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February 2019 Newsletter

March 13th, 2019 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

Since we voted to cancel the January 19th tournament due to high winds, there are no tournament results.

Tournament Standings for 2019: (coming next month).

February 2019 Meeting and Tournament:

Our February meeting will be on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our February tournament will be on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Come enjoy the fellowship and some great BBQ.

Club News:

During our January club meeting, a motion was made to change the club constitution to include the two (2) lake rule unless there were extenuating circumstances justifying ignoring the two lake rule. The two lake rule simply means the club will not fish a lake more than twice during the calendar year. The rule was initially put in place to increase the number of lakes the club fished during the calendar year. If this motion passes, it will become a tournament rule rather than a guideline whenever the issue arises during a club meeting. Section IV.7 of the club bylaws dealing with club tournaments, states “Lake selection, starting time of tournament, and the time and place of the weigh-in will be decided at the monthly meeting. No pre-fishing is allowed during the 8 hours preceding the official starting time of a club tournament.” If this motion passes, I suggest adding the following to section IV.7 of the club bylaws: “The club will not fish any lake more than twice during a calendar year unless there are extenuating circumstances justifying doing so.” We will vote on this motion during the upcoming meeting.

During the January meeting, we also decided to have a Spring travel tournament this year and Choke Canyon was suggested. Be prepared to pick a lake and a month for our spring travel tournament at the upcoming meeting. I have contacted Choke Canyon Lodge and tentatively reserved 10 rooms for March 14th and 15th if we decide to go in March. There are also rooms available if we decide to go to Choke Canyon Reservoir in April.

Don’t forget the raffle for the guided fishing trip for two with Mike Hastings valued at $295.00. Money raised from this raffle will help support the missionary activities of Bob and Sherry Smith by helping pay for lunches for children attending school in Kenya. Raffle tickets will cost $20 each.

If you missed the January meeting and haven’t paid your annual dues, please bring your payment to the upcoming meeting so I can send everyone an updated club roster.

Fishing Reports:

Fishing has been slow recently. The Retiree Club fished Lake Bastrop on February 6th and the winning team, Don Haluzan and Gary Burnham, caught 10 fish weighing over 22 pounds. Many club members caught fish using the Ned rig that day. Plan to share your fishing reports with everyone at the upcoming club meeting. I will see you at the meeting Wednesday evening.

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January 2019 Newsletter

March 13th, 2019 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 11 teams participate in the December tournament on Lake Travis. The fishing was tough for most teams. No team caught 10 fish and only 6 members caught a limit of 5 fish. Jim Pollard and Corey Reyna won the tournament with 7 fish weighing 13.07 pounds. Dan Wessman and Dave Ehrenfeld came in second place with 9 fish that weighed 12.63 pounds. Third place went to Steve Martinez and Mitch Shelton who caught 8 fish weighing 11.89 pounds. Jim Pollard had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 10.82 pounds and the biggest bass which was 21.5” long (5.38#).

Final Tournament Standings for 2018:

Mike Wiles- 143.60 pounds                                         Louis Weyand- 106.44 pounds

Steve Moore- 139.81 pounds                                     Dale Moore- 103.75 pounds

Jim Pollard- 126.80 pounds                                         Darryl Smith- 97.35 pounds

Dan Wessman- 117.15 pounds                                   Dale White- 93.41 pounds

Steve Martinez- 107.73 pounds                                  Gene Franz- 87.01 pounds

Art Cruser and Steve Moore tied for the Biggest Bass of the 4th Quarter. Art caught a 25” bass at Lake Travis on 12/21/2018 while fishing with Randy Cook. Steve also caught his 25” bass at Lake Travis during the Retiree Tournament on 11/08/2018.

January 2019 Meeting and Tournament:

Our January meeting will be on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our January tournament will be on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Come enjoy the fellowship and some great BBQ.

Club News:

Happy New Year! Did you set any fishing goals for 2019? Perhaps you want to master fishing the Ned Rig or make it into the Top Ten in the club. I suggest the Three P’s – Planning, Preparation, and Participation. The most important one of the three is participation. I could write a book on the other two P’s. Maybe planning and preparation should be topics for presentations by some of our successful club members during the next few months.

I am attaching a Member Information Form that you should complete and bring to the upcoming meeting. This form provides personal contact information for the club roster and a record of annual dues and other fees that are being paid by members. I will have some hard copies at the upcoming club meeting for those that may need one.

Fishing Reports:

Bring your fishing reports to the upcoming meeting and share them with everyone. The weather forecast is not looking very good for this coming Saturday. I will see you at the meeting Thursday evening.

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September 2018 Newsletter

September 10th, 2018 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 10 teams participate in the August tournament on Lake LBJ. The fishing was tough. No team caught 10 fish and only 4 members caught a limit of 5 fish. Steve Moore and Kirk Meyer won the tournament with 7 fish weighing 20.08 pounds. Darryl Smith and Mike Wiles came in second place with 9 fish that weighed 19.90 pounds. Third place went to Art Cruser and Tom White who caught 8 fish weighing 18.02 pounds. Louis Weyand caught the biggest bass, 24” (7.50#) and Steve Moore had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 17.08 pounds.

Tournament Standings for 2018:

Mike Wiles- 103.05 pounds                                         Dale Moore- 77.35 pounds

Steve Moore- 102.82 pounds                                     Darryl Smith- 75.27 pounds

Jim Pollard- 87.77 pounds                                           Louis Weyand- 72.57 pounds

Dan Wessman- 85.79 pounds                                     Dale White- 71.20 pounds

Steve Martinez- 84.40 pounds                                    Don Haluzan- 58.10 pounds

September 2018 Meeting and Tournament:

Our September meeting will be on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our September tournament will be on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Come enjoy the fellowship and some great BBQ.

Club News:

We really are going to draw partners for the November travel tournament at the upcoming club meeting, regardless of attendance at the meeting. If you cannot attend the club meeting this month, please let me or Steve Martinez know what days you will be pre-fishing for the travel tournament so you can be included in the draw. Drawing teams will allow the club to finalize lodging plans at Granny’s.

The upcoming meeting is the last meeting before we take veterans associated with Heroes Night Out fishing on October 13th, 2018 at Lake Bastrop. Be prepared to sign up as a participant so we can ensure that we have enough boats and volunteers to help make the event a success for a second year.

Fishing Reports:

The Retiree Club tournament was held on Lake Austin last Thursday, September 6th. Out of ten teams, only 8 members caught a limit of 5 fish. The winning team, Jim Wessman and Gary Burnham, caught 8 fish weighing 18.0 pounds. Bring your fishing reports/pictures and share them at the upcoming meeting with everyone. I will see you at the meeting Thursday evening.

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Roger Growden Memorial Fishing Tournament

September 10th, 2018 · No Comments · Outreach Activities

The second annual Roger Growden Memorial Fishing Tournament for Heroes Night Out will be held on October 13th, 2018 at Lake Bastrop North Shore Park. The boats will load up participants at 7:00 am and will return at noon. There will be a meal served at the pavilion next to the swim area for all participants, their family members, and the members of the Austin Christian Bass Club who provided the boats and the meal for the event. Those members of the Heroes Night Out organization who want to go fishing must sign up two weeks prior to the event so that Austin Christian Bass Club will know how many boats we will need to take everyone who wants to fish out on the lake. The club will also need to know how many family members are coming so that we will know how much food to prepare. I have arranged with the LCRA to get a reduced entry fee for the park. Participants and family members over the age of 18 will only have to pay 2 dollars per person. Children under the age of 18 are free. To get to the park, go out on 290 through Elgin. Just as you are leaving Elgin, turn right on 95 toward Bastrop. Go 13 miles on 95 until you come to FM 1441 and turn left. There is a Valero station on the corner and a traffic light where 1441 meets 95. Go 2 miles until you see the sign for Lake Bastrop North Shore and turn right on the next road. Proceed through the gate. The boat ramp is straight ahead. There are brown restrooms on the left and a parking lot next to the restrooms. Park in the parking lot and there is a sidewalk down to the pavilion. Next to the pavilion is a swimming beach and floating waterslides, so family members can come early and go swimming if the air and water temperatures are warm enough. If you have any questions about the event, you may contact me on my cell phone at 512-589-5589. You may also contact me at my e-mail, artcruser@gail.com.

Art Cruser

Event Coordinator

Austin Christian Bass Club

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August 2018 Newsletter

August 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 9 teams participate in the July tournament on Lake Travis. The fishing was much better than last month when we fished Lake Travis. Thirteen members weighed in a limit of fish. Mike Wiles and Kirk Meyer won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 23.03 pounds. Dan Wessman and Dale Moore came in second place with 10 fish that weighed 19.39 pounds. Third place went to Jim Pollard and Dave Ehrenfeld who caught 6 fish weighing 16.13 pounds. Jim Pollard caught the biggest bass, 21” (5.00#) and also had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 15.19 pounds.

Tournament Standings for 2018:

Mike Wiles- 90.85 pounds                                           Dale White- 71.20 pounds

Steve Moore- 85.74 pounds                                        Dale Moore- 67.71 pounds

Jim Pollard- 81.32 pounds                                           Darryl Smith- 67.57 pounds

Dan Wessman- 79.16 pounds                                     Louis Weyand- 63.88 pounds

Steve Martinez- 73.15 pounds                                    Don Haluzan- 51.03 pounds

August 2018 Meeting and Tournament:

Our August meeting will be on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our August tournament will be on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Come enjoy the fellowship and some great BBQ.

Club News:

We were going to draw partners for the November travel tournament at the last club meeting, but attendance was low. We will draw partners for the November travel tournament at the upcoming meeting this Thursday. If you can’t attend the club meeting this month, please let me or Steve Martinez know what days you will be pre-fishing for the travel tournament so you can be included in the draw. Drawing teams will allow the club to finalize lodging plans at Granny’s.

Fishing Reports:

The fishing has been pretty good on Lake Travis and some quality fish were caught during the recent Retiree Club tournament. Bring your fishing reports/pictures and share them at the upcoming meeting with everyone. I will see you at the meeting Thursday evening.

 

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July 2018 Newsletter

July 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 10 teams participate in the June tournament on Lake Travis. The fishing was pretty tough. Only 7 members weighed in a limit of fish. Dan Wessman and Dale White won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 20.84 pounds. Steve Moore and Tom White came in second place with 9 fish that weighed 18.72 pounds. Third place went to Mike Wiles and Jim Wessman who caught 6 fish weighing 17.33 pounds. Mike Wiles caught the biggest bass, 23” (6.50#) and Art Cruser had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 12.82 pounds.

Tournament Standings for 2018:

Steve Moore- 79.05 pounds                                        Dale White- 63.45 pounds

Mike Wiles- 77.77 pounds                                           Darryl Smith- 59.31 pounds

Dan Wessman- 71.28 pounds                                     Dale Moore- 56.20 pounds

Jim Pollard- 66.13 pounds                                           Louis Weyand- 54.68 pounds

Steve Martinez- 65.46 pounds                                    Ken Haulotte- 50.13 pounds

July 2018 Meeting and Tournament:

Our July meeting will be on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our July tournament will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Come enjoy the fellowship and some great BBQ.

Club News:

At the last club meeting, the club voted to have the travel tournament in November at Fayette County Reservoir. Steve Martinez wants to draw partners for the November travel tournament at the upcoming meeting this Thursday. If you can’t attend the club meeting this month, please let me or Steve know what days you will be pre-fishing for the travel tournament so you can be included in the draw.

Fishing Reports:

The results of the Retiree Club tournament on Lake Buchanan indicate the fishing was pretty tough. Two teams caught 7 fish and the winning team caught 5 fish that weighed 13.44#. Shenandoah Christian Bass Club fished Lake Travis last Saturday and the winning team caught 7 fish that weighed 13.5 pounds. The tournament ended at 10:00am and that is a great ending time due to the hot weather. Bring your fishing reports/pictures and share them at the upcoming meeting with everyone. I will see you at the meeting Thursday evening.

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June 2018 Newsletter

July 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 11 teams participate in the May tournament on Decker Lake. The fishing was pretty good for some and 13 members weighed in a limit of fish. Gene Franz and Dale Moore won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 32.85 pounds. Jim Pollard and Louis Weyand came in second place with 10 fish that weighed 31.08 pounds. Third place went to Dan Wessman and Gary Burnham who caught 10 fish weighing 25.16 pounds. Louis Weyand caught the biggest bass, 22.” (5.75#) and Dale Moore had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 17.52 pounds.

Tournament Standings for 2018:

Steve Moore- 67.15 pounds                                        Dale Moore- 56.20 pounds

Dan Wessman- 61.94 pounds                                     Dale White- 54.25 pounds

Mike Wiles- 59.64 pounds                                           Darryl Smith- 53.06 pounds

Jim Pollard- 58.51 pounds                                           Ken Haulotte- 50.13 pounds

Steve Martinez- 57.41 pounds                                    Louis Weyand- 48.93 pounds

June 2018 Meeting and Tournament:

Our June meeting will be on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our June tournament will be on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Come enjoy the fellowship and some great BBQ.

Club News:

Summer heat is here and things have slowed down. There are no special events on the calendar for the remainder of June or for July. We need to pick a date and lake for our Fall travel tournament. It will be here before you know it.

Couple Club:

The Couples Club fished its fourth tournament of the year on June 2nd at Decker Lake. Six teams participated and half of the teams had a pretty good results. Jim & Nita Pollard won the tournament with 5 fish weighing 16.31 pounds. The tournament results and current standings are shown below:

Name                                  No. of Fish               Weight                           Prev. Wt.                  Total Wt.                              Standings

Jim & Nita 5 16.31 20.89 37.21 3
Dan & Diane 5 15.77 30.48 46.25 1
Steve & Rose 5 15.77 29.67 45.44 2
Bob & Katy 4 6.88 14.82 21.70 5
Gene & Tammy 3 6.63 6.76 13.39 7
Ken & Melba 2 6.26 12.84 19.10 6
Art & Patsy 23.95 4
John & Betty 1.62 8

 

Fishing Reports:

The results of the Retiree Club tournament on Lake Austin indicate the fishing was pretty good. Bring your fishing reports/pictures and share them at the upcoming meeting with everyone. I will see you at the meeting Thursday evening.

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Retiree Tournament results for 2018

May 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Retiree Fishing

Retiree Tournament results for 2018

Tournament-Standings_Retiree-2018

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May 2018 Newsletter

May 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 12 teams participate in the April tournament on Fayette County Lake. The fishing was pretty good and 21 members weighed in a limit of fish. Art Cruser and Arturo Valenzuela won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 38.03 pounds. Jim Pollard and Tom Clark came in second place with 10 fish that weighed 33.17 pounds. Third place went to Steve Moore and Dave Ehrenfeld who caught 10 fish weighing 31.54 pounds. Brooks Griffith caught the biggest bass, 22.5” (6.06#) and Art Cruser had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 22.26 pounds.

Tournament Standings for 2018:

Steve Moore- 54.39 pounds                                        Jim Pollard- 43.00 pounds

Mike Wiles- 49.19 pounds                                           Dale White- 42.11 pounds

Dan Wessman- 47.17 pounds                                     Dave Ehrenfeld- 41.10 pounds

Darryl Smith- 46.11 pounds                                         Dale Moore- 38.68 pounds

Steve Martinez- 43.76 pounds                                    Ken Haulotte- 38.05 pounds

May 2018 Meeting and Tournament:

Our May meeting will be on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our May tournament will be on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Come enjoy the fellowship and some great BBQ.

Club News:

Don’t forget the Amputee Fishing Day is coming up next month on June 9th on Lake Bastrop. The C.A.S.T. for Kids event held on May 5th was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed beautiful weather and the fish were biting that morning. All the participants had a great time and enjoyed the fishing gear and the wonderful meals that were provided by many sponsors.

The date for the Roger Growden Heroes Night Out fishing day on Lake Travis will be October 13th. Put it on your calendar!

Fishing Reports:

I know the fishing is good everywhere right now. The Ned rig even works on Stillhouse Hollow (see picture below). Arturo sent me this picture of a 24.5” bass he caught with his Ned rig recently. Bring your fishing reports/pictures and share them at the upcoming meeting with everyone. I will see you at the meeting Thursday evening.

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April 2018 Newsletter

April 16th, 2018 · No Comments · Newsletters

Tournament Results:

We had 12 teams participate in the March tournament on Decker Lake. The fishing was pretty good although it was a windy day on the water.  Ken Haulotte and Dale White won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 26.42 pounds.  Louis Weyand and Dave Ehrenfeld came in second place with 9 fish that weighed 25.64 pounds.  Third place went to Jim Rumbo and Randy Cook who caught 9 fish weighing 24.34 pounds.  Darryl Smith caught the biggest bass, 23” (6.50#) and had the biggest 5 fish stringer weighing 21.52 pounds.

Tournament Standings for 2018:

Steve Moore- 37.00 pounds                                        Mitch Shelton- 29.33 pounds

Darryl Smith- 36.35 pounds                                          Dave Ehrenfeld- 26.95 pounds

Dan Wessman- 34.47 pounds                                     Jim Pollard- 25.85 pounds

Mike Wiles- 32.98 pounds                                            Dale Moore- 25.53 pounds

Steve Martinez- 31.80 pounds                                   Jon Cooper- 24.79 pounds

April 2018 Meeting and Tournament:

Our April meeting will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 7:00pm at Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse on Parmer Lane. Our April tournament will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Come enjoy the fellowship and some great BBQ.

Club News:

C.A.S.T. for Kids is planned for May 5th and riggers can go online to register as a boat captain. I encourage all of you to participate in a very organized and enjoyable event that benefits some very special kids. We will pair up non-riggers with participating riggers at the upcoming meeting.

Don’t miss fishing this month because it will probably be the best time of the year to go fishing.

Fishing Reports:

I have not seen the results of the recent Retiree Club tournament on Decker Lake, but I know Art Cruser and Gary Burnham won the tournament with 10 fish weighing 32.91 pounds and Gary caught the biggest bass that weighed 8.50 pounds (See picture below). Although it was super windy last Saturday and the bite was tough, I caught a 6.50 pound bass at Lake Travis. I think the fish are biting everywhere right now so plan to catch a big one.   I will see you at the meeting Thursday evening.

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