The Striper Mafia Spring Fling Tournament was presented April 10 by Captain’s Quarters in conditions that were anything but Spring-like - 30 mph winds, cold temps and snow squalls.
Hundreds of amateur anglers will vie April 23 and 24 for over $1 million in guaranteed prizes and payouts in the 2016 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Classic Tour presented by Huk Performance Fishing at Smith Mountain Lake.
The “Striper Mafia Tournament Series presented by Captain’s Quarters Bait and Tackle” , will be presented March 19 and April 9, with tourney hours from safe light until 4 p.m. Mandatory captains’ meetings and post-tournament check-in and awards will be held at Halesford Harbour Inn on the Bedford County side of Smith Mountain Lake.
From winter to spring and probably back to winter in a week can mix things up at the lake. Regardless, you can’t catch fish sitting beside the woodstove. When you make it out. Here’s what look for!
I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed Christmas season. With warm temps and pleasant weather I hope plenty of fishing took place. Winter weather seems like it has arrived since its the first week of Jan now and here’s what to look for.....
With leaves on the ground and the holidays approaching, it’s hard to resist heading into the woods. When you do hit the water here’s what to look for....water temps 58.
Camping can be fun for some people, but I have to be “up front” about it. I have certain reservations. This probably started years ago when I visited an aunt and uncle for the summer. They owned a piece of property on a lake in New Hampshire and were building a cottage there. It was still in the early stages and we all stayed there for a few weeks while progress was made in the erection of the building.
Smith Mountain Lake State Park has conducted a deer Management Plan since 1995. On the first day of this year’s hunt, a buck was taken which was the largest ever in the program. Tony Snodgrass has been participating in the program for the past 7 years and has always been successful. This year his friend whom he normally hunts with couldn’t make it so he took over his hunting spot at the park. “The buck showed himself and I was able to take him,” said Tony Snodgrass. “This is the biggest dear I have ever taken,” said the excited hunter. He plans to have his trophy mounted. Bill McDonough, a member of the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park is the statistician for the hunt. He said the buck weighed 138 pounds. The antlers with eleven points had a BC score of 146 5/8 which is approaching trophy size. The BC score is based on a system established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887, and named after Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett, hunter heroes of the day.
A group of conservation-minded anglers called the Striper Mafia whose goal is to promote sound fisheries management while having fun and enjoying Smith Mountain Lake will sponsor a fall and winter “catch-photo-release tournament series beginning Nov. 7.
Ian and Carolyn Reilly, owners of Four Corners Farm and Recycling, are pictured Thursday with Westlake Librarian Joesephine Clark after their Earth Day program.
The staff of TDM Fitness with some of their students.