The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

July 19, 2013

Heat making fishing difficult this week

BY SAM VAN CAMP
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — This is some major heat this week and I’m not sure how a person would fish and enjoy it.

There are better days ahead and the fall, in my opinion is one of the best times of the year to fish.

Fish such as bass do feed during these hot days and I have caught quite a few bass especially at night during these excessive hot spells but this heat doesn’t make fishing any fun.

To cool yourself off, you might want to try walking the rivers for smallmouth bass but even that is a chore this time of the year.

Smallmouth bass will leave the deep pools during these hot spells and seek relief in the faster moving parts of the river. Wading rivers will help cool you off and give you a chance to fish.

NFLCC report

I just returned from Kansas City where my wife and I spent a week at the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club (NFLCC) National Meet. One thing great about Kansas City is that they have great ribs and we sure ate a bunch of them.

Collectors from all over the country, along with Canadians and Japanese attend these National Meets buying, selling and trading fishing lures and other fishing equipment.

This year there were over 500 tables of fishing tackle and most attendees thought it was one of the best Nationals ever.

Fishing lures are like coins; some were made by the millions and others were not. In fact, there are only two or three of some lures that are known. This makes them quite rare and valuable despite their condition.

The condition of a fishing lure is evaluated just as a coin collector would evaluate the condition of a coin. Those that are excellent bring a good dollar while those that are damaged bring a lesser amount. The price drops quickly if the lure is even slightly damaged.

The market this year showed that common lures bring very little and I don’t expect that to change.

Items that I saw were down were most Creek Chub lures, common Heddon lures and many types of reels. Items that seemed to bring the most interest were the really rare lures, older Rapalas, pre-Rapala Wiggle Warts just to name a few.

Many of the high dollars being paid for some of the more recent lures are going to fishermen rather than collectors.

These anglers have found that certain lures are producing fish and are not afraid to pay good dollars for them.

At any rate, Kansas City was a really good time and a great show and lots of tackle was sold, traded and purchased. It is almost worth the 425 mile drive just to eat the ribs.

Sam Van Camp writes about the outdoors on Fridays and Sundays. Call him at 662-6559. Fax: 446-6648. E-mail: pamnsam@nwcable.net