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Federal law requires renaming of all Confederate military bases

You know Hal and Julie from the movie and the book

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Recognize The Contribution Of The Military Spouse!

Support the legacy of one of the most admired women in military life by renaming Fort Benning to Fort Moore.

The Military Base Commission is considering renaming Fort Benning (Georgia) to Fort Moore in recognition of LTG Hal and spouse Julie Moore.

Julie Moore established the unique tradition – carried on to this day – of care teams visiting and supporting the spouses of those lost in combat. Between Hal Moore’s distinguished service in battle and Julie Moore’s leadership on behalf of military families, this command team represents the bond that enables an effective fighting force.

This is a valuable opportunity to recognize the contribution and sacrifice of the military spouse and military family in service to the nation. You know Hal and Julie from the original book and 2002 Mel Gibson/Madeleine Stowe movie, “We Were Soldiers.”

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Back in 2007, I wrote about fishing on the small community pond in back of my in-laws apartment down in North Carolina. At best, that pond was 1/4 acre but it produced some nice bass. With that as a frame of reference, I’ve had to take a new look at small water.

We went on vacation to the Outer Banks this last summer and I did a quick map recon of the area using the Google satellite images (I agree, that’s bordering on obsessive).  To my joy, I discovered a few small ponds scattered up and down the barrier. I took my fly rod with me and hoped that those ponds would prove productive in the early morning while waiting for the Basswife to get ready to go to the beach. I ended up fishing on two tiny ponds that both produced 2 pound bass. Granted, I was a little embarrassed standing on the edge of the parking lot with my fly line zinging back over parked cars but all that went away when I started to catch fish. I also noticed some huge carp swirling around within the pond’s small boundary and threw a fly or two in their direction with no success. I ended up fishing that small set of ponds every day during our vacation and caught and released some nice bass each time.

Later in the summer, I had to work late up in Gaithersburg . I worked up there once a week and looked forward to the short drive over to the Upper Potomac to fish while I waited for traffic to die down prior to resuming my commute home to Northern Virginia.  On this particular day, we had a minor crisis on my program, and I had to work later than I normally do.  Not so late that I could drive directly home and avoid the traffic, but late enough that I did not have time to go over to the Potomac.

Frustrated at missing an opportunity for smallies on the Potomac, I cast my eye on the small corporate pond next to the building. “The heck with it”, I thought to myself “I’ll just fish there”. I wandered down with my 4wt rod, loaded up a small grasshopper, and began to fish the small water. Instantly, the bluegills sprang into action. These guys had probably never seen a fly or any other type of lure. I worked my way around the pond, catching bluegill on every second or third cast. There were some big ones in there that approached 9 inches as you can see from the picture.  Any fish caught off the top is an exciting fish to catch!

So, the lesson learned in all this is to not turn up our noses at the small ponds. I’ve certainly learned to overcome my embarrassment of fishing in the middle built-up area and recommend you give it a try as well.

Tiny pond produced the nice bass to the right

This guy is 14 inches!

Corporate pond proves to be a holding tank for bluegills!

This guy is about 9 inches – not bad.

Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore

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Disclaimer and Warning:  The contents of this site reflect the opinion of the author and you, the reader, must exercise care in the use and interpretation of this information.  Fishing is a dangerous sport.  You can slip and fall on rocks and sustain severe injury.  You can drown.  You can get hooks caught in your skin, face, eyes or other sensitive places.  All sorts of bad things can happen to you when to go into the woods to visit the places documented here.  Forests, streams and lakes are wild areas and any number of bad things can happen.  You must make your own judgment in terms of acceptable behavior and risk and not rely on anything posted here.  I disclaim all liability and responsibility for any actions you take as a result of reading the articles on this site.  If you do not agree with this, you should not read anything posted on this site.

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