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OF BASS & GALS
By: Sue Crochet

Where has this year gone?! Here it is, fall already, and time to start hunting. Well ... maybe for some people. Actually, this is the best time of the year to be bass fishing. Cooler air and water surface temperatures will make the bass very active. As hunters prepare for deer and bird hunting seasons and activity on local lakes decreases, die-hard anglers are catching more bass than they have all year!

Most tournament tours have completed their 2000 seasons and are finishing up with their championships. Children have returned to school and summer vacations are over for most families. With less pressure on our lakes, it will be much easier to catch bass on your favorite big fish holes. Also, as temperatures cool down a bit, the bass will be feeding heavily to prepare for colder mid-winter water temps, which make them go into "hibernation" mode. Well ... almost. Their metabolisms slow way down and the fish are much less likely to chase a bit like they do in the fall.

Because our winters have been so mild for the last couple of years, largemouth bass have been caught near and exceeding lake records with consistency. Spawning bass can be caught beginning in January, while many of our hunters are still in the field and on stands. Although I started doing some deer hunting a couple of years ago and am beginning to enjoy it more and more, I love to be on the lake with cool air blowing in my face. Catching bass with regularity helps, too!

Our bass club (Lake Area Lady Anglers) continues to schedule tournaments monthly, which I always attend, unless sick or dying. This means I'll be on the lake at least once per month during the fall and winter seasons. Shucks! I just hate that, don't you?! Anyway, these events are much more pleasant and we have practically the whole lake to ourselves during these events. What can I say ... great lakes, good company, and prime fishing ... you just can't beat that!

Another thing I love so much about fall fishing is that the bass will hit just about anything you throw at them. Topwater and spinnerbait action will be at its best, but I particularly to use soft jerk baits or floating worms, such as the Shad Assassin or Reaction Lures' Wacky Worm. If the wind will let you, get out on one of your favorite main lake flats, where grass is just a foot or two under the surface, toss your lure out, and HANG ON! Some of my favorite spots on Toledo Bend at this time of year are Arnold's, Tennessee Bay, Indian Mounds, Hausen Bay, and McGee's Flats.

In The News
One of our local gals, Jonell Whitstine of Colfax, LA, recently took 2nd place in the Women's Bas Fishing Association's Kentucky Lake event at Camden, TN. This finish cinched the WBFA 2000 Angler of the Year title for Jonell and was the perfect finish to an outstanding year for her.

Jonell has had many Top 10 finishes since becoming a member of WBFA. This year she set her goals a little higher. In all but one WBFA event, in which she placed 9th, Jonell had all top five finishes in 2000! This type of performance has earned her the respect of her peers and the gratitude of her sponsors, including Triton Boats, Mercury Motors, Deka Batteries, Sufix Fishing Line, Eagle Claw Hooks, Costa Del Mar, Sandy Point Lures, Bass Assassin, Bill Lewis Lures, Frogg Toggs, Rapides Regional Medical Center, Kick N Bass, Colorite, Easy Retriever, and Timberland.

She has now set her sites on the World Championship title and I wish her lots of luck in achieving her goal!


Jonell Whistine

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