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January 2015 Newsletter

January 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

Our December 2014 tournament was held on Lake LBJ and 11 teams participated.  The weather was great, but the bite was tough.  Craig Mooney and Brooks Griffith won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 27.33 pounds.  Don Haluzan and Steve Martinez came in second place with 7 fish weighing 15.39 pounds.  Third place went to Jim Pollard and John Bobo who weighed in 8 fish totaling 11.25 pounds.  Craig Mooney had the biggest 5 fish stringer (20.32 pounds) and he also caught the biggest bass of the tournament.  His big bass was 23.5” long (7.0 pounds).

2014 Final Standings:

Vince Martin- 136.55 pounds                                      Brooks Griffith- 103.18 pounds

Jim Pollard- 125.39 pounds                                          Dennis Worley- 97.48 pounds

Mike Wiles- 114.37 pounds                                          John Bobo- 96.26 pounds

Craig Mooney- 113.90 pounds                                    Darryl Smith- 90.99 pounds

Ken Haulotte- 109.79 pounds                                     Gib Hoffman- 90.92 pounds

Craig Mooney caught the Big Bass of the 4th Quarter during the December tournament at Lake LBJ and Dennis Worley caught the Big Bass of the Year on 2/27/2014 while fishing on Lake Austin.  His bass was 28.0” long (12+ pounds).

January 2015 Meeting and Tournament:

Our January club meeting will be on Thursday, January 15, 2014 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse, 2121 Parmer Lane, Austin, Tx.  Our first tournament of 2015 will be on Saturday, January 17th.  Come early to the meeting and enjoy some great BBQ.

Club News:

Mike Wiles will serve as club president in 2015.  Other officers are Brian Kitchen, Vice-President, Carlton Yarbrough, Treasurer, and Darryl Smith, Secretary.  The directors for 2015 are Brooks Griffith, Tom White, Bob Smith, Jim Pollard, and Steve Martinez.  Attached to this newsletter is a club membership form that can be used to provide current contact information and pay your annual dues of $24.00 and any other fee that relates to your annual membership.

The annual club banquet will be January 24, 2015, at the Twin Oaks Ranch, Buda, Texas.  Don Haluzan has once again agreed to host the banquet which will begin at 6:00pm.  The BBQ will be catered by Green Mesquite and Mitch Shelton will share a few more details regarding the banquet at the upcoming club meeting.  Page 2 of this newsletter will have specific directions to the Twin Oaks Ranch for those members who have not been there before.

This year may be the beginning of a new chapter in the Austin Christian Bass Club.  An idea from Melba and Ken Haulotte will expand the number of opportunities members have to enjoy fishing and fellowship with other club members.  The activity will be known as the Retirees Club and the purpose is to get together once a month and fish a local lake during the week when the lakes are less crowded.  A few guidelines have been discussed with our club president and are shown in a separate section below.

Fishing Report:

I don’t have anything to report.  Plan on sharing your fishing reports next Thursday evening at the club meeting.

Directions to Twin Oaks Ranch- 100 Marks Overlook, Buda, Tx.

Take IH35 south toward Buda.  Take Exit 221 and once you are on the access road look for Main Street (traffic light before Cabela’s).  Turn right on Main Street and go to FM 967 and turn right (about one mile).  Go approximately 1.1 miles to Marks Overlook.  Turn right on Marks Overlook and go about 200 yards.  The dining hall will be on your right.  There will be a small sign at the entrance to Twin Oaks Ranch where you turn off from FM 967.  If you need to call someone, call 512-466-0796, and I will help you get there.

ACBC Retiree Club Guidelines

Proposal:  Start a “Retiree Club” to fish once a month during the week.  Suggest fishing on Friday before the second weekend of the month.  This would be after the first weekend of the month when the Couples Club have their tournaments and before the third weekend of the month when ACBC normally has their tournament.  It is suggested that no Retiree Club tournament be held during the months of December and January due to the Christmas season and cold weather.

Purpose:  Increase the frequency of club fishing activities to promote fellowship and opportunities to catch bass.

Participation Process:  The following two steps would be used to identify teams wanting to participate:

  1. The club secretary would initiate an email to the membership on Friday before the first Saturday of the month to identify participants, nominate a lake, pick a starting time, and identify a weigh-in location. Members wanting to fish would respond to this email by Sunday of the same week. Responses would include the lake you want to fish, the starting time you prefer, weigh-in location, and whether you are fishing as a rigger or non-rigger. Example: Darryl Smith (R), Lake Austin, 6:00am start time, weigh-in at 360 Bridge.
  2. On Monday of the week of the tournament, the club would be notified via email of the lake selection, the start time, team pairings, and weigh-in location. Team pairings would strive to match riggers with different non-riggers each month to the extent that is possible.
  3. Monthly tournaments would be five to six (5-6) hours long so tournaments conclude around noon and then weigh-in sheets would be turned in to the Retiree Club tournament director.

Other Guidelines:  Participants would pay a $5.00 tournament fee ($10.00 per team) and no monthly recognition of the winners would occur at club meetings.

(2)Tournament results would be tracked by the club secretary and reported monthly in the club newsletter.

(3)Expenses for gas or other fees related to these tournaments would be equally shared by the rigger and the non-rigger.

(4)Members could fish Retiree Club tournaments with a guest who is not a current member.  The guest would have to join the club to continue his participation in the Retiree Club tournaments.

(5)The club member finishing in first place in the Retirees Club tournaments would be recognized at the annual club banquet.  Funds generated by participation in Retiree Club tournaments would also be used to provide gift cards/cash gifts to the wives of club members during the annual club banquet.

 

Duties of the Retiree Club Tournament Director:

  1. Preside over weigh-in activities at the conclusion of tournaments
  2. Promote the sharing of information during weigh-in regarding how and where the winning teams caught fish
  3. Promote fellowship among participants by encouraging bringing a sack lunch or gathering at a specific location for lunch after weigh-in

 

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