A great day on the water at Long Point with the top three teams all within striking distance of a 20 pound bag! Congrats to Mike Devos and Jason Barnucz from Erie Bassmsters in 1st with 19.95 lb, Mark Biesinger and Alicia Raytrowsky from Forest City with in 2nd 19.82 lb, and Jeff Douglas and Jason Ryder from Erie in 3rd with 19.79 lb. Big fish honors go to Jessie Hilliard and Terry Wilson of Erie with a 4.66 lb smallmouth!
A big thank you to Brad Thomson from MacDonald Turkey Point Marina for letting us use their stage and docking facilities and for the great draw prizes for our group. Thanks also to Erie Bassmasters for bringing their state-of-the-art weigh-in system. Everyone is really enjoying these interclub events with the extra competition pushing everyone to expand their skills on the water. Our next one will be on Lake St. Clair on October 28th. All Ontario Bass Nation member teams are welcome to attend.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 pm at Players Sports Hub Bar and Grill, 1749 Dundas St., London, ON N5W 3E4 in their meeting room. New members always welcome, come on out and see what we’re about.
Speaker: Dean Donavan, 2 time member of Team Ontario, will talk about his experiences at the provincial and regional competitions.
Other Agenda Items:
Stickers will be for Sale
Looking for members to act as Tournament Directors at various venues
Reminder: Signup for our Long Point Interclub Tournament closes Wednesday, September 19 at noon. Sign up and details are at http://forestcitybassmasters.com/tournaments/tournament-sign-up/. Tournament is open to all OBN club teams.
Congratulations to our Labour Day Open winners Cole and Jack Bailey who brought in a huge 19.44 lb bag of largemouth plucked from Rondeau Bay’s slop! 23 teams participated in this years event under boiling hot conditions. 2nd place went to Matt Kelly and Tonk King, and 3rd place to Jeff Zeisner and Scott Howe. Big Fish honors went to Dave Harris and Sam Haynes with and 4.96 lb largemouth. Big thank you again to Angling Sports for hosting this event and to Shimano and Diawa for the excellent contingency prizes.
Great day for fishing out on the St. Clair River with some big ‘uns brought to the scales. Congrats to Mike Craftchick and Sam Haynes with the win, Rick Hendriks and Ian Fogarty in second, and Mark Biesinger and Matt Fryer with third.
Congrats to Les Williams and Joseph Hwang on their win last night. Les also brought in a giant 5.5 lbs largemouth! Beautiful evening to be on the water…
With over 125 fish brought to the scales and a massive prize table from our sponsors there were lots of smiling Junior and High School Bassmaster members (as well as smiling parents) at our recent Kraemer Concrete MLF Shore Fishing Derby. We are all unbelievably grateful to our hosts, Jim and Sherry Kraemer, who opened up their gorgeous property for this event, provided camping, beverages, a great BBQ lunch, and a pond filled with smallmouth and largemouth bass (and some good sized walleye as well). Anglers from Forest City, KW-Cambridge, Hamilton and York Bassmaster clubs participated.
Congratulations to our winners, Alecio “Crushing It” Bustamante in the High School division and Gavin “The Walleye Master” Nicolls in the junior division – taking home some nice St. Croix Rods with Shimano and Diawa reels. Big fish winners Alecio Bustamante and Kyle Kilgore both brought 2 lb 7 oz largemouth to the scales.
The Tournament Director, Forest City Bassmasters’ Mark Biesinger, would like to thank Chris “The Chairman” Kilgore, OBN’s Youth Director for helping get the word out to the various clubs. Big thanks as well to Tyler and Shea Kraemer for their huge help as weigh masters / fish handlers etc. and to all the parents who helped out during the day.
Our hosts would also like to thank our participants for their enthusiasm and for their respect for their beautiful property. “I was blown away, I didn’t find a single piece of garbage left behind by your group!” said host Jim Kraemer. “Well done!” Host Sherry Kraemer adds “I was so excited to have this here, the enthusiasm from these kids is amazing!”
Special thanks to our many sponsors including: Kraemer Concrete, Donegan’s Haulage, Tri City Materials, A&M Truck Parts, FS Partners Fuel Division, Hensall District Fuels, The Scientific Fisherman, Angling Sports, Lehigh Hanson Cement, Humphrey Fleet Services and the LCBO. Your generosity has help fuel the competitive angling passion in these young anglers.
Unfortunately the water quality in our local Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) reservoirs continues to deteriorate year after year. A decaying algae bloom at Pittock Lake gave us nasty brown water with little to no visibility last night, making fishing conditions less than ideal (to put it nicely). This trend and high gate/launch fees means this will likely be our last tournament on UTRCA lakes for the foreseeable future. As a member of a group of both avid anglers and conservation minded individuals I can say that saddens me greatly. We have had some fun outings on these lakes. I can only hope that initiatives to improve water quality will continue to be promoted and acted upon.
Congrats to Dave Harris who managed to grind out two small largemouth for the win.