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October 11, 2012

MOORE FISHING REPORT: Campbell named to Hall of Fame

PORT ARTHUR — Campbell nominated to Hall of Fame

  By Chester Moore, Jr.

    David L. Campbell, a retired employee of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and long-time manager of TPWD’s ShareLunker program, has been notified of his induction into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin, in recognition of his contributions to the sport and heritage of freshwater fishing.

    According to TPWD, Campbell was not only instrumental in the Sharelunker program but also in the introduction of Florida bass to Texas.

    “It is our honor to inform you of your induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame for the year 2013,” said Bill Gautsche, Jr.,  chairman of the awards committee.

    “It goes without saying this honor recognizes you for your contribution, dedication and service to the fresh water sportfishing industry. With this, your pioneering spirit will always be remembered.”

    “Through his years of experience of caring for trophy largemouth bass, Campbell contributed a great deal to the knowledge of how best to care for big fish and communicated this information to the public through countless interviews with media from newspapers, magazines, radio and television.”

    Now onto the report…

    North Sabine---Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials report trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish are good in the marsh with high tides. Recent rains have hurt the bite in the river.

    South Sabine---Trout and reds remain fair early and late on live bait, Gulp and a variety of plastics. Flounder are fair along the Louisiana shoreline on live bait and shad.    

    Sabine Pass---Bull redfish are fair to good at the jetties on cut bait and live mullet. Flounder are fair on live bait fished around drop-offs in the channel. Very few reports of trout.

    Lake Calcasieu (Big Lake)---Hackberry Rod and Gun reports good redfish action on live shrimp and Mumpy colored Hackberry Hustlers. Trout are fair to good under the birds throughout the system on live bait and a variety of plastics. Flounder action is fair to good on live bait and jigs tipped with shrimp.

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    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
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    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at cmooreoutdoors@gmail.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)

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