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).
Announcing the 2015 Anglers of the Year:
Huge shout out to Birmingham Bass Club's very own members of the 2015 BASS Nation Alabama State Team :
Lee Byrd and Charles Rosato