketed by various fishing equipment manufacturers. This tackle organization system saves time over the course of the fishing day rather than sorting through a stuffed tackle box for needed items. Use of these packing lists and specialty tackle boxes have customized and streamlined my fishing preparations. I usually have everything I need on the water rather than making a side trip, wasting time and money to locate forgotten or needed items. With these lists I can optimize my time on the water and make the difference between a good or bad fishing excursion. Dr. Andrew Cox is a contributing writer to outdoor publications and newspapers. His writing interests specialize in angling and travel, human interest, and general fishing technique oriented topics. Many of his articles lead to the reader experiencing “yea, I have thought about that or that has happened to me”. He is a member of the Georgia Outdoor Writer’s Association. He has been fishing the waters of Georgia, Alabama, and north Florida for over forty years. He has also fished the waters of most states within the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and several Caribbean islands. He enjoys fresh and saltwater fishing for bass, bream, crappie, trout, redfish, and speckled trout using fly, baitcasting, and spinning equipment. Dr. Cox financially supports his fishing habits as Professor Emeritus at Troy University, Phenix City, Alabama as well as psychological services consultant in the West Georgia region. He may be contacted at andrewtrout@aol.com.


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“It’s Almost Here!” Capt. Tony Mathis

Southern Outdoor Magazine Columnist Steinhatchee

Toss 1 pound bay scallops, 2 diced green tomatoes, 2 minced shallots, 1/2 minced jalapeno, 1/3 cup lime juice, 3/4 cup orange juice and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, two teaspoons black pepper and 1 cup chopped cilantro into a gallon zip lock bag. Shake well and put in iced cooler for about 1 hour. Open the bag and ENJOY with crackers or tortilla chips! This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy our sweet FRESH Bay Scallops. WHILE ON THE WATER! Very tasty and refreshing while gathering scallops in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This exciting time of year begins on June 25th this year. I am writing this article fully TWO MONTHS IN ADVANCE, but the season will be here and gone before you know it. As you read this article, a good bit of time has probably already passed, and the opening date is headed for us like a speeding locomotive! I know many if not most folks who are reading this article have never been Scalloping. Many have heard about how much fun it his, but just don’t know much about how to make it happen. They know folks that have gone and come back talking about how much fun they had, and that they can’t wait to go again! Catching scallops is a lot like falling off a log. About the only difference is you fall out of a boat. With masks, fins, and snorkel and a collection

bag, our underwater Gulf wonderland becomes your hunting grounds! Swimming mostly in waist deep water, it is like an Easter egg hunt. There are many ways to cook them. Fried seems to be most popular. Some other ways are broiled, blackened, sautéed, baked and a wonderfully refreshing dish served cold called Ceviche. They can also be served over rice, over pasta in a cream sauce, put in stews and chowders, and some even love them raw with or without lime juice. Fantastic most any way you eat them.

You can Google all the recipes and find your favorite way to prepare them. Most all of our local restaurants will cook you scallops for you however you want them and plate them up and serve them with your favorite side dishes. Over the years our customers have done very well on their hunting expeditions. Many return year after year. It is great to see the kids as they grow. Scalloping is a great family event. It is a time together that is so missed in today’s society. No TV, no video games, no cell phone, (should you turn it off, or better yet leave it on the hill) no interruptions other than excitement and laughter as the bags of the blue eyed creatures continue to fill.

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2016 NASP IBO GEORGIA 3D CHALLENGE DUBLIN, GA (April 28, 2016) – More than 150 student archers from 13 Georgia elementary, middle and high schools recently participated in the second annual 2016 National Archery in the Schools® International Bowhunters Organization Georgia 3D Challenge in Dublin, Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Participation in this tournament doubled from the previous year with registration filling within two hours of opening. Many of these student archers recently had participated in the recent NASP State Tournament. The NASP® IBO 3D Challenge is an extension of the educational experience that NASP provides. This event required archers to shoot at a variety of 3 dimensional animal targets from varying ranges between 10 and 15 meters. TOURNAMENT RESULTS Team Standings Elementary School Division 1st Place - Eagle’s Nest Christian Home Educators Association, Newnan (Score: 1070) 2nd Place – Satilla Elementary, Douglas, Georgia (Score: 1028) Middle School Division 1st Place – Johnson County Middle School, Wrightsville (Score: 1367) 2nd Place – Robert Toombs Christian Academy, Lyons (Score: 1338) 3rd Place – Dodge County Middle School, Eastman (Score: 1302) High School Division 1st Place –Lee County High School, Leesburg (Score: 1413) 2nd Place – Dodge County High School, Eastman (Score: 1343) 3rd Place – Lafayette Christian School, Lagrange (Score: 1336) Individual Standings Top Overall Female Sara Pope, Johnson County Middle School, Wrightsville (Score: 287) Male Trey Kerce, Lee County High School, Leesburg (Score: 287) Elementary School Division Female 1st Place–Leilianna Barden, Lee County Elementary School, Leesburg (Score: 251) 2nd Place–Josey Harrel, Vidalia Heritage Academy, Vidalia (Score: 248) 3rd Place–Lily Williams, Vidalia Heritage Academy, Vidalia (Score: 246) Male 1st Place–Alex Tusing, Lafayette Christian School, Lagrange (Score: 269) 2nd Place–John Colby Thompson, Vidalia Heritage Academy, Vidalia (Score: 253)

3rd Place –Aiden Ratliff, Eagle’s Nest Christian Home Educators Association, Newnan (Score: 250) Middle School Division Female 1st Place – Sara Pope, Johnston County Middle School, Wrightsville (Score: 287) 2nd Place – Anzley Jerrett, Lee County High School, Leesburg (Score: 272) 3rd Place – Rebekah Vanlaarhoven, Lafayette Christian School, Lagrange (Score: 270) Male 1st Place – Mason Moxley, Robert Toombs Christian Academy, Lyons (Score: 280) 2nd Place – Foster Jones, Robert Toombs Christian Academy, Lyons (Score: 275) 3rd Place – Elliot Green, North Whitfield Middle School, Dalton (Score: 275) High School Division Female 1st Place – Sierra Cofield, Lafayette Christian School, Lagrange (Score: 274) 2nd Place – Brooke Nardi, Dodge County High School, Eastman (Score: 271) 3rd Place – Kari Vanlaarhoven, Lafayette Christian School, Lagrange (Score: 268) Male 1st Place – Trey Kerce, Lee County High School, Leesburg (Score: 287) 2nd Place – Josh Williams, Dodge County High School, Eastman (Score: 286) 3rd Place- Skyler Presley, Lee County High School, Leesburg (Score: 286) MORE ABOUT NASP The National Archery in the Schools Program is an in-school archery curriculum that meets all education department standards. Only schools that are certified in NASP through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are qualified to compete in the Georgia Tournament. Schools in more than 100 counties in Georgia are NASP certified. The program promotes instruction in international-style target archery to improve educational performance and participation in shooting sports. Research has shown that the program, administered through a minimum two-week course during the school year, improves class attendance and behavior. NASP universal-fit bows make it possible for students of all sizes and genders to succeed in archery while raising self-esteem levels and improving hand-eye coordination during physical activity. NASP is taught in 47 states as well as 10 countries. To date, more than 10 million students have gone through the program. For more information on the International Bowhunting Organization, visit www.ibo.net. For more information on NASP in Georgia, recreational shooting sports opportunities or to find a range near you, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/nasp , contact a local Wildlife Resources Division office or call (770) 761-3010.


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Pictured Cloclwise. 1- Lee County High School 2- Johnson County Middle School 3- Eagle’s Nest Christian Home Educators Association (elementary division) 4- Sara Pope (Top Overall Female), Johnson County Middle School 5- Trey Kerce (Top Overall Male), Lee County High School 6- Alex Tusing, Lafayette Christian School


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May has some of the Best Striper/Hybrid Fishing Capt.Mark Smith

Southern Outdoor Magazine Columnist Lake Oconee

May is time of year when we change from spring to summer. The first of the month we will still be fishing like April and by the end of the month we will be fishing like it is June. The striper/hybrid fishing in May is some of the best of the year. The fish will moving from the dam area and they will be staging on the humps and points on there way up the lake to the rivers where they will spend the summer. The bait and tactics will also change as we move to summer. The first of the month will be pulling plainer boards and down lining live shad, into the large schools of fish we find on my Lowrance HDS 12. As we move into the end of the month we will still use live bait but it will be on down lines. This is also the time of year to get out your umbrella rigs and start looking for the fish staging on humps and points in the 15 to 20 ft. depth. I will pull a fully loaded 4 arm rig. It will have 9 3/4 oz jigs attached to the rig. I will pull it at 3mph 100 ft. behind the boat. This will

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last season. The total deer harvest for 2015 was down 8% from 2014 and 12% from 2013. More hunters afield doesn’t always equate to an increase or decrease in harvest totals or the quality of the deer herd. A number of factors play a role in harvest totals to include: weather, number of hunters, wildlife habitat, and change in bag limits. Nevertheless, Ohio still ranks as one of the top destinations for trophy deer hunters in the Midwest. In addition, sportsmen have witnessed a similar decline in trophy fishing in Ohio and Tennessee. In 2007, it was routine on Melton Hill Lake to catch seven to eight trophy stripers (over 20 pounds) on a trip and today, three fish a week would be extraordinary. Tennessee Wildlife Biologist Mike Smith cites several reasons to the decline in trophy stripers to include over-harvesting, the high mortality rate of stripers weighing over 30 pounds, and no active stocking program in many reservoirs. Though this area still holds some numbers of trophy fish; the numbers have overall been greatly reduced. The “need” to put a big one on the wall or keeping the fish out of the water too long has resulted or contributed in less trophy size fish. Biologist Smith suggest that anglers refrain from purposely fishing for “stripers,” as they’re often called, during the dog days of summer. A recent study concluded that the mortality rate of stripers taken and released out of waters with temperatures from 72-80 degrees is around 70%. As by comparison, when water temperatures range from 46-48 degrees, the mortality rate drops drastically to 25%. Many, but not all, fish kills in the summer result from low concentrations of dissolved oxygen in the water. Fish, like all other complex life forms, need oxygen to survive. One of the most immediate concerns regarding fishing is the loss or damage to freshwater habitat and the quality of water these fish thrive in. In addition, invasive species like Zebra Mussels are crowding out native fish and just recently the Asian carp were found to inhabit middle Tennessee; once though to be immune from these and other invasive threats. Destruction or modification of wildlife habitat results in reduced range size and/or loss of populations as well. Another major concern is pollution from point and non-

point source contaminants. Runoff from urban areas, and the compound effects of multiple pollutants, often reduces water quality to the point that only the most tolerant species can survive. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Water Resources issues advisories for consumption of fish; especially catfish and stripers from certain Tennessee waters. These fish contain potentially hazardous contaminants. High risk groups such as children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers should avoid consumption of contaminated fish. Because adverse health effects for normal risk groups are considered to be a result of routine and long-term exposure, an infrequent meal of listed fish is not believed to have a measurable health risk. Eagles, waterfowl, turtles, furbearers, and other fish-eating creatures are at risk from eating mercury contaminated fish as well. Mercury in their diets can cause early death, weight loss, and problems with their ability to reproduce. Unfortunately, wildlife cannot read fish advisories or change their eating habits to avoid mercury contamination. Mercury is a metal that accumulates in the muscle or meat of the fish, (just like humans) if the fish is high on the food chain like flathead catfish or stripers, they continue to eat smaller fish with mercury in it’s system, faster than their body can excrete it and the amount of mercury continues to build up in their system. It will eventually poison the fish causing sluggish movements, decrease growth, deformities, reduced appetite, decrease in size and an increase in birth defects or the complete loss of the ability to spawn. Major catastrophies like The TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal fly ash slurry spill has contributed to loss of wildlife in east Tennessee. This spill occurred just before 1 a.m. on Monday December 22, 2008, when an ash dike ruptured at an 84-acre solid waste containment area at the Kingston Fossil Plant and 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash was released. The sludge destroyed 12 homes and though no one was directly injured, the enviromental effects will last for generations. However, an unprecedented fish kill; especially

Protecting the Future Capt. Scott Manning

Southern Outdoor Magazine Columnist Tennessee River Monsters

Most folks know that Tennessee, Ohio, and the Appalachia Mountain region is home to great football, great music and down home country fun. This region is also the epicenter of some of the most diverse freshwater species and wildlife in the United States. Several thousand lakes, rivers, streams, creeks and vast woodlands encompass this region. Sadly, though this regions habitat and species are among the most in peril in the US. Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky alone have more than twenty-nine (29) or so endangered species listed and that number is growing. Since 2007, surveys all across this region indicate that the number of trophy fish, upland birds and big game appear to be in sharp decline. Mining, water quality, loss of quality habitat, commercial fishing, pay lakes, logging and climate change are the most prominent obstacles to freshwater and wildlife conservation. My staff and I, make wildlife and habitat conservation a focal point of our daily operations to include annual reservoir clean-ups, promoting fish studies and catch and release. Each year, I literally talk to thousands of people from all across the Southeast region regarding hunting and fishing, to include state wildlife biologist. Many are experiencing a decline in the quality of deer hunting and trophy fishing. A recent study I completed in Ohio saw a reduction of buck deer by some 75% over a 5-year period. In 2009, I documented 65 different bucks through trail cameras and visual sightings on a 200 acre farm in Adams County. That number significantly declined each year to an all time low of 17 in 2014. I hear similar stories from other sportsmen as I travel from state to state doing seminars. Ohio DNR Wildlife Biologist cites that decreasing the deer herd has been by design through liberal bag limits, over the counter tags and controlled hunts. Furthermore, Ohio has witnessed an increase of non-resident hunters from 15,000 in 2007 to over estimated 50,000

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are these fish coming from? They are coming from local waterways through commercial fishing, pay lake employees and people that are willing to sell their catch for profit. As a professional guide, I get phone calls each year from pay lake owners wanting to buy or employ my services in an attempt to replenish their lakes. I listen with humor as offers are made such as a $1.50 per pound or even $5,000 for a trophy fish. After a few choice words, these conversations end with the pay lake owner clearly knowing my position about raping the natural waterways to stock their private ponds for financial reward. It’s an unsound fishing practice and is a major contributor to the demise of trophy fish. Recently, in Dandridge, Tennessee two (2) individuals were cited by Tennessee Wildlife enforcement for having over the limit of catfish. No doubt these individuals were or could have been working for pay lakes. We need more enforcement, more stringent laws and a stronger working relationship between sportsmen and law enforcement. Another area of concern to some is Competitive fishing. These events have

a habit of turning a pleasant day on the water into all out chaos as everyone on board attempts to demonstrate their fishing prowess. I have a lot of great friends who participate in these events and most take every precaution in caring and handling of fish. When a fish has already gone through the stress of the fight, landing on a boat carpet or in a net, and then being thrown in a live-well, it’s chances of survival have already been greatly diminished. I along with others advocate that all fish be kept in pre-approved live wells, that all fish be released in the waters from where they were caught and that big fish (over 50lbs.) be weighed immediately if possible. We all have been guilty of a big fish slipping out of our hands, but keep in mind the damage that is caused when you drop a 50 pound fish or any size fish in the boat or on the concrete during weigh-in. Handle all fish regardless of size with care and release as soon as possible. We all have a responsibility to address and aide in the conservation of wildlife. I suggest the following pragmatic recommendations:

Scott Manning

Continued From Page 18 bait fish like Skip Jack occurred in the Tennessee River and area tributaries in the aftermath of the spill. According to a spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority which owns the plant, a test of river water near the spill site found elevated levels of lead and thallium, both of which have been linked to birth defects and nervous and reproductive system disorders. In February of 2015, a train wreck in West Virginia forced evacuation of hundreds of families and forced the shutdown of nearby water treatment facilities. The wreck involved 19 tankers cars that derailed, caught fire and leaked oil into the Kanawha river and tributaries. Incidents like these will have adverse effects for years to come

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All About the Ladies Capt. Mike Farmer Southern Outdoors Magazine Staff Writer Over the past several years one of the fastest growing parts of the world of fishing has been ladies in fishing. Each year women are taking a larger role in the fishing world. Many years back the growth started in the bass fishing world with names you may have heard such as Penny Berryman and Chris Houston just to name a couple of the prominent ones from the past. These pioneering ladies have paved the path to what is happening currently in the sport of fishing and laid the groundwork for all that is still to come. Since that time many great women anglers have entered the arena, many on a professional level and others only on a recreational basis but at any rate women in fishing is growing every year. I for one applaud them and welcome them into the sport. After all in my view a woman who can fish is way sexier than one who can twerk. In the sleepy little fishing village of Steinhatchee things are no different when it comes to women in fishing. Once again it’s almost that time again where the men have to take the backseat to the ladies. There will be no men on the weigh in stage, the ladies get to take the spotlight and show everyone they have what it takes. It’s the Steinhatchee Nauti-Girls Ladies only tournament. In this tournament the women are the stars and the men are called boat boys on the boats that even allow their presence aboard the vessel. The role of the Boat Boy is pretty much a glorified title for boat driver and possibly will be called upon to fetch a cold refreshing beverage out of the cooler from time to time. Don’t even get the thought in your head either that this is just a bunch of little prissy non-fishing women out for a girls weekend. Not a chance ! This ladies only tournament produces winning weight that match or surpass any of the other tournaments held here each year. This a bunch of fierce competitors doing what they love and taking it seriously. There will be plenty of competitors that know where to go and how to get it done

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“This Man’s Best Friends” Joey Mines

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I have always been a dog lover. I grew up in Hartsville, SC with a mixed breed Brittany Spaniel named “Snoopy“. This little dog was a great hunting dog that loved retrieving doves, ducks, and quail. She claimed the front seat of my Ford Pinto as her seat, even forcing some of my friends to sit in the back! After graduating for Clemson in 1978, my wife Betty and I moved to LaGrange GA . While watching the movie “Old Yeller” one evening, we became so emotional that the next morning, we went out and bought a Springer Spaniel that we named Barney. Barney was a great house dog that gave us a lot of companionship for many years. Over the next 25 years, we had several more Springer Spaniels that were all

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wonderful dogs. One thing that I soon learned is that dogs are bred for different purposes. The Springers that we owned were all show dogs with long pedigrees, including being the descendent of a Westminster Dog Show winner. But ours were not hunting dogs. Thirteen years ago, we added a cocker spaniel named “Snickers” to our family. This little dog was a great house dog with a wonderful spirit that gave a lot of joy to us. Snickers came along when our children were moving away from home to attend college . Anyone that has had the empty nest syndrome can understand the emotions of watching your children go off to college. Snickers helped us through this trying time in our lives. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife of 37 years, two great kids and their spouses, three precious grandchildren, and a career that has allowed me to travel all over the world hunting, fishing, and RVing. Thirteen years ago, I began searching for a Boykin Spaniel puppy to do hunting segments on my TV show.

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I was very fortunate to find Pat Watts and Hollow Creek Kennels in Leesville, SC . After several visits, it was time to pick up my new puppy “Lady Bug”. Little did I know that this little brown “swamp possum” would touch my life in so many ways. Driving home with my new puppy in the dog box on the seat beside me, everything was fine for about 2 minutes. Lady Bug started crying in her box, wanting to get out. This went on for several minutes until I gave in. When I opened the cage, she crawled to me and laid down in my lap. Five hours later, we arrived in LaGrange. Lady Bug and I bonded right away. Since that first day , Bug and I have been best friends. Bug stays in the house with us and sleeps on the same pillow I sleep on. The first thing I see every morning when I wake up is little Lady Bug. I spend a great deal of time at home editing TV shows in my studio . Bug has her own editing chair that she sits in each day. I definitely have a shadow that follows me everywhere I go. I would have been very content to play ball with Bug, edit TV shows, as well as travel around the country in our motor

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home with her in the seat beside me. But little did I know that the best was yet to come. When Bug was a year old, I took her dove hunting for the first time. She absolutely loves to hunt! Bug picked up a limit of doves on her first trip and was the talk of the hunt. Over the past twelve years Bug has been quail and pheasant hunting with me many times. She has been a regular on my TV show for many years. Bug is retired now and spends her days watching her favorite TV shows, “Outdoors with Joey Mines” and “Days of Our Lives”!

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I have been blessed to have many great dogs in my life. We now have 2 more Boykin Spaniels (Cricket 4 years old and Katy 1 year old). I highly recommend Boykin Spaniels for anyone looking for a wonderful companion at home or in the field. As I’m sitting on the couch writing this column, I’m surrounded by my three best friends, my Boykins. There is a country song that says, “Nobody loves me like my dog does”, and I’m living proof of that!


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The Fish Are Here!! Capt. Tony Bozzella

on separate occasions caught an over 50 inch redfish on light tackle casting lures. Awesome fun!!

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All the fish are here, and you can catch many varieties. On the higher water side, there will be good bites on jacks, trout, reds, blues, Spanish Mackerel, and lady fish. A lot of fun fish. However, this is a good time to catch a gator trout.(5+) top waters, and a variety of plugs have there place this month. My records show good numbers of gators in the past. Of coarse, fishing the early mornings and the “quiet” time of day is a plus, however, they have been caught throughout the mid day hours. Clean moving current with bait look for ambush areas, points and structure to make your presentation. Big redfish will hold in many of the same areas. Last year Dave Tremmel, and Judy Carter,

Plenty of jacks will be in the paths of anglers. Jetties, sea walls, deeper water structure with moving water & bait will be the places to look. Ferocious top

water bite, with many fish ranging 3-10lbs. The beaches and jetties hold the larger jacks, that can exceed 30lbs. Despite poor table fare, they make up for it with drag pulling fun. Bluefish, will be in the mix, another scrappy hard charger. Both readily take all mullet/ pogy imitators. Early mornings when the tide is low, you will have backing fish in the shallows, great excitement!! Use an 1/8 oz TBS jig and pair it to a mud minnow and cast about 4 ft in the fishes path keeping very still & quiet and get ready. Bait pods along the beaches will hold big reds and jacks, along with sharks and there can even be a showing of tarpon. Get out and enjoy it. Tight lines, Capt. Tony Bozzella TBS JIGS Pro Angler / Guide tonybozzella.com

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You also do not have to own the big powerful SUV or Truck to pull a boat. Kayaks cost can range from anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand and there are several types for either fishing small streams or rivers to fishing big lakes and the ocean. I have put together some helpful information of many of the products out there and

Kayak is a Kayak that you literally sit on top of and the hull is closed. Each type has its place and use. However, from my experience of Kayak fishing and for the type of fishing I prefer to do, I like the Sit-on type Kayak. In fact most fishing Kayaks are sit-on types of Kayaks. The Sit-on Kayak offers you more flexibility and in my case more room, the ability to stand-up while fishing, and the ability to carry more gear that is accessible. Second, there is length, weight, width, weigh capacity, comfort, tracking and maneuverability. When choosing a Kayak you need to consider all these factors and where you plan to fish the most. If you plan to fish in streams and rivers where you may encounter some very shallow water and you need to be able to maneuver around, you need to buy a Kayak that is 10-12 feet in length, has a shallow draft, and is easy to paddle. If you plan to fish large lakes and ponds, I would recommend a 12-14 foot Kayak and one that is a little wider and with more stability so you could stand to fish. If you plan on fishing the ocean, then the longer the better and you

Kayak Fishing Steve “Colonel� McCorkle

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Now that Spring is here and summer is just around the corner it is time to dust off your rods and reels and start enjoying the great fishing offered in the south in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. There are so many opportunities for fishing from ponds, Georgia Power Lakes, Army Corps Lakes, Rivers, Streams and the ocean. The good thing is that you do not have to own an expensive bass boat or offshore rig to go and enjoy some of the best fishing. There is another alternative to owning the expensive boat and an alternative that really gets you more access to more waters, a Kayak. Kayak fishing is growing in popularity all across the country because the Kayak offers everyone the ability to fish at a fraction of the cost of an expensive boat.

the types of Kayaks to help you find the perfect Kayak for you. You can also go on the web and search many websites about Kayak fishing and learn more. First, there are two basic types of Kayaks. Sit-in and Sit-on. Sit-in Kayaks are basically Kayaks you sit in the hull, these are what most people think of when they look at Kayaks. The Sit-on

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need a kayak that you can paddle easily and can take the waves. I have put together a list of Kayaks that I have found to be some of the best to choose from. These Kayaks range in price and in accessories offered so I will start with the least expensive and go to the more expensive and give my personal rating of each. I am not endorsing a specific product or company but simply giving you the information of the research I have conducted. 1. Pelican Bounty 100 Angler- 10 Ft Sit-in Kayak that offers lightweight, stability, easy tracking and decent comfort for a sit in Kayak. Constructed of Pelican rigid RAM-X material and only weighs 38 Lbs. Cost - $299.00 2. Ascend FS10T Sit-on-Top – 10 Ft Sit-on Kayak that is 32” wide and has a 325 lbs. capacity. It weighs 67 lbs. This Kayak also offers a framed mesh seat that is comfortable all day long. There is also ample storage for a Kayak that is only 10 ft. long. Cost $499.99 3. Pelican Premium Enforcer 120X Angler – 12’ Sit-on-Top constructed RAM-X material. It weighs 67 lbs. is 32” wide and has a capacity of 350 lbs. This Kayak also has a Plastic folding

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removable seat for comfort. There is lots of room to store all kinds of gear – Cost $549.99 4. Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 – 13 ft. 4 in. 28 inches wide, rated for 450 lbs. and weighs 56 lbs. Constructed of Polyethylene for durability. Not as comfortable as Kayaks with mesh seats. Cost - $699.00 to $899.00. 5. Heritage Osprey 12’9” Sit-on Fishing Kayak – 1 piece dihedral hull made of high density polyethylene, 12 ft. 9 in. length, 35 inches wide, weighs 85 lbs. and has a weight capacity of 450 lbs. Has lots of extras to include triple height adjustable 360 degree seat, 6 mounting rails, and lots of dry storage. This Kayak is a great kayak to stand in while fishing. Cost $749.00. 6. Ascend FS128T Sit-on-Top Angler Kayak – 12’8” length, 33” width, weighs 96 lbs. and has 350 lbs. capacity – Has 360 degree mess seat, lots and lots of storage, great for standing, many other accessories. Cost $799.99. 7. Perception Pescador Pro 120 12’ Fishing Kayak – 1 piece Polyethylene with stadium-style removable seat. 12 ft. length, 32.5 in. wide, weighs 64lbs. and has a 375lbs. weight capacity. This

Kayak cost $829.99. 8. NuCanoe Pursuit – Length 13’6”, 35’ width, weighs 82 lbs. and capacity of 500 lbs. In my opinion a best buy for your money. Lots of extras, real rod storage, fully adjustable mesh seat on tracks so you can adjust the location of the seat. Ready to mount a trolling motor or up to 2hp gas motor. Great for standing. MSRP - $1599.00. 9. Jackson Coosa HD - Length 12’1”, 34” width, weight capacity 425 lbs and weighs 78lbs. Offers too many features to list. One of the best kayaks on the market. MSRP - $1799.00 base to 3799.00 pro edition with trolling motor 10. Jackson Big Rig – 13’2” length, 38” width, weight capacity 450 lbs. Great for standing and lots of storage and features. Great for taller and bigger fishermen. Cost $1749.00 to 3799.00 pro edition with trolling motor. 11. Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 – Length 13’8”, width 38”, capacity 600 lbs. and weighs 120.5 lbs. Lots of storage space, Hobie’s unique Mirage Drive for quite propulsion, fully adjustable mesh seat, great for standing and fishing all types of waters. MSRP - $3299.00 See Kayaks on Page 35


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Lake Martin Fishing Has Been Good Capt. David Hare

Southern Outdoor Magazine Columnist Lake Martin

Water Level 490.13 (Full Pool is 490.00) Water Clarity/ Clear Surface Temp 60-64 degrees Lake Martin April fishing has been as good as it gets with numerous trophy class stripers being boated on our guide trips including a 38,37 several 30 + and an amazing 41 lber ! Our crappie guided trips have and still are producing crappie up to and few over 2 lbs. With May being here now as far as striper fishing I think the first 21 days will be as good as April was not changing patterns a whole lot. The last 10 days or so in May normally will start to change over to an earlier bite in the shallow waters then as the sun warms up the water surface temp the fish will get a little deeper and most likely be schooled together around 30 ft. Alex City Guide Service of course will be using live shad but if that option is not open for you then go to the local bait shops around the lake and purchase some very small black salties and down line them. You will need to target humps and long deep points near main creek channels and along the river channel. Crappie should still be biting good during the day in

Jeff Binder of Eclectic,Al with his 41 lb hog while fishing with Alex City Guide Service on Lake Martin,Al. deeper water structure but the night bite for crappie will be good also. One place that seems to be a night time crappie favorite is the Elkahatchee Creek (Coven Abott) Bridge but you better go early to get a spot because it fills up with boats very early.

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Kayak Fishing Continued From Page 33

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These are just a few Kayaks on the market. There are lots more to choose from and from all price ranges. You can buy Kayaks at most sporting goods stores and at specialty outfitters. You can buy the base model all the way to the fully rigged out pro models. You can also find some great deals on used Kayaks. There are also several very good tandem or two seat models available. Remember, you can use a kayak is all types of waters and with much lower cost that buying a boat. They are easily transported and do not require a large truck or SUV to tow them. You can mount most on top of a car or vehicle. You can get to remote waters that boats cannot go and enjoy fishing and getting close to nature. I hope this article helps you in finding a Kayak and sparks your interest in this growing sport.

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The Moment

DaWayne Spires

Southern Outdoor Magazine Columnist

It happens in a blink of an eye. You move ever so slightly in your stand when you see a flick of an ear, a flash of white, and a glimpse of rack as it goes crashing through the brush. You cast your favorite lure towards an unassuming stick-up near the bank. As the lures lands, a three foot of water area explodes as a mouth the size of a five gallon bucket slings your plug sanctimoniously back at you. You sit against a tree daydreaming about how beautiful a Spring morning in the woods can be when from just a few feet

behind the boss of the woods thunders a tremendous gobble. These are just of a few of the moments that set the stage for our life as a sportsman. It is the memory of that first adrenalin rush that drives us. Our hearts beat out of chest, our hands and knees shake like Jello, and when we finally remember to breathe all we can say is “Oh my God”. Well at least, some of us say that. It is these moments that we compare all other events to. It is the bar unto which all else is measured. Some of us go on the to live other such moments; some never get there, but it is not from lack of trying. One thing that is for certain, it is a lifetime thing. It is dreamed of, fought for, and dedicated to. We are thankful for the right that we can preserve our rich outdoor heritage. The Moment is an epiphany. A

Lake Guntersville Report

By Capt. Jake Davis April drought great changes to Guntersville with the start of the top water bite and spawning bass. Best lures for bass was Boogerman Buzzbaits, Tightline Jigs, D-Bombs from Missile Baits and swimbaits around old grass lines and Stump Fields. Water temps range from 67 to 72

Hershal Guithrie from the Birmingham Area and Capt Jake with a nice limit of Guntersville Bass caught on D-Bombs from Missile Baits.

degrees. May anglers will continue to find fish in prespawn, spawn and post spawn pattern. Best advice is “slow down and work an area completely!!” I look for D-Bombs and Mussel Crawler Jigs from Tightline Jigs to really shine around the spawning flats and keep a watchful eye on the shellbeds and humps as bass will start schooling up after the spawn. Somewhere around the full moon in May we’ll see the shad spawn…target bass feeding on the main channel grass lines with ¾ ounce spinnerbaits and Zara Spooks. Now is the time to plan your trips to Guntersville, call me to reserve a date. Please wear your PFDs and beware of your surroundings; with the increased

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life changing event in which you are changed forever. It can be a private thing or shared with others. It moves us down the road to possibly greater things. The Moment gives us an unwritten set of values. If followed it will help us understand the world around us. For a great many, it brings them a better relationship with God. The Moment is different for everyone, but the influence is the same. Can you remember that moment in your life when you decided that this was what you wanted to do? Mine was a very private and motivating instance. It guides me to this day. There are many young people who need to experience an outdoor epiphany and have a Moment for themselves. I believe it will benefit all of us if we could make this happen.

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Watch for dark clouds of shad travelling the grass lines or rippling of the water right where the water meets the edge of the hard surfaces, such as wood or rocky banks. The school of shad runs down the bank or channel grass and the females lay eggs that stick to the grass and other hard surfaces. The males are running with them and releasing sperm that fertilizes the eggs. I’ve noticed shad jumping completely out of the water onto the bank when they spawn on lakes like Tim’s Ford. I have found one of the best ways to catch bass during the shad spawn is using a 3/8 to 3/4 ounce Spinnerbaits with its unique stacked blade configuration, in which the blades actually bang together garners one of the most violent strikes I’ve known; next best choice is the light wire Punisher Spinnerbait. Silver willowleaf #4 or #5 blades with a white skirt imitate the shad. Another great way to catch bass during this time is top water baits like Assassinator Buzzbaits with a head/hook that set below the water due to its 45 degree bend just in front of the head, Rapala X-Rap Poppers and walking baits such as Sammy’s. A buzzbait worked slowly

will often excite the bass even more shallow cover, while at the same time if you are fishing close to deep water try a hard bait such as the Rapala X-Rap Popper this will draw them from greater depths simply because you can work them slower. I tend to use a top water lure when fish just prior to the crack of dawn and again as the spinnerbait bite slows after sun up. Get your boat in close to the bank and parallel the bank. Try to position your boat behind the shad and keep your movement to a minimum, so not to spook them. See which way they are moving and cast with or across the flow of traffic. Cast your spinnerbait right on the rocks or against the sea wall in areas void of grass and when fishing around grass allow the spinner bait to “Tick” the grass, as it does jerk it free and hold on. If fishing grass ledges as your lures clears the grass drop to rod tip and stop your retrieve for a few seconds, than pop the tip once or twice. Many times bass will relate to the edge of the grass waiting for unsuspecting prey. If you suspect this; using a stick bait similar to a wacky rigged Yamamoto Senko, will produce great results. You can’t

The What and How’s of the Shad Spawn! Capt. Jake Davis

Southern Outdoor Magazine Columnist Lake Guntersville

The shad spawn although it’s a short period of time, can mean the best bass fishing of the spring if you hit the right spots at the right times. Shad spawn when the water temperatures hit upper sixties to low seventies and during the full moon. In the Southeast TN, GA and AL this usually means the full moon in April and May. Shad normally spawn right at daybreak. Once the sun gets on the water the shad spawn is usually over for the day; likewise if it remains cloudy it will last longer into the day. For the most part in the southeast region, the first major wave of spawning bass have either finished or is close to finishing. For a lot of anglers this can signal the beginning of the post spawn blues, however for some anglers it is game time! Shortly after spawning the larger female bass start a migration to deeper water areas close by to start the recovery process. After a couple of days rest their hungry; a very prolific fish and a favorite meal of the bass is threadfin shad and their beginning the spawning ritual. Threadfin shad can be found in most lakes across the southeast and are the staple diet of all bass from Largemouth in Lake Guntersville and Kentucky Lake to Smallmouth bass in clear deep lakes such as Tim’s Ford and Lanier. This high in protein food source makes them the perfect forage for hungry bass. Threadfin shad generally grow to a size of four to six inches and inhabit a wide range of water depths and temperatures Typically the shad are triggered to start their spawn when the water temperature ranges between 68-76 degrees. The shad will find varieties of habitat to spawn depending upon the type of lake. These areas may consist but are not limited to shoreline grass or lily pads, rip rap, wood cover and even boat docks typically in shallow water (three to five feet) with deeper water close by. On lakes such as Lake Guntersville shad can also be found spawning on the main lake grass ledges around deeper water.

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cast too shallow! Some bass will be amazingly shallow and will be looking for shad almost out of the water. Start your retrieve as soon as your bait hits the water and be ready to set the hook immediately. Bass will often hit as soon as the bait hits the water when using either a top water lure or spinnerbait. My preferred equipment set up when using a spinnerbait or popper is a 6’9” to 7’0” Medium Heavy Duckett Micro PRO, LEW’s 6.4:1 reel spooled with 1517 pound test Vicious Ultimate Co-Poly line. With this set up your rod has just the right tip action to properly work the lure and still enough backbone to keep the beast hooked up. With Buzzbaits, I’ll arm my clients with a 7’0” Heavy Duckett White Ice. LEW’s 6.4:1 or 7:1 reel spooled with 50 pound test Vicious Braid because we are normally throwing it in or around heavy cover and your going to need to extra power to drag them out! Capt Jake Davis is a full time, year round professional guide on Lake Guntersville and Tim’s Ford, Mid South Bass Guide, www.midsouthbassguide. com or cell (615) 613-2382

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