A couple gingerly navigate their boat in the aquatic boondocks favored by the scrappy bream, the South’s favorite pan fish. They are anglers in the 2016 Felsenthal Breamfest fishing tournament at Felsenthal, Arkansas. Even though the lake had dropped a few feet just prior to the tournament, it was still swollen from a long spate of spring rainstorms.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Pine Buff, Arkansas
Seventy-nine boats registered for the 2016 Felsenthal Breamfest fishing tournament, despite a grim weather forecast — the downside of which failed to materialize. Since you are in the big middle of one of the prettiest cypress populated clean lakes in the nation, fishing in the tournament is a good experience, even if one’s catch garners no special recognition.
Let's Find the ‘Honey Hole’
These two anglers are making tracks to what they hope is their ‘honey hole’ for bream. Though they appear close enough knock the stern off our boat, they are beyond a safe distance. The long lens closed the gap.
Turned Out to Be a Perfect Day
The weather as seen here was a bit iffy early in the morning. By mid-morning the skies had cleared and it was a perfect day for being on the lake, despite the unfulfilled meteorological prognostications.
A laid-back couple from Alabama land a fish. We lingered at their ‘place’ for longer than most and it bothered them not.
For good times, the annual Felsenthal Breamfest is right up there with Mom’s apple pie, baseball, and drivin’ the levee in your pickup listenin’ to Lynyrd Skynyrd.