From the Author
Answer: This question has several answers. The tips and strategiesI've learned from the Blue Bank guides at Reelfoot have been useful when I'vefished and hunted other bodies of water all across the nation. So, I know thesetactics are universally applicable. The second reason is whenever I want tohave a good time, laugh, catch fish and take ducks, I go to Reelfoot. I go notonly to learn, to write and to photograph, but to be with some of themost-enjoyable people I know and eat absolutely-delicious food. A fishing orhunting trip to Reelfoot is the trip of a lifetime, every time you go. Theguides there treat you like you're their favorite cousin who's come for a shortvisit.
Question: When's thebest time to go to Reelfoot Lake?
Phillips: I'll have to say duck season, because you can huntducks in the mornings and then fish in the afternoons. Or, I'll have to namespring, because you can catch a limit of bass, a limit of crappie, bluegills attimes and 50 to 100 pounds of catfish all in one day. Or, I may have to say thesummer months, because I love to see young people laugh when fat bluegills maketheir poles kiss the water, or they experience the mystery of fishing forcatfish at night with Yo-Yos. I have to admit, I love catching those bluegillsand catfish in the summer, just like the kids. So, to be honest, any time youwant to have a great trip outdoors, you can't beat Reelfoot Lake.
Question: If I livein a different part of the country, can I use the tactics outlined in thisbook?
Phillips: Absolutely. I know, because I've done it. I'vetaken the lessons I've learned at Reelfoot and applied them to fishing andhunting all over the nation. Often one tip from Reelfoot dramatically canchange the outcome of a hunting or fishing trip in another place. I pull deeplyfrom the well of knowledge I've developed at Reelfoot every time I venture intothe outdoors.