Tennessee Bass Federation
November continues the cooling process in Tennessee’s lakes, but there will be one location where the temperatures are warm. The champions from the two Tennessee Bass Federation State Tournaments will meet on a lake in middle Tennessee on November 6 in a one on one challenge that will result in determining the Tennessee Bass Federation State Champion for 2009. Anglers will fish in their own boats with a Tennessee Bass Federation supplied observer taken from the TBF Area Directors. The champions will not know the location of the tournament until early on the fifth of November when they meet in Hendersonville, TN. Many will speculate, but only one person (TBF President) will know the actual location of the State Championship waters. TBF Officers and Directors decided on this format in 2008 and the results were greater than expected. With this format, neither angler will have an advantage and will have to depend on his natural talents, honed skills, and a little luck to win the coveted prize. Info on this tournament and tournament location can be found on www.tnbass.com. The location information will be released on the web site as soon as the two champions learn on Thursday, November 5.
All Tennessee Bass Federation members are encouraged to attend the annual state meeting that will be held on November 7, 2009 at the Holiday Inn Express in Hendersonville, TN. The state meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will last until all business is completed. It is important for all TBF clubs to send someone to the meeting to represent the members. The meeting will include reports from the state officers and state youth and conservation directors, business will be discussed and proposed rule changes will be voted on. Please make plans to attend this important meeting.
Western State Tournament: Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Lake was certainly a challenge for our anglers from the western side of the state at our Western State Championship. The weather tested TBF anglers to the max with extreme current that knocked out a lot of the ledge bite, high winds that affected running to the areas around Paris and beyond. Even with all the problems, some of the Tennessee Bass Federation anglers found their way to good stringers of fish and a few of the big bass that Kentucky Lake has been producing over the past couple of years. The results for the Western State Tournament in full are located at www.tnbass.com but the top six that will qualify for next years Tennessee Bass Federation State Team are:
Charles Davis, Henderson County Renegades (2009 Western Tennessee State Champion and five time qualifier for the state team); Jamin Barker, Reelfoot Lake Bass Club (a two time state qualifier); Scott Tubbs, Pickwick Bass Anglers (2009 Western Champion and 2009 State Champion); James Effinger, Shilo Bassmasters; Michael Hill, Tullahoma Bass Hustlers; and Tommy Brown, West Tennessee Bass Anglers. The Alternate for the 2010 State Team will be George Bingham from the Gibson County Bass Club.
Big Bass Awards:
With what may well be the largest bass ever weighed in at a Tennessee Bass Federation State Tournament George Schrader of the Madison County Bass Anglers took the Big Bass Award with a 10.88 pound largemouth.
When that fish came out of the Duncan Weigh Bag everyone in the crowd dropped their jaw and gasped. How often in Tennessee do you have a 10.88 bass on the end of your line? In second place with a 8.61 pound lunker was Matthew Crabill from the Rutherford County Bassmasters. Both anglers caught very good fish that any tournament angler would like to walk to the scales with. Good job gentlemen!
The Tennessee Valley Bass Club took top team honors with a six member team total of 59.06 pounds. Following Tennessee Valley in positions 2 through 8 were the following clubs: Henderson County Renegades, 55.81; Fayette Co Bass Club of TN, 49.62; Tennessee Ridge Bass Club, 49.25; Houston County Bass Club, 49.18; Henderson County Bass Anglers, 48.26; Gibson County Bass Club, 47.69; Pickwick Bass Anglers, 46.46.
Eastern State Tournament: Watts Bar Lake
The Eastern State Tournament results will be discussed in next month’s newsletter.
Kentucky Lake Fishing:
One of the favorite methods of fishing for Kentucky Lake bass is jigging on the main lake ledges. This technique is especially good using the Lake Fork Jigging Spoon. The following information is provided by Lake Fork Tackle, one of our great state sponsors.
Fishing the LFT Lake Fork Flutter Spoon is unlike fishing a regular jigging spoon; rather, it is more akin to retrieving a Texas rigged worm, only with more exaggerated motions. I start by making a long cast and letting the spoon fall on slack line. Slack line is the key to flutter spoons, as it gives the bait its distinctive dying shad fluttering action-the trigger mechanism for big bass. Once the bait hits bottom, reel up your slack, holding your rod at the 9 o'clock position. Raise your rod to the 12 o'clock or even 1 o'clock position, pulling the spoon way up off the bottom. Some days you want to raise the spoon very briskly, while other days a slow steady lift works better. Once you've lifted the spoon, leave slack in the line and let it fall back to the bottom. Repeat this process all the way to the boat, making sure to leave slack in the line each time it drops for that key fluttering action. If the fish are suspended instead of on the bottom, follow this same process, except count the bait down to the desired depth instead of letting it fall all the way to the bottom on the initial cast.
Bites on the spoon will feel like a very sharp thump and your line will often jump. As soon as I feel a bite, I do a short snap set of the hook as quickly as I can. Bass often strike the spoon several times before hooking up, so if you miss a fish, continue your retrieve until you hook up. Bass almost always come to the surface and are notorious for spitting spoons when they jump. To prevent lost fish, I stick my rod tip into the water and reel briskly to keep tension on bass as they come up. Check out the LFT Lake Fork Flutter Spoons at www.LFTlures.com.
Charlie’s Kitchen: Baked Ziti
- 1 pound dry ziti pasta
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
- 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted