|#1 Neil Springstead|
|#2 Brian Metcalf|
|#3 Jim Brey
|Big Fish Saturday|
"John's Club Report"
Covering the Pensacola Hawg Hunters
Upper Bryant's Landing
May 20, 2000
As spring started to ease into summer, the Hawg Hunters found themselves fishing the Tensaw River. The weather conditions were good with partly cloudy skies, light winds, and mild temps. The water conditions gave us an incoming tide all day. The water color was good but got muddy the farther up you went.
My partner for this outing was Jim Bray. We hadnt fished together in over a year and enjoyed fishing together once again. We decided to start off fishing in the fingers about a mile below the landing. Last week I had found a nice concentration of fish there. Needless to say, as usual, the fish weren't as hungry as the week before. However, by mid morning we did manage to catch a couple of keepers each as well as numerous small fish from the area. Around 10 AM we decided to check out a couple of spots upstream. We found a couple of nice fish on some cut banks in the river bends. Jim got his, but I lost mine trying to get it to the boat. Our next stop was to the Stiggins lake area but the boat traffic was too heavy for us and the waters edges were really churned up from the traffic. We ran back down to the Tallapoosa area and finished our day in that area. Jim managed 4 keepers and I could only get 3. Jims fish were good enough to get him 3 place with 5.9 lbs and I finished in 7th place with 3.85 pounds.. Almost all our fish came off tequila sunrise worms. We did catch a couple on spinners and on black/blue lizards. We found that we had to keep the worms moving in order to get hits. They just didnt seem to want the bait sitting still.
Neil Springstead was the man who "brought home the bacon" this month. He fished in the Globe creek area. He had the lunker of 5.1 lbs and the winning creel of 11.3 pounds. He caught his fish on a moccasin colored worm. Most of his fish were caught in the morning hours. He said that the water
in Globe creek got better the farther back he went. All of his fish came from thick cover, tight to the bank. Good job Neil !!!
Brian Metcalf came in with the 2nd place stringer (5 fish) totaling 8.05 pounds. He fished both up river and in the lower river area and caught most of his fish on worms.
On the lighter side, Lee Brannon (alias "alarm-clock Lee") was drawn to fish solo this month. He obviously got his watch fixed because he was not late this time! Pete Potter did not get out fished by his partner this time. Whats the matter Pete?
I guess he has grown tired of the "guide service" business!
Next month our tournament is in the "Magnolia" State, Mississippi. We will be fishing the Escatawpa River near Pascagoula, Mississippi. Its been over 12 years since we have fished a tournament there. Its a small river but with the Pascagoula River near by there is plenty of water to fish. As I
remember the Escatawpa, it is usually a clear water river with sandy banks much like the Perdido and Blackwater rivers in our area. We will be fishing out of Shingle Mill Landing. If you have any questions call Neil. He has maps to the landing and will also have some at the meeting if you need one. Dont forget, you will need a Mississippi license to fish this tournament!
Keep Your Hooks Sharp!!!!