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.