The fourth tournament of the season was at Lake Sullivan and the fishing was as tough as the weather. Trolling motor batteries were put to the test with a NNW wind at 20 – 25 mph all day and throw a little rain for good measure. Well Team Big Bass Bilyeu has been quietly making a move towards the top of the clubs season standings and have now taken over the Number 1 spot on the leaderboard with 14.01 lbs. and a second place finish here at Lake Sullivan. Josh Hayes and Scott Bozek took 1st place with 14.85 lbs. and 1st Big Bass at 5.14 lbs. Team Harbaugh joined the club late but have made their mark by finishing 1st place at Lake Lemon and 3rd place here at Lake Sullivan with 9.49 lbs. 2nd Big Bass went to Gary Parker at 4.5 lbs. “Congratulations” and “Thank You” to 20 of 21 of the active teams that came to the Sullivan Tournament, that’s what makes the competition great and the payouts greater. Next up, Geist Reservoir on July 11th which is sure to mix things up in the standings and make qualifying for the Elite 8 tournament a challenge for all teams.
Kind Words: After the weigh in I was speaking with Team Harbaugh members Phil Jr. and Phil Sr. and they really enjoy fishing with the Indy Bass Club and said, “This is a good group here” which I agreed. Their goal is to qualify for the Classic and possibly make it to the Elite 8 tournament through the Wild Card if they can’t make it directly into the elite 8, don’t laugh these guys are the real deal and after fishing only two of our four tournaments have accumulated enough points to now be in 16th place. Ladies and Gentlemen you all better strap in tight because it’s going to be a rough ride to the end of this season.
The Indy Bass Club’s third tournament of 2015 and the first two day tournament of the season took us four hours south to Barren River Lake near Lucas Kentucky. Fifteen teams made the trip, many a day or two early to get in some pre-fishing and a mini vacation for many of us. It’s been almost two years since we fished our club classic in the fall of 2014 and the lake was a different lake than we saw then. The water has been high all spring and despite lowering the lake a half a foot per day the courtesy dock at the ramp was still slightly under water on Friday and barely above water on Saturday morning. Barren River Lake has become a club favorite and this weekend did not disappoint. Day one brought (72) fish to the scales for 185 pounds including two five pounders, Crossley/Mobley (Archie Fowler) weighed a 5.28 lb. largemouth while Ray/Parker posted a 5.16 lb. bass. Day two saw 63 bass weighed in at 154.45 lb. with the big bass being 4.42 lb.
The draw tournament has been cancelled so the next club tournament will be in six weeks at Lake Sullivan on June 27th
We are half way through the 2015 regular season tournament schedule and the standings are extremely tight, getting into or staying in the Elite Eight is going to be a challenge for all teams, there’s no easy pass for anyone. All teams should enjoy this break and be ready to get it on at Lake Sullivan and beyond, the rest of the season could really shake things up.
Safety on the water. The Friday before our Lake Lemon tournament someone drowned when their Jon boat capsized from the wake of another boat. There was a tournament angler that drowned on Glen Flint Lake over the past weekend when he fell out of the boat and never resurfaced. Don’t take our own safety lightly, wear your life jacket, drive your boat at a safe speed for the conditions and if you have a medical condition let your partner know what to do in case of an emergency. Just think about it!
The second tournament of the season was at Lake Lemon and although the weather was spectacular the fishing was as tough as it gets. The bite was light and 19 teams only managed to weigh in 21 bass. 1st place went to a new team to the club Phil Harbaugh Sr./ Phil Harbaugh Jr. with a total weight of 8.72lb anchored with Big Bass #1 at 5.24 lb. Ted and Natalie McClintick came in 2nd with 7.82 lb. and had 2nd Big Bass with a 5.12 lb. largemouth. 3rd place went to Wayne Judd and Byron Johnson with two fish weighing in at 5.64 lb. Ted and Natalie are entering into their third season and have done a fantastic job of learning how to become better tournament anglers, this is the first tournament for them to place in the money and also big bass. This is going to be a break out year for them. “Congratulations” and “Thank You” to all of the teams, Lake Lemon is a challenging lake to conduct a tournament with this many boats and everyone worked together to make everything as smooth as possible.
Fishing was tough at the first tournament of the season today at good old Lake Waveland. No teams brought a five fish limit to the scales while only two teams had four fish, four teams blanked and the rest ended the day with one to three fish. Phil Mobley and Jeremy Crossley brought four fish to the scales weighing in at 8.91 lbs. for 1st place, Mike Botos and Josh Ray had four fish weighing 8.34 lbs. for 2nd place and husband and wife team of Ron and Tammy Branham weigh in 6.89 lbs. for 3rd place anchored with Big Bass of the tournament weighing 5.35 lb. It was great to see everyone back on the water and everything from the check in to the awards went perfectly, thanks to everyone for helping to make this a great day. Lake Lemon is our next tournament on May 2nd, keep an eye out for the Lake Lemon tournament reminder. Lake lemon is a challenging lake to conduct a tournament because of the limited space at the boat ramp. Mike has a good plan using the overflow parking area for check in and weigh in that should make it easier.
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