You know, there was a saying in the Marine Corps the Old Timers used when ever us young bucks started getting frogy. 'Son there is a reason I am still alive'. Short, straight to the point, and I remember the feeling of awe and respect the first time I heard those words.
This week started out a lot like that. Fiery, passionate, young guns ready to fish our hearts out, while the cool calm seasoned old timers grinned with wisdom, walked very softly but carried the winning stick.
Other than the lake dropping a clean foot if not more, Hurricane Laura proved to not have much of an effect on the big waters at Guntersville. The predicted heavy rains in the morning never showed up, and the winds really wasn't that bad. The sky's parted later on and by lunch time the Sun was out. Jeff Greene, and Kyron Jones took the boat total weight 14.52 lb's, and reported culling several times through out the day. These guys proved that you can catch nice G'ville bass with a spinning rod and a ned-rig, all the way up swimming a worm on a bait caster. Top water and many other baits also proved to be part of their days catch.
Bill Kervaski and Sonny Burroughs brought in the biggest bass of the day weighing in at 5.55 lb's. Bill and Sonny put in some heavy work with a chatter-bait and it paid off in big dividends. Their biggest and final fish came in the last few minutes of the day, fishing a bridge in Spring Creek. Keeping their bait in the water to the very last minute to cap off a great day of fishing for these two well seasoned veterans and showing us why you never quit before its over.
Thanks to those guys for sharing with me their days report.
Congratulations to the Old man team! Great job to my fellow young team mates for working extremely hard pre-fishing, and communicating like a true team through out practice and game day. Very organized and full of competitors.
Old man team - 59.96 lb's
Young man team - 41.78 lb's
Our next event is coming up on September the 12th between Logan Martin, or Mitchell Lake. Starting thinking about your votes,
Hey everyone. I hope you all are staying safe and doing well. Quick update here, we have two tournaments coming up quick on the horizon. The Old Man Tournament coming up late Aug (see Matthews notes below), and the Club event on Sep 12th (see the schedule tab). If you are interested in fishing the Old man derby please let Matthew know ASAP.
We have an all out tight race for the AOY points; with Jacob George currently leading the pack on the angler side, and Shawn Price out front on the co-angler side. It is neck and neck, with plenty of points still out there to make a run for the top.
As of right now we are still under a statewide mask order issued by the Governor, and that is set to expire this week on July 31st. However I suggest having a sun buff, or a mask in the truck for our next event should anything change between now and then, and stay tuned in from any word from the TD. You can also stay up to date from the state site here: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/index.html
The results are in and, Lay Lake large mouth bass have officially decided to self quarantine. Most of them anyway...
Pops (David George) called it before the tournament. "You know the virus is affecting your business when you have to go fish to make some side change". That he did. David took first place on the boater side with 5 Spots coming across the scales at 13.8 lb's. Lee Byrd brought in 5 fish for 9.95 lb's for second place on what set up to be a weird day of fishing. Lee did his damage using 6'lb test and a slider head (I had to google it). New comer Kent Glass finished up 3rd on the angler side with 9.02 lb's and a Big Head that weighed 4.22 lb's proving that he can be consistent. With two events now in the books Kent is holding the number one spot in Boater-AOY with 194 points, with Charles Rosato in a close second at 192 points. Now if we can just get Kent to show up on time we may have something ;) Jeff Corley took BF of the day with a 4.57 stud.
On the CO-Angler side Shawn Price once again put the hammer down, by taking 1st place fishing out of the back of Sonny's boat with 5.68 lb's. Kyle Kimbrell took a very close 2nd place with 5.34 lb's, and Jeremy Carter finished 3rd with an even closer 5.3 lb's. The CO's AOY race is Shawn, Jeremy, and Kyle first, second, and third.
In other news, I would like to extend a BBC welcome to Charles Nowling who was voted in yesterday at the scales. Welcome to the club Charles. ALSO we will not be meeting next week due to COVID19.
As you guys know, there is just a short 13 more days until out next tournament held on April 4th. This was originally designated as a 2 day event between either Eufaula or Pickwick. This will be a 1 day event now, if we are able to still host this event at all. Scott is monitoring things closely and will keep everyone posted on the matter, so stay tuned in.
We had some new faces, and some familiar faces make their mark on BBC's first tournament of the year. Game day set up a little bit different from those that reported great practice days. However high pressure, stained water, and cool water temps didn't stop angler Scott Holmes (12.02), and co-angler Shawn Price (7.00) from taking that top spot on Saturday.
Charles Rosato, and Will McRee took 2nd, and 3rd place on the boater side, while Jeremy Carter, and Lincoln Stewart did the same on the co-angler side.
New comers Kent Glass, and Lincoln Stewart showed up with some no doubt studs at the weigh scales. Kent Glass took the big fish title with a 4.96 large mouth bass. Congrats guys!
We will be hosting our next 1 day qualifier on March 21st. Voting will be between Lay Lake, and Neely Henry. Please do not forget, our format for this year will allow for 3 drops. 1 Day of fishing will count as 1 drop. So if you elect to skip a 2 day event, this will count as 2 drops against you.
Y'all smell that? Derb season is officially upon us. We kick off the first points qualifier this weekend on Saturday, Feb 29th. Lake choice is going to either be Lake Mitchell, or Lake Martin. Most of you have already cast your votes for which lake (if you haven't already, email Scott asap).
You can also cast your vote at the meeting, which will be held at Hickory Tavern in Brookwood Mall on Thursday, Feb 27th. We will draw for boat paring while there, so if you plan to fish please try to attend. We STILL have a few OPEN seats on the no-boater side, so if you are a prospect or a member that would like to fish this event, please let someone know ASAP.
Joey Hu$tleMoney has a literal ton of Brand Spanking new Molix baits he is bringing to sell at a deep deep discount. Jigs, Flipping weights, Spinner Baits etc. Also Bruce is bringing some Powell, and Hammer rods, so bring some green-backs with you to take advantage of these great deals.
See you guys there,
It was extreme conditions for the BBC members fishing the first AL Nation qualifier on Lake Guntersville last Saturday. From golf ball sized snow falling, mixed in with sleet and rain, to dirty blown out water it made for some tough fishing across the board.
However that didn't stop these guys from getting it done. Congratulations to Josh Dees (9th place), and Charles Rosato (11th place) from the front of the boat. From the back of the boat Kryon Jones (3rd place) and, Anthony Mills (14th place) got a great jump on the year in the points race.
The next stop on the Al Bass Nation Trail will be at Eufaula on March 14th.
Don't forget, our next club meeting will be on Feb 27th at Hickory Tavern 5:30-9:30. See you there!
Photo credit: Greg McCain
Birmingham Bass Clubs Bruce Sargent, and President Josh Dees have been down in Okeechobee, FL practicing for the 2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeastern Regional tournament on Lake Okeechobee.
Day one of the event kicks off tomorrow on Jan 29th, and will end on Jan 31st. The winners will advance to 2020 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S Nation Championship scheduled for Nov. 11-13 on Pickwick Lake located in Florence, AL. From there the top three anglers from the overall standings in both the boater and non-boater divisions will earn a berth to the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster classic presented by Huk.
I will post updates as they come in. You may also follow along on B.A.S.S. website by clicking here.
Good luck men, and give em' hell.
So, it’s been tough year across the board. Financial issues, New babies, New boats, New heath issues, New jobs but we still showed up and fished, damn it!
First: We are homeless. We had a short but good one-year run at Saw’s Juke Joint. The Mountain Brooke folk got sick of watching Shrek walk into city limits. Temporally, we are rotating meetings regionally until we land on permanent spot.
Huge news!!!!! Our resident club celebrity, Lee Byrd, will be hosting our next club meeting at his place in Lakeside, downtown. Thank you, Lee. We appreciate you. Be there on the 26th at 6ish.
We need to vote on a slate of officers and discuss the monumental changes the AL Bass Nation has put in place.
As far as Martin…Brian… dude… I’m sorry brother.
AOY…Big Spot…Big LM…Game Over, Man.
In all honesty, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer, awesome fisherman… we love ya brother.
Congrats Joey Aderhold on the victory (22.79 lbs) on the boater side, and Charles Rosato (10.89 lbs) on the no-boater side.
AOY Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bruce continues his reign. Great work! A nail biting tie breaker with Brian ended up in his favor.
Steven White, amazing work on an outstanding performance at the Championship that sealed the deal on your AOY for the back of the boat guys.
Joey scored big spot of the year at the Championship at 4.5 lbs.
Last but not least, Scott Holmes, damn… 7.25 beast… at Martin!!!!
Thanks for a great year!
Please be at Lee’s on 10/26 around 6.
927 28th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205
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It was an eventful Alabama Bass Nation State Championship on Neely Henry.
So, let’s get this out of the way. I fished poorly. I didn’t weigh a fish…either day.
The host of our last meeting, Michael Restifo, sealed the deal on his remarkable season as a newly no-boater. With his 5th place finish at the Coosa, he triple qualified for the state team (AOY, 1ST at Martin, and 5th at the Championship). Congrats to Michael for his remarkable Angler of the year season on the AL Bass Nation Tour.
Scott Holmes caught a buzz on his way to big fish and state qualification. It seems Mr. Holmes coaxed the spots to choke on his metal contraption, landing in 4th place and a spot on the state team. After a tough year or so, he has certainly earned every once and I’m sure will represent our state well at next year’s regional Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks.
Lee does what he does… scored another State Team title under his belt. In his own way…silent and deadly… The 1990 Bassmaster Classic competitor continues to be an outstanding leader and mentor to us all.
My brother from another mother, Kyle Kimbrell. He has had an unprecedented year. On the club side, and the AL nation, he has absolutely crushed them this year. Unfortunately, this was a tough event for our Warrior River rover. A short fish on day one solidified his heart-breaking 0.18 lb short coming, and just barely missed out on the state team. We certainly expect another great year in 2017 for Kyle.
A round of applause of Micheal, Scott and Lee as they plan to take on the Ozarks in early April.
Our winter series begins at Smith lake on Nov. 12. Buddy style. One of team member must be a member. Talk to our boy Kyle if you’re interested.
Thanks for a great year.
Since our next meeting is scheduled for thanksgiving, it will be moved to a week earlier on Nov. 17...at Saw’s Juke Joint.