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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

This month I would like to talk about wacky worm fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn. This was a great bait during the spring and also this summer but it will even get better in September and October. I like to use 12 to 14 pound Silver Thread line on a Shimano Curado 200. This works great on my three or four star Erhardt rod . Mustad hooks have made it easy with the FIN-ACKY hook. The best hook is the 1/32 oz 1/0 weedless hook. This hook lets the worm fall slowly. Also, you don't have to put a nail in the head of the worm when you use the FIN-ACKY hook. I like to rig it with a Zoom trick worm. The best colors this season so far are red bug, watermelon red flake, watermelon, and plum apple. The other wacky bait I use is the Riverside Sling Shot which falls slowly. The Sling Shots action is unbelievable. The slightest twitch of the rod tip will make both tails dance. Big fish can't resist it. You should use a 3/0 or 4/0 Mustad hook with 10 to 14 pound test line. The Sling Shot also has on the top side of the lure a place you can insert small rattle beads or real crawfish attractant. The best color Sling Shots are watermelon seed, sour grape, and the Texas smoke. I like to cast the Sling Shot out and let it fall slowly next to the grass line. Then I give the rod tip a couple of twitches and let it fall down again. I do the same with the trick worm this will give the bait a fluttering motion that those big bass can't resist. The best places to do this are on the grass flats next to the creeks and on the shoreline hydrilla going back into the creeks. Remember the bait fish will start moving to the creeks soon. So next time try putting the wacky or Sling Shot to work.

This year I will be fishing the BASS Central Invitational the first tournament will be the Louisiana Bassmaster Invitational on the Red River October 12-14 followed by the Missouri Invitational on Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, Missouri November 8-11, then the Texas Invitational on Lake Sam Rayburn on March 1-3 and the final tournament the Missouri Invitational, Table Rock Lake, Kimberling City, Missouri April 19-21. Through out the year I will bring you my experiences and results of the tournament trail.
Don't forget about the Jasper Outdoors Festival 2000.It will be on Saturday September 30 on the Jasper City square. You will enjoy boat and outdoor sporting goods exhibits with all major boat and motor manufacturers being represented. Food booths will also be selling the best in local food to the public. There will also be hunting and ATV safety demonstrations and The "Lone Star Lunker Wagon" . We are also having a Pro - Am bass tournament with nationally known professional anglers attending with a drive thru weigh in at the town square. I will be fishing in the tournament as well as many other local pros and fishing guides. At the end of the day there will be a moonlight dance on the town square with a live band. The fun will start at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 11:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Jasper Outdoors Festivals, Inc., a non -profit organization benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper hope to see you there. For more information go to www.jasperoutdoors.com.

By the way , when I am not fishing tournaments I am a full-time fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685. Or e-mail me at JOHNPRESLEY@HOTMAIL.COM

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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