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New Champ Has It All Locked Up

Ed Karcher is the new Angler of the Year, but there is still one minor tournament left.  While Ed clinched first, there is a 3 way race for second between John Reeves, Rich Moule, and Tim McCarthy.  The rest of the top 10 will also look to shuffle around and get higher in the final rankings.  Everyone ranked 18th and higher can still get into the top ten.

Uneventful for Most But....

There were 24 anglers at our 3 aand final major of the season.  Current points leader John Reeves was not able to fish this event so everyone was scrambling for position.  Only 3 keepers were caught but it was enough to lock in a new Angler of the Year.  Congrats to Ed Karcher, who came into the tourney in 2nd place but left with 1st locked up for the season.  Here were the horrible results

Ed Karcher   1 bass   2lbs 12oz (lunker obviously)

Rich Moule   1 bass   2lbs 2oz 

Mark Sano   1 bass   1lb 7oz 



October 11th   Menantico Sand Ponds    7am-noon (minor)

Big Bass and Pickerel Awards

BIG BASS -  Ditmar Gagnon  5lb 5oz largemouth

BIG PICKEREL - John Kenney III  3lb 8oz

2014 Angler of the Year Standings

1st-  Ed Karcher  65pts (can't be caught!)

2nd-  John Reeves  48pts

3rd-   Rich Moule  45pts

4th-   Tim McCarthy  38pts

5th-   John Kenney II   31pts

6th-  Steve Anderson  29pts 

7th-   Danny Kidd   28pts 

8th-  Frank Barr  25pts

tie-   Ron Ulrich   25pts

10th-   Denny Ulrich   24pts

11th-   Mark Sano   19pts

tie-   Ditmar Gagnon  19pts

13th-  Sean McCarthy   18pts

tie-  JohnKenney I  18pts 

15th-   Pat Karcher   17pts

16th-   Sam Godwin   15pts

tie-  Rick Anderson   15pts

18th-   Bill Marshall   14pts

19th-  Jimmy Gauntt   12pts  

tie-   Doug Miller   12pts

tie-   Chris Wiltsey   12pts 

D.O.D. turned out to be a DUD

After a few really good tournaments, we were all knocked back down at the minor held on August 16th at the D.O.D. Lake in Pedricktown.  We had 25 anglers but a very small 11 keepers weighed in.  Here are the lucky top ten:

1st-  Tim McCarthy   2lbs1oz  (lunker)

2nd-  Ditmar Gagnon   1lb13oz (only guy with 2 keepers)

3rd tie-  Frank Barr & Ed Karcher   1lb11oz

5th-  Rick Anderson   1lb

6th-  Sean McCarthy   15oz

7th-  Pat Karcher   13oz

8th-  Jimmy Gauntt   12oz

9th tie-  Anthony DeValerio & Rich Moule   11oz 

Wilson Posed a Challenge for Summer Major

We haven't been to Wilson Lake in a few years.  All most people remember about it was the grass.  So we all came equiped with weedless lures and pounded the banks and vegetation but this didn't work like expected.  it wasn't until people started fishing the middle of the lake that weigh-ins started.  We didn't have a full top ten but 24 anglers caught 12 keepers.  Here are the full results:

1st-  Steve Anderson   3 fish   4lbs 11oz

2nd-  John Kenney   1 fish   4lbs 10oz (lunker and the winner of a Barracuda Bait and Tackle $50 gift card)

3rd-  Ed Karcher   3 fish   3lbs 13oz

4th-  Rich Moule   1 fish   3lbs 3oz

5th-  Frank Barr   1 fish   1lb 11oz

6th-  John Reeves   1 fish   1lb 2oz

7th-  Danny Kidd   1 fish   14oz

8th-  Sam Godwin   1 fish   9oz 

Repeat for Stewart Lake

We went to Stewart for our actual scheduled visit this month and had very similar results.  We had 24 members, 15 of which caught keepers, that chipped in on breaking some of the club records set last month.  New record for keepers caught 36.  New record for total weight of keepers with 59lbs even.  And a new record for limits caught with 6 - Pat Karcher, Ditmar Gagnon, Sean McCarthy, John Reeves, Ron Ulrich, and Chris Wiltsey.  Here's how the leader board finished.

1st-  Ron Ulrich   3   6lbs 4oz

 2nd tie-   Danny Kidd   2   6lbs 2oz (3-3 lunker)

John Reeves   3   6lbs 2oz 

4th-   John Kenney III   2   5lbs 13oz

5th-   Ditmar Gagnon   3   4lbs 7oz

6th-   Pat Karcher   3   4lbs

7th-   Chris Wiltsey   3   3lb 13oz

8th-   Rich Moule   2   3lb 10oz

9th-   Sean McCarthy   3   3lb 8oz

10th tie-   Ed Karcher   2   2lb 11oz

Jim McHale   2   2lb 11oz 

No to Newton

With little notice our tournament was moved from Newton Lake to Stewart Lake.  This is a new lake for us so not many people had even fished it before.  Little did we know that our 26 members fishing that day would see some club records broken.  We tied our most limits caught with 4 - John Reeves, Ron Ulrich, Doug Miller, and Tim Miller.  We set new records for keepers caught total with 32 and total weight for the tournament at 54lb 13oz.  Our eventual winner set the records for heaviest 3 fish total at 7lb 10oz and most keepers caught by one member.  Here's the finishing top ten.

1st-  John Reeves  3 fish  7lb 10oz (caught 7 total for 12lb 7oz)

2nd-  Ron Ulrich  3 fish  6lb 0oz

3rd-  Doug Miller  3 fish  5lb 4oz

4th-  Tim Miller  3 fish  5lb 1oz

5th-  John Kenney II  2 fish  4lb 4oz

6th-  Sean McCarthy  1 fish  3lb 6oz (lunker)

7th tie-  Bill Marshall  1 fish  2lb 12oz

Danny Kidd  2 fish  2lb 2oz

9th-  Anthony DeValerio  2 fish  2lb 9oz

10th-  Rich Moule  1 fish  1lb 14oz 

JINXED!!! Parvin is Back to Starvin' Again

For the first time in tournament history there were no keeper bass caught in the annual season kickoff.  There were 2 short bass and 6 pickerel brought to the scales.  This was the earliest that we have ever started and it showed.

1st   Denny Ulrich   1lb 12oz pickerel


2nd  Tim McCarthy   1lb 11oz pickerel


3rd  John Kenney I   1lb pickerel


4th  Ed Karcher   12oz pickerel


5th  John Reeves   7oz pickerel 

Tournament Rules

The full tournament rules are available on the Rules page.

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