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February 2018 Newsletter

February 13th, 2018 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 13 teams participate in the January tournament on Lake Travis. The fishing was tough for most teams. Dan Wessman and Jim Wessman won the tournament with 5 fish weighing 15.13 pounds. Steve Moore and Gib Hoffman came in second place with 9 fish that weighed 14.08 pounds. Third place went to Carlton Yarbrough and Tim Jolly who caught 8 fish weighing 12.64 pounds. Dan Wessman had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 15.13 pounds and he also had the biggest bass of the tournament. He caught a 24.5” bass weighing 8.00 pounds.

Tournament Standings for 2018:

Dan Wessman- 15.13 pounds                                     Darryl Smith- 7.01 pounds

Steve Moore- 9.21 pounds                                          Mike Wiles- 6.94 pounds

Mitch Shelton- 9.20 pounds                                        Tim Jolly- 5.20 pounds

Jim Pollard- 8.76 pounds                               Gib Hoffman- 4.87 pounds

Carlton Yarbrough- 7.44 pounds                                Don Haluzan- 4.87 pounds

February 2018 Meeting and Tournament:

Our February meeting will be on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our February tournament will be on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Come enjoy the fellowship and some great BBQ.

Club News:

Steve Martinez plans to discuss several items from the club survey starting this month and he will continue the process during future club meetings. He is planning on discussing two topics this month. They are the number of tournaments that should be counted to determine the final club standings and the method that should be used to share expenses related to club tournaments. In addition, Steve would also like to determine what month the club would like to have the travel tournament so we can begin planning for it. Be prepared to discuss and provide your input regarding these topics.

Fishing Reports:

Plan to share your fishing reports with everyone at the upcoming meeting. I will see you at the meeting next Thursday evening.

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January 2018 Newsletter

January 17th, 2018 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 12 teams participate in the December tournament on Fayette County Reservoir and 21 members caught a limit of fish. It was a beautiful day to be on the water and the fish were biting. Jim Pollard and Ken Haulotte won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 37.34 pounds. Gene Franz and Gary Burnham came in second place with 10 fish that weighed 26.53 pounds. Third place went to Darryl Smith and Gib Hoffman who caught 10 fish weighing 25.28 pounds. Ken Haulotte had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 20.08 pounds and Ken and Tom White tied for big bass of the tournament. They both caught a 21.5” bass weighing 5.38 pounds.

Final Tournament Standings for 2017:

Steve Moore- 144.92 pounds                                     Darryl Smith- 111.14 pounds

Jim Pollard- 131.35 pounds                                         Brooks Griffith- 106.79 pounds

Art Cruser- 123.86 pounds                                           Steve Martinez- 101.76 pounds

Mike Wiles- 121.45 pounds                                         Gene Franz- 100.35 pounds

Ken Haulotte- 118.57 pounds                                     Carlton Yarbrough- 90.23 pounds

Dan Wessman caught the Biggest Bass of the 4th Quarter on December 22, 2017, on Lake Buchanan. His big bass was 26” long. What a great catch for Lake Buchanan!

January 2018 Meeting and Tournament:

Our January meeting will be on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our January tournament will be on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Don’t miss the first meeting of the year and the weather forecast for Saturday indicates it will be a great day to be on the water.

Club News:

I only have several reminders for you as we start the new year. Dues and other fees are due this month. Please use the membership form that I sent out as an attachment yesterday to document what you are paying for and to provide updated contact information for the club roster.

Consider when and where you would like to have a travel tournament this year. If we pursue a Spring travel tournament, plans need to begin soon to ensure we can get lodging for the date we choose.

Fishing Reports:

Plan to share your fishing reports with everyone at the upcoming meeting. I will see you at the meeting next Thursday evening.

 

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December 2017 Newsletter

November 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 12 teams participate in the October tournament on Lake Bastrop and 15 members caught a limit of fish. Steve Moore and Jim Wessman won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 22.90 pounds. Darryl Smith and Arturo Valenzuela came in second place with 7 fish that weighed 19.90 pounds. Third place went to Mike Wiles and Dale White who caught 10 fish weighing 18.77 pounds. Darryl Smith had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 12.96 pounds and Jim Wessman caught the biggest bass. It was 22” long and weighed 5.75 pounds. In November, 12 teams participated in the November travel tournament to Fayette County Reservoir and 15 members caught a limit of fish. Carlton Yarbrough and Louis Weyand won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 27.65 pounds. Darryl Smith and Dave Ehrenfeld came in second place with 10 fish weighing 26.58 pounds. Jim Pollard and Tim Jolly finished third with 9 fish weighing 24.78 pounds. Darryl Smith had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 15.77 pounds and he also caught the biggest bass. It was 21.5” long and weighed 5.38 pounds.

Tournament Standings after October and November tournaments:

Steve Moore- 130.02 pounds                                     Ken Haulotte- 98.49 pounds

Jim Pollard- 114.09 pounds                                         Brooks Griffith- 95.14 pounds

Mike Wiles- 112.31 pounds                                         Steve Martinez- 91.00 pounds

Art Cruser- 108.09 pounds                                           Gene Franz- 83.08 pounds

Darryl Smith- 98.87 pounds                                         Carlton Yarbrough- 77.96 pounds

December 2017 Meeting and Tournament:

Our December meeting will be on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our December tournament will be on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Come early and enjoy some great BBQ and fellowship.

Club News:

This month we will vote on the proposed slate of officers for 2018 which currently is as follows: President, Steve Martinez, Vice-President, Mitch Shelton, Secretary, Darryl Smith, and Treasurer, Carlton Yarbrough. The proposed directors are: Jim Pollard (past president), Brian Kitchen, Brooks Griffith, Gib Hoffman, Don Haluzan (Retiree Club) and the Couples Club will select a director.

We will also conduct a secret ballot to determine the member deserving of the Al Lykins Sportsmanship Award.

Don’t forget to bring your completed survey so your input can be included in the results that will be shared with the club at the January meeting. If you cannot make the meeting, Jim Pollard welcomes your response via email or snail mail.

 

Couples Club Results for 2017:

The Couples Club has concluded their year by fishing Lake Travis on November 4th and Steve Moore and Andrea won the tournament with 5 fish weighing 11.08 pounds. The final results are as follows:

Name                   Fish       Weight  Place         Prev. Weight Total Wt.     Standings

Steve Moore/Andrea 5 11.08 1 0 11.08 7
Steve & Rose 5 7.82 2 52.49 60.13 2
Ken & Melba 5 7.06 3 46.14 53.20 4
Art & Patsy 5 6.69 4 73.45 80.14 1
Dan & Diane 3 3.94 5 35.84 39.78 5
Jim & Nita 54.70 3
Bob & Katy 38.92 6
Marv & Judy 6.38 8

 

Fishing Reports:

I don’t have any recent fishing reports. I’m sure many of you have taken advantage of the warm weather we have been having recently. Plan to share your fishing reports with everyone at the upcoming meeting. I will see everyone at the meeting next Thursday evening.

 

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October 2017 Newsletter

October 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 10 teams participate in the September tournament on Lake Austin. No team caught a limit of 10 fish. Darryl Smith and Dale White won the tournament with 9 fish weighing 20.15 pounds. Art Cruser and Tim Jolly came in second place with 8 fish that weighed 19.15 pounds. Third place went to Steve Moore and Brooks Griffith who caught 7 fish weighing 14.89 pounds. Art Cruser had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 12.64 pounds and Dale White caught the biggest bass. It was 21.5” long and weighed 5.38 pounds.

Tournament Standings:

Steve Moore- 107.79 pounds                                     Brooks Griffith- 81.62 pounds

Mike Wiles- 92.16 pounds                                           Darryl Smith- 70.14 pounds

Jim Pollard- 88.75 pounds                                           Steve Martinez- 69.41 pounds

Art Cruser- 88.07 pounds                                             Dave Ehrenfeld- 66.48 pounds

Ken Haulotte- 82.03 pounds                                       Gene Franz- 62.30 pounds

October 2017 Meeting and Tournament:

Our October meeting will be on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our October tournament will be on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Come early and enjoy some great BBQ and fellowship.

Club News:

This month we will select partners for the October club tournament and the November 18th travel tournament to Fayette County Reservoir. If you cannot attend the meeting this month, please let someone know what your plans are regarding the travel tournament. Since there will not be a regular club meeting in November, the proposed slate of officers and directors for 2018 will be shared with everyone via email by November 15th. The last meeting of the calendar year will be on November 30th. We will vote on the proposed slate of officers for 2018 and conduct a secret ballot to determine the member deserving of the Al Lykins Sportsmanship Award.

Fishing Reports:

The Couples Club and the Retiree Club have recently fished Fayette County Reservoir. Eight couples participated in the Couples Club tournament and 6 couples caught a limit of 5 fish. Rose and Steve Martinez won the tournament with 5 fish weighing 16.08 pounds. Patsy and Art Cruser are currently leading in the Couples Club. The Retiree Club also recently fished Fayette County and 17 members participated. Thirteen members caught a limit of 5 fish and the winning team was Steve Moore and Gary Burnham who caught 10 fish weighing 35.65 pounds. I will see everyone at the meeting this Thursday evening.

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September 2017 Newsletter

September 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 11 teams participate in the August tournament on Lake Austin. No team caught a limit of 10 fish. Dan Wessman and Gene Franz won the tournament with 9 fish weighing 18.57 pounds. Steve Moore and Louis Weyand came in second place with 6 fish that weighed 17.09 pounds. Third place went to Jim Pollard and Brooks Griffith who caught 9 fish weighing 13.95 pounds. Steve Moore had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 16.01 pounds and he also caught the biggest bass. It was 23.5” long and weighed 7.00 pounds.

Tournament Standings:

Steve Moore- 95.59 pounds                                        Art Cruser- 75.43 pounds

Mike Wiles- 85.65 pounds                                           Dave Ehrenfeld- 64.35 pounds

Ken Haulotte- 81.09 pounds                                       Steve Martinez- 63.60 pounds

Brooks Griffith- 78.93 pounds                                    Darryl Smith- 60.38 pounds

Jim Pollard- 78.11 pounds                                           Don Haluzan- 58.05pounds

September 2017 Meeting and Tournament:

Our September meeting will be on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our September tournament will be on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Come early and enjoy some great BBQ and fellowship.

Club News:

On Saturday, September 23rd, the club will be taking around 15 wounded warriors fishing on Lake Travis. Art Cruser will have a signup sheet for riggers and non-riggers for this event. Riggers are needed to ensure the veterans can go fishing from a boat. Non-riggers are needed to help with food preparation at lunch time and possibly with the fishing activity.

This year is flying by and it is time to plan a travel tournament. Bring your suggestions to the upcoming meeting and we can make a decision regarding when and where we would like to have a travel tournament.

Fishing Reports:

Fishing has been slow lately. The ACBC Couples Club fished Decker Lake on September 9th and seven teams participated. Only two teams caught a limit of 5 fish and the winning team was Nita and Jim Pollard. They caught 4 fish weighing 9.2 pounds. Bring your fishing reports to the upcoming club meeting and plan to get up early Saturday morning for the next tournament.

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August 2017 Newsletter

August 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 10 teams participate in the July tournament on Lake Travis. Limits of five fish were hard to come by. Art Cruser and Ted Ahern won the tournament with 7 fish that weighed 20.88 pounds. Steve Martinez and Jim Wessman took second place with 8 fish that weighed 17.18 pounds. Dan Wessman and Dave Ehrenfeld came in third place with 10 fish that weighed 16.64 pounds. Art Cruser and Ted Ahern tied for the biggest bass caught which was 23” (6.50#) and Dave Ehrenfeld also had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 11.95 pounds.

Tournament Standings:

Steve Moore- 79.58 pounds                                        Brooks Griffith- 69.61 pounds

Mike Wiles- 79.46 pounds                                           Dave Ehrenfeld- 63.41 pounds

Ken Haulotte- 77.27 pounds                                       Steve Martinez- 60.54 pounds

Art Cruser- 73.93 pounds                                             Darryl Smith- 59.19 pounds

Jim Pollard- 73.48 pounds                                           Don Haluzan- 58.05pounds

August 2017 Meeting and Tournament:

Our August meeting will be on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our August tournament will be on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Come early and enjoy some great BBQ and fellowship.

Club News:

Next month, on Saturday, September 23rd, the club will be taking around 15 wounded warriors fishing on Lake Travis. More detailed information will be shared with everyone at the upcoming meeting. Please plan to support this event because we will need riggers and non-riggers to help make this event enjoyable for everyone . It will be held at Jones Brothers Park in Jonestown.

The Couples Club will resume fishing in early September.

Fishing Reports:

Fishing has been fairly slow lately, but getting off the water by 11:00am during the Retiree Club tournament made the time on the water bearable. Bring your fishing reports to the upcoming club meeting and plan to get up early Saturday morning for the tournament.

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Roger Growden memorial fun fishing day

July 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Outreach Activities

The Austin Christian Bass Club is holding the Roger Growden memorial fun fishing day at Lake Travis on September 23rd, 2017.  The launch site will be at Jonestown Park at the upper end of Sandy Creek.  The fishing times will be from 6:30 am until noon.  There will be a meal for all participants and their families at the pavilion at the park after the fishing ends.  The event is for the Heroes Night Out organization which serves veterans, wounded warriors and PTSD soldiers.  The participants will be 15 of these honored veterans.  The Austin Christian Bass Cub and Shenandoah Bass Club will provide the boats, tackle and fishing expertise for the event.  We are looking forward to this event which honors our veterans who have served so honorably to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy.

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July 2017 Newsletter

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 12 teams participate in the June tournament on Lake Travis. Only 9 members caught a limit of five fish. Art Cruser and Gene Franz won the tournament with 10 fish that weighed 22.53 pounds. Carlton Yarbrough and Brooks Griffith took second place with 8 fish that weighed 20.07 pounds. Darryl Smith and Louis Weyand came in third place with 7 fish that weighed 16.40 pounds. Brooks Griffith caught the biggest bass which was 26” (9.63#) and Brooks also had the biggest 3 fish stringer weighing 13.01 pounds.

Tournament Standings:

Steve Moore- 76.14 pounds                                        Art Cruser- 62.55 pounds

Mike Wiles- 73.21 pounds                                           Darryl Smith- 55.88 pounds

Ken Haulotte- 67.01 pounds                                       Don Haluzan- 55.49 pounds

Brooks Griffith- 65.23 pounds                                    Carlton Yarbrough- 51.63 pounds

Jim Pollard- 64.54 pounds                                           Dave Ehrenfeld- 51.46 pounds

Art Cruser caught the biggest bass of the 2nd quarter. His 10.88 pound bass was caught during the May Retiree Club tournament on Lake LBJ.

July 2017 Meeting and Tournament:

Our July meeting will be on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our July tournament will be on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Come early and enjoy some great BBQ and fellowship.

Club News:

At the April club meeting we discussed how to handle pairing club members when there is a shortage of riggers for a tournament. The discussion during the April meeting supported giving priority to club members who were present at the meeting versus club members who were absent from the meeting. The proposed changes to the club constitution are shown in bold print and one revision has been incorporated giving club members attending club meetings priority over members who are not attending the club meeting. We will discuss this proposed change to the club constitution and vote on it at the upcoming meeting.

IV.9- Teams will consist of two members selected at the monthly club meeting or paired by the Tournament Director. Add: Paring of members outside of the draw must receive “prior” approval from the Tournament Director or Club President.

Add: IV.9a When the number of riggers in the draw is less than the number of non-riggers, the Tournament Director will make every effort at the meeting to identify additional riggers. If he is unable to do so, excess non-riggers may find their own partner. For excess non-riggers, the Tournament Director will make every effort to assist the non-rigger(s) find a partner. Priority in the draw will be given to members attending the meeting. Those remaining, if any, will get first priority at the next monthly meeting. This will be recorded in the club meeting minutes.

IV.11  A club member may fish in a tournament with an invited guest or alone providing that no member of the club wishing to fish will be prevented from fishing. Add: (Such an arrangement must be cleared with the Tournament Director or Club President prior to the meeting. It is incumbent on this member to resolve the problem if this arrangement will prevent a member from fishing). The member/guest team must pay the team tournament entry fee.

Fishing Reports:

I have heard the fish are biting on Lake Austin, but beware of the boat traffic. The fish were not biting very well on Stillhouse Hollow last Saturday. The lake is full and the hydrilla is growing in many areas of the lake, but the bite is slow. Share your fishing reports at the upcoming meeting and plan on doing some night fishing. The lake is not crowded and the temperature is great.

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June 2017 Newsletter

June 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Newsletters

Austin Christian Bass Club

June 2017

Tournament Results:

We had 12 teams participate in the May tournament on Decker Lake. Sixteen members caught a limit of five fish. Art Cruser and Dave Ehrenfeld won the tournament with 10 fish that weighed 38.41 pounds. Dan Wessman and Jim Wessman took second place with 10 fish that weighed 33.22 pounds. Mike Wiles and Louis Weyand came in third place with 10 fish that weighed 32.29 pounds. Art Cruser caught the biggest bass which was 27” (10.88#) and Art also had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 27.45 pounds.

Tournament Standings:

Steve Moore- 65.69 pounds                                        Dave Ehrenfeld- 51.46 pounds

Mike Wiles- 65.58 pounds                                           Don Haluzan- 51.30 pounds

Ken Haulotte- 59.19 pounds                                       Steve Martinez- 51.23 pounds

Jim Pollard- 53.66 pounds                                           Art Cruser- 50.97 pounds

Brooks Griffith- 52.22 pounds                                    Mitch Shelton- 46.19 pounds

Art Cruser is leading the race for biggest bass of the 2nd quarter. He will be hard to beat!

June 2017 Meeting and Tournament:

Our June meeting will be on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our June tournament will be on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Come early and enjoy some great BBQ and fellowship.

Couples Club:

The Couples Club fished their last tournament of the Spring season on Decker Lake on June 3rd. Patsy and Art Cruser won the tournament with 5 fish weighing 17.51 pounds. Patsy caught the biggest bass among the ladies which was 19.5 inches (4.06#). The following table shows the June tournament results and the current standings:

Name # of Fish Weight Previous Wt. Total Wt. Standings
Patsy & Art 5 17.51 37.23 54.74 1
Diane & Dan 5 16.72 -0- 16.72 6
Nita & Jim 5 11.21 23.90 35.11 2
Melba & Ken 5 10.08 21.66 31.74 4
Katy & Bob 1 2.13 27.90 30.03 5
Judy & Marv 1 1.06 1.88 2.94 8
Rose & Steve     34.03 34.03 3
Betty & John     6.07 6.07 7

 

The Couples Club will resume fishing their Fall season on September 9th.

Fishing Report:

Decker Lake has been the hot spot recently but hot weather will be a factor this coming weekend. It is time to think about starting early in the morning and getting off the water before noon. Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Bring your fishing reports to share with everyone at the upcoming meeting. I hope to see all of you next Thursday evening at the club meeting.

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Cast For Kids event 2017

April 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Outreach Activities

General Information

Physically and mentally disabled children, ages 5-17, get to enjoy a 1/2 day of fun and fishing on boats and on shore.

Children receive free:

Fishing pole and tackle box

Fishing supplies

Breakfast, lunch, and drinks

Award picture plaque & Goodie bag

T-shirt and cap

40 kids (autism, down syndrome, etc.)

Family members welcomed

 

Contact Norma at 512-899-4177

 

DATE: Saturday, May 6, 2017

LOCATION: Lake Bastrop, North Shore Park (note: this is NOT Bastrop State Park)

TIME: Participant Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. (no earlier). Event scheduled to end at approximately 1:30 p.m. Register Online at http://castforkids.org/event/lakebastrop/

Boat Captains needed

Contact: Kim Parish (512) 284-0137 kparish@usbr.gov

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