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.