East Selma community pond opens for business

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Tuesday was a perfect day for killing &045; killing time, that is.

Several Selma residents did just that around the East Selma Community Pond, which held its grand opening on Saturday. Instead of guns residents armed themselves with fishing rods. Instead of bullets they used bait.

Tuesday, though, brought another opportunity to catch the one that got away.

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After making a catch, Bowie takes her fish home before cleaning them and hosting a fish fry with friends and family. &uot;It’s just fun and games coming out here,&uot; Bowie said.

Bowie uses worms as bait, but as of 1:30 p.m. hadn’t made a catch. She said she’d move to a different spot in hopes of better luck before the day ended.

A few feet away another Selma resident, Lula Hatcher, sat underneath the shadow of an umbrella as two fishing rods lay at her feet. The third lay in her hands. Tuesday’s catch, seven bream, lay attached to a line as Hatcher went for the big prize &045; a bass.

Hatcher dropped by the pond on Saturday, but didn’t fish. Tuesday was the first day at the pond with rod and reel.

Two of Hatcher’s poles were used for catching bream. A pole that lay by her left side, though, was used for catching bass.

That’s something Selmian Terry Ward did on Tuesday. Ward arrived at the pond at 12:30 p.m. and had already caught three fish by 1:30 p.m.

Ward said his secret to catching bass was artificial lures. The lure he used Tuesday had a bright pink tinge. &uot;They just love it,&uot; Ward said of the fish.