Teal hunting during a major bass tournament is a recipe for disappointment.

It happened Sept. 17 during the opening round of the FLW Toyota Series Plains Division bass tournament on Lake Dardanelle. It was also opening day of the early teal season. I was in a media boat piloted by Larry Duggar, an accomplished bass angler who is also superintendent of Pottsville schools. Duggar and I left Lake Dardanelle State Park about 20 minutes before takeoff to get in position to shoot photos of anglers arriving at the “Ranger Hole,” an inlet among several large islands bounded by big mats of lily pads. Tall reeds grew on the island fringes.

Motoring upriver, Duggar and I noted big flocks of blue-winged teal winging overhead.

“All these boats blasting around will make it tough on the teal hunters out here today,” I shouted over the outboard motor’s din. Duggar nodded.

Duggar shut

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It’s been a wild 24 hours for Ryan Neal.

The three-year practice squad player was promoted to the Seahawks active roster on Saturday ahead Seattle’s matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Then in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, All-Pro safety Jamal Adams went down with a groin injury.  

Neal’s name was called, and he was ready.

“I honestly can’t even walk you through the past 24 hours,” Neal said after the game. “Literally walking into meetings thinking I’m still on the practice squad and everything, and next thing you know I’m starting on a couple special teams and I’m just alright, here we go. Back doing my job, come in and just give it my best effort. You just never know. This is a game where somebody goes down, you’re the next man up. You got to come in here and finish the job. I never for once doubted anything…

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Teal hunting during a major bass tournament is a recipe for disappointment.

It happened Sept. 17 during the opening round of the FLW Toyota Series Plains Division bass tournament on Lake Dardanelle. It was also opening day of the early teal season. I was in a media boat piloted by Larry Duggar, an accomplished bass angler who is also superintendent of Pottsville schools. Duggar and I left Lake Dardanelle State Park about 20 minutes before takeoff to get in position to shoot photos of anglers arriving at the “Ranger Hole,” an inlet among several large islands bounded by big mats of lily pads. Tall reeds grew on the island fringes.

Motoring upriver, Duggar and I noted big flocks of blue-winged teal winging overhead.

“All these boats blasting around will make it tough on the teal hunters out here today,” I shouted over the outboard motor’s din. Duggar nodded.

Duggar shut

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