Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
na degrees - top
68 degrees - bottom
Fresh line catches more fish
By Ken Cook
Special to The Monitor
Fishing experiences can range from both the pleasure that comes from
catching a fish to the pain and frustration that comes when “the big
one” gets away.
For every successful fish story you might hear at the boat ramp, there
are probably many more tales of anglers left in disbelief as the fish of
their dreams breaks their line – never to be seen again.
For those of you fishing for fun, the heartbreak is usually temporary.
For those of us who fish for a living, that same heartbreak can also
break the bank. One missed fish can be the difference between cashing a
paycheck and going broke.
That’s why professionals – myself included – make every effort to
minimize the chances of this happening to us. First and foremost, we
start with our fishing line.
Your fishing line is the only connection between you and the fish.
Fishing line, as it ages, comes into contact with many things that all
work to break it down and make it weaker.
The repeated stress and strain of fighting big fish, rubbing on rocks
and timber, sunlight, water, even a fish’s teeth can cause your line to
become weak and more likely to break the next time you’re fighting that
The best approach is a proactive approach. That’s why I respool my reels
after each day of competition.
It takes some time and costs some money, but it’s better to spend a few
dollars on fishing line than those several thousand because I lost a
For those of you who aren’t fishing every day, the best thing to do is
carefully examine your line before each trip, and look for cuts and
If your reels have been sitting in the garage for a long time, or if
they spend a lot of time in the sun, take the time to respool them.
If you use colored line, check the colorfastness. If the color has
faded, chances are that it is time to respool.
I prefer to keep bulk spools for respooling, because it helps me save
money and time.
I keep them closed in a cabinet in a cool, dry place with the date of
purchase written on each spool. It is important to store the line away
from sunlight and moisture.
Today’s technology means has brought us superior fluorocarbon line like
Berkley Vanish, and superlines like Berkley Fireline, tools that give
anglers the strong, manageable line they need to land big fish.
But, even the best line can wear down after prolonged use. Whether you
fish for fun or for a paycheck, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Respool often and avoid the heartbreak of a lost fish.
Ken Cook is the 1991 Bassmaster Classic winner and a 14-time Classic
qualifier. A former fisheries biologist, Cook lives on his ranch in
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Rascals pitcher Walker Baty (left) tags out Big Ballers runner Aiden
Kelly (10) before he reaches first base during their T-ball contest
April 30 at Mabank’s George Watts Park.
TVCC to host
Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–The Mike Landers and Pat Smith Basketball Camp
will be conducted on the campus of Trinity Valley Community College in
Athens the week of June 11-15.
The camp is open to girls and boys grades 2-12, with age group
classifications, and also is open to both day campers and resident
The camp will be from 8:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
with the camp ending at noon Friday.
The camp will emphasize shooting form and skills, ball-handling drills,
individual perimeter and post offense, one-on-one competition, shooting
leagues, along with three-on-three and five-on-five competition.
Each camper will receive individualized basketball and athletic workout
Camp fee is $125 for day campers and $250 for resident campers who stay
on campus. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt, and lunch will be
provided daily, with three meals per day for resident campers.
For more information, or to receive a camp application, contact Patrick
Smith at (903) 675-6218 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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