Leavenworth Bass Club Gets Three Members on the Missouri State Team

 

The 2012 Missouri State Qualifier was held at Table Rock Lake on October 13th and 14th.  The Leavenworth Bass Club in their first year as a Missouri Federation member sent 10 members to represent our club this year.  The following members qualified for the team and represented the LBC:  Dennis Edwards, Bob Jorgensen, Larry Stoafer, Randy Kenton, Mike Brooks, Steve Read, Steve Clark, Sam Morton, Mark Justice and Travis Perrett.

Practice seem to go very well for the team as limits where had by most of the team as we prepared for two brutal days of fishing.  Practice weather had clouds with rain and wind which typically makes the fishing at Table Rock very good.  As we prepared for the weekend with meetings every night at 8:00 p.m. we compared patterns, locations and details each night to help one another put a game plan together.  As usual the weather pattern changed with two consecutive fronts passing on Friday and Saturday making the fishing very tough.

With confidence riding pretty high for the team we arrived at Kimberling City at the Hillbilly Bowl for the pairings.  We met our partners for the weekend and discussed plans to meet up for Saturday and Sunday.  Current Angler of the Year Brent Chapman gave the key note speech to the Federation anglers and told stories about the incredible year he had on the Elite Series and how thankful he was to have been a Federation Angler in his early days.  The conclusion of the meeting was a very nice raffle for everyone in which I think most of the 208 anglers won some type of prize.

Saturday the take off was at 7:00 a.m. with a very windy and rainy day as the front pushed through Table Rock Lake.  Weigh in started at 3:00 p.m. with most anglers only catching one or two fish.  The only five fish limit was brought in by Smithville angler Josh McIntire.  It topped the scales at of 11.23 pounds.  Day one Leader Greg Cooper had 3 fish for 14.53.  LBC members were setting in striking distance with 3 in the top 12.  Sam Morton had 4 fish for 8.44 that put him in 5th, Larry Stoafer had3 fish for 6.06 that put him in 10th and Dennis Edwards had 3 fish for 5.91 setting at 12th.  At the conclusion of day one weigh in every angler was still in it.

Sunday was sunnier but still breezy.  Again most anglers only weighted one or two fish; however five fish limits were caught by Randy Kenton and Harold Stark.  Randy weighted 5 fish for 12.18(Total 14.71) with 3rd place big bass (4.33 smallmouth) that netted him a 3rd place big bass check and pushed his way to a 5th place finish.  Dennis Edwards weighted 4 fish for 8.65(Total 14.56) that moved him up to 6th place.  Sam Morton weighted 2 fish for 4.42(Total 12.86) and placed him at 9th.  Leavenworth Bass Club was the only team to qualify 3 members on the 13 man state team roster which was more than any of the 27 clubs that participated.  Full story of the event and final standings can be read at ‘mobass.com’.

 

In the Team event the LBC with a total team weight of 56.67 finished second behind Smithville Bassmasters who had a total weight of 64.67.  As the old saying goes 2nd place is just the first loser as Smithville gets their entry fees paid to next year’s qualifier ($ 1,000.00).  As the 2nd and 3rd place team will receive plaques at the January banquet.   A total of 208 Anglers participated at this year’s event with 65 Anglers that did not catch a keeper fish.

I would like to take the time to thank each and every team member for the team effort and hard work that we displayed at this event.  I have never been part of such a great team effort by 10 anglers in my whole life.   The learning experience and the sharing that went on for the whole week was incredible!  This was a great opportunity for all of us.  If you think you would not enjoy this event please talk with any of the 10 guys who participated and I am sure you will change your mind.

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