Bush and Myers win with two Trophy Catches.

Reggie and John found the Honey Hole on the North Winter Haven Chain of lakes and won the tournament by more than 7 pounds. Their winning weight of 26.48 lbs included a 8.96 and a 9.10 pound bass. That was enough for the big bass prize as well. Reggie told me they found a hundred yard stretch that was holding big fish. Congratulations guys!

Robert Avery and Roger Givens weighed in 19.45 pounds including a 6.22 pound bass taking second place. Elwood and I saw them lose one right at the boat that might have put them in contention for the win. Still, 20 other teams would have loved to have that bag!

Jonathan Padgett rejoined James for this tournament and netted his dad’s 8.41 pound trophy catch which helped them into a third place finish, with 17.97 pounds. We all thought that would be the big bass when they weighed in before Reggie and John, but it wasn’t meant to be!

Next month’s tournament will be the entire Kissimmee chain launching out of Coleman’s landing (Address: 1450 Shady Oak Dr, Lake Wales, FL 33898). This is just north of Grape Hammock fish camp down the same road off Hwy 60. There is a $5 ramp fee envelope system- so you will need exact change.

Looking forward to seeing you all in July!

God Bless,

Rick Bateman

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Wilk and Summers claim win on Harris Chain

Switching to the Harris Chain of lakes suited Peter Wilk and Jeremy Summers, as they took first place in our May 16th tournament with 18.41 lbs. They also weighed in the largest bass at 5.63 lbs. Congratulations guys!

Ross Meuret and Danny Dueschne took second place with 16.57 lbs, including a 4.63 lb bass. It’s been great having Danny fish with us, but we are hoping Chris Meuret will be back with us next month. Chris, if you want to fish Lake Shipp, we are going to make you work for it!

Mike Watkins and Stephen Williams were only about 1/4 lb back and finished in third with 16.31 lbs.

We had 22 teams that weighed in 97 bass, totaling 235 pounds. 19 teams weighed in a limit. The average bag was 10.68 pounds.

Next month’s tournament has been switched to the North Winter Haven chain out of Lake Rochelle. Address: 1155 S Lake Shore Way, Lake Alfred, FL 33850. This is actually right across the street from the ramp.

God Bless,

Rick Bateman

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May 16th Tournament at Harris Chain

Due to the continued low water level on Okeechobee, we are switching our May tournament to the Harris Chain of lakes out of Hickory Creek boat ramp. We are also making it a one day tournament to help our members who have had their income reduced by the shut down order from the virus. This will allow most of our members to avoid having to stay in a hotel as well.

All anglers will need to have completed check in by 6:00 am in anticipation of a 6:30 take off.

Note: We will be adhering to recommended safety guidelines. This includes the 6 feet distancing at all times with members of other teams.  Weigh in will be done in the same order as take off. Do not come to the weigh in line until there are only 2 members ahead of you, and maintain your 6 feet of distance. Please place your fish in the basket and step away from the weighmasters. Do not gather around the scoreboard. I will post results that evening.

I know we are all looking forward to getting back to fishing our tournaments, so lets have fun and stay safe!

Rick Bateman

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April’s Harris Chain Tournament Cancelled.

I was really hoping that we were going to be able to hold our tournament, but the Governor’s “Stay at home” order was the nail in the coffin. I had already seen that the Hickory Point boat ramp was closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and was trying to find another ramp. Buzzard beach already had a tournament going out of there, (up to 60 boats), so I tried to reserve Singletary, but the FWC site was not allowing me to apply for a new permit.

After consulting with a couple of our past presidents, I decided it is best to cancel this tournament out of an abundance of caution for our health, and that of our families. As much as I like to fish our tournaments, (and hand over my money to you guys that are much better fishermen than I), this is the right decision for this situation. We will honor the Governor’s order, and protect our families.

Also, as Dennis Brewer pointed out to me, we don’t want to give bass tournament fishermen, and specifically Dixie Bass Club, a bad name for disregarding the order.

So we will hope to be able to fish the 2 day tournament at Lake Okeechobee in May. Just be aware, we are monitoring the lake level. As I write this, it is down to 11.87 ft above sea level. Yesterday, it was 11.91, and last week it was 12.24. At that rate, it will be below 11 ft by May 16th. Hopefully we’ll get some rain, and the level will begin to rise. I think all of us love fishing the “Big O”, so if at all possible, we’ll go.

If we need to change lakes, I’ll send out an email asking for suggestions, and then a vote.

Everyone stay safe!

God Bless,

Rick Bateman

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