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Author Topic:  Article: Papa's last buzz leads to a honey of a retirement  (Read 674 times)

Offline papamark

I have a very good friend that writes for the local paper (The Courier) where he lives.

Thanks Joey

Papa's last buzz leads to a honey of a retirement

Mark Hall of Winnsboro, Texas, also known as the legendary Papa Buzz, is just one of the cast of characters in town this past weekend for the FLW Costa Series Tournament on Lake Dardanelle.

I had the pleasure of meeting Hall and his better half Monica some 10 years ago when he drew out as my co-angler in a FLW BFL event on Lake Dardanelle.

At the time, Hall was already making a few spinner baits and had start producing his famous Papa's Buzz while living in West Memphis where Monica taught school, which gave us both plenty to talk about in a full day of fishing.

It was a wonderful experience and we both had a great tournament, got checks and more importantly, I got introduced to some of the best cookies in the world which Monica has supplied me for a good number of years now!

The only downside of my first tournament fishing with Hall was getting introduced to the Papa's Buzz bait the hard way.

I was on a very strong early-morning bite, and the fish were crushing my rusty trust chug bug. On one of the very first weed beds we came to, I made a cast to a spot I simply knew I was going to catch a fish. But nothing happened as my bait made its way back to the boat.

I floated just a bit past my intended target and just as I was about to make a second cast into the sweet spot, I hear the most awful buzzing and clanking sound known to man. Hall whirled his buzz bait right smack dab into the middle of the hole. The blades barely even started turning and before I could get my mouth closed, a giant bass comes up and engulfs this thing like he had not eaten in days.

Still a bit in shock, I finally got my bearings and got the net. We got this huge fish in the boat and Hall's tournament off to a wonderful start. But as any tournament fisherman knows, something like that will rattle you a bit.

Luckily for me, the next few spots produced one of that size and another just a bit bigger and led to a fifth-place finish out of some 200 anglers. But to this day, the one Papa and his buzz got, was the one that would have won me the tournament.

Since that trip, we have forged a friendship that has lasted to this day. When Hall arrived to start his final tournament season last weekend, hence his last buzz, he even brought a batch of cookies Monica cooked up just for me.

Normally when a guy hangs something up or ends a part of their career, you normally are a bit sad or feel a little sorry for them. But in this case, it's just not possible.

Why, you ask? When Monica retired just a few years ago, they loaded up the truck and relocated to Texas right on the edge of one of the most well-known bass lakes in the country, Lake Fork.

So instead of having to chase bass all over the country, Hall is now sitting on his very own "honey hole" where going fishing is never a problem.

Through the years, Mark and Monica have been great friends, mentors and a tremendous sponsor when I was out chasing around the country in search of bass. I truly hope both of them have the best retirement ever.

As for you folks who have purchased some of his products or would like to get one of those loud clanky buzz baits, don't fret. Believe it or not they do have UPS in Texas, and a visit to papasbaits.net can still get one delivered right to your door.

Email Joey Fisher at jfish44@yahoo.com

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Re: Article
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2017, 05:54:56 AM »
Very nice article.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2017, 06:31:58 AM »
COOKIES !!!!!

Hope you enjoy your retirement papa, thanks for sharing the article with us !!!!
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Re: Article: Papa's last buzz leads to a honey of a retirement
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2017, 06:36:41 AM »
Very nice Mark! Thank you for sharing with us.  (y)

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