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01 March 2011
Hello friends, I am happy to announce the launch of our new Reel Girls Fish Affiliate Program! Many of you already share Reel Girls Fish to your friends, colleagues and fishing partners. Now, when you refer your friends to Reel Girls Fish and they purchase, you will earn cash!
Here’s how it works: You tell your friends, family, blog readers, Facebook friends, etc. about all (or some) of the products at Reel Girls Fish and when they purchase something using your unique link…you earn cash!
Become a part of our program by going to our website at www.reelgirlsfish.net and sign up for the affiliate program and start earning cash now!
I would like take a moment to mention (and thank) Scenic 515 Cabins on beautiful Lake Fork for all of their great service and lodging accommodations that they have provided us these past several years. I actually found these cabins, while looking for a lake front place to stay for a tournament but couldn’t find anything available. When I contacted Joyce, she told me that they were not lakefront, but that their facility was just minutes away from several boat launches to choose from. I have to admit, I was a little concerned because we always want to be on the water, but I was not disappointed once we visited. At Scenic 515 Cabins, you will find nice, clean and comfortable cabins set among beautiful oak and hickory trees. They have a common grilling area with lots of picnic tables set in the middle of a court yard type setting. They have 2 huge grills with wood already cut and ready for your favorite BBQ. They also have 2 fire pits on the property for a nice campfire or for roasting your favorite marshmallows. Each cabin is furnished with full baths, color television (with cable) and 2 double beds, a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, alarm clock and your own covered boat parking spot (with electric outlets) right outside your door!
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I visit and stay at a lot of places during the year while fishing tournaments and when I find one that “REELY” stands out, I don’t hesitate to share their information. Please think about visiting Scenic 515 Cabins (http://www.ets-systems.com/scenic515cabins) the next time you plan on visiting beautiful Lake Fork – Texas’ #1 bass fishing lake.
If you are not familiar with Lake Fork (shame on you – LOL), it is naturally known for outstanding bass fishing! The lake currently holds the Texas state record for the biggest largemouth bass, weighing over 18 pounds! Lake Fork has also produced more than 35 of the top 50 bass in Texas. So the next time you want to do some great bass fishing, consider visiting Lake Fork and staying at Scenic 515 Cabins, I promise – you won’t be disappointed. :0)
With the recent blog I wrote about the Toyota ShareLunker Program, I thought I would share the article that was just released…..:0)
01 August 2010
Hello friends, I promised a blog – so here we go! :0) I have received several questions from people on my website, Facebook page and from just being out there on the water with others who haven’t had the opportunity to fish as much as some of us have and just don’t know some of the things that we take for granted or just assume that everyone knows. So, today I want to talk a little about ShareLunker programs. I thought this was a good start because some of you may have seen the picture of my sister Amanda on my Facebook page recently who caught a great fish that could have very well been a double digit fish (a fish 10 lbs or more). She was so concerned about keeping the fish alive (way to go Amanda) that she just took a few pictures and put her back in the water. While this was great thinking on her part, my first question was – what did she weigh? Well, she didn’t know because she didn’t weigh the fish and when she explained just how big the fish was, I told her she might have had a ShareLunker. HUH??!!
A Texas Toyota ShareLunker fish (this is only the Texas program – more on others states later) is a largemouth bass that is 13 pounds or bigger caught in Texas waters between October 1 – April 30 and must be weighed on certified or legal scales. The fish must be transferred to a Texas Parks & Wildlife representative within 12 hours of capture for spawning purposes. At the end of the spawning season, the fish will be returned to the angler for live release, or the angler may donate it permanently to the program. Either way, the angler receives a fiberglass replica of the catch made by Lake Fork Taxidermy, ShareLunker clothing, and recognition at an annual awards banquet held at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC). In addition, the Texas resident catching the largest entry of the season is a warded a lifetime fishing license.
The ShareLunker program was established in 1986 to promote the catch and release of large fish and to selectively breed trophy largemouth bass within the state. Data collected by the program shows that it takes 8 to 10 years for a bass to grow to 13-pound size. Slot limits that protect large fish have been proven effective in increasing the quality of fishing. Science-based fisheries management has been shown to be the best method for managing Texas public waters.
There are five state fish hatcheries, one of which is located in Athens, Texas. I have personally visited this hatchery and must say that it was a great experience. It is an $18 million facility that is really nice to visit and very educational. Largemouth bass production is the primary focus of the hatchery, which produces 3 to 4 million Florida largemouth bass fingerlings annually. All of those come from fish donated through the ShareLunker program.
It also houses a laboratory, aquarium and education center focusing on underwater wildlife in the state’s freshwater streams, ponds and lakes.
Nearly 60,000 people visit the center each year, which is one reason the city of Athens pledged a financial package worth just more than 4 million in order to persuade TPWD to build the center there. The 106-acre facility was completed in November 1996. The main reason the center was build, however, was to hold the hatchery, which is specifically designed to the needs of the ShareLunker program.
If you think you might have a Texas Toyota ShareLunker, there is a 24 hour pager number for TPWD which is 888-784-0600 (October 1 – April 30 only) or (903) 681-0550.
Other blogs coming soon:
What states have a ShareLunker program?
Texas ShareLunker v. Louisiana ShareLunker?
What is a spawn?
What is a slot?
How do I keep my fish alive?