Lakecaster Online


By Joe Joslin


NOTED FISHING TACKLE PIONEER PASSES: Hello, Anglers! The name Bill Lewis will be familiar with many of you anglers and readers. If you are not familiar with the name, you certainly are familiar with the term' Rat-L-Trap'. Lewis, a pioneer in the fishing tackle industry and founder of Bill Lewis Lures passed away on June 17th after a long illness. Lewis was a leading figure in the fishing tackle industry for over 40 years. He was best known for his invention of the Rat-L-Trap which is a family of baits that has a unique sound chamber design. How successful was/is the Rat-L-Trap? Bill Lewis Lures to date have sold over 150 million 'Traps' around the world.

Personally, I have about 40-50 Traps but I know of some anglers who have a hundred or more. As a matter of fact, I do not know of any angler who does not own a Rat-L-Trap. There is a reason.......they are easy to use and they catch fish! Bill Lewis Lures is located in Alexandria, LA. Mr. Lewis was also a highly decorated WW II veteran serving his country as a B-24 Bomber pilot. We would like to offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Lewis family as well as to friends and employees.


SYLVANIA AND TOLEDO DRAWDOWN: A FAQ I am getting the past few weeks has to do with whether or not Toledo will be pulled down this summer/fall for the purpose of trying to kill/control the spread of Sylvania. The plant is causing problems in several areas, especially the upper half of The Bend. The back of Housen (on the south end of TB) also has a large, infested area. This stuff spreads rapidly! Sylvania, a floating, tropical plant was somehow introduced into The Bend 3-4 years ago. Several suggestions have been proposed to control it. One rumor is that the SRA (Sabine River Authority)is presently in the process of pulling the lake down to low levels in hopes to kill the plant since most of it is in very shallow water. While both The Texas Parks and Wildlife and the LA Dept of Game/Fisheries are looking at a possible drawdown in the future to attempt to control the plant, none is in the process at present, according to a spokesman with the Sabine River Authority (SRA). The present generating schedule has to do with energy contracts and is about the same schedule as is normally followed in June and July. The current, lower than normal lake levels has to do with a lack of rain in May and June and not a change in the generating schedule, according to SRA information.

LIFE IS GOOD! I just ordered my new boat.....A 2006 Skeeter ZX250 with Yamaha's new 300 horse power 3.3 L HPDI outboard engine. A new wife (as of June 18th) and a new is good,huh? Please note.....I did mention wife first!

CONGRATULATIONS TO GEORGE JEANE, JR!!!! One of the hottest anglers in the area this year has been good friend and fellow angler George Jeane, Jr of Evans, LA. George finished 4th this year in point standings (five tournaments) in the Central Division of Everstart Tournament Series. This qualifies Jeane to fish the FLW Tour next year. FLW tournaments are some of professional bass fishing's most prestigious events and have raised the bar in prize money to pro anglers. Jeane also had a great year in this year's Skeeter/Yamaha's Bass Champs Tournament Trail as he and his dad George Jeane, Sr. won one of the five events and tied for 2nd in overall point standings. Jeane is one of the hardest working anglers I have ever met which reminds me of something my dad said ... "The harder I work, the luckier I get". Hats off to hard-working George Jeane, Jr.

AUTHOR INFO: Joe Joslin is a syndicated columnist, tournament angler and pro
guide on Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn. His sponsors include Skeeter Boats
and Yamaha Outboard Engines, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Fenwick, Jay's Carpet One,
G. T. Industry, ReAction Lures, TTI and Stanley Jigs, Inc. Contact him at
(337) 463-3848/409-565-1288 or

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