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.
This just in… Scott Holmes just caught another 11inch bass on a fluke, Bruce’s favorite letter is “w”, Bill Kervaski’s boat is still clean, Michael likes Tacos, Eric is a %$&*, Mr. White has a posse and Kyle found a 5lb bass under his hotel bed.
Wrapping up our season at Neely Henry. some fairly challenging (keeper) fishing conditions emerged. The two-day championship yielded an interesting blend of both Spotted and Largeheads. The large spots didn’t really show up…A-BEAR caught a good one…seriously. But, it was on a buzzbait…so I don’t know if you can really say he was fishing for “Spots”. The big dudes were LMB’s. The four biggest…Kyle 5.31…Kyle 5.12…Josh Dickert 4.60...and Mr. Howle found a 4.97 toad in the camo boat. The E man closes out Angler of the year with a victory on the co-angler side, in an effort that was more challenging than he probably expected. But he bought Matthew (his boater) sausage briskets on Sunday morning, therefore the bass showed up in the Hebert boat. Seriously, if you feed him…they will come. Great job Eric.
Oh, Bruce won the boater side...and AOY…
The run-down for Neely:
#1 Bruce: 19.74
#2 Kyle: 18.94
#3 Scott: 16.17
#4 Matthew : 16.14
#1 Eric: 13.20
#2 Charles: 12.60
#3 Will: 10.33
#4 Dickert: 9.65
Day 1 - Hebert/Howle 15.36
Day 2 -Sargent/Rosato 20.02
Big Fish for the year: Eric won big Spot (4.33lbs at Jordan) and Kyle won Big Largemouth at (5.31 at Neely Henry) They scored $390 each.
Angler of the year:
Boater- Bruce Sargent - 409 points (Scott Homes 2nd with 391)
Co-Angler- Eric Howle - 413 points (Steven White 2nd with 400)
Not that his head needs to get any bigger, but a huge thank you goes out to Bruce for an amazing Tournament Season - both on and off the water. Thanks, Bruce.
A huge shout-out to our newest member, Jake Maddox of Spain Park. He finished 2nd in this week’s Alabama High School Bass Fishing Association regional 3 tournament at Lay Lake on Saturday (100 boats). Jake had a three fish limit of 8.02. Great job, Jake. Ironically, he was bested by my friend’s son from Vestavia, Nicholas Maluff, who had an unimaginable three fish limit of 13.75. He’s a jr…I’ll get him on board next year.
Oct 20. Next Meeting - The Restifo's
Lastly, please make it to the First Annual BBC Fiesta and Meeting at Casa De Restifo on Oct. 20th! Michael is hosting our next meeting at his home. This meeting is a week earlier due to the Nation Championship the following week. A taco truck is scheduled to be on site, and beverages will be ready for consumption. Feel free to BYOB if you’d like. We need to plan for food and drink so please RSVP to me by next Friday at 10/14. You need to show-up! We will be presenting the officer slate for next year, and discussing the plan for 2017. So, don’t be lazy…RSVP today...email me (email@example.com). I’ll buy your first taco …and beer.
Casa de Restifo
2036 Highlands Dr, Birmingham, AL 35244
Here is the google map to his house: https://goo.gl/maps/yqVpGhDKrFR2
Thanks to all for a great year. It’s been a pleasure.
EL jefe de presidente
Hi, interweb. It’s been awhile. The Birmingham Bass Club is alive and well. Unfortunately, I haven’t been feeling as such lately. A weekend of the stomach bug followed by an extended stay from a respiratory infection had me operating at half-speed. The only good thing that came from my illness was sure embarrassment at this weekend’s Club Tournament at Logan Martin. Eric Howle showed up big time once again in the no-boater field, by chalking up a victory and big bass nods. This victory could potentially create an insurmountable distance between him and Steven White for back of the boat Angler of the Year… we’ll see how things shake out at the end-of-year BBC Championship on Neely Henry in two short weeks, Oct 1 & 2. (Reminder, the bottom-two performances are thrown out)
Scott Holmes owes Bruce Sargent a beer, or two. As member Will McRee shared eloquently through facebook today, Scott broke his boat again. He also won the Tournament. Huge Kudos to Bruce for leaving his fish mid-day to rescue Mr. BBQ, only to be bested by Scotty’s limit. I love these guys. Yes, we are very competitive. Yes, we want to beat each other. But, we take care of each other.
Bruce's 2nd place now has him healthy in First Place for Boater AOY.
(The points on the site are updated)
Here are the top-three for the tourney…
1 Eric Howle 7.29 Big Bass 3.39
2 David Wilson 5.76
3 Steven White 5.5
1 Scott Holmes 12.38
2 Bruce Sargent 12.26 Big Bass 3.45
3 Nathan George 8.66
The BBC has a big few weeks ahead with a club meeting at Saws on Thursday, our Club Championship in Two weeks, and our Off-site Club Meeting at the Restifo’s on Oct. 20th!
My best to all!
Nation news ------
P-wick Al Nation Tournament challenges the Bham boys
The guys from the 205 represented the best club in the state well despite the Tennessee rivers off-shore curves balls. The Byrd man was the top boater from our club, with a 13th place finish.
Our no-boaters continue to hammer the field with another top 5 performance from Michael Restifo, who has a 10 pt. lead on angler of the year over our very own Kyle Kimbrell. Plus, we had another 4 anglers in the top 20. We actually have four co-anglers in the top 10 for AOY ( Restifo 1, Kimbrell 2, Howle 6, and Rosato 10). We also have two boaters in the top 5 for AOY (Byrd 3, Sargent 5)
The next tournament is the Annual Old Man Tournament on August on Aug 6th and the next points event is at Logan Martin on Sept. 17th.
5/21 - Franklin's Ferry, Warrior River.
Counts bests Warrior with an onslaught of grass bass. Defeating his nearest boating competitor by more than 4lbs, Ben brought 15.39 to the scales. He also claimed big fish in the boater division with a 4.38 greenfish. Sargent (11.03) landed in second as he continues his AOY push. Kyle Kimbrell broke in his new Ranger with a solid 3rd place performance (9.38).
2015 State Team member, Charles Rosato, stomped the co-angler field by nearly 3.5lbs! His 4.67lbs largehead was the biggest of the contest. Wallace Williams and Steven White wrapped up the top three with 7.15 and 7.13lbs, respectively.
Our next tournament is at Guntersville on June 18th!
Our next meeting is on Thursday 5/26 at Saws Juke Joint (6:30 meeting time)!
Members please see email and facebook for additional details and information.
Welcome to the the BHAM BASS CLUB Livewell...
I thought the Presidential Update was too narcissistic, especially since I'm only here by default (that's another story). Now, I give you "the Livewell." This blog may last 20 years or 20 minutes, however we'll have fun through the process. Also, despite my college degree, my assault on the queen's english will be an abomination. Btw, Economics if you have to ask.
Congrats to our CFO and "unofficial" voice of reason, Bruce Sargent, for taking charge on Lay lake this past weekend. With a limit of 5 swimmers on a tough day, he brought in 18.51 glorious pounds. This was more than 6 lbs over A-Bear's 2nd place. A solo Josh Dees netted a 5 lber to claim big bass. Steven White continues his pace as a very consistent performer in the no-boater division by winning the back-of-the-boat spot with a 3 fish limit of 8.68. See full results.
Angler of the year standings after saturday's event are:
Boaters - Bruce (205 pts), Josh (199pts) and Sonny (195pts)
No-Boaters- Steven (204 pts), Shawn (193pts) and Me & Will (192pts)
Overall, Lay was really tough on the field but it was a beautiful day on the water. Most importantly, the Bham Bass Club got some valuable time on the water prior to the upcoming Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation tournament on our home waters of Lay on 5/14.
Members please check the "members only" facebook page for additional information and updates.
Thanks to all.
President, Birmingham Bass Club
We cranked out a fun Wildcat tourney Saturday on Lay. The first few hours were a little damp but all teams came in with a limit of 5. The Jones and Forehand team squeaked out the win (17.33) over Nolan & Kinder (17.27). However, Mr. John Nolan found a big girl that wanted to come out and play, with a 8.09 largemouth.
Tournament #1 is in the books. By most accounts this was a fantastic tournament, and the new format (following the nation w/ co-angler 3 fish limits and separate pots) seemed to work well on the whole.
Bruce Sargent picked up some buckets(mouths) on Jordan to grab the top boater spot with 16.26 lbs. Eric Howles dialed into the big spots with an impressive 3-fish limit of 12.14 lbs, including a big spot of the year candidate at 4.33.
Some pics are below!
A full brake down of points and standings can be found on the schedule and results page.
Other notes. Lay wildcat this Saturday (Talk to Bruce) and Next Meeting is on 3/24 at Saw's juke joint.
Best - RK
What an outstanding dual event a Lay lake this past weekend (Tournament of Champions and Holiday Open Wildcat). We saw a lot of new faces looking to join the BBC and we were grateful for their participation.
Bruce Sargent came home with the "W" while bringing in 10.96lbs, Nipping at his heals was John Nolan with 10.76lbs. However, John was also able to wrangle big bass for the contest.
High-five to the Wildcat Draw Team of Philip Jones and William McRee for bringing in over 19lbs of spots and heads to reign in a victory.
See everyone tomorrow at the meeting at Logan's Roadhouse in Irondale (12/17).