Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Too Many Fish Keep Anglers Busy at Tennessee's Reelfoot

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Too Many Fish Keep Anglers Busy at Tennessee's Reelfoot

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Fishing methods on Reelfoot Lake reflect a local tradition of catching a lot of fish in a hurry.

Most anglers fish with more than one rod. Two is a minimum and some anglers use half-dozen or more. Most people fish with two hooks and frequently catch two fish at one time.

On a guided trip the angler sits on one of two seats on the boat's bow platform. In the front of the boat is a rail on which are mounted from five to as many as nine rod holders.

With two minnow-baited hooks on each line, the boat moves through the water like a combine, theoretically catching every fish that it floats over.

There are days, of course, when the fish don't bite, but when they do on Reelfoot, action is often hectic.

"When the fish are really biting, two people can't really manage seven rods, I usually use only five then," said Al Hamilton, a longtime Reelfoot guide. …

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