For those of you still dragging your feet, the annual SCMBC “Spring Open” is this coming Saturday at Michigan Center. We have been receiving last minute entries all week and will probably continue to do so until Friday night. You still can register to fish the morning of the event but it will cost you an additional $10 and a late boat draw. But many wait until then and that’s just fine, come on out if you still want to fish.
Registration will end at 5:15 which will be followed by the boaters meeting. Even if you are pre-registered, please show up to sign in so the tourney director can verify all the entries. There will be a quick livewell check also so be prepared for that and parking is at a premium so carpool if possible. It’s going to be warm but rain possible so dress accordingly.
Just wanted to send a “shout out” to all the club members who donated tackle to our fundraising garage sale this weekend. I know it’s a pain to go through all that old stuff but several in the club did and it paid off. I was able sell a good deal of our inventory and made about $130 for the club today. Not a ton of money but every bit helps.
I also wanted to especially thank Jim Vanaken for helping me organize and run the garage sale. Jimmy V has a lot going on in his personal life right now but he took the time Friday and Saturday to help make our venture run smoothly and I couldn’t have done it without him. Thanks Jimmy V and bring some warm weather back from Florida with you.
And one more thing, with the “Open” two weeks away I thought I’d share a little Michigan Center knowledge with everyone. Although I haven’t been on the lake yet, I did witness several fish on beds today as I walked the banks. I would suspect that the majority of the spawn will be done by tourney day but I definitely believe bedding fish will be a factor during the event. I may get out still this weekend weather permitting and will report current conditions.
Spring is officially here and that means big fish in the shallows in most of our lakes. Many don’t get out until tourney season gets nearer but this is the best possible time to catch the fattest fish of the year. With catch and release open year round, it’s legal to target bass now and many are doing so and the lunkers are biting. Two weeks ago were a prime example as three club members caught bass that all exceeded 5 pounds and one went 6.1
The moral of the story is get the boat out, the fishing is good. Fish will be on beds soon and the smallmouth actually are on Jackson lakes that contain the brown species. Water temps were approaching 60 before the latest cold spell but should be back up by next weekend. The largmouth should be soon but don’t be surprised if there’s still a few spawning when the “Spring Open” rolls around about a month from now.
The weeds aren’t too thick yet and many baits are effective in the shallows right now. Jigs, crankbaits and swimbaits are all big fish baits and can be used to cover lots of water looking for pre-spawn females. It’s also jerkbait weather and the suspending versions are good choices now. Flukes can also be awesome, especially when worked over bedding fish.
As always, catch and release should be used, especially when catching big females. We’ve got a big warm-up coming so the fishing should be improving by next weekend. Good luck to everyone.
The fund raiser for 2016 will be in the form of a “fishing only” garage sale which will be run by Jerry Smith and Jim Vanaken. This will take place in May so all club members are urged to bring any extra or unwanted tackle/rods/reels/etc., to the monthly meeting held on Thursday, May 5th. Anything that you think might sell, please donate because it’s going to a good cause and would probably never be used sitting in our basements.
Anyone with items to donate that cannot attend the meeting should contact Jim or Jerry and a pick-up can be arranged. The fund-raiser and Spring Open will both be discussed at the meeting and most questions can be answered there, not to mention it’s the last gathering before the season is underway. So please check the attics and boat bins for those old jitterbugs and we hope to see everyone next Thursday.
The last meeting before the season starts will take place Thursday, May 5th at the Legion Hall on Lansing Ave. We will discuss the Spring Open and any other details pertaining to the start of the regular season. We will also be collecting any “fishing” items that can be used in the club garage sale which will serve as the fundraiser for the year. Any baits, rods, reels or anything related to fishing or boating can be donated. More details on the exact date and location will be posted soon.
Make sure to purchase a fishing license for the 2016 season as the 2015 versions expired April 1st. The cost for a regular license has increased to $26 for the year.
Entry forms are coming in for the “Open” and can also be turned in at the meeting. Starting position is based on the order in which entry forms are received so get them in ASAP. We had 32 boats last season and should be close to that number once again. Forms can be printed off by clicking on the “Opens” tab at the top of the webpage.
Just a reminder to everyone that tomorrow night is the club meeting for April at the Legion Hall at 7pm. The Spring Open event will be discussed as will several other topics concerning our regular season. There will be usual fishing talk as well as a great prize raffle afterwards so try to make it if possible.
There have been several entries already returned for our Open and a printable version is available through the link on the website. Take-off position is determined by payment receipt so get those forms filled out and turned in ASAP.
One of our favorite members, Matt Zelenka, has recently accepted a promotion with Meijers and will be moving out of state. This probably means Matt will not be competing in club events this year but we wish him the best of luck.
Here is the flyer for this years spring open tournament.
Saturday May 26th Michigan Center DNR launch
6am-2pm check in starts at 445am
2 person team
Early Entry 60.00 Entry Day of 70.00
Submission of entry determines take off position
Optional 10$ big bass per boat
Mail entries to Mark Deraedt
806 Napoleon rd Michigan Center Mi, 49254
The club recently named it’s newest “Life time member” award winner at the last meeting and Mike Pritchard happily accepted the honor. The award is given to those outstanding club members who have been long time members and have shown extreme dedication in promoting and growing the club. Mike is probably the longest tenured member, joining back in the late 70’s and has gone over and above in trying to make the BassCasters the great club it is.
The award has been given out several times over the years and entitles the recipient to fish each year without having to pay dues. Roy Albert is the only other “Lifetime Member” who currently fishes and both should be recognized for their outstanding efforts that have not stopped to this day. Congrats Mike, and thanks for everything!