Rick Bramwell

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Rick L. Bramwell is 74 years old and began writing for the Anderson Herald Bulletin in 1972. He likes to hunt small game, deer, turkey and morel mushrooms. Bramwell’s 174-7/8 typical whitetail is the largest ever taken in Madison County. He used to compete in Red Man and BASS Federation tournaments, but is now content to fish ponds and small lakes for bass and panfish. For most of 43 years Bramwell has coached Baseball and softball. He has three grown children and resides in Madison County, near Pendleton.

Summer fishing and a family emergency: Two adventures with happy endings

Bramwell braves warm water in search of redear and bass, but a medical problem close to home puts everything on pause. Luckily, everyone’s OK, and the fishing wasn’t bad either.

Heat doesn’t hurt central Florida bass fishing

Bramwell and company head south amidst high temps and last-minute boat problems. His “bad luck,” however, results in new friends, new techniques and largemouth big enough to break any fisherman’s run of fishing misfortune.

Small lake delivers summer success

Rick Bramwell finally finds bluegill using a couple tried and true techniques. Then a storm blows in, but he’s not complaining. He proves these sunfish are easy to catch, sometimes.

Eurasian clams claim a lake, but fishermen take it back

Bramwell and friends apply time, effort and science to resurrect a body of water infested by an invasive species. The results took time, but the story shows the potential of sportsmen and nature working in concert.

All about redear, and how to catch them

Bramwell educates on this hearty sunfish, explains fishing techniques and gives a report from his recent trip in pursuit of these freshwater fighters.

Florida fishing nets a few bass, and a new friend

Bramwell heads south for largemouth. The fishing was slow but the kindness of another fisherman made it worth the trip.

Youth trap league teaches shooting skills

Bramwell visits a shoot and finds he has much in common with a talented young shooter. Caitlin Calfee is opposite-eye dominant, as is the author.

Crappie spider rigs are great, but side pulling does the trick cheaper

Bramwell catches a few and explains a pair of specialized crappie fishing techniques.