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Don Davis will read from his novel and Bud Hartman will discuss catching bass and other panfish

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Bud Hartman, one of the founding members of the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club, will speak at the Estacada Public Library on Friday, Aug. 11. He will be joined by fellow club member and author Don Davis.

Fishermen will take center stage at an upcoming event at the Estacada Public Library, discussing both tactics of the trade and what they do when they aren't on the water.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, Don Davis, former president of the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club, will read from his novel "Ralph's Journey," and founding club member and president Bud Hartman will discuss tips for catching bass and other panfish in Oregon.

"Ralph's Journey" follows the life of Angel Raphael Johnson, also known as Ralph Johnson, from his birth in rural Oklahoma and association with organized crime in Tulsa to his travels to California and Oregon. The story is described as a redemption arc, as Ralph turns away from violence and crime after advice from his mentors.

Meanwhile, Hartman will share good spots to catch bass and other warm water fish, as well as tactics for doing so.

"Estacada is in the heart of cold water fish country, but I want to show opportunities that exist statewide," Hartman said. "The tactics used (for cold water and warm water fish) are completely different. Most (warm water fish) don't swim in the water looking for something. You have to convince the bass that what you're throwing is something they might want to eat."

Hartman has been fishing for most of his life, and the warm water largemouth bass is his passion.

"The challenges is me versus him," he said. "I have to outsmart him and think of what chances I have to get him to strike."

Hartman encourages anyone interested to attend the event, so they can learn more about "Ralph's Journey" and fishing.

"(If you're interested in fishing,) it's good to rub elbows with someone who's been there before," he said.

If you go

What: Bud Hartman and Don Davis of the Oregon Bass and Panfish Club discussing "Ralph's Journey" and warm water fishing.

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

Where: Estacada Public Library, 825 N.W. Wade St.

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