Bass competitors begin teaming up this coming weekend for the start of a series of five Millennium Bassmasters competitions out of Buffalo Small Boat Harbor this spring.
Team "opens" will be held each weekend in May, including a Lake Erie Bass Challenge to Benefit Make-A-Wish on May 19. Two-angler teams can enter a two-fish limit of bass measuring at least 20 inches. Penalties incur for dead fish. A fall open will be held at Long Point State Park on Chautauqua Lake.
For details on all Millennium and other area bass competitions, call Don Staszczak at 893-0607 or Dave Konsek at 913-3761. In Canada, call Simon Frost at (905) 984-4263.
>Books on angling
Five nice texts have just floated down the publishing waterway, each worthy of more than a casual read.
*"The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World," a Randy Kadish fictional account of the reality of fishing as pure therapy, tells the tale of Ian MacBride's discovery of the spiritual side of fishing with a fly. The book ($16) is available from Saw Mill Press, Ansonia Station, P.O. Box 230675, New York, NY 10023.
* William G. Tapply's "Trout Eyes" recounts trout trips to a slew of major salmonid sites around the world. The final chapter recounts his final outing with his friend-and-mentor dad, on a canoe paddle in Maine on his dad's 85th birthday. Go to: www.skyhorsepublishing.com.
*"Take Me Fishing: 50 Great Writers on their Favorite Sport," edited by John Brian with a foreword from Jimmy Carter, brings together angling's best known names such as John Salvato Wulff, Bill Tapply, Mark Sosin, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, and even Dave Barry. Each story shares the joy as well as the technology of trying to catch fish.Go to: www.skyhorsepublishing.com.
*"The Gigantic Book of Fishing Stories" is just that, colossal in its size and its content. From fossilized tackle remnants of the Neolithic period to Jerry Gibbs, Ted Leeson, Harry Plunket-Greene and other modern outdoor writers, Lyons has brought readers a full seine of fish tales. The text offers interesting histories followed with sections on warm-water species, saltwater, trout, the philosophy and psychology of fishing, and classic angling stories from literary giants such as Rudyard Kipling and Guy de Maupassant. The Sterling Publishing Co. text ($24.95) will be released May 14 from Skyhorse Publishing.
*"It's Just Fishing," by Buffalo native Gary A. Bauer, shares a journal of area waterways Bauer calls "the greatest fishing in North America." He logs a three-year account of fishing Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, their feeder streams and the Niagara River. Go to: www.authorhouse.com.
>Last lion call
Hunters longing to log a lion on their trophy list have until June 1 to book a trip to South Africa.
Cape Town officials have imposed regulations banning "canned hunts," the only form of lion hunting left in South Africa. After June 1, hunters will have to seek hunts in provinces and nations north of South Africa. For details on the new regulations, go to: www.environment.gov.za.