Lake Reedy 9-23-17

September 30th, 2017

Lake Reedy

9-23-17

Thanks Irma!

As mush as we always seem to need the rain and water levels to be normal Hurricane Irma came through the entire state of Florida and created havoc on us all. From the reports I heard prior to the tournament and after the tournament the lake was way high and caused the bass to not cooperate at all. Hope by the next tournament things get back to normal? I am sure all the lakes are going through this transition period. No limits were caught and the most any team weighed in was 4 bass.

First Place with 3 bass weighing 10.53lbs goes to Joe and Greg

Second Place with 3 bass weighing 7.34lbs goes to Gary and Richard

Third Place with 4 bass weighing 6.63lbs goes to Chuck and Bonnie

Big Bass weighing 5.68lbs goes to Greg and Joe

We did not have a 50/50 raffle but hope we will make it up on the next tournament!

Congrats to the winners!

Our next tournament is October 28th on Walk in Water

See You At The Ramp

Mike

Lake Pierce 7-22-17

August 19th, 2017

Lake Pierce

7-22-17

What A Pig!

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Congrats to Justin for his 9.36 lb bass and winning big bass of tournament. This is what it is all about when you catch a trophy bass.

First Place with 5 bass weighing 21.17 lbs goes to Gary and Richard

Second Place with 5 bass weighing 14.70 lbs goes to Joe and Greg

Third Place with 4 bass weighing 13.34 lbs goes to Steve and Mike

Big Bass weighing 9.36 lbs goes to Justin and Daltin

50/50 raffle goes to Mike

Next tournament is Istokpoga on 8-26-17 out of Istokpoga Park.

See you at the ramp.

Lake Kissimmee 6-24-17

July 5th, 2017

Lake Kissimmee

6-24-17

Welcome to the dog days of summer! It will only get hotter too the next couple of months. Seems like every team was excited to fish Kissimmee after the small lake we fished last month. With the recent rains there was enough water to launch out of Camp Mack. Just wish they would remove that rock pile behind the one ramp. Or at least mark it with a buoy. And they are persistent with weigh in being at the stage area too. Overall they were really nice and accommodating. I also would like to welcome the new team of Gary and Richard. Also was nice to see Godwin today who fished with Matt. Maybe he will fill in as needed with Matt. Godwin has been with the club for a long time and shared some sad news with  us, Mike Taylor who also was a long time member passed away a little while ago. For those who new him he was the nicest person-friend-fisherman around. He will be missed. And seems like the new teams are giving everyone some good competition too. With Kissimmee being one of the favorite lakes to fish for most, turned out to be quite tough for most. Water was dirty and not moving and had most teams baffled on finding the pattern. Only 3 limits were weighed in. And if you thought you had a rough day, just talk to Troy and Adam. Their boat broke down and Steve and I did not see or hear them call. They were towed in by someone else who was very generous to bring them all the way from just north of Brahma Island. We never want to have any team stranded and will make sure we do everything to make sure no team is stranded or broken down out on the water or on the highway. Please make sure you all have at least two or three teams contact info so we can communicate accordingly. If everyone agrees I can create a contact list and hand out to each team. Even if you decide to leave early please let someone know.

First Place with 5 bass weighing 20.14 lbs goes to Gary and Richard

Second Place with 5 bass weighing 11.50 lbs goes to Charles and Brandy

Third Place with 5 bass weighing 10.52 lbs goes to Scott and Mike

Big Bass weighing 7.99 lbs goes to Gary and Richard

50/50 winner goes to Matt

Congrats to all!

Next tournament is on Lake Pierce 7-22-17 out of Jennings Fish Camp

See You At The Ramp

Mike

Eagle Lake 5-20-17

June 10th, 2017

Eagle Lake

5-20-17

This I believe is the second or third time SPPB has fished Eagle Lake. May be the last time? This is a small lake and usually very clear lake, but with the recent winds, etc the water was really dirty. It was nice to have Keith come back and join SPPB. Keith is a long timer with SPPB and a great supporter of our club with his business Reel Deal Outdoors. His partner is Pat. Please make sure you introduce yourselves when you get a chance. We had 14 teams try their luck on this lake and it sure was a tough day for most. Only 5 limits and lots of small bass were caught.

First Place with 5 bass weighing 10.56 lbs goes to Scott and Mike

Second place with 4 bass weighing 9.51 lbs goes to Josh and Mark

Third place with 5 bass weighing 8.88 lbs goes to Dick and Scott

Big Bass weighing 3.01 lbs goes to Scott and Mike

50/50 winner goes to Mike B.

The next tournament is Lake Kissimmee  out of Camp Mack on June 24th, 2017

See You At The Ramp

Mike

Crooked Lake 4-22-17

April 24th, 2017

Crooked Lake

4-22-17

First I would like to welcome two new teams and one returning team from last year. Chuck and Bonnie Wilkerson, Scott Scarboro and Mike Blocher. Charles Pearson and Brandy Byrum who are returning from last year. It was nice meeting the new teams and seeing Charles and Brandy come back. We had 13 teams show up to fish and most of us all caught bass, just tough getting the big bite with lots of smaller bass being caught throughout the day. 4 teams had limits. A total of 39 bass were weighed in with total weight of 81.99 lbs. These are part of the numbers I have to submit to the FWC after report. Thanks to the wind blowing a different way which kept the smoke from Indian Lake Estates away from us. I know Darrell and Jason had a little hiccup first thing in the morning when we blasted off. They thought they spun their prop. Turns out Darrell forgot to take off the transom saver. Glad it was not too bad. Funny story with Steve and I, while fishing I heard Steve yell and jump down from the polling platform. I thought he had a record bass on. Turns out he was screaming like a little girl because a cottonmouth was trying to get in the boat. He is really scared of snakes. Too Funny!

First Place with 5 bass weighing 14.28 lbs goes to Dick and Scott

Second Place with 5 bass weighing 12.88 lbs goes to Scott and Mike

Third Place with 5 bass weighing 12.57 lbs goes to Joe and Greg

Big Bass weighing 5.83 lbs goes to Dick and Scott

50/50 winner goes to Scott S.

Congrats to all!

Our next tournament is May 20th on Eagle Lake.

See you at the ramp!

Mike

Butler Chain 3-25-17

March 26th, 2017

Butler Chain

3-25-17

It has been way too long since we have fished since our first tournament back in January. Glad we voted next year to fish a regular tournament in the month we fish classic. I would like to welcome the team of Justin and Dalton to SPPB. Justin has fished with us before and has joined forces with his new partner. Glad to have them in our club! Matt had the pleasure of fishing with his fiance as his sub and Randy had his Dad fish with him as his sub. Rob was out of town and his partner Terry decided to fish alone out of his kayak. That is determination at its best and they definitely want to qualify for the classic. From the reports of teams that pre-fished it was going to be tough. Only 4 teams brought in limits and lots of small bass were caught.

First Place with 5 bass weighing 11.22 lbs goes to Darrell and Jason

Second Place with 5 bass weighing 9.69 lbs goes to Josh and Mark

Third Place with 5 bass weighing 9.13 lbs goes to Joe and Greg

Big Bass weighing 5.63 lbs goes to Jason and Darrell

Congrats To All!

Now I would like to let all members know that I received a phone call during the tournament that a team was spotted driving their boat on plain without their PFD’s on. I immediately called the team and explained to them we all must wear while on plain. They explained that they were just motoring up to drift down where they were fishing, but acknowledged they made a mistake and did not think at the time they needed since they were not going very fast or very far. They reassured me they would wear. Over the years I have had to remind other teams about some of the basic rules and it should be about safety, courtesy and professionalism of each and every member. So as a reminder to all please wear your PFD’s while on plain and be courteous and professional to all members.

Our next tournament is on Crooked Lake, April 22nd out of Bob’s Landing. Remember they have a ramp fee.

See You At The Ramp

Mike

2016 Classic Tournament

February 20th, 2017

Lake Okeechobee 2016 Classic

2-18-17 and 2-19-17

Another Classic has come and gone. Now we have to wait and qualify for the next Classic which will be February 10th and 11th 2018 on the Big “O”. The weather was actually pretty good this year. Water levels were down and a lot of chocolate colored water to be found. Lots of bass biting, but trying to get the big bass was tough as can be. Quite a few missed big bass opportunities from what I heard. But that is fishing and not catching as they say.

I want to thank all of our great members who helped make our Classic a great success, and all of the sponsors who donated items along with the members who also donated and purchased raffle tickets to help raise money for our tournament. We raised a total of $755.00 just from the raffle which goes 100% to the winners. First place paid $1132.00, Second place was $631.00 and third place was $559.00. Not too bad for our club! I have attached the entire results below.

First Place with 10 bass weighing 27.50 lbs goes to Jason and Darrell

Second Place with 10 bass weighing 23.86 lbs goes to Mike and Steve

Third Place with 9 bass weighing 20.58 lbs goes to Josh and Mark

Big Bass day 1 weighing 5.64 lbs goes to Troy and Adam

Big Bass day 2 weighing 4.89 lbs goes to Mike and Matt

Congrats to all the winners!

Here is a recap from the meeting and what we discussed and voted on. It is really nice when we can get together and have an open forum to discuss what we think is important and try to make our club better.

Classic Weigh In Times: we discussed on keeping the Saturday weigh in at 3:00 and possibly changing Sunday weigh in time to 1:00? Josh then made a great point that we are fishing on one of if not the best lake and we should not be taking away fishing time. We all agreed to that and decided to keep it the same. Saturday is 3:00 and Sunday is 2:00.

12″ Limit: discussed for a while and was brought to a vote that 12″ fish will be allowed starting next year.

2018 season: was decided to have 11 tournaments.

50/50 Raffle: idea was proposed that an extra $10.00 be added for tournament fees and the extra $10.00 would give each team two raffle tickets with option for any member to purchase more. For example if we averaged 10 teams per tournament with 10 tournaments we could raise $500.00 for our Classic. We decided to discuss at our meeting at the end of the year.

2016 Classic 2-18-17 and 2-19-17

Lake June in Winter 1-28-17

January 30th, 2017

Lake June in Winter

1-28-17

The first tournament of the 2017 is over and it was nice seeing everyone who showed up. I would like to welcome the new team of Randy and Tommy. We are glad to have the both of you join our club. Now who did Matt and Mike piss off during the tournament? From what I heard there is a grumpy dude who lives on the lake and does not like anyone fishing around his dock behind his house. Guess Matt also fished there the weekend before too which really pissed him off when they fished around his dock again. Must be the same dude who Steve and I ran into a few years ago and we got into a verbal confrontation. He thinks he owns the water in the lake? Hope we never get like that if we have the chance to live on a lake and have a dock. Can’t wait to hear all about it from Matt and Mike. This dude put little notes on all the vehicles saying that Matt and Mike are cheaters. Good thing they did not weigh in a big sack of bass……lol.

First Place with 5 bass weighing 16.20 lbs goes to Dick and Scott

Second Place with 5 bass weighing 9.96 lbs goes to Joe and Greg

Third Place with 5 bass weighing 9.84 lbs goes to Mike and Steve

Big Bass weighing 4.46 lbs goes to Rob and Terry

50/50 winner goes to Mike

Thank you all for your 50/50 efforts! Total tickets was $70.00. YTD is $35.00

Our next scheduled tournament for 2017 is March 25th on the Butler Chain launching out of RD Keene Park.

February is the 2016 Classic which is the 18th and 19th with prefishing on Friday the 17th. No Prefishing one week prior to Friday 2-17-17.

See You At The Ramp,

Mike

Lake Arbuckle 11-19-16

November 30th, 2016

Lake Arbuckle

11-19-16

The 2016 tournament season has come to a close. First I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing everyone in 2017. I think the bass on Lake Arbuckle were already on a holiday break because they sure were not cooperating on this Saturday. There were no limits weighed in the most any team had was 4 bass. That is fishing at times and not enough catching keeper bass. Helps me appreciate the good days we have on the lakes.

First Place with 3 bass weighing 10.25 lbs goes to Troy and Jake

Second Place with 3 bass weighing 6.30 lbs goes to Rob and George

Third Place with 4 bass weighing 6.17 lbs goes to Darrell and Jason

Big Bass weighing 6.30 lbs goes to Troy and Jake

50/50 raffle goes to Troy

2016 Angler of the Year goes to Mike and Steve

CONGRATS TO ALL!!!

After the weigh in we had our end of season meeting to choose the lakes for 2017. We discussed the idea of having two tournaments in the month of February when we have our 2016 Classic. It was voted to only fish the Classic in February. There will only be 10 tournaments plus the 2016 Classic. We also discussed the 50/50 raffle which has generated quite a bit for our Classic payouts plus the winners get 50%. We raised less this year then we did last year and wanted to make sure everyone still wants to have the raffle each tournament. We all voted to keep and it was mentioned that we need more participation from all members. We had 13 teams join in 2016 and 9 teams have qualified to fish the 2016 Classic. Boat #6 / #9 /#10 / #11 did not qualify. Remember there is no pre-fishing 7 days prior Friday February 17th. Pre-fishing is permitted on Friday February 17th. Tournament days are Saturday February 18th and Sunday February 19th. 3:00 pm weigh in on Saturday and 2:00 pm weigh in on Sunday.

I would like to also thank Steve, Darrell and Jason for all they do each tournament!

See You Next Year,

Mike

Harris Chain 10-22-16

October 30th, 2016

Harris Chain

10-22-16

One more tournament to fish after the Harris Chain. From all the reports fishing was going to be tough. Even the reports from local tournaments the fishing has been tough. Plus there were numerous tournaments too fishing the same Saturday. We had nine teams show up to fish on this October Saturday. The only good thing was the weather even though the wind was blowing. And yes the fishing was really tough. No limits were brought in.

First Place with 4 bass weighing 15.91 lbs goes to Mike and Steve

Second Place with 2 bass weighing 4.38 lbs goes to Josh and Mark

Third Place with 1 bass weighing 1.87 lbs goes to Richard and Pat

Big Bass weighing 6.83 lbs goes to Mike and Steve

Congrats to all!

Next and last tournament is November 19th on Lake Arbuckle. We will be having our meeting after the tournament to choose the lakes for 2017 and review / vote on any other topics.

See you at the ramp,

Mike