Ovid Results 2015

Lake Ovid (July 26)

1.   Mark Dereadt  (5 fish)  14.05 lbs

2.   Connie Honsinger  (4)  13.07

3.   Leo Knox  (4)  11.79

4.   Bill Maurer  (5)  11.73

5.   Jim Rice  (4)  11.54

6.   Chris Deitz  (4)  9.87

7.   Matt Zelenka  (2)  7.10

8.   Roy Albert  (3)  6.48

9.   Jerry Smith  (3)  6.31

10.  Art Honsinger  (3)  6.13

11.  Scott Rice  (2)  5.55

12.  Melissa Rice  (1)  5.44

13.  Mike Maske  (2)  4.67

14.  Jim Vanaken  (1)  3.04

15.  Tim Chapman  0.00

15.  Scott Hartman  0.00

15.  Neil Johnson  0.00

15.  Ethan Angstman  0.00

15.  Patrick Sherwood  0.00

15.  Dave Smith  0.00

Big Bass #1:  Melissa Rice  (5.44 lbs)

Big Bass #2:  Mark Dereadt  (5.01 lbs)

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3 in a row?

Now that Melissa Rice won her first tournament, it seems like old hat to her as she went back to back with a Lake St. Clair win.  She used her signature smoke and gold grub to bring in nearly 15 pounds en route to the win and her boating partner Scott took third place.  They fished on the Canadian side of the lake in 9 feet of water in a spot they have brought in heavy limits from in the past.  Four of the top five finishers also fished Canadian water with Mike Maske being the only one who fished U.S. waters as he brought in 14.53 lbs on a spinnerbait.


The club will fish tourney #4 this Sunday on Lake Ovid in the Sleepy Hollow state park.  The event will run from 7-3pm and the launch can be accessed by taking 127 north to Exit 91 (Price Rd).  Head east for 5 miles until the 4-way stop sign which is at the park entrance.  After entering, take a quick left to the launch.

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LSC Results 2015

1.   Melissa Rice  (5 fish)  14.64 lbs

2.   Mike Maske  (5)  14.53

3.   Scott Rice  (5)  14.35

4.   Bill Maurer  (5)  14.12

5.   Neil Johnson  (5)  13.68

6.   Mike Pritchard  (5)  13.4

7.   Jim Rice  (5)  13.28

8.   Trish Rice  (5)  12.92

9.   Jim Vanaken  (5)  12.78

10.  Mark Dereadt  (5)  11.85

11.  Roy Albert  (5)  11.66

12.  Art Honsinger  (5)  11.6

13.  Scott Hartman  (5)  10.35

14.  Jerry Smith  (5)  10.16

15.  Jay Dereast  (5)  9.94

16.  Craig Deck  (4)  9.70

17.  Leo Knox  (4)  9.7

18.  Tim Chapman  (4)  9.35

19.  Ethan Angstman  (4)  6.99

20.  Mikey Getter  (2)  3.83

21.  Matt Zelenka  0.00

21.  Tanya Pritchard  0.00

21.  Dave Smith  0.00

Big Bass #1:  Mike Maske  (4.09 lbs)

Big Bass #2:  Neil Johnson  (3.62 lbs)

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Kent Patterns

The Kent Lake tournament took place Fathers Day weekend and what a great event to win for one of our many fathers fishing that day.  But unfortunately for our fellas, one of our female members decided to spoil the party and bring in almost 16 pounds to win the seasons second event.  It was Melissa Rices first club win and she didn’t care which holiday it fell on.  She was kind enough to share a few details about her big victory.


MelissaMelissas husband Scott won the 2014 event on Kent and she was a spectator in the back of the boat.  But this time around she turned the tables on not only her husband but the rest of the club.  The couple fished the same weedline as they did last year but Melissa fished the shallow edge of a small corner of the vegetation while her husband threw out deep.  She commented that all of her fish came from 6-8 fow and all fell prey to a twin tail grub.  She stated that the color was the biggest factor which was a black with gold fleck.  The color is currently out of production in that particular bait but she’s literally scoured the country looking for that exact one which she fished on a 1/4 oz. jighead.


The most amazing stat of the win is that Melissa only caught 5 fish that day while Scott culled several times but only brought 10+ pounds to the weigh-in.  She used a spinning rod to throw the grub and used straight braid for line.  Congrats on the big win Melissa, and many in the club hope she can’t get her hands on more of that “secret” color.


The club will resume it’s regular season this weekend on Lake St. Clair at the St. Jean street launch.  The best way to St. Jean will be to take I-94 east and exit on 220B which is Connor Ave.  Take Connor east until is ends on Jefferson.  Take a quick right and a left at the first light and follow the signs to the city owned ramp on St. Jean street.

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Kent Results

1.   Melissa Rice  (5 fish)  15.8 lbs

2.   Roy Albert  (5)  14.10

3.   Tim Chapman  (5)  13.98

4.   Mark Dereadt  (5)  12.54

5.   Jim Rice  (5)  10.89

6.   Scott Rice  (5)  10.60

7.   Bill Maurer  (5)  10.06

8.   Leo Knox  (5)  9.36

9.   Neil Johnson  (5)  9.29

10.  Patrick Sherwood  (5)  8.61

11.  Jerry Smith  (5)  7.21

12.  Jim Vanaken  (5)  6.78

13.  Ethan Angstman  (4)  5.93

14.  Mikey Getter  (2)  3.89

15.  Art Honsinger  (2)  3.22

16.  Scott Hartman  0.00

16.  Dave Smith  0.00

Big Bass #1:  Melissa Rice  4.34 lbs

Big Bass #2:  Tim Chapman  4.17 lbs

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Kent Lake

With one tourney in the books it’s time for the club to get back into action as we travel to Kent Lake this coming Saturday.  This has quickly become one of our favorite venues and for good reason.  It’s a big lake with minimal recreational boat traffic and the bass always seem to bite.  Our event will run from 7-3pm and we will be using the west end launch which is a change from seasons past.  The launch is located near the golf course and can be accessed by taking exit 151 off I-96 near Brighton and then heading east towards the lake.


Remember the check in time will be from 6-6:30 and anything later than that will result in a penalty or disqualification.  Jim Vanaken will send out a club wide email detailing launch info in a day or so.


As for the fishing, I was on Kent a few days ago and did manage to catch a few.  There were still a few skinny post-spawn fish but several that had bellies so hopefully the transition from spawn to summer fishing will be over soon.  I did catch one smallmouth but mostly green fish although the rain/wind made it difficult to do much of anything.  I will say that grubs, worms, senkos, topwaters and frogs should all work and that’s pretty much what we caught all our fish on.  But the flipping bite was non-existent for some reason, especially when there are so many good targets to throw at!  I’m hoping that will change and will definitely have my flipping stick on board just in case.


The big expansive weed mats that we saw last August have not developed yet and all the bays and shoreline areas are accessible.  The water was 71 degrees on Sunday but who knows what all this rain will do.  There is a 10 mph speed limit on Kent as most of you know but that doesn’t mean no-wake.  Several boats I witnessed were pushing that limit and a few were on plane but I’m not sure I’d push the issue.  We should have a good turnout so hope to see everyone Saturday morning bright and early.  They should be biting!!

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Tourney Recap

The 2015 season is underway and what a start we had to kick of the SCMBC tournament trail.  The weather was the main player for the late May event held on Wamplers and Devils lake as the club held it’s first two day combined weight event ever.  Day one on Wamplers had the club fishing in mild weather but fronts blew through by the hour and every fishing condition imaginable confronted our anglers.  Day two on Devils didn’t have the variety, it was just cold, windy and rainy.


Saturday proved to be the better fishing day by far as 13 of the 20 anglers weighed in limits.  Bill Maurer sat in first with 13.08 pounds but several were within ounces as eight club members brought double digit bags to the scales.  Roy Albert and Mikey Getter both caught 4+ pound fish which were the biggest on Saturday and they both had big limits and hoped to challenge Bill at the halfway point.


Many techniques worked but the prevailing pattern consisted of throwing weighted plastics on the inside edges of weedlines to pick-off post-spawn largemouth.  Topwaters, jerkbaits, senkos and grubs all were mentioned as successful baits as the good fishing persisted while the big cold front approached.  Sunday though looked to be a different day.


With 5 bags exceeding 11 pounds heading into day two, there were high expectations on Devils but mother nature had other plans.  The T-thirt weather was gone, replaced by 55 degree rain and high winds.  Catching limits was difficult and just getting a few keepers seemed daunting.  With the tough conditions, there was a big  shake-up on the leaderboard as many Saturday studs  could never figure out the finicky bass and only 6 limits came to the scales.  Bill Maurer was one of the lucky ones to get 5 keepers and hold on as he brought in just over 9 pounds for a combined weight of 22.27 lbs to claim first place.  Jerry Smith climbed from 10th to second with day two’s biggest sack of 11.57 lbs for a combined total of 20.88 pounds and Leo knox finished third with a consistent 20.38 total weight.


Bill used a grub both days to capture the win, fishing weedlines for post-spawn largemouth.  Day two proved tougher as he had only one fish in the livewell late in the day but found a productive weed bed and milked it for five keepers.  Smith threw a jerkbait mainly for two days and was helped on day two with the tourney’s biggest bass, a 4.27 pound specimen that anchored his solid limit.  Most of the top finishers threw grubs or senko style lures for both days which is a typical pattern for post-spawn fish.


There were 20 anglers who fished the first event, the most since 2013 for the club.  Jerry Smith, Roy Albert and Mikey Getter all brought in 4+ pound fish during the event and six club members weighed-in limits both days of the event.  Our season will pick back up fathers day weekend when we head to Kent Lake for event #2.

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Wamplers / Devils Results (two day combined)

1.   Bill Maurer  (10 fish)  22.27 lbs

2.   Jerry Smith  (10)  20.88

3.   Leo Knox  (10)  20.38

4.   Art Honsinger  (8)  19.44

5.   Jim Rice  (10)  18.84

6.   Mark Dereadt  (10)  18.79

7.   Tim Chapman  (10)  17.39

8.   Roy Albert  (7)  16.28

9.   Mikey Getter  (7)  15.39

10.  Neil Johnson  (8)  13.70

11.  Scott Hartman  (6)  12.77

12.  Jim Vanaken  (7)  10.79

13.  Ethan Angstman  (5)  9.87

14.   Melissa Rice  (5)  8.84

15.  Dave Smith  (2)  4.02

16.  Patrick  Sherwood  (2)  2.90

17.  Chris Deitz  (2)  2.79

18.  Mike Maske  (0)

18.  Kathy Maurer  (0)

18.  Carolyn Johnson  (0)


Big Bass #1:  Jerry Smith  (4.27 lbs)

Big Bass #2:  Roy Albert  (4.24)

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