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The Angler of the Year has changed again and we have our fourth leader, Bill Marshall!  There are only two tournaments left (one major and one minor) and a meeting.  There are a possible 32 points available so everyone with 17 or more points still has a chance to at least share the annual award.  But mathematically no one is eliminated from the final top ten!

2017 Standings

1st-  Bill Marshall  49

2nd tie-  Steve Anderson & Jim McHale  46

4th-  John Reeves  36

5th tie-  Sam Godwin, Sean McCarthy & Bill Powell  31

8th-  John Sullivan  30

9th-  Paul Brosman  27

10th-  Tim McCarthy  26

11th-  Marc Sano  22

12th-  Jim Gauntt  22

13th tie-  Pat Karcher & John Melleady  16

15th-  Rich Moule  15

16th-  Mark Kordes  13

17th tie-  Anthony DeValerio & Ron Ulrich  12

19th-  Rodney Ulrich  11

20th tie-  Ditmar Gagnon & Ed Karcher  10

22nd tie-  Danny Kidd & Rick Anderson  9

24th tie-  Ji m Gauntt & Cullen McClintock  6 



Mercer Lake (major), September 23 7am-noon 

Big Bass and Pickerel Award Leaders

BIG BASS -  Bill Powell   5lbs

BIG PICKEREL - Bill Powell  5lbs 1oz

Wilson, A Pleasant Surprise in Some Unpleasant Weather

We had 29 anglers, 22 of whom weighed in fish.  The rainy conditions didn't stop most of the club fish fishing right up to the end because so many fish were being caught.  Pickerel dominated the catch but all the weight was going to the largemouth.  Here's the top ten:

1st-  Bill Powell  3lb 7oz bass

2nd-  Steve Anderson  2lb 10oz bass

3rd-  Jim McHale  2lb 9oz bass

4th-  John Melleady  2lb 8oz bass

5th tie-  Tim McCarthy  2lb 7oz bass

               John Reeves  2lb 7oz pickerel

7th tie-  Pat Karcher  1lb 10oz bass

               Sean McCarthy  1lb 10oz bass

9th-  Marc Sano  1lb 7 oz pickerel

10th-  John Sullivan  1lb 6oz  bass 

Carnegie Was Record Breaking

While we don't keep official club tournament records here are a few that are mostly likely the tops.  18 of the 27 anglers on hand weighed in keepers.  There were 52 keepers weighed in in total.  There were 8 limits caught (one of which didn't make the top ten).  Two of the guys caught 7 keepers each.  But the one record that was a definite was the winning total for the day and his margin over the 2nd guy:

1st-  Bill Marshall   3 fish   11lbs 9oz (4lb 11oz lunker, 7 keepers total)

2nd- Mark Kordes   3 fish   7lbs 8oz

3rd- Rodney Ulrich   3 fish   7lbs 4oz 

4th- Jim McHale   3 fish   6lbs 6oz

5th- John Reeves   3 fish   5lbs 14oz (7 keepers)

6th- Sean McCarthy   3 fish   4lbs 9oz (5 keepers)

7th- Steve Anderson   2 fish   4lbs 8oz

8th- Ditmar Gagnon   3 fish   4lbs 7oz

9th- Ron Ulrich   2 fish   4lbs 2oz

10th- Pat Karcher   2 fish   3lbs 11oz 

Rainbow Lake Was Grassy But That's Where They Hide

It was overcast and rained for a little bit.  The grass was thick but the fish were biting early.  We had a few of the same names as the first couple tournaments finish in the top ten again so the race is on.  24 fishermen caught 40 keepers.

1st-  Steve Anderson  3 bass  8lbs 12oz  (3lb 15oz lunker and 7 total keepers)

2nd-  Bill Marshall  3 bass  5lb 9oz  (4 keepers)

3rd-  Ron Ulrich  3 bass  5lb 6oz (4 keepers)

4th-  John Reeves  2 bass  4lbs 9oz

5th-  Jim McHale  3 bass  3lbs 12oz

6th-  Jim Gauntt  2 bass  3lbs 2oz

7th-  Ed Karcher  2 bass  3lbs

8th-  John Sullivan  2 bass  2lbs 12oz

9th-  Sean McCarthy  2 bass  2lbs 11oz

10th-  Sam Godwin  2 bass  2lbs 6oz 

Union Was Not the Major We Were Looking For

I guess we can't have awesome outings every time.  We had a hot and muggy day with waters 85 and up.  There were 20 anglers (another tournament & game wardens) who caught only 12 keepers.

 1-  Paul Brosman   2 bass   7lbs 13oz (4lb 5oz lunker)

2-  John Sullivan   3 bass   3lbs 13 oz (one was a 12oz smallie)

3-  Sam Godwin   1 bass   2lbs 12oz

4-  Marc Sano   1 bass   1lb 13oz

5-  Bill Marshall   1 bass   1lb 11oz

6-  Sean McCarthy   1 bass   1lb 10oz

7-  Rich Moule   1 bass   1lb 6oz

8-  Steve Anderson   1 bass   1lb 5 oz

9-  John Reeves   1 bass   1lb 1oz 

The Return to Cooper Was Uneventful

We scheduled Cooper River Park Lake for the first time in years.  However, bad storms the night before and the lake being lowered to avoid flooding really hurt the fishing.  20 anglers/guests showed up but only 12 keepers were weighed in.  Here are the leaders:

1st-  Bill Marshall  2 bass  4lbs 4oz

2nd tie-  Jim Gauntt  1 bass  2lbs 13oz (lunker)

               Jim McHale  2 bass  2lbs 13 oz

4th-  Anthony DeValerio  2 bass  2lbs 12 oz

5th-  Tim McCarthy  1 bass  2lbs 2oz

6th tie-  Sam Godwin  1 bass  1lb 5oz

               Danny Kidd  1 bass  1lb 5oz

8th-  Bill Powell  1 bass  1lb 

Tournament Rules

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