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Advancements in sonar and GPS technology are now helping anglers catch more fish in Alabama’s state lakes. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has updated State Public Fishing Lake contour maps originally produced in the 1970s and 1980s.

The new maps are more accurate, have finer detail and are less expensive to produce. Contour maps are available via the State Public Fishing Lakes page on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website, outdooralabama.com.

“The older maps varied in depth and lacked the detail of the newer maps,” said Matt Marshall, WFF State Lakes Supervisor. “By updating the contour maps we hope to provide better information for anglers to catch more fish.”

To access the maps, click “state fishing lakes” in the Fishing drop-down menu on outdooralabama.com. From the state lakes page, click the link titled “Updated Contour and Depth Maps.” Then check State-Public Fishing Lakes, Lake Contours and Lake Depth under the Fishing option to the left of the interactive map and zoom in on the lake you would like to view.

The new maps are also available by clicking the “map” icon on the outdooralabama.com homepage.

WFF owns and operates 23 State Public Fishing Lakes in 20 counties throughout Alabama. These lakes range in size from 13 to 184 acres with a total of 1,912 surface acres. For more information about State Public Fishing Lakes, call the WFF Fisheries Section at 334-242-3471, or visitwww.outdooralabama.com/alabama-state-public-fishing-lakes.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

SOURCEAlabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources


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Anything fishing related will be on display and up for grabs when the River City Antique Tackle Show comes to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Decatur Riverfront Sept. 23-24, 2016.

Now in its 21st year, the River City Antique Tackle Show attracts collectors from across the southeastern United States and beyond who bring thousands of antique fishing items dating back to the mid 1800s to display and sell.

nflccThe River City Antique Tackle Show is a chance to meet with collectors and buy a variety of vintage fishing tackle including rods, reels, lures, fish scales, old minnow buckets, and tackle boxes.


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REBEL TracDown Ghost

It’s common to remember good lures gone by, but it’s even better when one returns to the lineup better than ever before. Rebel Lures is proud to announce that the Ghost Minnow – one of the most-productive little slender minnow twitch baits ever – has returned with new color patterns and hardware that is better for the fish, the fishery and the fisherman.

Well-known to anglers as a top-producer of trout, smallmouth bass and other gamefish, the new TracDown Minnow was redesigned and is now available with cutting-edge paint schemes and barbless treble hooks, which are safer for the fish, our fisheries and fishermen. If an angler gets one of these trebles in his or her skin, it simply comes right back out, yet studies have shown barbless hooks penetrate a fish’s mouth easier than the barbed variety. These hooks are perfect for all anglers but especially good for younger or less experienced fishermen.

The Tracdown Minnow measures 2-1/4-inches and is available in both trout-focused color patterns and traditional bass/panfish looks. Super-realistic, super-smart and super-effective, the new Tracdown Ghost Minnow is a stream superhero.

For more information visit www.lurenet.com

Source: PRADCO Public Relations

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Back in the day, I couldn’t understand how my father and other anglers could be so patient with a jig tied on their line. Gaaa! Boring! Slow! Nothing fast about a jig!

But with age and trial-by-fire comes education and today, I’d probably take a jig first and foremost if anyone said “Pick just one” for bass fishing. Heck, I’d take a jig for catching redfish and maybe pike, too. Aggressive fish will blast ’em.

Check out the new jig from BOOYAH Baits. If you like to fish craws, worms and beaver-critters, this stand-up version may be the ticket for you.

The new Bank Roll Jig from BOOYAH Bait Co. was created with the help of some of this country’s best jig fishermen.

The stand-up jig features a top-heavy flat top design that keeps it upright on bottom – effectively standing on its head. The skirts are special, too. These unique skirts feature multiple colors and produce reflection like no other. Plus, it’s equipped with one of the strongest hooks available in a bass jig.

If used with a crawfish-imitating trailer, the Bank Roll keeps the claws up in a defensive position – exactly what bass are expecting to see when approaching a real craw. When used with a more-baitfish or beaver-style trailer, the Bank Roll swims with a slightly down-turned attitude and mimics baitfish feeding action when crawled slowly across the bottom.


The angle of the hook adds up-and-down “floppy” action when shaken or lifted, and the long, full silicone skirts never seem to stop moving. When flipping or pitching to cover, the Bank Roll presents a natural, nose-down attitude that keeps the hook super-strong hook positioned for perfect hooksets.

The unique skirts mimic crawfish and bluegills with equal accuracy. BOOYAH limited color selection to only the top eight as determined by our pro anglers (ever try to get a dozen pro anglers to agree on anything?) to catch bass anywhere in the country. The Bank Roll is available in two sizes, 3/8- and ½-ounce.

For more information, go to www.booyahbaits.com.

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Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa provides guests a wonderful experience, from the golf course to spa to dining and relaxation. (Photo: Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa)

Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa provides guests a wonderful experience, from the golf course to spa to dining and relaxation. Whether you’re staying for a getaway weekend, a father-son or buddies golf trip or a conference, Ross Bridge is a top destination. (Photo: Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa)

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail wasn’t a popular idea two decades ago when Dr. David Bronner conceived the idea of a world-class series of public golf courses and resorts throughout Alabama.

Crazy, they called him. Waste of money. Alabama? Golf? Laughable. But Bronner persisted and the RTJ Trail was created throughout the state: Mobile, Dothan, Greenville, Birmingham, Huntsville, Florence and elsewhere. Bronner’s vision was spot-on, though, and today the trail is one of Alabama’s top tourist attractions.

Throughout my travels in more than three decades of newspapering and outdoors writing, I’m usually asked about these Alabama topics: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, bass fishing on Guntersville Lake or elsewhere, Auburn and Alabama football, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, and Alabama’s varied outdoors activities such as saltwater fishing, hiking trails, birding and state parks. Politics and the state’s history, of course, also get asked about, but those five are among the most-often asked.

So it was no surprise the RTJ Trail had four of the top five sites in a survey of top golf resorts.Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa near Birmingham was No. 1 and the Auburn/Opelika Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National was No. 2. I’ve visited both and have played golf at Ross Bridge, a stunning beast of a course that will test any golfer’s skills, and the courses and resorts are phenomenal.

Check out the press release below about the guest satisfaction results:

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail offers golfers of all ages challenging courses.

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail offers golfers of all ages challenging courses. (Photo: Alan Clemons)

For 2014 guest satisfaction during their stay at Marriott and Renaissance hotels in North America, the top golf locations are in Alabama. Four of the top five sites are located on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa was named the number one Marriott or Renaissance hotel in North America for golf satisfaction. The Auburn/Opelika Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National finished second for golf. The Marriott in Prattville at Capitol Hill finished fourth and the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Pt. Clear finishing fifth for golf experience. These rankings are determined by an outside research firm hired by Marriott International for its 448 full-service Marriott and Renaissance Hotels in North America.

“Having four of the top five Marriott or Renaissance Hotels in North America is remarkable and the result of a great team of hard workers,” said John Cannon, president of Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. “We want our hotel guests and others to have a great experience when playing our courses,” said Cannon. “From making reservations to greeting guests to making bunkers and greens are pristine, our team goes above and beyond to make our visitors happy. That hard work has paid off for both the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and its Resort Collection, which contains both Marriott and Renaissance Hotels.”

The vision of Dr. David G. Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the RTJ Golf Trail was created to bring visitors and investors to Alabama while making the state a better place to live. “Twenty three years ago before the RTJ Golf Trail opened people would have laughed that Marriott’s top golf experiences were found in Alabama,” said Cannon. “Now it is a proven fact, based on independent surveys conducted for Marriott International.”

Wide undulating fairways, large bunkers and multi-tiered greens with unique features greet golfers throughout the RTJ Trail.

Wide undulating fairways, large bunkers and multi-tiered greens with unique features greet golfers throughout the RTJ Trail. (Photo: Alan Clemons)

Top 10 Marriott and Renaissance Hotels for Golf Satisfaction

   1.  Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa – Hoover, Ala *

    2. Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National – Opelika, Ala.*

3. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa – Vedra Beach, Fla.

    4. Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill – Prattville, Ala.*

    5. Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa – Point Clear, Ala.*

6.  Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort – Herradura, Coata Rica

7. The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club – St. Petersburg, Fla.

8. Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest – Ypsilanti, Mich.

9. Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa – Marco Island, Fla.

10.  Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa – Indian Wells/Palm Springs, Calif.

* These golf locations are part of the Resort Collection on Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

The entire Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has 26 courses at 11 sites across Alabama. The Resort Collection has eight hotels and resorts. These golf courses and hotels are owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama. For more information, visit www.rtjgolf.com.

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