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By Ed Snyder

Ed Snyder

A Special note of interest; There are some "rumblings" going on about what certain authorities are doing with fishing tournament permits and costs which , if allowed to stabilize as governing rules and regulations for future tournament operations on Federal Agency controlled lake systems, will seriously ebb the present bass tournament "rich" business environment that Rayburn and Toledo now enjoy. "Yes" fishing tournaments, especially bass tournament events, have developed into a lucrative business industry for some, as well as a moderate "windfall" for those lake area business' that operate on lakes which have an abundance of tournament tours, but the American way of life "assures" a free-trade business environment that supports economic growth in those areas of business concerns. "So, why would a governing agency make a move that would cause a "restriction" of those guaranteed freedoms (which is exactly what will happen if allowed to pass) ???... Stay tuned for the "answer" as that "question" will most definitely be asked by the people who will feel the "negative impact" from this proposed policy.


Now that the BassMaster's have finished with their Texas Invitational on Lake Sam Rayburn, the problem of "Big Sam's" Big Bass fishery is out in the open for the public's view. "Yes" the expected weights were down slightly (but the past 4 years of Rayburn BassMaster weights have been down since they've moved there event to the pre-spawn months) Most of the National Pro's who fished this tournament did make comments as to the problem, "but", they also stated that Rayburn was absolutely "loaded" with "normal" sized bass that promised to produce a fantastic fishery for years to come. Rayburn "IS" healthy and will most definitely provide the fishing adventure that you wish to enjoy. "So, come on in, as the water is fine.

Texas Share-a-lunker Update

With lunker bass season now within the apex of its Prime-Time, the following Bass catches have been donated and recovered by TP & W.

(Up-dated Feb, 23, 1999) (Lunker update reports-1-888-784-0600)

  • 1-(11/24/98)-Bob Lastinger, of Yantis TX-Lake Fork-(13.41 lbs)
  • 2-(1/15/99)-Curtis Newman, of League City TX-Lake Conroe-(13.56 lbs)
  • 3-(1-27/99)-Randy Speight, of Cumby TX.-Lake Fork-(13.24 lbs)
  • 4-(1-28/99)-Toby Edwards, of Oralnd CA.-Lake Fork-(14.02 lbs)
  • 5-(2-6/99)-Bill Wedelich, of Conroe TX.-Lake Conroe-(13.81 lbs)

Louisiana Lunker Bass Update

As of this print there haven't been any entries in the 1999 lunker program, but the 14 lb. 11 oz. bass caught by Kraig Welborn of DeRidder LA, last year, which was the 1st entry for the Louisiana Lunker Bass Program, as well as the new Lake Record for Lake Toledo Bend, was tagged and released by Kraig Welborn back into Toledo on February 1st. Kraig Welborn's bass had spawned over 80,000 eggs for the Booker Fowler Hatchery while she was at the facillity.

From: Alan Allen <>
Amistad National Recreation Area has released it's new Fishing Tournament Policy. A number of changes have been made to address problems and costs the National Park Service has experienced by hosting tournaments, especially large ones. The Recreation Area previously absorbed the additional costs of providing safety and visitor management staff for tournaments.

Large tournaments require park rangers to assist with traffic control, parking, boat launching, and safety compliance. Tournaments may be plagued with broken-down boats, and stranded or overdue anglers. Search and rescue services may be needed and are very labor intensive. In addition to a nominal permit processing fee, tournaments larger than 50 boats will pay a sliding management fee based on the number of boats and days. These fees were carefully calculated to reflect actual staff costs for tournament management. The vast majority of tournaments are clubs with a small number of boats; they will not see significant cost increases.

According to Superintendent Bill Sontag, "We're phasing in the new fees to lessen the immediate impact on our loyal users. Tournaments held this year and not yet booked will only be charged a one-day fee, even if it lasts a few days." Over-crowded conditions at parking and launching facilities will be lessened by limiting tournaments to 600 boats daily. Tournament conditions may also be modified to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

Keeping the fishery healthy is also a goal of the new plan. Said Superintendent Sontag, "These changes, along with the realistic cost recovery, will improve the angling experience for tournament participants. We're committed to keep Lake Amistad among the top fishing destinations in Texas, and I think this policy statement will help us maintain the professionalism and high quality recreational experience our visitors demand."

AUSTIN-In response to reports of confrontations between anglers an waterfront landowners, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) officials have clarified the public's right to fish from a boat on all public waters, providing no game law regulations are being violated.

According to TPW legal counsel Boyd Kennedy, "Waters that are open to the public for fishing include coastal waters, major lakes and rivers, and many smaller streams and lakes," said Kennedy. "If a lake is public water, then all of the lake is public water, including the water around marinas and boat docks. The right to build or operate a marina, dock, or other structure on or over public water does not carry with it the right to restrict boating or fishing from a boat." Kennedy went on to note that by law, the basic authority for the enactment of fishing and boating regulations is reserved to the state.

Some local government authorities may impose boating regulations for safety purposes, but TPW statistics show that fishing around marinas and boat docks is not a safety problem. "Harassment of a law-abiding fisherman is a crime punishable by fine and/or imprisonment," he added.

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