|Pensacola Hawg Hunters
|"John's Club Report"
Covering The Pensacola Hawg Hunters
Email: John Buck
January 18, 2003
Total Fish Caught 10
Total Dead Fish 0
Total Fish Weight 15.40 lbs.
|Total Year Standings
Total Fish Caught 77
Total Dead Fish 0
Total Fish Weight 105.80 lbs.
~ Escambia River ~
Cold, cold, freezing, freezing are ample descriptions for the Hawg Hunters January tournament.
Walter McCartney was my partner for the day. Walter and I had fished together a few months before and I knew we'd have a good time even if the fish weren't biting. Wally is a knowledgeable fisherman and has a wealth of stories to share. We started out the morning fishing a little ditch alongside the main river. We had to keep dipping our rod tips in the water to clear the eyes of ice. I started fishing a black worm and immediately missed a hit. A bout 50 yards down the bank I got another hit but this time found paydirt and landed a nice 1 1/2 lb largemouth. The clock read 6:40 AM and I just knew that we were on to a good bite. Another 45 minutes on the bank without so much as a bump changed my mind.
We left the ditch about 8:30 and made a stop at the mouth of the thermal canal. While I dug the bottom with a worm, Wally sanded the area with a crank bait. He soon hooked up with what we both thought was a nice fish, but as luck would have it, the 3 lb fish had stripes on it. We stayed there a short while longer with no more luck and then headed to a creek up river. We made our way back into the creek and started fishing. Out of the wind the sun felt great. The ice on my deck finally melted around noon. We worked a deep hole in the creek about 18 ft, and I managed to pull a short fish out of the heavy cover. Again 1 fish and that was it.
Next we ran to the Williams ditch area and started fishing the creeks. I was pitching a jig and pig and Wally threw a spinner. I managed to get a hit in some cypress knees but it was a large jack fish. Wally chunked the spinner in a little cut through and pulled out a chunky spotted bass. It was about 1/16 inch too short. By then we decided to run back to the ditch where we started and finish the day. We hit the ditch quickly but with no luck. We then moved across the river to a deeper bank and I landed my 2nd keeper of the day, again on a black worm. Wally got a hit on the next cast but missed it.
At the scales there were a lot of long faces but Neil Springstead didn't have a long look. He's found a few fish, 3 weighing 4.55 lbs to take 1st place. My 2 little dinks weighed 2.90 lbs and took 2nd.
The Hawg Hunter Awards Banquet was held on January 24 at the Seafood Shanty. Everyone in attendance had a great time. Dave and his better half, Jenny, did a wonderful job with the program. We all had fun with the raffle and the play money. Everyone was trying to find ways to stretch their dollars and several combined shares to gain advantages. Thanks to all the members who made it to the activity. I think that the wives even had fun with everything. Congratulations to the "TOP SIX". They were: 6th Neil Springstead, 5th Fred Raby, 4th Mac Cramer, 3rd Rich Cornelius, 2nd John Buck, and 1st Brian Metcalf. Brian set a new mark in our club by being the only person to win Fisherman of the Year honors for 3 straight years. At the other end of the spectrum, Lee Brannon set a new club record for the only member to be awarded the "Slammer" for 3 consecutive years. CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN AND TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE TOPS SIX ..BETTER LUCK NEXT YEAR LEE!