Meeting: Tuesday, January 25th at 7pm.
Zoom link will be sent out to club members – feel free to forward on to others interested in attending. Any perspective members are also welcome. Contact Forest City through our website contact for inclusion in the meeting.
Barb Elliott, Conservation Director New York BASS Nation
Jason Barnucz, VP and Conservation Director Ontario BASS Nation, Aquatic Science Biologist – Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Other Agenda Items:
Pay your dues!
Fall Bass Results, note that three competitors broke the century mark this fall! Congrats!
Fall Walleye Results
Back-to-back Bassmaster Classic Champion Hank Cherry will be speaking at our next club meeting on Tuesday November 23 at 7 pm! This is one you do not want to miss, we will be inviting all Ontario Bass Nation Clubs as well as any interested family and friends. Zoom link will be sent out to club members – feel free to forward on to others interested in attending. Any perspective members are also welcome to contact Forest City through our website contact for inclusion in the meeting.
About Hank – from his website hankcherry.com
“Hank Cherry’s father “created a monster” when he started taking him fishing at an early age. While Hank was also a talented baseball player, fishing was his real passion, and winning the Bassmaster Classic quickly became one of his life goals. Other priorities and financial hardships took Hank away from the sport he loved on more than one occasion, but something always drew him back.
In 2012, Hank, with his family’s support, committed to fishing the Bassmaster Opens, one last attempt to become a full-time tournament bass angler. That year, on Smith Lake, the good Lord blessed Hank with a win, a qualification for the Elite Series and a spot in the Bassmaster Classic, a tournament he nearly won. “The one that got away”, would haunt Hank until sweet redemption came right around the corner from the tournament launch site on Lake Guntersville seven years later.
With the Lord’s help and encouragement from wife Jaclyn and children Christian and Bella Grace, Hank Cherry led all three days of the 2020 Bassmaster Classic and, at the final weigh-in, the Cherry family took a victory lap with the American flag and the 50th Bassmaster Classic trophy. The blessings continued in 2021 when the confetti dropped and Hank hoisted his second Bassmaster trophy, making him only the 4th back-to-back Bassmaster Classic champion.
Congratulations to Mark Biesinger, our 2021 Forest City Bassmasters Angler of the Year! Mark led the field of 42 other participating club members with a total of 358 points from his best four tournaments, taking the AOY title by a slim margin of 3 points over our 2018 Angler of the Year – T.J. Raytrowsky. Mark also serves as Forest City’s club president and was a founding member of the club, along with his son, established in 2014. With 53 current members, Forest City is now one of the largest clubs in the 26 club Ontario Bass Nation, a Nation member of B.A.S.S. – home of the Bassmaster Elite Series and the Bassmaster Classic.
Good conditions on Day 1 on Lake St. Clair saw Josh Giroldi put up a massive three fish bag of 14.92 lb, a new club record, along with big fish honors at 5.35 lb. Well done Josh! Matt Kelly came in second with 11.76 lb and Alicia Raytrowsky in third with 10.67 lb.
With worsening weather conditions coming in, Day 2 was shortened and moved to the St. Clair River. Neither the weather nor the river was kind as only 2 keeper fish were found with Matt Kelly squeaking out the win with 2.1 lbs for one fish, over Tonk King with 2.0 lb for one fish. The remainder of the field blanked for T3. Congrats to all for sticking it out in much, much less than ideal conditions – true anglers for sure!
Two new entries on our top 5 Three Fish Bags list with Ian Fogarty weighing 13.42 lb for first place and Todd Spurgeon with 11.87 lb for second at our 2021 St. Clair River Tournament. Aaron Hathaway took third with 10.99 lb and Felica Pavelich took big fish honors with a 5.09 lb smallmouth. Congrats!
It was a hot day on the bay with only largemouth in play… Congrats to our winner Josh Giroldi with 8.98 lb of green fish, T.J. Raytrowsky with 2nd (8.21 lb) and big fish honors (3.40 lb) and Ian Fogarty in 3rd with 7.13 lb (three fish limits).
With four tournaments completed the AOY title is still very much up for grabs. Current leader is Mark Biesinger with 348 points, followed by T.J. Raytrowsky with 324 points, Scott Bannerman with 242, and our current AOY title holder Alicia Raytrowsky at 241 points.