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Volume I - Issue #1
September 20, 1999


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This is the Newsletter issue #1. Let me thank all of you who have subscribed and say that if you are on this list by mistake and you would rather not receive it hit reply and send and we will take you off of the list. We do not like or condone Spam of any kind!

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Q. What is the definition of a 'Fisherman's Thumb'?
A. A temporary hook holder


Table of Contents:

    I. About the Newsletter.
   II. New Site Look
  III. Baitshop
  IV. Fishing Tips from the Site
   V. Interesting Reading
  VI. Look Out For (or Coming Soon)
 VII. Funnies
VIII. Close



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I. A Quick Note about the Newsletter

Just wanted to let you all know that even though it has taken me forever to get this first issue out, this newsletter aims to be a monthly occurrence. I might send out a quick message now and again if something really interesting pops up, but I think once a month for now is fine.

Also, if you would like to advertise in this newsletter, contribute an article, fishing story, good joke, or have any other comments please let us know by emailing us. We always like to hear from you, and this is as much a forum for you as it is for me - just like the site. I ride herd, but it belongs to all of you! So have a voice and send us your best always knew you should be a writer....


Q. What is the definition of a 'Fisherman's Knot'?
A. The insecure connection between your lure or hook and your fishing line


II. has a whole new look!

Although my vision for hasn't changed, I still see us being the internet portal for the Lake Tawakoni area, my approach has. So, I have been busy redesigning the site so it works better for those of you who use it.

No more frames! (do I hear cheering in the distance?) No more do you have to navigate through gateway pages or see that big ugly message at the top of the page when you access it directly. Now the site is page driven and there is a nice simple navigation bar at the top of the page that gives you one click access to a site map that will get you directly to what your looking or. I hope this makes things easier for everyone. I'm sure you'll find it easier and faster. So come check it out and let me know what you think.

or go straight to the Site Map at: Sitemap


Q. What is the definition of a 'live bait'?
A. The biggest fish you will handle all day


III. Have you visited the baitshop?

So, I'm working on a show with this guy at the Saturn plant in Tennessee and we get to talkin' about fishing. I'm telling him about the greatness of Lake Tawakoni and he reaches into his bag and tosses me this bait. I'd never seen anything like it before. Crawdads and baby shad all done up and bagged, no mess, no ice, just bait that is ready to go. He tells me that his father makes this line of baits and is looking for an internet distributor, the rest is history!

Now at we are the only online distributors of Rusty's Baits and Lures. I like this stuff allot. It makes short work of the cats, and it is clean, easy and convenient. Doesn't spoil and most important of all, it catches fish! So, if you like fishing check out Rusty's Baits and Lures at the baitshop. Baitshop

As always your comments are needed and welcome. So if you'd like to give us some input on the baitshop, please feel free to email us and speak your mind.


Q. What is the definition of an 'Angler'?
A. An obsessive individual who owns a house that is falling down due to neglect


IV. Fishing Tips @

When I started the site, it never occurred to me to make it a fishing site. I mean, I did all the research on records, and bag limits, and licensing in Texas, but there were so many fishing sites out there, I really didn't want to be just another one. But in the coarse of my research, I found that I was having a tough time finding any good tips, and just general how to stuff. So what I did find, I kept, and I watch the news groups for interesting stuff for all of you. I'm trying hard to keep up and adding tips as I get the time. I've got a huge backlog right now, and I'm still looking! If you have anything to add, send it on to Lake Tawakoni Online.

Tip of the month:
Flathead Catfish Tips
Article by: Katchaser

1. Fish where you know the fish are.

By this I mean fish where fish you are after have been caught. Buck Perry said " You can't catch em where they ain't." Unless you have confidence the fish you seek are in the area you should rely on others experience to fish where they have been caught.

High probability areas for flatheads are spawning areas ( water temp 60-70 degrees) Flatheads spawn where they have the greatest control to guard their nests. I rate a hollow log as number 1. A planted spawning barrel as number 2. Undercut banks, muskrat/beaver holes, or undercut tree roots as number 3. And soft mud banks where flathead dig a site they can protect as number 4. At not spawning times I would recommend wood cover, such as logjams, culverts, undercut banks, culverts, or other areas which offer cover and ambush points best for flatheads. Daytime finds flatheads resting on creek and river channels where depth takes a break into deeper water.

2. Know what your fish wants

Springtime flatheads want to make baby flatheads! This is the most vulnerable and predictable time for flathead catfish. Spawning areas repeat from year to year. Often fish spawn in areas with less than 5 foot of depth. These areas offer best cover to protect nests and warmer water temperature.

Young fry have cover and food they need to survive. Prespawn finds males in spawning areas building and protecting the best nest sites. The best sites are areas of bitter battle amongst the biggest strongest males. Prior to the females arrival the males exert enormous energy building and protecting sites that will entice females. The better the spawning site the bigger the male protecting it. He must stay to occupy the area so he must find food there. Find these sites and catch the prespawn males! (58-64 degree water temp)

When females arrive males will no longer feed. They court the females and exhibit what a fine nesting site they have. Females look around and the same pecking order as the males occurs. The better the site the bigger the females.

The females lay their eggs and the male fertilizes them. Even if the female is 20 pounds heavier than the male she will be driven from the nest. Males threaten and beat the females away from the nest. Normally the bigger females are rammed till bruised to force them away. They roam within 100 yards of the nest for several days. During this period the females will feed. This is the time when a fisherman can find and catch several fish in concentrated spawning areas.

The males will not feed until the fry disperse to feed on their own. (Especially at night you will hear the males defending eggs and fry) They will not feed but reveal locations favorable to next years prespawn/spawn locations). Dominant males will attempt to entice another female to the nesting site. I caught an extremely skinny male of 41 pounds once. The size of his head and the length of his body suggested he had once been a 50 pound fish. The best guess was that he had mated 3 times and did not feed for more than 8 weeks while he courted, spawned, and guarded fry 3 times.

Find this and many more tips and tricks at Fishing Tips


Anger is only one letter short of danger.


V. Interesting Reading

This is as insightful, as it is scary. A High School student wrote it:

"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less."

"We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness."

"We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life; we've added years to life, not life to years."

"We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space; we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we've split the atom, but not our prejudice. We have higher incomes, but lower morals; we've become long on quantity, but short on quality."

"These are the times of tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition."

"These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference...or ... just hit delete"


VI. Coming Soon to

1. Keep an eye out on the fishing page for the new fishing message boards! Post your fish stories, your tips or comments, or just keep up with the other fisher-people at

2. Free email at! Your free email address @ This is web based email, just like yahoo or, but you get to let the world know that you are from the Lake Tawakoni area. Access your private account from any computer with a web browser to view and reply to your email. Who could ask for anything more.

3. Pay by credit card for advertising and bait and tackle from the baitshop...coming soon.

All of this and more coming down the pipe at the site. Come and see us!


VII. Funnies

Politically correct ways to say someone is stupid:

A few clowns short of a circus.

A few fries short of a happy meal.

The wheel's spinning, but the hamster is dead.

All foam, no beer.

The butter has slipped off his pancake.

Couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel.

He fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.

As smart as bait.

His sewing machine's out of thread.

One fruit loop shy of a full bowl.

Her antenna doesn't pick up all the channels.

Proof that evolution CAN go in reverse.

Receiver is off the hook.

Not wired to code.

His slinky's kinked.

Too much yardage between the goal posts.

Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thingy to hold them together.

A photographic memory, but the lens cover is on.

During evolution his ancestors were in the control group.

Gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.

If brains were taxed, he'd get a rebate.

Standing close to her, you can hear the ocean.

Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, but he just gargled.


VIII. Closing

Well, thank you for subscribing to the newsletter, and making it through this issue. Look for it to come again to your mailbox sometime around the 15th of October. I'll try to keep it interesting, and please feel free to send me your comments, advertising, and/or articles. I promise to review every one I receive for inclusion in the newsletter and the site. As I said above, this is more your newsletter than it is mine.

Now, because you stuck with it, a special deal just for you. A free ad - commercial or classified - in the next newsletter. Just email the ad content to this address:


This is a newsletter only special, and is only good if I receive the ad before October 10th. So hurry and get it in. This newsletters distribution is currently 125 people and growing daily.

Again thank you for your support, and let us know if there is anything we can do for you.


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