Submitted by Bstandiford on Sun, 11/15/2015 - 11:00
Now that the tournaments are over for me for 2015 it's time for a little "fun" fishing! No pressure, just get up and go fishing! Call a buddy or get that family member who doesn't get out to often. Last week I went to the Loch on Saturday then to Prettyboy on Sunday! I had a blast on a half day at Prettyboy catching 16 bass but only 2 keepers
( just like a tournament lol) in such a short time! At the Loch on Saturday Ian and I were laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes! We did catch 7 keepers and it did keep the competitive juices flowing! Bob 4 Ian 3 but who's keeping score!! I might even get back to the Loch for some of those big white perch that Dana and I caught earlier this year!! And that's what " just fishing" is all about.See you on the water.
Submitted by Bstandiford on Sun, 09/27/2015 - 10:15
With 1 more tournament left,here's hoping everyone who has a chance for a TOC berth or AOY shot has a great day of fishing!! The Loch can make or break your season! It is always exciting waiting for the final calculations!" Who's In who's out". This stresses the importance of "Please Weigh Your Fish". All of us work so hard during the year to try to get into the TOC. I would hate to see a deserved team not get in due to someone not weighing in at the end of the day. Good Luck to All!!!!
Submitted by Bstandiford on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:00
I often hear fishing is not a sport because anyone can participate, it has no age limit and you do not have to be in peak physical condition to compete. Here are a few reasons why I say it is a sport. Anglers are fishing against the clock! 8 hours of "game" time. In those 8 hours you can be exposed to everything from heatstroke to hypothermia, sunburn to frostbite, and all of the other outdoor elements.
With hundreds of casts per day ( a baseball pitcher usually removed after 100 pitches) you also increase chances of rotator cuff,tennis elbow and carpal tunnel injuries! Most anglers stand all day while fishing, requiring balance and agility during rough water and weather conditions! The boat owner is also responsible for his partners safety (team format) as well as the safety of others. You also have to be mentally prepared for the tournament and the conditions of the day or day's This means getting up by 4 am for a 7 am tournament and add about 3 hours to the end of the day to get boat cleaned up,gear put away and then the drive home! Makes for a long day! And that's just a one day tournament! Some tournaments are 4 grueling days. I'm not saying fishing is as tough as football,baseball,basketball or soccer but to the uninitiated,I think this will help shed some light on the "sport" of fishing!
Submitted by Bstandiford on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 18:53
It would be easy to say how everything worked as planned after a tournament win,but after a 6th place finish,really? Yes really. There are a few times when you just make all the right decisions. I have had a couple of tournament wins where I can say everything worked as planned. I have also won a few where I stumbled upon a pattern or a lucky break here and there,which I happily accepted. Usually after a tournament loss I always think what should I have done that day to to give us a better chance to win! After Sunday's tournament I did not have to lament my woes. We had a good plan and adapted to the conditions as well! Had a few spots that were my normal routine, then after getting a limit early,we decided to try something different to improve our weight. On our way back to that area we decided to try jerk baits on a windy flat. Bang! 2 more better quality fish!
Then to the back of the creek which yielded 3 upgrades!! Then off to take the same pattern deeper to further upgrade our fish. This offered up our best fish of the day 3.58lbs. After close to 30 keepers we decided to head back close to the ramp and hit one last "hot spot" and on the second cast another 3lbr!! So even though we were nowhere close to the win, it was as close to the perfect planned tournament as it could be. Those I will always enjoy. ( but not as much as a win). See you on the water!!
Submitted by Bstandiford on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 20:21
With less than a week till the first tournament, it's time to make the final preparations to boat and tackle. Check livewell hoses and pump, check oxygen system, put net,balance beam,scale,cull tags and weigh in bag in boat. Check battery levels and connections. Pare down rods and reels to a select few.(12 or 13 should suffice) also check tackle (sharpen or replace hooks if necessary. I hope everyone has a safe and competitive tournament season! Let's all help Walt Marchant to keep this club a fun and exciting trail to fish! Good luck to all!!