Just wanted to let everyone know what sort of rule changes will be in effect this coming season. Nothing major but lately the club has allowed non-tourney participants to ride along with club members during our tourneys and the new change applies to those “riders”. Since the non-participant isn’t actually in the event, they can not in any way help the actual tournament participant during tourney hours. This is common practice anyway but just to be safe we spelled it out in the updated rules for the upcoming season.
We don’t have a problem with anyone riding along during our events even though they aren’t fishing, it promotes the club and tournament fishing as a whole. We’ve had folks bring their spouses, kids, pets, etc…, which is a good thing and we hope to keep that tradition alive but the tournament fisherman is on their own when it comes to netting fish, boat control and anything involving the actual event.
Nothing else really to report and we will have a meeting in February which hopefully will be when our weather starts to warm up again. This is supposed to be an “El Nino” year which usually means a mild winter. Fifteen years ago we had the same scenario and I was fishing from a boat in late February so hopefully that’ll be the case.
The new fishing shows are currently airing on cable and many boat/fishing shows will be going on soon so hopefully we won’t get too depressed this winter. Hope to see everyone at the next club meeting and hope to talk some fishing with everyone!!
Tonight (Thursday the 7th) will be the January club meeting at 7pm, at the Legion Hall on Lansing Ave. We will discuss any new rules for the upcoming tournament season as well as any proposed changes to the constitution. This is the business season which isn’t all that glamorous but details need to be hashed out before the open water season arrives. We will hopefully mix in a little fishing talk too, as well raffle off some pretty good fishing gear. Hope to see everyone there.
2016 Regular Season Schedule:
June 5th Wamplers
June 26th Wixom
July 17 St. Clair (St. Jean)
July 31 Ovid
August 13/14 Cadillac/Mitchell
August 28 Grand River (Grand Haven)
September 11 St. Clair (Harley Ensign)
September 18 Kent Lake
October 2 TBD “Classic”
We have not set dates to the lakes yet but we know which bodies of water we will be visiting in 2016. They are as follows:
Lake St. Clair (St. Jean Launch)
Cadillac/Mitchell (two day)
Grand River (Grand Haven)
Lake St. Clair (Harley Ensign Launch)
Just a reminder to all club members, this Thursday is our monthly meeting and it’s an important one. We will be selecting the season format and lakes for the 2016 fishing season. Anyone who wants to participate must be a paid member ($15 dues) and this is normally our biggest turnout of the off-season. It’s a little different than we’ve done things the past few years but we should be able to hash things out fairly easily and get our events scheduled on the DNR tourney system right after the new year. The meeting will be held at the Legion Hall on Lansing Ave in Jackson at 7pm. There is much to do and we hope to start promptly at 7 so don’t be late!
Bill Maurer has fished SCMBC for a long time and is the epitome of what a club can do for a fisherman. He started out as a co-angler fishing out of other members’ boats and learning as he did so. Bill slowly caught on and eventually started to become one of the better fishermen in the club. Once he got a boat and started learning the lakes and new techniques, he also started to become an Angler of the Year contender.
Bill came close a few years, finishing second a few times but things never came together like it needs to for a whole season to contend for the title. Next thing you know, he was a 15 year vet who won a lot of events but just couldn’t get over the hump. That is until 2015 when it did all come together and the guy who was a bridesmaid several times posted one of the most dominating seasons ever! Bill won three times, catching a limit in every event and winning the weight title by 20 pounds. He amassed over 100 pounds in only 8 events and showed everyone what a great fisherman he has become.
It just goes to show what determination and a will to learn and get better can do for someone. It didn’t happen overnight and for Bill it probably seemed like it would never happen but that’s what made his AOY title so great. Great job Bill, we won’t be a bit surprised if you win another in 2016!
Just a reminder that the club banquet will be held at Steaks Eatery in Vandercook Lake on Saturday, October 17th. Cost is $20 and contact me (Jerry Smith) or Kathy Maurer if you have any questions. There will be dinner and some great prizes to be raffled off. Hope to see everyone there!
2015 Classic (BawBeese Lake)
1. Jerry Smith (4 fish) 8.87 lbs
2. Jim Rice (3) 4.89
3. Leo Knox (3) 4.63
4. Scott Rice (2) 3.15
5. Roy Albert (2) 2.71
6. Jim VanAken (1) 1.81
7. Bill Maurer (1) 1.55
8. Melissa Rice 0.00
8. Mark Deraedt 0.00
Big Bass #1: Jerry Smith (5.18 lbs)
Big Bass #2: Leo Knox (1.91 lbs)