THE FISHING SCHOOLS
with Will Kirkpatrick
A fishing, learning vacation on “Big Sam”
Although The Fishing Schools are held on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, the knowledge and expertise acquired is applicable to all bodies of water when in the pursuit of Bass or other gamefish in fresh or saltwater. Our classes are continually updated to reflect the newest equipment and products. Cost of all schools includes lodging, meals, classroom material and instructor’s fees.
This year's first class is my two day hands on Map & Electronics with our hands on sonar portion utilizing Lowrance/Navico's updated HDS electronic color sonar units e/w GPS (Global Positioning System) and Structure Scan. In addition we have an “Extensive” 35 MM slide program of real life situations showing CHART/SONAR unit screens taken on Rayburn using my HDS screen capture feature. Our second day is spent detailing topographical and hydrographical maps and correlating their relationship to fishing success while outlining seasonal bass movements.
Our second class of the year is our week long fishing program geared towards understanding and catching “Big Bass”. I’ve scheduled this class during Rayburn’s prespawn & spawn period. This school entails fishing approximately nine hours each day. During our evening classroom periods we build a special “Big Bass pattern formula including pre-spawn habits, required equipment, migration routes, holding cover, preferred lures, “catching times”, etc. Anglers must bring their own boats and equipment to this class. Mickey Eastman, host of Houston’s KILT Outdoor radio program will be here again this year for his annual Bass outing which is our annual fun fishing time together each year
All classes are on a first come, first served basis and require a 50% deposit 30 days prior to class date with all prices based on double occupancy.
For further information or for class date availability, call me at (409-584-3177), or if you prefer, you can write me at 21815 FM 705, Broaddus, Texas 75929
Fishing School sponsors include: Arbogast, Bandit, Bomber, Booyah, Cordell, Creek Chub, Heddon, Lindy, Norman, Rebel, Silver Thread, Smithwick, Thill, Yum,www.lurenet.com, Lowrance Electronics, www.lowrance.com, G. Loomis Rods, www.gloomis.com
Will has been the author of The Houston Chronicle Newspaper's Online Freshwater Fishing blog (http://blog.chron.com/freshwater) since its inception in February 2007, plus a field reporter for KILT Outdoors radio show (Houston).
Will is also an active member of the Texas Outdoor Writer’s Association.
He was chosen by Texas' Governor Rick Perry as one of the Governor's three appointees to the State's Recreational Boating Safety Panel in 2009.
Before resigning (after 8 years due to Hatchery Gate now at $53 Million dollars and still not completed), he was one of twelve anglers statewide who were members of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Freshwater Fishery Advisory Board
In addition to the $53 Million we have the $5.00 annual Freshwater Fishing stamp that was to originally have ended August 31, 2014. This fee was implemented during my last of three appointments to our Freshwater Fisheries Panel and was to be for a guaranteed 10 year period. This like many other promises made by TPWD to our states anglers was not to be. TPWD went to our state legislature with another Cock and Bull story about lack of funds. The result was that the $5.00 temporary fee which generates between $5 - $6 Million dollars annually is now a permanent fee. Yet there is still no charge levied on For-Profit fishing tournament promoters or participants making million of dollars free of any additional charges while using our public waters.
For more information on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, my Fishing Report, my Guide Service, or The Fishing Schools, please use these links or give me a call before 8:00 pm at 409-584-3177.
To enroll in either of my Fishing Classes, please fill out the following application, after checking by phone (409-584-3177) for availability and mailing your application with the required deposit.
The Fishing Schools
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The Fishing Schools
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Broaddus, Texas 75929