NEWS ANCHOR GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY

Bill Lunn’s profession as a television news anchor has carried him around the nation. Until the past year or so, he was anchor at a Memphis station and since has relocated to our part of the world as co-anchor for the 10:00 news at Shreveport’s KTBS Channel 3. Our paths crossed, not literally but virtually several months ago when I posted articles on
Face Book I was writing for LA Sportsman magazine and web site about trophy bucks taken in Louisiana during this past season. On one of my articles, Lunn made a comment with content that let me know he had to have been a deer hunter. I connected with him via social media and we were soon exchanging texts and comments mutual to the two of us. During our on-line chats, I learned that Lunn was a native of Illinois, studied Journalism at Northwestern University as well as attending college in Minnesota where he became interested in fishing.

“While in school in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, I became enamored with the In Fisherman show on television that really got me hooked on the sport,” Lunn said.

Although Lunn’s dad was not a hunter, he developed an interest in hunting, becoming a member of a deer lease in Tennessee while he was working in Memphis. However, the sport that has captivated his main interest is turkey hunting.

Upon his move to KTBS, Lunn who now lives in north Bossier Parish in Benton, has sampled the fishing in several waterways in north Louisiana including Cypress Black Bayou, Caddo and Bistineau.
During our contacts on social media, I learned something else about Lunn that captivated my attention more than his interest in hunting and fishing. He has created what he refers to as a “ministry” to youngsters in the Shreveport area.
“After moving to Louisiana, I became a member of Cypress Baptist Church and was impressed with the quality of some of the Christian men in the church. Several are involved in activities that have been beneficial to the community and I felt that I needed to find something that would allow me to reach out to some group; I wasn’t sure which group so I prayed for guidance and direction.

“I was out walking one day and I passed a trash bin and saw three BMX bicycles that had been dumped in the trash. When I lived in Chicago, I worked at a bike shop and am able to repair just about any bike, so I put the three bikes in the back of my truck, brought them home and repaired them and posted on Face Book and gave them away to kids in Bossier City,” Lunn said. “After word got out about my repairing and giving away bicycles, I started getting requests for bikes, donations began coming in along with people giving me old bikes to repair and give away,” he said.

A weekend or so ago, Lunn got the word out of a bike give-away in a Shreveport neighborhood. He had repaired 25 bikes and gave them away to kids who learned of Lunn’s “ministry”.

“I just wanted to touch a kid’s life somehow and some way. I can’t change lives in ways others can but I can fix bikes and make a kid happy. When we were young,” Lunn continued, “bikes were everything and I have learned through this process that bikes are still king.”

He hunts; he fishes; he reports the news but the most notable things Bill Lunn is doing is to make a difference in the lives of kids. Anyone interested in contributing to this bike ministry can contact Lunn through his Face Book page.

FISHING REPORT

CANEY LAKE – Bass and yellow bass have been biting along the points just off deep water with Wacky worms and jigs working best. Dustin Chellette landed the big one of the week, a bass tipping the scales at 11.35 pounds. Crappie fishing has been fair fishing brush off the points using shiners or jigs. The chinquapins have just started hitting worms and crickets in 6-7 foot water. For information contact Bateaux’s on Caney Lake at 259-6649, Hooks Marina at 249-
2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been fair on Shaky Heads, jigs and crank baits with some from 2-5 pounds reported. No report on bream, catfish or crappie this week.. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bass fishing has been fair around the shallow grass on spinners, jigs and Rat-L-Traps. Crappie are scattered; bream fishing has been good on crickets. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
OUACHITA RIVER – The river is still too high with too much current for fishing to be good. No fishing report this week. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Most of the crappie have spawned and have moved out to the flats where some have been caught fishing 8-12 feet deep in 10-18 foot water. Shiners and jigs are picking up some with best jigs this week being Key Lime Pie and Live Minnow patterns. Bass have moved to the deeper holes and spinners, jigs and soft plastics are picking up a few. Bream are just now starting to show signs of life as they’re moving to shallow bedding areas and starting to
hit worms and crickets. Catfishing continues to be good off the banks on night crawlers and cold worms. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bream fishing has been good this week on worms and crickets around shallow beds. Both catfish and crappie are being caught at night fishing shiners on yo-yos. Bass fishing has been fair with best lure this week being the Rapala. Striper fishing is slow to fair. Fishing below the spillway is fair for crappie and bream. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Crappie are beginning to move away from the banks with some caught in 8 foot water on shiners or jigs. Bream and catfish are biting and bass are fair this week. Some crappie are still shallow while others have moved to deeper water. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – The water is rising but some crappie are starting to move deeper. Catfishing is good while bream are just now starting. No report on bass. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is falling but still too high. No fishing this week. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.

”Bill Lunn is shown with a happy youngster, recipient of a bike, repaired by Lunn.” Courtesy photo

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