It happens pretty often this time of year. P.D. Vinson, of Leesville, Louisiana, gets a phone call from a fisherman who reeled in a bass wearing a plastic tag with his phone number and the “BassCashBash” insignia streaming down the side.

Some anglers know exactly what the tag means.

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by email, mattwillwrite4u@yahoo.com.