Do You Really Want to Be a Tournament Bass Fisherman? (Part 1 of 4)

April 29th. 2017


Do You Really Want to Be a Tournament Bass Fisherman? (Part 1 of 4)


By Randy (Randman011) Yancey



It’s early, for me and most folks anyway, 5am on a Saturday morning! As I sit here at my dining room table, I’m feeling guilty. I’m also felling disappointed, blah and a little ‘down in the mouth’!

Yes, guilty!


You see, I’m a ‘life-long’ bass fisherman, who in the past 3-4 years, has been consumed with my love of the wonderful sport of fishing, especially bass fishing! By consumed, I mean, lately especially, as I’ve gotten older, I not only ‘do it’ but I live it, think about it, study it, speak it, watch it, and even dream about it!


I know, it sounds ridiculous, even to me as I write it!


Yet, as I sit here, having my first (and usually my last) cup of coffee of the day, I know for example that somewhere around 40 miles from my front door, between 20 and 25 of my ‘fishing’ buddies are just now taking off in their bass boats, rain gear already in use, for our bass club’s fourth official ‘points’ tournament (our club ‘skips’ January) of the 2017 season.


Our club, of which I’m one of the ‘newest’ members, this being my first year, is one of the oldest, and longest lived clubs here in southwest Missouri. Tri County Bass Club, of St. Roberts, Missouri (near Fort Leonard Wood) according to its Facebook page anyway, was founded in 1989.


Because of the club’s location near FLW, is made up of mostly D.O.D employees/contractors and/or US Army soldiers (Thank you for your service, by the way!) these guys are the best! It’s no wonder to me why the club has such ‘longevity’. These guys are task oriented, ‘get it done’ type people, the ‘best’ of the best, so to speak!


“Now, as far as explaining my feeling ‘guilty’, I should explain a little bit about myself. I’m in my early 60’s, recently ‘semi-retired’ after a 40+ year career in sales, sales management and business ownership, mostly here in the midwestern United States. After having some health problems, stemming mostly from both not handling ‘stress’ well, and spending 20 years as a ‘workaholic’, I decided that I was going to work less and spend more time doing and spending time on or with whose activities or people I most enjoyed or loved!

That probably is one of the main reasons I’m alive to write this story. When I had ‘open heart’ surgery at the young age of 43, I totally had to change some things about how I viewed life. Life, meaning money, things, people and ‘how I spent my time’, etc. That was in 1997! I made a commitment to myself, and unknown to them, my family. That commitment was that I was going to spend more time doing those activities or spending time with those people, whom meant the most to me. And less time working and chasing those things like money, bigger homes, and ‘things’ in general. It was what saved me.


Herein lies the root of my guilt!”


Back to bass fishing.


The reason I sit here feeling guilty is quite simple really. Since Monday, I have spent countless hours, and several twenty dollar bills getting ready for this Saturday’s bass club tournament. Including a ‘not so successful’ (1 post-spawn scrawny 15” keeper and 7 non-keepers) pre-fishing trip to Stockton Lake on Tuesday, I easily spent 30-40 hours focusing on the upcoming bass tournament. Including adding ‘new’ fluorocarbon line to 3 or 4 of my 11 or 12 fishing rigs, watching constant bass fishing videos and TV shows and re-tying almost ‘all’ of my fishing rigs, some more than ‘once’. Buying tie down straps for my most recent ‘project’ bass boat, $40-$50 worth of jig heads, single spins, soft plastic, and so forth. Can you relate?


{Continued next post, Part 2}



Catching GINORMOUS Bass on RED Crawfish!!! Loser gets a “Cajun Craw Earring” (FISHING CHALLENGE)

Fishing for a 10 pound bass!!! The dream that seems nearly impossible to grasp, Bamabass and I attempt a technique that I’ve never before tried… We bought 10 pounds of huge Louisiana crawfish not for a delicious cajun meal, but as an offering to some huge Alabama bass! In the past I’ve used small creek crawfish when fishing for smallies, but I have never seen specimens like these… Ranging in excess of 7 inches, with angry red pincers rivaling those of lobsters, we fished at a dock where we had only caught a single bass earlier that morning on a popper, but things were about to change.

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Date: March 30th, 2017
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Puppy Dog Training- A Time Table For Companionship

Puppy dog ​​obedience training is as easy as 1,2,3. But if you do not know what you are doing it will seem very difficult in the beginning. This article will provide you with professional training tips that you should utilize when considering bringing a new puppy dog ​​into your home, so pay attention.

1) You have to establish yourself as a leader of the pack or also known as alpha dog. If this is not done than your new companion will think he / she is boss. This step should be done rather quickly, because it will not take your new arrival long to think they can be boss.

2) Be patient, persistent and repetitive. Use a firm steady voice and stay calm. Try training your new friend in 10-15 minute sessions 5-6 times a day. Be in tune with your dogs mood this will make training easier for both you and your new best friend. Do not expect your puppy to learn everything in one day.

3) Positively reinforce by giving a treat for good behavior. Also correct bad behavior while it happens not after. Let your new puppy know that you are in control of the things that value most like their toys and trees.

There is no other situation where patience with your puppy will be as important as the first several weeks in your home. Proper dog training will take time, will take obedience, and a lot of care. So be sure if you are going to train a puppy dog ​​you know what you are doing.

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Teaching your dog to bite (Protection Training 101) by the Miami Dog Whisperer

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USA Bassin Tourney at Pomme de Terre, 5th Place w 2 penalties, June, 2017

USA Bassin Tourney, R Yancey n A Yancey, Pomme de Terre, 6 17 17.
Had a great day of tournament bass fishing at the USA Bassin divisional bass final at Pomme de Terre lake last Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Fished with my brother Alan Yancey and we caught almost 3 limits. It was nice to cull almost 2 limits of bass.

Here’s the ‘blow by blow’!

First hour, stayed down by the ramp near the damn. Raining and decided to not run down the lake and get soaked.

7:15 am: Arrived at the first main lake point where I’d caught 2 keepers the afternoon before. Skies still overcast, almost no wind, shad schools by the dozens all over the mouth of the creek branch we were fishing. Pulled straight in up the point, casting a Norman Deep Lil N crankbait, Norman Crankbaits here. (This was the only color they’d bite on, ).

My third long cast to center of the secondary point right of the main west lake point and wham! Nice 2.5 lb Kentucky bass slams my crankbait about half way back to the boat. One keeper 7:18 am., 2.2 lbs in the box.

Worked the cove to about halfway back, Alan still throwing buzzbait me throwing the crank bait. I switched over to a shallow diving square bill, this one in this color was what they wanted almost all day long! (Go here for the crankbait I caught 8 of my 10 keepers on, )
Threw ‘across’ the point to the down current side of the point and ‘wham’ second keeper in less than 20 minutes!

7:35 am: Two keepers in the box, 4.3 lbs., both Kentucky bass!

Worked down the point on the west side of the creek arm, and Alan hooks a 13.5″ largemouth, as he’d switched to a crankbait finally.

Fished another 100 yards or so down the point, I caught a 14.5 small keeper, 4 keepers in the box before 8 am! Almost 8 lbs of keepers caught in just 45 minutes since pulling up on the first point.

The shad were all over the top of the creek, thousands of them seemed like. Alan noticed some shad flipping towards the deeper side of the boat. He hurled a red eyed shad( our 5th keeper smacked it hard. Another near 2 lb largemouth in the box.(10 lbs, 8:30 am)

Weather stayed overcast and cooler and by the time we hit the 3rd spot, a secondary point with a dock sitting on the edge of the channel bend it was 10:30 and Alan had pulled in a 2.99 pounder, a few minutes before. We worked the shallow side of the dock, nothing. After moving around to the deeper side, I threw parallel to the dock, almost to the bank, and wham,a big hit and my 5th keeper, a nice 2.45 lb largemouth, and had 6 keepers still in the boat, the smallest was a near 15 inch largemouth. All fish we caught on the same ‘west’ side of this long creek arm mid lake, Pomme de Terre

10:55 am: Right at 12 lbs. in the boat, best 5 fish.
Now it was time to catch a couple ‘kicker fish’ in the 3-5 lb range to cull up! We motored across the creek to the east side to a couple good looking wind blown points. We spent the next hour and didn’t catch a thing.

We decided to go back to the west bank but start way in the back, by some docks where I’d caught to small keepers the afternoon before. After motoring back, and fishing the most secluded docks with no results, we pulled up to a large deep dock.

I changed to a sour grape color crankbait and pulled in an almost 3 lb largemouth.

Because a couple of the fish we’d caught earlier were beginning to look stressed in the live-well, we decided to keep all the rest of the keepers, in the boat, in case the fish didn’t all make it back alive to weigh in. USA Bassin has a ‘dead fish penalty’ of 1/2 pound per dead fish!

We had about 30 minutes of fishing time left, so we fished out of the creek arm, hitting all the docks on the way out. Alan caught a near 2 lb Kentucky on a crankbait I’d given him an hour or so before. I kidded him about his ‘stuborness’ in not throwing crank baits for the first 2 hours. I ended up with 10 keepers and 4 shorts for the day.

Got back to weigh in and I notice we were taking on water and that the live-well inlet hose had popped off on the way back in. So, I ran the bilge pump, and send my brother up to get a weigh-in bag, as I began to try and pick out the best 5 live fish. In the rush of filling the bag, we ended up missing a 2 and 3/4 pound largemouth stuffed back under the ‘long’ live-well, and keeping a ‘dead’ 2 lbr as our 5th fish instead. Ended up with 1 lb penalty with 11.73 pounds which was good for 5th. Had we kept the right 5 fish, we’d have had 13.73 lbs, and would have finished 3rd and cashed a decent check.

But after having caught 19-20 fish, 14 which were 15 inchers or bigger, it was hard for either one of us to be anything but pleased with our fishing day at USA Bassin divisional finals at Pomme de Terre! Go fishing! Get out there and try to find some fish to catch.

And, don’t forget the crankbaits during these hot muggy days!

Be safe and God Bless! Randy Yancey, bass anger


American Football: Brief History

American football is really an interesting and amazing sport that epitomizes human spirit, competitiveness, and endurance to win. Only 60 nations has adopted this sport as a national sport, but past records suggest people have been playing this sport since ancient times. Ancient Greeks and Romans used this sport to train their warriors. It is believed that Chinese are playing football for 3000 years. However, the modern day football started from England.


American football owes its origin to rugby, that originated from the earlier types of football played in England. Americans began to play football since 19th Century. However, the game was played without any set of rules. Different versions of football were played in different colleges. For instance, the players used their fists first in order to get the ball, and then their feet to get the ball past the opponent. On the other hand, a game much like football was played at Harvard on the 1st Monday of the beginning of the school year.


After the American Civil War was ended in 1865, the American football got to see a new dawn. The popularity of this sport started to rise in colleges and campuses, and certain rules for the game started to emerge too. Princeton laid down the rules for its team for the first time in 1867. According to that rule only 25 footballers were allowed to be in a team. The game got patented in the same year. Princeton and Rutgers played the first intercollegiate football in the year 1869. In 1873, Yale, Columbia, Rutgers and Princeton formed the intercollegiate Football Association (IFA).

However, the American football saw its transaction from the rugby style to the modern day style, stared with the determinations of Walter Camp who is known as the Father of American Football. Camp was a coach at Yale and also a member of the IFA. He played great role to lay down the size of football field as 110 yards, and also reduce the number of players in each team from 15 to 11. He even introduced the line of scrimmage rules and the systems of downs. He standardized the system of scoring and introduced neutral zone, penalties, interference, and the safety.

The sport was still intensely physical though new rules and regulations were introduced. A big number of colleges had banned this sport by the early 20th century. The intense collision that used to take place in this game caused severe injuries and even deaths. The numbers of casualties from the sport were so high that the president, Theodore Roosevelt, declared to ban the sport unless the rules and regulations were reformed. As a result 62 schools met on December 1905 to make changes on the rules of American Football. The association disallowed the locking of arms and mass formations. The duration of the game was reduced to 60 minutes from 70 minutes. An open style of play to the game was introduced when the forward pass was legalized. Further innovations and changes made by legendary football coaches, like Eddie Cochems, Pop Warner and Knute Rockne, introduced skills and techniques to the game that was once characterized by players’ physical strength.

Source by Shyam Dangol

Caring For a Pregnant Akita

Caring for an Akita bitch during pregnancy is basically commonsense. She should be watched carefully and made as comfortable and happy as possible. You should ensure that she has a dry bed, ample clean drinking water and regular feeds of good quality. For the first five weeks she will probably behave quite normally. She may have her “off” days. She may be extra hungry. She may display a slight change in temperament and be more careful how she carries herself, but so long as she is obviously healthy and happy, that is all that matters.

As soon as you suspect that she is pregnant, it is a good idea to contact your vet so he can enter the date of the expected birth in his diary and monitor the bitch’s progress. Akitas do not carry much water with their puppies, nevertheless a considerable amount of weight will have to be carried as the weeks progress. It is generally not advisable to give lots of extra food in the early weeks. Experience has taught us that overloading a bitch with food will put weight on her puppies, and she will also put on extra weight. This causes two problems. Firstly, she will not exercise so well, and so she will not be keeping her muscles toned up. Secondly, the puppies will be fat, which means they will be larger and will experience a more difficult passage down the birth canal. And when they are born, they will be fat and lazy.

It is far better to have an active mother and lean, vigorous puppies, who will fight to get to the teats to fill themselves with that all-important mother’s first milk. We have found the best policy is to feed a balanced diet with an increase in food after about five weeks. Naturally the future mum will be hungrier, but rest assured that whatever food you give to her she will pass on to her unborn babies before she takes it herself. She is a natural in parental care. Additives in the form of calcium and perhaps iron are a good idea, again after the five-week deadline. These days most foods are carefully balanced and numerous additives should not be needed. Indeed, the general view is that they can do more harm than good. But if the bitch suggests that she may have a deficiency, you should take her to the vet so that proper tests and analysis can be undertaken.

Akita bitches “hide” their puppies very well until at least five weeks, more often six. They may show no signs at all that they are pregnant, and this can be extremely annoying to the owners, who obviously want to know if they are to expect a litter so they can make the necessary preparations. Probably the best indication is a swelling of the bitch’s teats. From as early as three weeks these can “pop”, or enlarge slightly and become pinker in appearance. In our experience this is the only “sure” sign. Ultra-sound scanning can also give a definite diagnosis, but this is costly and sometimes the hair on the bitch’s side or underside has to be removed.

Your bitch may show signs of thickening in the rib or loin earlier, but it is most unlikely. Akita Inu bitches do not generally carry their babies across their loin like most breeds. They hide them under their ribs and then later “drop” them and carry them in the belly, rather like a cow carries its calf. Whether you observe positive signs or not, it is wise to contact your vet and book the expected date of birth into his diary so he will be available if necessary.

Seven weeks into the pregnancy, introduce the bitch to her whelping place. A suitably sized box should be prepared and the absolute minimum measurements for this would be about 4ft 6ins by 3ft. This will allow the bitch to lie fully stretched on her side. The box can certainly be larger, but not so big as to allow the puppies to crawl away from their mother and so get lost. Make sure the bitch is happy with the box and its position. After a few days she will welcome the peace, quiet and solitude of this area and so will accept it as the natural place when the time comes to give birth. If she is at all unhappy you must give in to her and make other arrangements. She probably has a good reason for not wanting things the way you do. So listen to her and adjust. She may accept the box, and then on the day of whelping, she changes her mind and wants to go somewhere else. Again, you must give in to her request. She may return to the box after she has had her first puppy, but let her decide. It is worth all the upheaval to have a happy, contented bitch who comes through her pregnancy successfully and delivers her puppies safely, without causing you – – or herself – – any undue anxiety.

Source by Amy S Morin

Bass Fishing 2017 – I Caught an OZARKS TROPHY!! | Stockton Lake Day II

Bass Fishing 2017 – I Caught an OZARKS TROPHY!! | Stockton Lake Day II.

Day 2 of the Stockton Lake journey was a blast…conditions did a 180 again, but once we figured out a solid pattern we were able to load the boat. Oh also I caught an Ozarks slaunch that got my heart going!

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Lure #1 – 6th Sense Flat 75x

Lure #2 – Storm Wiggle Wart

Rod – Abu Garcia Vendetta 7’6″ MH Mod

Reel – Abu Garcia Orra SX

Line – K9 14 lb fluorocarbon

Alabama Rig:

Rig – Hogfarmer 5 wire 4 blade

Swimbait – Smash Tech Smash Tail Jr.

Jig Head: 6th Sense Swimbait jighead

Rod – Dobyns Fury 765 FLIP

Reel – Abu Garcia Revo S

Line – K9 Fluorocarbon 20 lb



•Sunny then Cloudy

•Water Temperature – 47-49

•Water Clarity – 5-8′

•Wind – 0-10 MPH

•Water Depth – 2-25 feet



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