A Little Help from Your Friend
If you have had trouble catching fish
lately, have not been fishing in a long while, or have never been
fishing, I have some sound advice for you…..call a guide.
Recently, I have been struggling in my quest to catch the ever
elusive, black bass, on our local fish haven, Richland-Chambers
Reservoir. Rather than sell my boat and all my gear out of
frustration, I opted to call a friend of mine, Stan Lawhon, who
guides on Richland-Chambers Reservoir.
by Tom Lester
Stan has been guiding for three years. He has developed a
reputation as a personable guy who enjoys going out and catching
fish and helping others do the same. We had a great day on the
water; we caught some fish, I learned what I needed to be doing,
but most importantly, we had a great day on the water. The whole
experience was fun and it rejuvenated my confidence in my ability
to catch fish. I simply needed a little help.
Although I am far from being an expert, I have been bass
fishing for a number of years. I needed someone that could teach
me a new technique or two and show me a few new places to catch
fish this time of year. I accomplished both of my goals by
fishing with Stan.
Guides serve a wide range of anglers. They can help you learn
fishing strategies, fishing techniques or proper lure
presentation, just to name a few. If you have never done much
fishing, I would strongly suggest going fishing with a guide a
few times to learn how to fish correctly, and whether or not you
like it all. If you do like it, then is the time to go out and
buy your fishing gear, not before. If you wouldn’t buy a car
without trying it out first, why would you spend a bundle of
money for fishing gear without knowing if you like doing it or
For the weekend angler, such as myself, you can pick up one or
two little hints that might help you catch more fish. Serious
tournament anglers look at it like this, how many times have you
seen a professional sports team on television without a coach on
the sidelines? Everyone can benefit from a little coaching from
time to time.
Most guides have reasonable rates. We are situated near one of
the most popular fishing lakes in the state. If you don’t
believe me, just ride down to one of the popular launch sites
such as: Clearview Marina, Oak Cove Marina or Midway Landing, any
Saturday or Sunday afternoon around 3:00, and watch the weigh-in
from one of the many tournaments held on Richland-Chambers each
weekend. I am confident you will see what I am talking about.
Fishermen travel from all over the country to fish in our
No matter what level of angler you are, you can enjoy and
benefit from a day or half-day on the water with a guide. Whether
its sandbass, crappie or bass you are after, Stan will be happy
to take you fishing. He will provide you with all the gear and
tackle you need or you can bring your own. He also has special
family rates for those folks that want to take a youngster
fishing. For more information, you can reach Stan at 903-872-1746.
Until next time, enjoy the Texas outdoors.
Tom Lester owns and operates Four Seasons
Lawnscape, a landscape and lawn maintenance service, in
Corsicana, Texas. He has fished for most of his 36 years to
some degree or another. He fishes competitively in bass
tournaments and is beginning his professional bass fishing career
in the BASS invitational circuit and the Everstart Series.
Tom lives with his wife, Kelly, in Corsicana, Texas, only a
few miles from Richland-Chambers reservoir, one of the hottest
new bass lakes to open in Texas in the past ten years. He
formerly resided in Cleburne, Texas, where he guided part-time
for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Tom is currently on the
field staff for Abu Garcia, Norman Lures,
Inspiration Lures, and Bill Lewis Lures, and on the pro staff for
and Nuwave Products.
Tom enjoys fishing, hunting and writing his outdoor column for
the Corsicana Daily Sun and freelance writing. He is a
former high school Agricultural Science instructor and animal
health pharmaceutical sales rep. He graduated from Texas
A&M University with a B.S in Agricultural Education and a
Master of Education degree. Tom likes being his own boss so
he can take off to go fishing, whenever he likes, and leave his
wife in charge of the business.
Email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Tom at his web site: Fishing