Normal Lake Level is 322.00 feet
above Mean Sea Level.
Current level for Cedar Creek Lake is:
320.96 Water Temperature:
88 degrees - top
85 degrees - bottom
Monitor schedule to change for
area football coverage
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Are you ready for some football?
For more than a decade, The Monitor has been providing coverage of
Friday night football games in every Sunday issue, and that will
continue this year, starting with the Sunday, Aug. 30, issue.
The Monitor’s print time will change from early Friday to early Saturday
morning, in order to include Friday night football game stories and
pictures. This schedule will continue all 11 weeks of the football
season, through the Sunday, Nov. 8, issue.
Papers will be delivered to Post Offices in Mabank, Kemp and Eustace in
time for Saturday delivery, and will be on area newsstands early
Malakoff and Trinidad subscribers will have their Sunday issues
delivered on Mondays during football season.
The Monitor’s football coverage kicks off with the annual Football
Preview, which will be included in the Sunday, Aug. 23, issue, providing
complete coverage, schedules and season outlooks for the Panthers,
Yellowjackets and Bulldogs.
Keep up with your favorite team in The Monitor, providing the best
sports coverage first – winner of the Texas Press Association’s
first-place plaque for Sports Photo three straight years.
Live lining for monster
Special to The Monitor
ATLANTIC OCEAN–Imagine fishing with live bait bigger than most of the
fish you catch. Get ready to catch some really big striped bass with
Few moments in saltwater fishing can match the sight of a big striped
bass smashing a live menhaden on the surface!
Hooking a striped bass is one of the great experiences you can have as a
saltwater angler, and the techniques are really very simple.
The angler’s job is to let the bass run with the bait for a short count,
put the reel in gear, let the line come tight so the circle hook will
wrap around the striper’s jaw, and then enjoy the exhilaration of the
first great run as your quarry attempts to make good an escape!
There is nothing more exciting in fishing than a surface pursuit like
this, and it is common when live lining menhaden, also known as bunker
or pogies. If you want to get in on the fun, now is the time from the
mid-Atlantic states north through New England.
You don’t need a lot of specialized gear, and as techniques go, this is
probably the easiest one you’ll ever learn.
Just keep one thing in mind. You will have the opportunity to catch very
large stripers – and they are all females – the future of the stock
should be treated with respect. If you plan on taking one home to eat,
release the rest.
Use only circle hooks, so the fish will be hooked around the jaw area
and easy to release. Using a Dehooker to remove the hooks without taking
the fish out of the water is a definite plus for fish survival.
Catching live bait is the first step, and there are two ways to do it.
If you have a castnet designed for menhaden, and know how to use it,
you’re way ahead of the game. If not, you’ll need weighted snag hooks
and a moderately heavy spinning outfit to fill the live well.
When you locate a school of menhaden, which is usually not too hard –
they tend to move slowly with their tails slapping the surface – use
your net or start snagging them. Do not overfill the live well, no more
than one bunker per gallon of water, if you want to keep them alive and
A typical live lining rig consists of a three-way swivel tied to your
line with a 30-inch-long leader of 50-pound fluorocarbon leader tied to
a 9/0 or 10/0 circle hook.
Attach a large coast lock snap to the last loop on the three-way, so if
you need to use a sinker, you can simply clip one on without having to
While you’re catching bait, watch your depth finder for marks that could
be large stripers trailing the school. Also, watch the bait school to
see if they are nervous or are being pushed by feeding bass.
If a striper rushes the school, the bunker nearest the attack will
splash loudly or even jump out of the water. These are signs that there
are stripers charging the baitfish, and you should start your fishing
There are several ways to hook a live menhaden. The most basic is to run
the hook through the nostrils on the front of the head, which will allow
the bait to swim relatively freely.
Another method is to hook the baitfish in the underside of the tail,
just behind the belly area. This method will allow the bait to swim
along with the school, but when you put your finger on the spool to
prevent it from going any further, it will struggle against the line,
sending out vibrations very different from the rest of the baitfish
The key to getting a hungry striper to hit your bait out of a school
that could have several thousand others in it is to make it stand out,
and this method does the trick rather well.
The last method is to hook the bait in either area, but add a four- or
five-ounce bank sinker to the clip on the three-way swivel.
Frequently, stripers will stay below a school of menhaden, even close to
the bottom in water as deep as 50 to 60 feet. Getting a baitfish down
can coax a bite out of a bass that is already full, simply because it is
an easy mark.
If you have any baitfish die, put them on a weighted rig, toss them out
and let them lay on the bottom. The biggest bass are often the laziest,
and will not hesitate to play the roll of scavenger, scooping up dead
bunker that other bass have injured or killed, but not eaten.
If there are no bass around the schools of bait, fill your live well and
go hunting. Areas of structure a mile or two off the beach, well away
from the bait pods, are commonly used as resting areas between feeding
periods by large bass.
Check some out, and if you encounter bass marks on the depth finder,
drop a bait.
Chances are they will take advantage of your generosity. Why swim back
inshore to chase live bait when there are a few “stragglers” out here,
even though those stragglers are on the hook on the end of your line?
Live lining with bunker is a deadly method for catching big striped
bass. Just remember that catch and release is the way to go.
Lady Panthers split opener
Monitor Staff Reports
MABANK–Mabank’s Lady Panthers split their first two volleyball matches
of the season at home Tuesday, dropping a five-game marathon to Wills
Point and knocking off Athens, 3-0.
The Lady Panthers were scheduled to play in the Garland Invitational
tournament Friday and Saturday.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Mabank Lady Panthers Maegan Olivarez (14) and Torrie Garrett (10) go up
to block a shot by Wills Point Lady Tiger Precious Spencer (15) during
the fifth and deciding game of Wills Point's narrow season-opening win
over hosting Mabank Tuesday.
Tuesday, the Lady Panthers will travel to Crandall for a non-district
match against the Lady Pirates, opening with 5:30 p.m. sub-varsity
Next weekend, Aug. 20-21, the Lady Panthers will play in the Eustace
Lady Bulldog Invitational, before returning home to host Greenville and
Caddo Mills in a dual match Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Against Wills Point’s Lady Tigers, the Lady Panthers took a quick
two-game lead, winning both games 25-13, but then faltered, dropping the
third game 25-23 and the fourth game 25-20.
In the deciding fifth game, both teams were tied at 14 before the Lady
Tigers gritted out a 16-14 win to secure the match.
“The girls played well for their first matches of the season,” veteran
coach Stacy Shelton said later. “They were up on Wills Point and lost
focus. This is just inexperience, and hopefully will improve with time.”
The Lady Panthers came back to knock off the Athens Lady Hornets in
three straight, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-23.
“They came back and played well as a unit against Athens,” Shelton said.
“They got behind and came back to win the match. This shows that they
know how to come back and win.”
In sub-varsity action, the Mabank junior varsity also split their
matches. The Lady Panther JV fell to Wills Point 2-1, dropping the first
game 25-14, but coming back to win the second game 25-16. In the third
game, the Lady Tiger JV secured the match with a 25-21 win.
Against Athens, the Lady Panther JV won 2-1, dropping the first game
25-19 before winning two straight, 25-23 and 25-20.
In freshman action, the Lady Panther frosh defeated both Wills Point and
Against Wills Point, the Mabank freshmen won two straight by identical
Against Athens, the Lady Panthers won the first game, 25-23, dropped the
second, 25-22, and then roared back to win the third game 25-7.
GBC co-ed softball
Impossibles vs Replacements
Rebels vs Longhorns
Xtreme-Tanksley vs Dictators
Replacements vs Xtreme-Tanksley
Rebels vs Impossibles
Longhorns vs Dictators
MHS @ Crandall
KHS @ Edgewood
EHS vs Athens-Ennis
MHS @ Eustace tourn.
KHS @ Eustace tourn.
EHS hosts tournament
MHS vs G’ville-C.Mills
KHS vs Brownsboro
EHS @ Ennis
MHS @ Tyler tourn.
KHS @ Wills Point tourn.
EHS @ Tyler tourn.
KHS vs Malakoff (scrim)
EHS @ Venus (scrim)
KHS vs Edgewood (scrim)
EHS @ Elkhart (scrim)
MHS vs Canton (scrim)
MHS @ Kaufman
KHS vs Brownsboro
EHS vs Grace Community
(@ Tyler All Saints)
MHS vs Athens
KHS @ Parish Episcopal
EHS vs Dallas Life Oak
MHS @ KHS
EHS @ Edgewood