Congratulations to Jeff Zeisner, our 2022 Angler of the Year winner! Jeff had an impressive season with three wins and a second place to clinch the title. In addition to the AOY trophy, Jeff accumulated $400 in Angling Sports gift certificates for the AOY and individual tournament wins. AOY second and third place finishers Jeromy Lee and Ken Aubertin take home $150 and $100 Angling Sports gift certificates, respectively. A big thank you to Angling Sports in London for sponsoring these prizes, your support of our club is greatly appreciated! Watch for increased payouts for our AOY race next year.
Report from our 2022 Annual General Meeting, thank you to all that attended.
Motion from M. Biesinger: For 2023 club fees will be set at $75.00. $10 of this will go towards an Angler of the Year prize pool. Payout structures will be developed by the tournament committee prior to the start of the 2023 season. Seconded by J. Lee. Motion vote passed.
Business cards to be purchased for outreach purposes.
Hank Gibson Qualifier will be held at Rice Lake, August 4-6, 2023.
Executive for 2023
President and Treasurer: Mark Biesinger
Vice President 1: Matt Fryer
Vice President 2: John Mills
Tournament Director: Jeromy Lee
Tournament Committee: Tonk King, Jeff Zeisner, Ken Aubertin (President and VPs ex officio).
Forest City Bassmasters would like to thank Angling Sports (681 Highbury Ave. N, London, ON) for their long-term ongoing support for FCBM activities. From the early days of our club, Angling Sports has been there providing us everything from meeting space, club speaker opportunities, tournament support and an abundance of product and gift certificate donations for prizes and club activities. This year is no different with Angling Sports providing prizes for our Angler of the Year race (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes), prizes for winners of our tournaments and products for club raffles and youth outreach activities. We encourage everyone to visit Angling Sports for their fishing needs, great selection, competitive pricing and helpful advice! THANK YOU ANGLING SPORTS!
Veteran mistakes vs Rookie success! The day started out with overcast conditions with the threat of rain but ended up being a beautiful day on the St Clair River! Half the field headed north and half headed south. The teams starting out north dominated the tournament with all top three places. Rookie Alexi Orr started day off quick with a 5lber and adding another one during the day with his teammate Scott Bannerman taking the win and big fish with 20.01 lbs and two fish over 5lbs. The second place team of Jeff Zeisner and Terry Wilson slowly worked way up river and back down thinking out every move. Jeff having the AOY on his mind with not attending last tournament! Well deserved. Ending in 2nd with 18.0 lbs. Third place Ian Fogarty and rookie Chris Hamilton went to their spot and locked down for third with 16.37 lbs. Vet Jeromy Lee and rookie Ken Aubertin ran up and down the river both ways. Biggest mistake came from a very veteran team thinking it was the end of day light savings time and checking in a hour late! Numbers haven’t been what they are in past but still some big bags and talented anglers!
The thunderstorms stayed away allowing for a very nice evening fish on Conestogo Lake. Jeff Zeisner and Alexi Orr took first place with 12.43 lb with big fish honors at 3.08 lb. Mark Biesinger and Brennan Brodie came second with 11.00 lb. Jeromy Lee and Chris Hamilton finished third.
The rain stopped just in time for a very nice evening on everyone’s favorite local reservoir, Wildwood Lake. Mark Biesinger and Ken Aubertin came in with the only limit of the evening for a 1st place weight of 7.65 lb. Dave Harris and Nate Oxenberg took second and big fish honors with Jeff Zeisner and Chris Hamilton coming in third.
A shout out to our Tournament Director, Jeromy Lee. Jeromy has been doing a great job getting things organized for these tournaments, especially with all the various changes coming in place with the changing COVID landscape, watching the weather, working to get non-boaters spots in seats etc. Thank you from the club for stepping up and taking on this challenging role!