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Match the hatch: Sometimes downsizing can bring more bass bites

posted: 08/31/2014 midnight Discuss

I grew up reading the saying on the pages of publications like Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. I also heard it on outdoor television shows when anglers traded in their casting and spinning gear for tiny creature baits and long whippy fly rods.

Outdoors on the Little Red: Hunting, fishing show latest project for lifelong outdoorsman

posted: 08/17/2014 midnight Discuss

On a late-July afternoon, a longtime fishing and hunting guide is testing the crystalline waters of the Little Red River below the Greers Ferry Dam at John F. Kennedy Park. He hopes to hook a hefty “slot fish” or maybe something even larger — a trophy rainbow trout would do, but a big German brown is his ultimate prize. Many of his more-recent days afield have seen the guide trailed by a cameraman and fitted with a wireless microphone. His is the life of an outdoor enthusiast turned TV-show host. And while he is a half century removed from his first outdoor escapades, the outdoorsman is only a few mountains and hollows from where he was first introduced to the wild world.

Now is time for severe-weather awareness

posted: 03/02/2014 midnight Discuss

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Their tools are barometers, balloons saddled with high-tech gadgetry and Doppler radars. The functions of such items are as familiar to them as is our use of cutlery at a dinner table boasting steaks and baked potatoes. The people who utilize this equipment are the meteorologists of the National Weather Service, an agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Now is time for severe-weather awareness

posted: 03/02/2014 midnight Discuss

Their tools are barometers, balloons saddled with high-tech gadgetry and Doppler radars.

Rules to fish by: Piscine pursuit one filled with sayings, standards

updated: 05/31/2013 10:52 a.m. Discuss

The fish engulfed the topwater plug in one bone-rattling moment. Then, it — the fish — was gone. That plug was gone as well, having fallen victim to a knot that unraveled under the strain of the strike. Mouth agape, I sat there in the johnboat in a state of shock. Mr. Roper, one of my outdoor educators, then calmly stated, “Just wait a minute. She’ll come up to throw it.” Those words had barely registered with me when a few yards away the bass hurled itself airborne, whipped its head about and slung the red and white Heddon Lucky 13 onto the bayou’s surface. Picking up his sculling paddle, Roper eased the flatbottom toward the plug, then began retying the trotline staging to the lure’s eye.

Rules to fish by: Piscine pursuit one filled with sayings, standards

updated: 05/31/2013 11:34 a.m. Discuss

The fish engulfed the topwater plug in one bone-rattling moment. Then, it — the fish — was gone. That plug was gone as well, having fallen victim to a knot that unraveled under the strain of the strike. Mouth agape, I sat there in the johnboat in a state of shock. Mr. Roper, one of my outdoor educators, then calmly stated, “Just wait a minute. She’ll come up to throw it.” Those words had barely registered with me when a few yards away the bass hurled itself airborne, whipped its head about and slung the red and white Heddon Lucky 13 onto the bayou’s surface. Picking up his sculling paddle, Roper eased the flatbottom toward the plug, then began retying the trotline staging to the lure’s eye.

Rules to fish by : Piscine pursuit one filled with sayings, standards-RVO

updated: 05/31/2013 11:25 a.m. Discuss

The fish engulfed the topwater plug in one bone-rattling moment. Then, it — the fish — was gone. That plug was gone as well, having fallen victim to a knot that unraveled under the strain of the strike. Mouth agape, I sat there in the johnboat in a state of shock.

Sheridan Yellowjackets: Revamped Yellowjackets seek return flight to postseason

posted: 03/17/2013 6 a.m. Discuss

Mike Moore has been coaching baseball for 27 years. His Sheridan Yellowjackets tallied a 26-7 mark in 2012 but lost to El Dorado in the finals of the 6A state tournament. Instead of losing their fighting attitude, however, the Yellowjackets are buzzing about the possibilities for 2013. Sheridan will, though, have to overcome the graduation of many starters.

On a wing and a prairie: One Arkansas town turns duck-crazy each year

posted: 11/22/2012 midnight Discuss

Most folks around the state will be thinking about one bird today, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving feast. Yes, I’m talking turkey. (And, no, I couldn’t resist.) While a fair portion of such birds will be devoured in one southeast Arkansas community today, it is another bird that will truly be the star attraction. To explain this phenomenon, I rewind to a day in a flooded bean field in east-central Arkansas. All the surrounding waters had frozen overnight. My hunting partners and I, however, had a deep hole in the corner of that field. Upon arriving in a shower of sleet pellets, we found the blind and decoys to be in the only open water for miles. Just 15 minutes later, we watched as several hundred birds circled above our heads. The group flew off for a minute; then nearly 100 mallards peeled back our direction, set their wings and fell into the decoys.

On a wing and a prairie: Arkansas town turns duck-crazy each year

updated: 11/21/2012 2 p.m. Discuss

Most folks around the state will be thinking about one bird today, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving feast. Yes, I’m talking turkey. (And, no, I couldn’t resist.) While a fair portion of such birds will be devoured in one southeast Arkansas community today, it is another bird that will truly be the star attraction.

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