|"John's Club Report"
Covering The Pensacola Hawg Hunters
Email: John Buck
September 22, 2001
|Alabama River Standings
Total Fish Caught 46
Total Dead Fish 1
Total Fish Weight 91.35 lbs.
|Total Year Standings
Total Fish Caught 506
Total Dead Fish 19
Total Fish Weight 741.34 lbs.
Lake Point Resort
Beautiful weather greeted the Hawg Hunters as we began our September tournament. Note that I did not say beautiful fishing weather
. Cool temps and clear skies made for great feeling weather but alas, poor fishing conditions. The lake was down about 2-3 feet and the fish were hard to find. Up river there was some light stain in the water but the farther south you went the clearer it got.
At the weigh in, Neil had enough pounds to grab 2nd place for the first days action. Two fish taking 2nd place really tells you how tough the fishing was. I didnt feel so bad when I found that some of the guys that had been there fishing for several days didnt have fish either. At the end of the first day Brian Metcalf was in 1st place with 6.55 lbs, Neil was in 2nd with 5.20 lbs , and Jere Jaillite was in 3rd with 5.15 l pounds. Dave Dyess was dalling his worm in the boat basin and caught a nice 3 lb plus LM for Saturdays lunker honors. Good job Dave!
Saturday evening we had a fish fry for all the guys fishing the tournament. This was funded with proceeds from our new "special fund". Everyone had a great time sitting around swapping tales and stories and popping a few tabs. Thanks to all the guys who put the activity together and to Mac who did the cooking. I hope that we will be able to have a fish fry at Appalichicola in October. It was really a lot of fun and of course, great eating.
Sunday morning rolled around with the same basic conditions as Saturday. We knew from the start that it was going to be a tough day. Neil and I headed out to the area where he had caught his fish the day before. Today was to be a repeat of Saturday for us, but this time I got lucky and caught 2 keepers and Neil caught the small ones. About mid morning we decided to make a major change and headed back to the back parts of Cowikee creek. There we saw a couple of Hawgs, Jere Jaillite and Paul Sullivan. They were fishing the edges of submerged flats and islands with crank baits. They obvoiusly had found a pattern that would work. Paul was all smiles and we knew something was up! Seems that earlier on in the morning Paul tossed a lonely buzz bait into some buck brush and a big fish snagged herself on it, and as the morning passed they developed a winning pattern and were putting some nice fish in the boat. Neil and I continued on back to a secret spot of his but didnt find anything so we headed back out to the mouth of the creek. About 45 minutes before weigh in I was able to boat my second keeper on a crank. Neil and I wound up with only 2 keepers each for the weekend a mighty pitiful showing.
It turned out that Paul Sullivan wasnt lying when he said the had a nice fish. He brought a 5.30 lb LM to the scales to take lunker honors. His total creel for the weekend was 13.15lbs and that was enough for his "First Ever" tournament win. Way To Goooooo Sully!!! In a tie for 2nd place was Jere Jaillite and Mac Cramer. Both of those Hawgs had 10.60 lbs. Most fish were caught on crank baits, Carolina rigs, and worms. This tournament also secured several guys in the "Top Six" but the order has yet to be decided, and a few places are still up for grabs. Once again "Hats Off" to the guys who put together the social activities. Although the fishing was tough, the fellowship was fun and this one guy is already looking forward to our next tournament "The Fish-Off" at Break Away Lodge on the Appalichicola River.