As the director, chairman of the board, and one-third shareholder at Custom Cables Services, Inc., Edgar Gentle has helped the Fulton, Alabama-based company reach and maintain roughly $13 million in sales annually. Outside of work, one of Edgar Gentle’s passions is bass fishing, which he does both as a hobby and a sport, competing in roughly 12 bass tournaments each year.
Because of their challenge and size, bass are some of the most sought-after fish for both hobbyist fishermen and competitors looking for that trophy fish. If you are just getting started with fishing for bass, here are three bass-specific considerations to keep in mind.
1. Time of Year – Spring and fall are typically the best times to fish for bass. During these seasons, their metabolisms are in full gear, and they can be very aggressive, which makes them more likely to attack your hook and whatever you are dangling on it.
2. Lures and Bait – Fortunately, bass are not picky when it comes to food, taking nearly anything you throw at them. That said, some combinations do work better than others. Jigs with real or plastic worms work well, as do colorful crankbaits, spinners, and mimic minnows. The key thing to remember with bass is the larger your lure, the larger your catch is likely to be.
3. Wind – While it may seem counterintuitive to fish into the wind, this is the best strategy for bass. Bass like to swim with the current, so casting into the wind helps ensure they find your bait instead of your boat, which might startle them or guide them off course from your cast.
An experienced attorney and chairman of the board of Alabama’s Custom Cable Services, Edgar Gentle is also treasurer of the state’s Democratic Party. The recipient of a bachelor of science degree from Auburn University in 1975, Edgar Gentle continues to support the school’s football team.
After losing secondary coach Wesley McGriff to the Ole Miss Rebels in the 2016 offseason, the Auburn Tigers found an experienced replacement in Greg Brown. A 36-year veteran with coaching experience in both college and the National Football League (NFL), Brown recently served as cornerbacks coach for Missouri, a team which tied for first in interceptions in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the 2016 regular season. He has also coached defensive backs at Louisville, Alabama, Arizona, and Colorado.
A former University of Texas at El Paso cornerback in his playing days, Brown has coached some of the most decorated defensive backs in college football. Both Deon Figures and Chris Hudson, whom he coached at Colorado, won the Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the nation. Gerod Holliman, whom he coached at Louisville, won the award in 2014 after tying a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) record with 14 interceptions.
After obtaining a bachelor of science in biology from Auburn University, Edgar Gentle completed the juris doctor program at the University of Alabama School of Law. Outside of his work in the legal field, Edgar Gentle is a loyal fan of his alma mater’s Auburn Tigers football program.
On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, which was National College Signing Day, Auburn football head coach Gus Malzahn and his staff signed 23 new players for the upcoming football season, which will kick-off against Georgia Southern on Saturday, September 2, 2017.
A junior college transfer that started at quarterback for Baylor University in 2015, Jarrett Stidham is one of seven signees who chose to get a head start on the process and enroll early. Stidham, a five star quarterback, is rated the number-one junior college prospect by ESPN and holds all-district honors in basketball.
TD Moultry, a 6-foot-2-inch, 230 pound linebacker, played high school football for the Jackson-Olin Mustangs, only two hours northwest of Auburn. Moultry received high praise from Coach Malzahn as possibly the best player in the state.
Finally, the biggest surprise of the day for Coach Malzahn and his staff came when pass-rushing machine Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant’s letter of intent arrived in Auburn. Bryant had been sought after by the program for quite some time, and his commitment to the Tigers was like “icing on the cake,” in Malzahn’s words.
Edgar Gentle serves as a partner attorney at Gentle, Turner, Sexton, and Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has contributed to and helped administer in excess of $2.5 billion in settlements as a special master and settlement administrator. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys cheering on the Auburn Tigers football team.
The Auburn coaching staff recently added a new tight ends and halfbacks coach in Larry Porter. Porter makes his way to Auburn from the University of North Carolina, where he served as running backs coach. Porter replaces Scott Fountain, Auburn’s previous tight ends and special teams coach.
In a statement, Porter expressed his gratitude to head coach Gus Malzahn for the opportunity and praised Malzahn’s coaching staff and team. In Malzahn’s own statement, he noted Porter’s accomplished history in player development and recruiting.
Porter is regarded as one of the country’s top recruiters, having twice been named National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com in 2007 and 2009. Before accepting his role with North Carolina, Porter worked as an assistant coach for Texas and Arizona State, as well as head coach for Memphis during the 2010-2011 season. His background also includes assistant coaching positions at Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana State.
A partner in Gentle, Turner, Sexton & Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, Edgar Gentle has served the law firm for nearly 25 years. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys reading, fishing, and cheering on Auburn University’s football team.
With an eye on the 2017 season, the Auburn Tigers recently hired Chip Lindsey as the team’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Announcing the appointment in a recent press release, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn described Lindsey as a rising star with a deep knowledge of the game.
Like Malzahn, Lindsey began his career as a high school football coach before moving on to serve in collegiate programs. He worked as an assistant coach at five high schools and later served as head coach at Lassiter High School in Georgia and Spain Park in Alabama. Most recently, Lindsey was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona State, a team that averaged an impressive 33.3 points per game in 2016.
Edgar Gentle works as an attorney and partner with Gentle Turner Sexton & Harbison, LLC, a legal services firm headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys getting outdoors and noodling for catfish.
Catfish noodling goes by many names, including tickling, stumping, and hand-fishing. Whatever the nomenclature, noodling for catfish involves getting down into the catfish’s muddy habitat and drawing it out with one’s bare hands. In contrast to traditional fishing, not much is needed to begin catfish noodling. The main requirements are a strong grip, tight clothing that won’t snag or impede movement underwater, and first-aid materials in case of a scrape or bump underwater.
Also, before you make your first noodling trip, make sure it’s defined as a legal practice in your state, and if at all possible, begin noodling during spring and the first part of the summer, as this is spawning season and catfish be fairly easily found while protecting their eggs.
Edgar Gentle, an accomplished attorney and a partner in the firm of Gentle Turner Sexton and Harbison, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly near his homes on Logan Martin Lake and Weiss Lake. Though he is an avid bass fishermen, Edgar Gentle has also engaged in catfish noodling.
Catfish noodling, also known as catfish grabbing or fish grabblin’, is a method of fishing with one’s hands rather than rods and nets. Catfish noodling is particularly popular during the spring months, when catfish move to shallow waters to lay their eggs. As the days grow longer and the water warms, more and more fish populate the shallows.
Individuals familiar with the behavior of female catfish know that the fish seek out hidden areas to deposit their eggs, such as under rocks or inside hollow logs in the water. As the females depart, male catfish move into these sheltered egg sites to guard the developing young. During this time, the males rarely leave the shallow water, eating infrequently and doing little more than watching the nest. They become highly aggressive, lashing out at anything that comes too close to their nest, including a human hand.
Most catfish noodlers follow catch-and-release practices, noodling for the thrill of the catch. Though noodlers prefer to use only their hands whenever possible, some will at times make use of a slightly angled pole to help leverage fish from tight places. To learn more about the art of noodling, visit www.catfishgrabblers.com.