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6 Wednesday, April 20, 2016 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com / MARK FIKE it won't make the gobbler run any faster or for a gobbler, might subject you to being shot work his way any faster towards you. In fact, at. Some people get caught up in the me- Local reports from turkey hunters show calling less can make the old boy come a little ment, see movement and things go from bad that gobbling has been decent. Some hunt- faster and sounds more natural. Calling less to worse. ers, including your columnist, went to "tur- takes discipline. We all want to get the birds Don't line up your decoy between you key school" and learned a few lessons in the to us quickly, and a possible approach by other hunters to past few weeks. Some stories relayed to me Patience pays--I have to keep relearning your field location. That puts you in the line also told of other lessons learned by hunt- this lesson myself. If a bird quits calling you of fire. It sounds silly but it has happened ers. Here are some basic tips for the aspiring have a few options. The last option is to move even with hen decoys when hens .are NOT in spring gobbler hunter and a reminder for the towards where you last heard the bird. You season. rest in the came dad crowd this spring, stand a good chance of bumping the bird. If you get a turkey, Carry it out in a bag or Came everything--turkey can see very, Calling softly from time to time and even wear blaze orange while carrying it. very well. Wearing white socks and then sit- stopping your calls can sometimes result in ting down next to a tree often results in your the gobbler either firing back up or working OUTDOOR HAPPENINGS pants riding upwards and your white socks his way in silently. Don't give up too soon. WOMEN'S OUTDOOR WEEKEND shining like headlights. Either wear dark Sometimes if you just cannot stand sitting Women, ifyou enjoy the outdoors or would socks or tall boots or both! Use gloves and a there for an hour or two until the gobbler like to try some outdoor related activities facemask too. comes to investigate, you can slip out and with the company of other women, I highly Give yourself some room--In our haste to get then return a few hours later. However, be encourage you to consider the Women's Out- as dose as possible we often get too close and careful trying to reinsert yourself. You may door Weekend at Holiday Lake. This event is get busted by birds. Remember what was men- bump the gobbler. May 13-15th at the beautiful and rustic Holi- tioned about turkey having great eyesight? The day Lake 4H Center in Appomattox, Virginia. woods are not fully leafed out yet and turkeys SOME SAFETY TIPS I have been to the location and my wife and can see movement a long way off. Call the tur- If you see someone encroaching on your daughters have also participated in the event key to you; don't chase them away! hunt, don't move or get up. YELL LOUDLY. in the past. They came back raving about the Calling too much is counterproductive-- If someone shoots near you and scares you, amount of fun they had and the things they That pretty much sums it up. If you call too YELL LOUDLY. Moving when the other per- learned, not to mention the great food. This much you sound like an over eager hen and son, trespassing or not, is near you looking event is good for both beginners and those with skills. There are hands on activities to KIDS FISHING DAY choose from to include: archery, fishing, Make plans now for the annual Kids' Fishing canoeing, climbing tower and ropes, GPS, Day at Motts Run Reservoir. The registration handgun, strenuous hiking, kayaking, map starts at 0730 and the event starts at 0830 and and compass, nature hike, outdoor cooking, runs until 1200. The event is open to kids 4-16. rifle, self-defense, wild edibles and wilderness This is a huge event with lots of prizes and fun. survival. For more information, contact 4-H June 4th is the date you want to mark on your Center at 434-249-5444 or go to https://holi- calendar. Contact Linda Bailey 540-372-1086 daylake4h.com/wow.php, x213 Re Fishing is good now and with the consistent weather, we will only have to fight the wind. Turkey hunters are hearing birds and the challenge is getting them close enough to close the deal. Rappahannock River--Ken's Tackle in Spotsylvania (540-898- 1011) reported that fishing for shad is red hot at Old Mill Park. Use spoons or 2 inch grubs on large iig heads. Crappie are biting minnows at Old Mill too. Fish at Little Falls to get crappie as well. Some large striper up to 25 pound are reported to be in the river up to Old Mill Park. Imag- ine a huge fish like that on the line in shallow water! Remember, striper are CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY. White perch are still hitting blood- worms in the river at Fredericksburg but that action will tail off soon. Cat- fishing is quite good with all the bait in the river. It can be tough at times to get a bite. Potomac River--The bass report from the river tells of fish in the grassy areas. Jigs and plastics domi- nate but some cranks are producing. Give us a few weeks of weed growth and the bass and snakeheads will be port slamming topwater over the grass, length. He earned $2,600. Catfish are hitting all kinds of cut The "Chump Change" Calcutta bait. Perch are hitting too but on prize of$560 went to John Weber for worms and bloodworms, the same weight and length. The Colonial Beach Yacht Center Youth Division first place went Marina reported the results of the to CJ Martin Jr. on Drag "N" Baits annual rockfish tournament that waswith a weight 23.5 pounds and 37.5 put on by The Colonial Yacht Club pounds. Second place went to A1- and sponsored by Colonial Beach lie Hall on the Sugar Hole for 23.4 Yacht Center Inc, Dockside Restau- pounds and a 36.5 inch length. Third rant and the Special Anglers Foun- place went to Joe Ships on the Play- dation. The winners were as follows: maker with 21.5 pounds and 38.75 Cash Prize of $2,000 went to John inches. Weber on the Loose Knot. Two fish The Lady Division winners in- total weight 66.6 pounds, dude first place Marie Hedges on Cash Prize of $1,000 went to Chris Miss Mayree with a weigh tof 31.95 Long on Capt.Clicker with a two fish pounds and a length of 42.5 inches. weight of 60.05 pounds Second place went to Kiley Ferrari Cash Prize of $500 went to Billy on Wicked Addiction with a 37 inch Downs on the Treylee with a two fish length. weight of 56.95 pounds. The Special Angler Division win- Cash Prize of $250 went to Chris ners were Ethan Wheatley on The Markwith on the Miss Janet with a John Russell with 23.95 pounds and two fish weightof56.9pounds. 38.5 inches. Second place went to The "Catch and Release $250 prize Alex Mendoza with 22.7 pounds and for a three fish aggregate length went 36.25 inches. He also fished aboard to Tony Ferrari on Wicked Addic- The John Russell. tion with 28.5 inches. Ponds: Pond fishing continues to The "Big Boy" Calcutta prize went heat up for bass. Plastic baits fished to John Weber on the Loose Knot foraround lily pads or blowdowns are a weight of 40.1 pounds and a 43.5 great, qhe bass are heading to spawn now so they can be finicky. If you bite! Striped bass are upriver in the hook a big one, gently release it as lake and definitely catchable. Fish soon as possible. The better eating )erkbaits, live shad or herring and fish are 1-3 pounds. Sunfish will be large minnows. next to spawn. Do not overlook sun- Mott's Run reported that the crap- fish filets for a fish fry. Some of the pie fishing' hot" to the top of :the better eating fish is panfish! charts. One angler got 24 keepers Lake Anna anglers are finding bass off the dock using minnows. An- and crappie spawning now and each other angler trolled the shorelines guarding their nests and young very and picked up many 1-2 pound bass, aggressively. Fish the shallows for the which are perfect eating size. Bream and crappie are the story this week. Nightcrawlers and minnows were the best baits. CALENDAR Turkey Season ..... Through-May lst--Spring gob- bler season. 1/2 hour before sunrise to noon. 1 gobbler per day. May 2 through May 14, 2016-One- half hour before sunrise to sunset. Pretty Pets Professional Pet Grooming by Certified Master Groomer, Judy Serving Colonial Beach and surrounding areas 571-408-5814 Bring in this ed and receive 10% off your next grooming/ ELITE For All of "*'our Real Estate Needs 15417-B Dahlgren Road King George, Virginia 540-710-4983 Cell 540-469-4300 Office Kim D. 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