Weekly Arrest Report

Report from the Red River Sheriff’s Office for July 19-24, 2022.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Schools Schedule Open House 

Red River Parish community members are invited and encouraged to attend the Red River School System “Beginning of the 2022-2023 school year activities.” The schedule for each school’s “Open House” is listed below:

RRES August 1, 2022 4:00pm – 5:30pm

RRAA  August 3, 2022 4:00pm – 6:00pm

RRJH   August 8, 2022 4:30pm – 6:00pm

RRHS August 8, 2022 5:00pm- 6:30pm

Principals will follow Red River School District Federal Program’s guidance and will emphasize that this is an “Initial Title I Annual Meeting.” Parents will meet the teachers and other staff members.

Among the items that they will receive are the district and schools’ parent plans. Contained within each plan is a copy of the Parent, Student and School Compact for detailed study. This written agreement stresses shared responsibility for improved student achievement and frequent communication.

These items will be posted on the district website for your convenience. All parents and every child are encouraged to participate in these beginning of the year activities.

By Deborah Babers, Parent/Family Engagement Coordinator Red River Parish School


Riverdale Varsity Cheerleaders Shine at Camp

By Molly Seales

From Wednesday, July 20, until Saturday, July 23, the Riverdale Academy Varsity Cheerleaders attended UCA cheer camp at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas. Under the direction of cheer coach Sidney Jones, these girls worked hard each day learning new cheers, stunts, chants, dances, and safety measures.

Each year at UCA camp, Pin It Forward awards are given to cheerleaders who display characteristics such as leadership, spirit, commitment, kindness, and motivation. After a cheerleader is give this award by a UCA staffer, he/she finds another cheerleader who demonstrates those same qualities and “Pin It Forward.” This year Riverdale had two recipients of this award-junior Emily Nettles received Pin It Forward from a UCA staff member, and freshman Emma Giddings received Pin It Forward from a cheerleader from another squad.

Also, each year at camp, cheerleaders have an opportunity to try out for UCA All American cheerleader. Those who make All American are invited to perform in places such as London and Hawaii if they choose to do so. This year Riverdale had two squad members try out, and both of them made it! Congratulations to our All Americans, senior Emma Clemons and freshman Ayla Knotts. Ayla also made it to the final round of the jump off competition.

The squad received numerous team awards throughout the week. They received 3 spirit sticks, a blue ribbon for their cheer and sideline evaluation, a red ribbon for their camp dance evaluation, a 2nd place trophy in the final dance evaluation, and the most improved trophy for a small varsity squad. It was a fun but tiring week, and the cheerleaders are fired up and ready to cheer on our boys of fall.

2022-23 cheerleaders are seniors: captain Emma Clemons, co-captain Molly Seales, Jessie Kate Cobb, and Baylee Whittington; juniors Kylie Donald, Sky McMullan, Emily Nettles, and Maddie Whittington; sophomores Lilly Grace Guillot, Kacie Harper, and Jadyn King; and freshmen Emma Giddings, Hanna Catherine Huddleston, Ayla Knotts, Makayla Pickett, Ava Procell, and Julia Grace Riggs.


Johnson Re-Elected Without Opposition

At the end of qualifying for the fall elections, United States Representative Mike Johnson had no opposition qualify.  Therefore, he is elected to a fourth term in the United States House of Representatives:

Johnston said, “I am truly grateful for the honor of serving the wonderful people of the Fourth Congressional District, and humbled to now be given a fourth term to do so. We have so much important work still to do, and I know in my heart that America’s best days are ahead of us, and not behind us.

“Kelly and I want to thank everyone for your confidence, encouragement and prayers.”

Congressman Johnson is the Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference, a member of the House Judiciary and Armed Services Committees, and a former constitutional law litigator.


The Subtle Art of Staying Behind

By Teddy Allen

Unless you were born with four-leaf clovers in both hands, you are semi-cursed with the Give-Take Principle, or the GTP. Also called the Law of Staying Behind.

Whenever you get a little extra money, something will happen to snatch that money right out of your greedy little paws. Seldom does this fail.

My first real run-in with this reality was December, 1987. I went to The Great Louise at the newspaper — besides having a heart as wide as the Red River, she knew Everything about Everything — handed her an envelope and told her I’d accidentally been given an extra paycheck that week.

“That’s your Christmas bonus,” The Great Louise said.

Those were the days.

When the tears had cleared enough for me to see, I drove my truck straight to what was then Pioneer Bank — “The bank with the open door from 9 ’til 4” — deposited my check, wept some more, then started to crank my truck.

Key broke off in the ignition. 

Cost 80 bucks to fix. Merry Christmas to the locksmith, not so much to me.

Fate giveth money, fate taketh money away.

For some reason at the first of this month, we had a little extra money. So it was not a big hit when the envelope came in the mail, as it does every six months, with the car insurance due.

$461.57.

But also in the mail was the annual termite prevention bill.

$289.00.

An attention-getting one-two punch, but not one that would put you on the mat.

Except then the electric bill notice came by email. I was scared to open it.

And … for good reason. It shattered the previous monthly record by nearly $200.

Good thing I was sitting down.

Something was going on. The Give-Take Principle. The indisputable Law of Staying Behind.

It was more expected than surprising that evening when the musty smell under the sink turned out to be a plumbing leak in an old cast iron pipe, a pre-PVC situation. Easily fixable — once a carpenter moved a cabinet and cut some holes in the wall.

Plumbing cost? $509.00 the first day, $1,013.20 the second.

Carpentry? Jury is still out on that one, but we’re saving up.

It would have been easier to save up if, during the weekend before the plumbing was totally fixed, the plumbing in the back of the house hadn’t backed up. So, while plumbing was getting fixed in the kitchen, the “clean-out” guys were on the roof, running a roto-rooter thingy down the old cast iron pipes back there, ones that will eventually leak of course, and mercifully cleaning that out.

$330.00.

Thought it was going to be worse so was grateful. What was worse were the two new tires I had to get the next day.

$427.74. Gotta have tires. 

Two days later I took those tires and the rest of my car to my stud mechanic friend because my AC had gone out, the battery was draining, and surely that meant alternator trouble and another story for another time but the bottom line equals $357.19 and I wept like a small wet child for joy because I thought it would be much worse.

It’s at times like this I’m grateful to mow grass. Nothing can get to you when you’re out there mowing grass. So that’s what I did — until my mower broke.

Of course, it did.

The next day I put it in my repaired car and left my repaired home and drove it to the shop and left it. The next day I called to check on it.

Needs just one part. Just That One Part.

Unfortunately, Just That One Part is on backorder.

Of course, it is…

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu.


OPPORTUNITY: Manufacturing Engineer

AS A MANUFACTURING ENGINEER, YOU WILL:

Evaluate and improve existing equipment and tooling and fixture designs in a high-volume manufacturing environment

Develop creative solutions to manufacturing process design-related issues

Solve complex design/tooling issues

Collaborate with diverse groups of people, to include hourly employees, and upper management

Relay difficult concepts to multiple business groups

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

BS degree in Engineering (Mechanical preferred) or equivalent experience and previous design experience for Assembly processes

Proficient in AutoCAD and Inventor

Familiar with other CAD software packages, to include Solid Works, NX, and Pro-E

Strong problem-solving experience

If qualified and interested, please apply online at http://www.emerson.com

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.


4-H Volunteer Training

Red River teens learned to make their mark at the NW Teen Leadership Conference.

The 4-H office said, “We are so thankful for our volunteer club leaders who spent their day with us at the Northwest Region Volunteer Training hosted at NSU! We appreciate you all and can’t wait to get started in September.”

OPPORTUNITY: Quality engineer

AS A QUALITY ENGINEER, YOU WILL:

  • Investigate quality defects and perform RCA
  • Lead and/or contribute to structured problem-solving for corrective and preventive actions
  • Analyze no-conformance trends and evaluate the effectiveness of CAPA
  • Identify improvement opportunities and drive actions for improvement by analyzing manufacturing processes and conducting process capability analysis
  • Lead initiatives to improve non-conformance PPM and cost of quality
  • Perform new product and process qualifications
  • Direct quality support team members engaged in measuring and testing products and tabulating data concerning product or process quality

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

  • BS degree in engineering or engineering technology with exposure to quality and lean manufacturing, plus two years of related experience
  • Strong interpersonal skills with hourly, engineering and management
  • Strong computer skills required

If qualified and interested, please apply online at http://www.emerson.com

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.


Operation Christmas Child

From Brenda Ingram

The West Central La team ministry coordinators for Operation Christmas Child met with their new Area Coordinator, Jeanine Ford from First Baptist Church Winnfield.  She has been selected  by Samaritan’s Purse Regional Coordinators to led the team.  Jeanine has been involved with Operation Christmas Child for over 15 years and the Drop Off Team Leader for Winn Parish since 2015.

Pictured  is Freida Berry, Church Relation Coordinator (332-6932), Jeanine Ford Area Coordinator (464-0756), Brenda Ingram Logistics Coordinator (471-9415) and Bill Huggins Community Coordinator (352-7839).

For more information about the ministry contact Samaritan’spurse.org or any of the coordinators.

It is never too early to teach children about serving and giving. Miranda Heyl, from Fort Worth is the 9 year old granddaughter of Edward and Sherrie Bohannon. Heyl is sewing  the edges of a doll blanket to pack in a shoebox. Miranda is busy packing shoeboxes to send to third world countries in November.

Miranda’s grandparents attend church at Fairview Alpha Baptist Church and are involved in Samaritan’s Purse  Operation Christmas Child. This ministry packs millions of shoeboxes each year to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way. For many children this is their first gift to ever receive and the first time they have heard of God’s love. The shoeboxes are packed with school supplies, toiletries, toys, stuff animals, clothes, shoes, and a WOW item.


Ms. Cotter’s Character

By Brad Dison

A New York television show was due to begin broadcasting in two weeks.  In the 1950s, television was broadcast live before a studio audience.  There was no editing.  The production had one serious problem; they were having trouble casting an actress to play the lead character’s wife.  They had considered numerous actresses but could not find one who fit the role.  The lead character had the final say in who played his wife.  Actresses were either too tall, too short, too big, too small, too loud, or too quiet.   

Audrey Cotter was performing in the Broadway production of Top Banana and had appeared on several television shows including The Amazing Mr. Malone (1951), The Bob & Ray Show (1951-1952), and Lux Video Theatre (1952).  She agreed to help the production find the right actress.  She suggested just about every actress she knew, but the leading man always had a reason why none of them would fit the part.  Finally, Ms. Cotter said she knew the perfect actress for the part, herself.

Ms. Cotter, an experienced professional actress was immaculately dressed in the current style, her makeup and hair were flawless, her movements were graceful – the leading man knew she was all wrong for the part.  He quickly pointed out that the character was supposed to be a blue-collar housewife who, along with her husband, portrayed their daily struggle for survival in New York City.  He explained that she was “all wrong.”  She was too young, too pretty, and, above all, too glamours for the part.  No one would believe she could be married to him.  Ms. Cotter left the meeting feeling rejected, although being rejected for being too young, too pretty, and too glamorous must have softened the blow somewhat.

Ms. Cotter was not too serious about getting the part until she was turned down.  She became a determined woman.  On the walk back to her apartment, she told her agent to return to her apartment the following morning with a photographer.  Ms. Cotter stayed in bed until the agent and photographer rang her bell.  She let the men into her apartment.  Her hair was mussed up, she wore no makeup, she wore a blouse—she had torn one of the sleeves for the occasion—and donned an apron.  She walked into her cluttered kitchen and the photographer took several pictures.  They developed the photographs and sent them back to the casting person with no name attached.   

The lead man looked at the pictures.  Her shoulders were slumped, one hand rested on the countertop as if to keep her from collapsing from utter exhaustion.  Rather than a smile, Ms. Cotter’s expression was one of disdain as if she were about to ask, “What can happen next?”  The lead man said in rapid succession, “Oh, My God. That’s [her]. Who is she?  Where is she? Can we get her?”

Ms. Cotter got the part.  The lead man was unaware until sometime later that he had already rejected her for the part.  Although the television sitcom lasted just a single year, Ms. Cotter’s character became one of the most beloved in television history, Alice Kramden.

Few people know the actress as Audrey Cotter.  The world knows Alice Kramden by her stage name, Audrey Meadows.  The man who rejected her for the part played her husband in the show.  His name was Jackie Gleason.  She, along with her husband, Ralph, and upstairs neighbors Ed and Trixie Norton, were… The Honeymooners. 

Source: “Honeymooners Stars Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph on the Joan Rivers Show.” YouTube. Last modified August 4, 2020. Accessed July 17, 2022. youtube.com/watch?v=-zpcywEQHxQ.


Heat Advisory

From the National Weather Service Office in Shreveport:

A Heat Advisory has been extended through 8:00 pm Wednesday for all of the Four State Region. Temperatures will again climb into the upper 90s and lower 100s Wednesday.  When combined with the humidity, heat indices will range from 105-110 degrees.


ETC… Wednesday, July 27, 2022

It’s time to get your competitive exhibits ready for the 2022 State Fair of Louisiana!  Red River 4-H reminds all members planning on exhibiting that all info including rules, entry form, divisions and classes are posted to their website.

Red River Man Church has announced that Pastor Richard Tull of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will be the speaker at their August meeting.  Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 11.

Flag Football is back at Open Door. Sign-ups are July 1- August 15th. All forms and payments are due by August 15th. If you would like to coach please call the church office at 932-6267 and speak to Ashley.


OPPORTUNITY: Team Leader (3rd Shift)

AS A TEAM LEADER, YOU WILL: 

  • Supervise utilizing strong interpersonal skills 
  • Use technical knowledge of manufacturing processes, as applies to such supervision 
  • Utilize computer skills to facilitate processes and software used 
  • Pursue objectives with organizational skills to meet goals 
  • Work with personnel at all levels of the organization 

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: 

  • Two (2) year Associates Degree, plus one year of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written 
  • Great computer skills (Excel and Word 

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.  

Shift is 11:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m.  Overtime requirements are based on customer needs to meet business objectives. 

If qualified and interested, please apply online at www.emerson.com 

Equal Opportunity Employer 
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.  


OPPORTUNITY: Industrial Engineer

AS AN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER, YOU WILL: 

  • Identify opportunities to introduce flow and visual management into processes and work alongside area leadership to implement 
  • Utilize process mapping, value stream mapping, and root cause analysis 
  • Capture manufacturing cycle time data in the production department, develop improvement plans, and execute action plans 
  • Create, review, and update standard work 
  • Maintain plant and workstation layouts to reflect the current state and to provide potential future state options to project leaders and management 
  • Lead improvement activity by facilitating kaizen events or acting as a project resource 
  • Develop area leadership through lean daily management process 
  • Train new employees on continuous improvement concepts in Orientation and in other settings 

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS: 

  • BS degree in engineering, manufacturing, or equivalent degree and a minimum of two years’ experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in manufacturing identifying opportunities for the efficiency of manufacturing processes and operations  
  • Experienced in lean manufacturing principles 
  • Project management experience 
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD 2D for managing plant layouts 
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent communication skills 

If qualified and interested, please apply online at www.emerson.com 

BENEFITS:

We offer medical insurance plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), tuition reimbursement and more. We also provide you flexible time-off plans, including parental leave, vacation, and holiday leave.  

Equal Opportunity Employer 
Emerson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.  


Final List of Candidates Who Qualified for Local Offices

At the close of qualifying for local elected office this October, there are races for School Board Districts 1 and 4.  And there will be a contest for the Mayor of Martin, and Aldermen of Hall Summit.

For School Board District 1 Jeffery Deen and Melinda Hardy qualified.  That seat is occupied by Gene Longino, and he has announced his retirement from the board.

Two candidates qualified for District 4.  They are incumbent Cleve Miller and challenger Flora Miller.

District 2 Board Member Richard Cannon, District 3 Board Member Gary Giddens, District 5 Board Member Kasandra White, District 6 Board Member Valerie Cox, and District 7 Board Member Susan Taylor drew no opposition.  Therefore, they are re-elected to those seats.

There are two candidates seeking election as Mayor of Martin.  They are Marcie Davis and Mary Ann Longino.

Four candidates are seeking to be Aldermen at Hall Summit.  They are Jason Briggs, Willie Jiles, Jr., Barbara Moore Perrin, and Kathy Quick.  Three will be elected.

Danny Scott qualified for Mayor of Hall Summit.  He has no opponent so there will not be an election for that position.

No one qualified for Hall Summit Police Chief.  The position will be filled later.


More Candidates Qualify for Local Offices

On the second day of qualifying another candidate joined the race for School Board District 4.  Flora Miller qualified in opposition to Cleve Miller.  All other incumbent members of the School Board have no opposition, as Thursday. 

On the first day of qualifying Jeffery Deen and Melinda Hardy qualified for District 1.  That seat is occupied by Gene Longino, and he has announced his retirement from the board.

There are two candidates seeking election as Mayor of Martin.  They are Marcie Davis and Mary Ann Longino and they qualified on Thursday.

Four candidates are seeking to be Aldermen at Hall Summit.  They are Jason Briggs, Willie Jiles, Jr. Barbara Moore Perrin, and Kathy Quick.  Three will be elected.

Danny Scott qualified for Mayor of Hall Summit.  So far no one has qualified for Hall Summit Police Chief.


Getting Ready For School to Begin

The Red River Parish School Board was given a report that the school facilities will be ready to welcome students when they return to campus on August second.  Superintendent Alison Strong said, “Things are going well, and we are pretty much moved into new buildings.”

Teachers and staff have been moving into the newly constructed facilities beginning during the last school year.  Strong said, “We’ll be ready in time for school.”  She commended the janitorial staff on all campuses for making sure all schools are ready to welcome students on August second.

She also reported that the contractor is making good progress on the new Central Office.  It is being constructed south of the Junior High on Bulldog Drive.  “The date has been moved up to October first for completion,” said Strong.


Local 4-H Members Attend Wetlands Camp

Check out the highlights from Marsh Maneuvers! Campers planted marsh grass, caught crabs, learned about the menhaden and oyster industries, and much more! Two students from the Red River 4-H attended that camp.

Campers harvested marsh grass plugs to plant along a vulnerable area of Bayou Petit Anse.

Afterward they played marsh volleyball.

The 4-H campers took a tour from the US Coast Guard.  They cast nets.  They caught blue crabs. And campers they toured the Menhaden Processing plant and observed fish meal production.

Also during their week they toured the Leland Bowman Locks and 4-Hers learned about the oyster industry at Shucks in Abbeville.

Red River students Madison Chamberlin and Blake Francis attended this great camp last week.


Council on Aging Elects Officers

The Red River Council on Aging is in good shape going into the next fiscal year.  And they are looking to continue recovering from the setback of the pandemic.  That report given at the annual membership meeting of the Council.  At the meeting the 2022-23 Board of Directors was announced, and new officers were elected for the coming Year.

Carolyn Hayes was elected President of the board.  Other officers elected were John Brewer, Vice President; Diane Slatten, Treasurer; and Katherine Smith, Secretary.

Special Guest at the meeting was Lakeisha Robertson of the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs.  Robertson expressed her gratitude to the Council for the many programs offered to assist seniors in the parish.

Director Liz Cannon reported to the board that the annual Health Fair has resumed, following the lifting of COVID Restrictions.  Cannon said, “We had our Health Fair in May.  There were over 20 vendors and over 100 people participated.”

Other milestones reported by Cannon and Assistant Director Michael Braswell included distributing 105 fans this summer with more to be given out, participating in the Farmer’s Market program by over 200 people, and 300 participants in the distribution of 80 pound food boxes from Catholic Charities, and serving over 30 clients with income tax preparation.


Riverdale Football Team Wins 6 x 6 Passing Championship

By Molly Seales

On a hot and steamy Saturday, July 16, the Riverdale Academy varsity football team traveled to Union Christian Academy 6 x 6 passing tournament. There were 9 teams in the tournament, and Riverdale beat Briarfield in the championship game to bring the trophy home to Riverdale. Head Coach Jared Smelser said in a post on social media, “It was a great weekend for the beginning of football. We competed in a 6 v. 6 passing tournament on Saturday. After losing 78% of our offensive scoring last year, I was just hoping to get the team chemistry and route timing down. These guys showed me that they want to compete and win. I was pumped with the quarterback progression and reads, the receivers’ routes, and a quick defense that reacted well. I’m ready for these guys to hit the field.”

I also caught up with assistant coach Jensen Spillum for his thoughts on the outing. Coach Jensen told me, “It was a great feeling to win the 6 on 6 tournament this weekend. Having gone undefeated while playing really good competition is a confidence boost and will propel us into the regular season. Offensively, we threw the ball around the field very well, and our routes were executed the way we wanted them to be. Defensively, we flew to the ball and improved our coverage schemes. It was fun winning, but now we are focused on the regular season and winning one week at a time.”

The Rebel football team has been putting in the work in the weight room this summer and will officially begin practice next week. While they prepare for the season, the RA cheerleaders head to cheer camp in Grapevine, TX, on July 20-23 so they can improve and get ready to cheer on their boys of fall. Excitement is in the air as football season is less than a month away! Let’s go Rebels!


Worm Fishing Is a Little Tricky

By Steve Graf

Fishing with plastic worms has been around ever since Nick Crème stunk up his kitchen and poured the first soft plastic worm in 1949. This one bait revolutionized bass fishing forever, and it became, and still is today, the number one way to catch bass.

Anglers like Roland Martin and Larry Nixon made a great living winning tournaments with the plastic worm. In the beginning, there were mainly three colors to choose from: black, blue, or purple. But over the years other manufacturers like Zoom, Strike King, Berkley, and V&M now offer worms in a multitude of colors and sizes. Today let’s look at a couple that have made their mark on the bass fishing world.

One worm that has withstood the test of time is the 6-or 7-inch straight tail worm, or as Zoom calls it, a “Trick” worm. More fish have been caught on a straight tail worm than any other worm ever made. Over the years, no bait has brought more fish to the scales or put more money in the pockets of anglers. It’s a bait that allows anglers to use an array of techniques to fish it. A shakey jig head, drop shot, Texas rig, or a Carolina rig are the most popular ways to fish it, but it’s also a great bait when fished weightless.

The straight tail worm will flat out catch fish when other lures will fail. Why? I think it’s because it can be fished so many different ways, and it always seems to look natural in the water. One key for me when fishing this bait is to not over-weight it. Simply put, don’t use a real heavy weight with this worm, as it tends to take away the action of the worm. My personal set up for a 6-or 7-inch “Trick” worm is Texas rigged with a 2/0 Gamakatsu Round Bend Hook and a 3/16 Elite Tungsten weight fished on 14- or 15-pound fluorocarbon line…but I will go to a ¼ ounce weight if the wind is blowing.

Another worm that has caught fire is an oversized version of the Zoom Trick Worm called the “Magnum” Trick Worm. It’s an 8-inch worm and is 2 inches longer than its cousin, “Trick” worm. This bait has really come to the forefront of bass tournaments in our region. There’s a saying among anglers, “Big baits catch big fish.” Well, if you think the 8-inch Magnum

Trick Worm is good, tie on a V&M J-Mag 10-inch worm! This worm defines what a big worm really is and will put fish in your live-well that any angler would be proud to have. Either of these big straight tail worms will work. Some days they seem to want the smaller 8-inch version, but then are days when the big fish want that bigger 10- inch bait. You just have to try both to see which one they want.

Both of these, when Texas rigged, may require a heavier weight like a Tungsten 3/8 or ½ ounce. I like to fish either of these in shallow or deep- water conditions. So, if you want to upgrade your catch and put quality fish in the boat, tie on either the 8-inch Magnum Trick Worm or a V&M J- Mag 10-inch worm. Nothing gets me more excited than catching bass on a worm. There’s just something special about getting a Texas rigged worm bite and you feel that slight “tick” and you set the hook! Warning: this type of fishing may cause heart failure! Till next time, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!