BOOYAH Bait Co. announced via news release Wednesday that it is adding Alton Jones Jr. — son of longtime Bassmaster Elite Series pro and 2008 Bassmaster Classic winner Alton Jones — and Stetson Blaylock to its pro staff.
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A project under consideration by the Douglas County Commission would turn Clinton Lake State Park into a paradise for active outdoors enthusiasts — particularly millennials.
A nearly $70 million outdoor recreational center planned for the area, which would be called the Kansas Outdoor Center, would include a man-made whitewater rafting and kayaking facility, zip lines, rock climbing, a trail system, an outdoor amphitheater, restaurants, a $1.5 million beer garden and a conference center. Talk of the project dates back several years and is seen as a boon for tourism. Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison in 2014 said the project “probably would be the second biggest thing the state has done for tourism, next to the NASCAR track. It really would be an outdoor lifestyle center.”
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An old fan of Jim Ramberg’s columns emailed me recently to fulfill a longtime goal.
“My wife and I moved to Topeka in 1982, and being a bird hunter and coming from a family that raised pointing dogs, I immediately got hooked on Jim’s Dog of the Year Contest,” said Jay Waechter, who submitted his nearly 12-year-old dog, Karma. “I had always wanted to submit one of my dogs but never had the time. Well, now I do, so here goes.”
Karma isn’t a typical pointer, though. For one, she’s a Dachshund.
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When news broke last week of Bass Pro Shops' acquisition of its main rival, Cabela's (NYSE: CAB), the latter's stock price sat at about $55. By the end of trading last Monday, the price had jumped 15 percent to $63.13.
The megadeal between two goliaths of the outdoor-retail industry will result in one giant company operating 184 stores. Bass Pro also owns White River Marine Group, a boat retailer responsible for such brands as Tracker Boats, Sun Tracker, Nitro, Tahoe, Regency, Mako, Ranger, Triton and Stratos.
Originally published in The Topeka Capital-Journal
Topeka resident Jerry Waldschmidt and a group of five other anglers enjoyed the fishing trip of a lifetime earlier in July at God’s Lake in Manitoba, Canada.
“We fished up there many, many years ago and then went back up again for the first time,” Waldschmidt said.
Among his group of fishing buddies was Hayden graduate Paul Oswald — who played football at Kansas under legendary Jayhawk coach Don Fambrough in the 1980s — and his son, Jason Oswald.
Following Paul Oswald’s time at Kansas, he went on to play three years in the NFL, spending time in Pittsburgh, Dallas and finally Arizona before retiring in 1988.
Published in the April 13 edition of The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Rapala recently gained some great publicity for their Rapala DT-6 (dives to 6 feet) crankbait, thanks to a historic final round rally by Randy Howell in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
Howell jumped from 11th place to claim the title while using the signature “dive-to” series lure. But is the lure really that great for catching bass?
During a recent afternoon fishing expedition with my buddy, Brendan, I set out with a trio of the lures to see just how much bass would target it.
The day started out with three quick catches on the lure, as I pulled in two bass and a nice-sized bluegill right off the bat. We then hit an afternoon lull for a couple hours where the fish just refused to bite on anything, followed by a flurry of action. At around sunset, the bass literally began swarming this lure. Brendan, who also was using the lure, caught a bass on one cast, then caught another on his very next cast.
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For a band named Echo Lake, it's only natural that the founding fathers of the group love to fish.
Drummer Matt Mirsch, senior music education major, and bassist Scott Stormann, who is coming back to Washburn after taking a few years off to work, created the popular Topeka-based funk band while earning their diplomas at Seaman High School in 2006. Several years and a few new band mates later, the band has become a local favorite thanks to various gigs they've done in the area, including the Jayhawk Theatre Revival in 2009.
However, when the pair of North Topekan rockers aren't practicing for an upcoming gig or studying, they spend a good chunk of time at various fishing spots, mainly the Shawnee State Lake just north of Topeka.
"Scott has an addiction," said Mirsch. "I fish because I like to eat, Scott fishes because he's addicted to the adrenaline rush of the catch and he should probably see someone about that. That's all I have to say about that."
The two began fishing together in high school, but said they just recently started fishing frequently again this summer.
"We used to fish every now and again, because Matt's dad was a big fisherman and my dad was," said Stormann. "We've been fishing since we were little, but this summer we really started fishing a lot, like hardcore. I've been going out every weekend and Matt comes along probably once every other weekend with me and we've been going catfishing and bass fishing."
The other members of the band—lead singer Dave Hess, guitarist Michael Spangler and saxophonist T.C. Gomez—are all from Washburn. Hess recently graduated with a degree in vocal performance, while Spangler is working toward a business degree and Gomez is working toward a music education degree. Stormann said they've never managed to get the whole band together for a fishing trip, joking that it was mostly because Gomez never had enough money for a fishing license.
"Dave came out once... he's a better singer than a fisherman," said Mirsch.
On July 24, 2011, I decided to go storm chasing after I heard from my friend Mike Goehring of OriginalPro Films that the lightning coming our way was supposed to be awesome. I headed out with my camera and camcorder and started driving out to North Topeka because the radar showed the storm to be more intense in the northern part of the storm. The result was some great video clips of lightning and some decent photos, although the majority of the lightning I caught on my camera was hidden behind the clouds and didn't show up as well as I would have liked.
John Abbott holds a largemouth he caught at Lake Perry. Photo by Josh Rouse.
When fishing with John Abbott and David Moon, anything can and probably will happen.
I was reminded of this on July 9, 2011, as Brendan Handy and I went on a night fishing trip with them at Lake Perry, just east of Topeka, KS. We first stopped by Walmart to get a few supplies and then headed out to a spot on the lake by a marina. The spot is a notorious crappie hole, but we only had one crappie on this adventure as they were much deeper than we were fishing.
However, we still had a lot of success fishing in this spot, albeit from a variety of different fish than we were expecting to catch. One species of fish that we caught that was particularly interesting was a gar, which is a long, boney fish with a long beak filled with razor sharp teeth. Definitely not your typical fish, and this was in particular was special because of its size.
With all the negatives surrounding the tragic death of Caylee Anthony and the subsequent legal proceedings, one positive that can and should be taken from it is that it has opened America's eyes and put a spotlight on water safety and the very real possibility of drowning, even in a small amount of water. This is not meant as any sort of commentary on the case, but rather a guide to help prevent accidents similar to what has been described during the case from happening.
Drowning can occur in any depth of water, even as little as 30 mm of water if lying face down in it. Parents need to stay alert with children around any sort of water, including bath tubs, sinks, toilets, pools, hot tubs, ponds, creeks, rivers, lakes, and the ocean.
While it seems needless to say, even the most attentive and caring parents oftentimes can overlook the dangers of water for children and how easily a day at the pool or a fishing trip or even something as simple as a bath can go bad. Heck, when I was a kid, I even came close to drowning in a pool. However, if parents take the proper precautions, they can do a lot to prevent such events from occurring. Following are some safety tips I've gathered from www.safekids.org regarding children in and around the water. Please take a moment to read over these, even if you aren't a parent, as it may help you save a life.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kan. He is a writer and page designer for The Topeka Capital-Journal's Outdoors page, which prints every Sunday.