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June 5
, 2011






Lake Info

Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is: 318.74
Water Temperature:
82 degrees - top
78 degrees - bottom

Sports in Brief

KASA sign-ups
KASA football and cheer/drill sign-ups will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Kemp Dairy Queen.
Cheer/drill fee is $325/child, and a $50 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. Balances must be paid in full before uniform fittings June 18. Last day to register is June 4.
Football fee is $175/child, with $50 non-refundable deposit at registration, along with a copy of the child’s birth certificate (not the original). Last day to register is June 18. No late sign-ups.

TVCC youth football camp
Trinity Valley Community College will host its annual football Youth Skills Camp from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, June 6-10.
Camp is open to youngsters in grades 1-8, and cost is $75, which includes a camp T-shirt. Late registration will be held at 7:30 a.m. on the opening day.
The camp will feature position instruction for each camper and constant supervision. Each camper should dress in athletic shorts, shirts and cleats (quarterbacks may want to bring their own football).
For more information, contact the TVCC football office at (903) 670-26219 or (903) 675-6227.

MYFA signups
Malakoff Youth Football Association are holding signups for cheer and football teams on the MYFA website,
Fees are $135 for football and $275 for cheerleaders. Last day for cheer signups is June 18, and all money will be due at that time. For more information, contact Jerry Spiva at (903) 477-0603 or Kassy Honchell at (903) 203-4077.

Pinnacle junior golf academy
The Pinnacle Golf Club is offering a junior golf academy from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, June 7-9, for $100.
The first 30 golfers to sign up will get one-on-one instruction on golf fundamentals, as well as putting, swing, short game, rules and etiquette.
To sign up, or for more information, call (903) 451-9797.

Upcoming Events

Purtis Creek State Park

June 11
Campfire skills
(8 p.m.)

June 18
Canoe/kayak classes
(4 p.m.)

June 19
Canoe tour
(10:30 a.m.)

June 25
(9 p.m.)

June 30
Campfire skills
(8 p.m.)

July 2
Arts and Nature
(3 p.m.)

July 2
Nature tracks and animals
(6 p.m.)
































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Sports Highlights

Youngsters learn the game at
MHS baseball and softball camps

Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Incoming Mabank Junior High seventh-grader Carley Reedy makes the catch
during a drill at the inaugural Mabank High School softball camp Wednesday.
Coach Mark Owen said the first camp drew 14 players. “We have four coaches
(including him), so the kids are getting a lot of one-on-one coaching,” Owen said.


Don’t fish the trees – fish the bottom structure, pro says
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The first lesson Todd Faircloth learned about bass fishing in lakes filled with flooded timber was not to fish the individual trees.
It’s a lesson the Yamaha pro admits was hard to accept, especially while growing up near tree-filled Toledo Bend Reservoir, but it has since served him well during more than a dozen years of top-level tournament competition.
“No matter where you’re fishing, and as inviting as acres and acres of trees in the water may look, don’t use your time trying to retrieve your lures by as many of those trees as possible,” Faircloth warned. “Very seldom will you catch many bass that way, unless you just happen to stumble into them.
“Instead, concentrate on the bottom structure, such as channels, points or high spots, and use the timber to tell you clues about that bottom structure,” he advised.
Leaning timber, for instance, frequently outlines the edge of a channel; a clump of trees taller than the surrounding timber may indicate a ridge or high spot; and a well-defined open route through the timber could mean a roadbed.
“Bass will use these features regularly,” the Yamaha pro pointed out. “They’ll migrate down a roadway or gather on a high spot to feed, and you fish them just like you would if the trees were not even there.
“Bass will follow the edges of a treeline, too, the same way they follow the edges of a grassline, so these are also good places to fish, but again, you’re not fishing the individual trees along that edge,” Faircloth said.
“Many times, the bottom contour or the composition changes along that edge, so while I’m fishing I’m also studying my depthfinder carefully,” he added. “I’ve located schools of bass concentrated right at the point of a treeline, just like I’ve found them on a regular point in a lake, but they’re not concentrated there because of the trees.”
Only occasionally does Faircloth make an exception, and actually aim a few casts to specific trees in the midst of a flooded forest.
This is when he’s trying to identify what he describes as “patterns within patterns,” and one of his favorites is finding isolated trees or small clumps of trees located away from the main timber.
He was able to utilize a pattern like this to win the 2008 Bassmaster® Elite Series tournament at Lake Amistad, another Texas reservoir where trees were left standing during impoundment.
“I also like to look for larger trees when I’m idling along the edge of flooded timber,” Faircloth said, “because the bigger trunks are generally hard- woods, and while they usually grow in low areas, they have more branches and limbs than the pines, which tend to grow on the higher places.”
When he is fishing particular trees like this, Faircloth is also looking for baitfish.
Their presence nearly always means bass are nearby, and if he sees them on his depthfinder, he can often determine the depth of water the bass themselves are using, and choose his lures accordingly. If he doesn’t see baitfish, he won’t spend much time in the area.
The Yamaha pro’s favorite lures for fishing lakes filled with standing timber are crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms.
Faircloth especially likes to throw the shallow-running square bill crankbaits along the outside edges, where he can bounce the plug off the trunks and stumps.
Both the jig and the plastic worm are better suited for pitching to individual trees, if he’s been able to identify either the depth, a particular bottom feature or a certain type of tree bass may be using.
“Flooded timber is hard for most bass fishermen to ignore because it always looks so good,” Faircloth said. “Even after all these years, I still have to resist the urge to throw a spinnerbait or topwater lure out in the middle of an acre of standing trees.
“I try to visualize the bottom first, however, both by what I see in the trees themselves, as well as with my depthfinder, and that’s what I concentrate on,” he said.



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