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Off the Hook

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By The Staff

When I began to write my column this past January, never did I believe there would be a week when no reports of good catches of any type fish from Lake Talquin.

Well, last week proved me wrong! Storms, winds and rain, rain and more rain stopped any hope of fishing. After all had passed we saw a very full and muddy lake. For the past four days normal conditions have returned and folks are back on the water.

Reports of nice catches of bream and shellcrackers are being brought in at both Ingrams and Whippoorwill marinas.

Worms and crickets and Bettle-spins are your best bet.

Catfishing remains strong with the water conditions, using prepared bait and worms.

Now for the good news. As I reported earlier this year, the 31st annual Talquin Open was held this past Saturday. There were 62 boats entered with 46 boats weighing in a five fish limit. The total weight of the bass was 713 pounds, 15 ounces. Out of the bass, none were reported dead and all bass were released back into the lake.

Reggie Calhoun and Chris Smith took first place with five fish weighing 30 pounds, 13 ounces. They also took Big Fish honors with a 9-pound, 5-ounce bass.

Hats off to Sarah Johnson and the Talquin Bass ‘n Gal Hookers for a very successful tournament.

Second place went to Buddy Lindsey and Carlton Allen, while third place went to Rob and Carey Lawhon.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office annual bass ttournament will be held out of Williams Landing on Highway 20 April 18. First place will pay $2,000 and $10 per boat will get you in the Big Fish jackpot with 100 percent of the payout to the winner.

There will be food and entertainment during and after the tournament. All proceeds will benefit the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches.

For more information call Deputy Shuler at 850-922-3438 or 850-528-8449.

The lake level is normal, water is very stained, and water temperature is 70 degrees.

Until next week, tight lines and good fishing.

Wayne "Captain D" Dudley is a fishing guide at Lake Talquin. Look for Captain D every week.