MoBASS Meeting Notes

The 2013 Missouri B.A.S.S. Nation’s Spring Fling was held on Pomme de Terre Lake on Sunday April 7th.This year’s event was the 3rd year the tournament was held as a benefit for the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM). There were 65 boats entered in the tournament. The lake conditions were favorable to many in the field of anglers. A recap of the tournament is listed below. Most fish were reported to be caught on jigs and plastics and some on spinner baits and crank baits. The river arms seemed to have a little warmer water than the main lake but not much shad activity was reported in the river arms.

 

I would like to especially thank the following people for their help in making this tournament run smooth as always.

 

Bill Lewis

Jeannine Lewis

Elizabeth Lewis

Randy James

Kathy Blankenbeker

Brenda Lee

 

I offer a special thanks to Brad Machin for helping run fish and release back alive into the lake.

 

Several other members of the Missouri B.A.S.S. Federation Nation were

there to assist in fish release and set up and breakdown.

 

60% of the entry fees were paid back to the anglers and 40% was donated to

the CFM. The donation totaled $2,340.00 and Abe Phillips, past President and Board member of the CFM was presented with the check. Abe also fished with Vice President of MO BASS John Blankenbeker for the third year in a row and claimed to have caught bigger fish than John. He also assisted at weigh in by drawing boat numbers for the Bass Pro Shops gift certificates donated by Bass Pro Shops, Carbon X Rods Certificates from David Gray of Carbon X Rods, Abu Garcia Revo Reel and Vendetta Rod donated by Pure Fishing and several Live Target Frogs donated by the Official Hard Bait Sponsor of the Missouri B.A.S.S. Nation Koppers Live Target. Big thanks to Bass Pro Shops for their generous donation of $1000.00 in Bass Pro Shops gift certificates and the rest of the sponsors. There were 10 boats that received a $100 gift card to Bass Pro Shops as a random draw prize.

 

I challenged everyone at the weigh in to bring one extra boat each to next year’s event and we will have over 100 boats and pay backs and the donation will double. The tournament has been growing by over 10% the past few years and we will soon top 100 boats.

 

The Harbor Marina and Restaurant hosted the event again for us this year and had breakfast available as well as snacks, drinks, ice and fuel available for anglers prior to tournament take off. I would encourage all anglers to support them next year and come early for breakfast since they opened early for us and had a great breakfast buffet and helpful staff.

 

Thanks once again to all of the anglers for their participation and

cooperation and we look forward to next year’s event.

 

Below is listed a recap of the tournament. With 65 boats entered there were 7 teams that received money for their placement as well as the overall Big Bass winner.

65 Boats

38 Boats Weighed Fish

157 Fish Caught and Released

380.7 Pounds

2.42 Average Weight per Fish

6.75 Big Bass Weight-Team Greg Becker and Don Thrall

19.80 1st Place-Steve Olive/Brad Dickey

16.30 2nd Place-Walt Hammond/Dan Laboube

15.70 3rd Place-Tracey Salisbury/David Salisbury

14.40 4th place-Dan Cox/Gary Cox

14.35 5th Place-Aaron Fogelsong/Ben Redwing

14.35 6th Place-Terry Bradley/Scott Hill

14.05 7th Place-Tim Bankston/Cliff Mosley

 

Jim Zieger

President

Missouri B.A.S.S. Nation

 

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