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Important barbeque etiquette — and the good ol' summertime

May 24, 2012

CHUCK'S CHAMPION CATCH — Chuck Restine displays his 10-pound, 10-ounce bass he netted during last weekend's tournament at Sardis Lake. Since he did net the fish and did not catch it, he could not use the fish as a tournament-catching bass. He later released the lunker into the water. Photo Submitted by Chuck Restine

This is the time of the year when I really love my job. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing for a living (except maybe fishing or hunting), but I do love my summers off.
Now when I say “off,” you must understand that I still coach summer baseball teams and junior high basketball league teams, and take kids to sports camps all through the month of June. With school being out, there is a time in between those things to fish and spend time with my family.
Fishing is going to be the first on the agenda for my spare time — that is, as soon as I get my boat going. I am taking it to Razorback Marine in Pocola next week to get it tuned up, and then the bass are in trouble.
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My buddy, Chuck Restine, was fishing in a tournament at Sardis Lake last weekend, and sent me a picture of a 10-pound, 10-ounce bass he caught. I saw him a couple of days later and asked him about it, and you are not going to believe the story.
Chuck was fishing when he saw a huge fish swim by his boat, so he threw his lure at it about 10 times. He and his partner were discussing whether it was a bass or not, and the silly thing came swimming back by. Chuck took his net and scooped it up. He said it was sick or something, and if it had been healthy would have weighed up near 13 pounds.
He took it in to the weigh-in and had some fun with the other contestants of the tournament before telling them he netted it. After that he turned it loose.
Now how about that luck? He caught the biggest bass of his life, and couldn’t even use it in the tournament. I couldn’t believe that it swam up to his boat, and let him net it! Chuck is a true and honest sportsman. That’s just one of the things I like about him.
Have a great week!
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Email questions or comments to gmidgley_golf@yahoo.com.

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