Three Outdoor Destinations in Arizona

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Cathedral Rock

An attorney with more than 35 years of experience, Edgar Gentle serves as a partner at Gentle Turner Sexton and Harbison in Birmingham, Alabama. In his free time, Edgar Gentle enjoys traveling, and he recently made several trips to Arizona.

Rich in natural beauty, Arizona offers a host of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Below are three stunning sites:

Cathedral Rock. Located in the Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Cathedral Rock has become one of the most-visited attractions in Arizona. Peaking at 4,921 feet, Cathedral Rock consists of red sandstone formed from dunes near the ancient Pedregosa Sea.

Beaver Falls in Havasu Creek. Located in the Grand Canyon, Beaver Falls is one of five sets of waterfalls in the area and offers gorgeous views and great swimming.

Montezuma Castle National Monument. Estimated to date back to 1200-1450 CE, Montezuma Castle National Monument is a dwelling cut out of limestone cliffs. The monument features 20 rooms made from fieldstone, mud, and clay mortar.


The Best Times to Visit Sedona, Arizona

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Sedona, Arizona

Edgar Gentle is the director and chairman of the board at Custom Cable Services Inc., in Fultondale, Alabama, where he guarantees company loans and helps the business keep good financial standing. Although Edgar Gentle is dedicated to his career, he still finds time for traveling and often visits Sedona, Arizona. Below are some of the best times of the year to visit Sedona.

1. From March to May, temperatures in Sedona are not too hot, and desert flowers begin to bloom amongst the Red Rocks. With plenty of hikers and nature enthusiasts enjoying the landscape, the spring time is considered peak season, with higher lodging rates and less availability.

2. June through August is a less popular time in Sedona since temperatures are higher, but lodging is also cheaper and more readily available. To escape the heat, tourists can enjoy the local art that Sedona is well-known for in the many art galleries and studios.

3. Autumn is another popular time of year in Sedona, with cooler temperatures and good deals toward the end of the season in November. In more comfortable outdoor conditions, hikers enjoy the changing colors of the season, especially on the West Fork Oak Creek trail.

Best Places for Bass Fishing in Alabama

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Weiss Lake

As a founding partner at Gentle Turner Sexton and Harbison LLC in Fultondale, Alabama, Edgar Gentle serves as a special master and settlement administrator. Over the past two decades, he has assisted in creating and administering more than $2.5 billion in settlements. In his spare time, Edgar Gentle enjoys bass fishing at his lake houses in Pell City and Cedar Bluff. Here are some of the best places to go bass fishing in Alabama.

1. In Cherokee County, Weiss Lake, also known as the “Crappie Capital of the World,” is known for its abundance of striped and largemouth bass. Covering more than 30,000 acres, the lake has been reported as one of the top fishing locations in the state.

2. On the Coosa River, Logan Martin Lake is a reservoir created in 1965 to be used for hydroelectric power generation. It is a little over half the size of Weiss Lake but is known for its large amount of spotted and largemouth bass.

3. The largest lake in the state, Lake Guntersville covers 69,000 acres and is about 75 miles from Logan Martin Lake. Avid bass fishers worldwide know this location as a great place for big bass fishing.

The ACAM Benchbook

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Academy of Court Appointed Masters

A skilled legal professional who holds a juris doctor from the University of Alabama, Edgar Gentle has been a partner with the Birmingham law firm of Gentle, Turner, Sexton & Harbison since 1992. The bulk of his duties revolve around serving local courts as an appointed special master and settlement administrator. Edgar Gentle holds active membership in the Academy of Court Appointed Masters (ACAM).

An authority in the standards and methodologies of court-appointed special masters, the ACAM spearheads industry initiatives. The organization’s ACAM Benchbook is an invaluable reference for judges and lawyers who seek guidance regarding the best professional uses for special masters.

More than 200 pages in length, the ACAM Benchbook has three main purposes. First, it strives to help officials decide if and when they should appoint a master. Second, if they do opt to appoint a master, the Benchbook can help them draft an effective appointment order. Finally, the Benchbook can help concerned parties anticipate and contend with the many ethical issues and practical concerns that often occur during the course of special master work.

Tips for Catfish Noodling Beginners

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Catfish Noodling

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.

An Introduction to Catfish Noodling

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Catfish Noodling

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

The Traditional Art of Catfish Noodling

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Catfish Noodling

Practicing as an attorney with Harbison, LLC, and Gentle Turner Sexton in Birmingham, Alabama, Edgar Gentle is known for positive client results in the area of settlement administration. Edgar Gentle enjoys outdoor activities outside of work and finds time to noodle for catfish.

Typically conducted in shallow water, noodling involves identifying catfish nests or hideouts, which tend to be beneath fallen logs and rocks as well as within mud banks. Spring and summer spawning season finds catfish guarding their nests, where their eggs are located. Once an ideal noodling spot is discovered, noodlers block potential escape routes and test the hole with some type of stick, which will identify what type of animal is in the area. If the catfish is within that space, the noodler inserts his or her hands to grab the fish.

Catfish are strong and can bite, and they share their spaces with potentially dangerous turtles and snakes. For these reasons, noodling is not for novices and is valued as a skill handed down between generations.