Pensacola Hawg Hunters
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John Buck
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Tensaw River
June 21, 2003

Miller's Ferry
Total Fish Caught
Total Dead Fish
Total Fish Weight
56.85 lbs.
Total Year Standings
Total Fish Caught 347
Total Dead Fish 5
Total Fish Weight 511.05 lbs.
~ Tournament Winner ~

Brian Metcalf
5 Fish - 7.10 lbs
~ Tournament Big Fish ~
Jeff Weaver
3.95 lbs.
Place Name Fish Weight Place Name Fish Weight
1 Brian Metcalf 5 7.10 2 Wayne Thomley 4 6.90
3 Ron Fairbanks 5 6.05 4 Tony Boyett 2 4.65
5 Pete Potter 4 4.30 6 Jeff Weaver 1 3.95
7 Fred Raby 2 3.45 8 Mack Cramer 3 3.10
9 Kevin Simmons 2 2.90 10 Charles Cetti 2 2.65
11 John Buck 2 2.35 12 Walter McCartney 2 2.30
13 Jere Jaillite 2 2.20 14 Rich Cornelius 2 2.05
15 Chris Malena 1 1.55 16 Neil Springstead 1 1.35

Also Fished
Troy Beedle, Lee Brannon, Terry Smith

~ Tensaw River ~

The Hawg Hunters fished out of Hurricane Landing on the Tensaw River for the June tournament.
The event was scheduled for the Alabama River at Mt. Vernon but due to high water was moved to the delta area. We had about 10 boats fishing (20 members).
The conditions were not the best but were still fishable.
The water in the main river was high and muddy but in the backs of creeks and coves you could find better water. The skies were cloudy most of the day, with light winds.
The water temp was in the low 80's.

My partner this month was Charles Cetti. It had been about 15 years since Charles and I had fished together. We had an excellent time in spite of both of us missing numerous hits.
We ran south to Bay Minette Basin and started fishing buzz baits in the flats.
We each had several strikes but couldn't hook up. Several fish came completely out of the water on the strike missing the bait and never returning for another try.
I switched to a shad puppy (bass assissin) in green chartreuse with pepper and hooked up immediately with a keeper. The fish wanted a less active presentation but still many hit short.
Charles was working a bait by a dock when a 3 pounder slammed his bait. He set up real good but lost the fish on the second jump under the dock. We traveled back in Bay Minette Creek and fished pockets and caught several short fish and missed a couple of good fish on sinkos.
We each wound up with 2 keepers but had action most of the day. Although we didn't do so great in the competition (finishing 10th & 11th), but we did have a good time telling stories and visiting.

Our summer tournaments have a 2:00 PM weigh in. It's really good in the hotter days.
When we arrived back at the scales we found that most everyone had caught fish.
Several guys brought in some nice bags. First place went to Brian Metcalf with 7.10 lbs.
Wayne Thomley came in 2nd with 6.90 lbs. Ron Fairbankstook third with 6.05 lbs. and Tony Boyette took 4th with 4.65 lbs. Lunker honors went to Jeff Weaver with a nice 3.95 lb. largemouth.
Most of the fish came from grassy areas and were caught on buzz baits, pop r's, soft plactic jerk baits, and worms.

We have been plagued with rain and high water this spring and summer.
Every time it seems to start dropping we get another down pour. This is making fishing really tough and making the rivers dangerous to run due to floating logs and debris.
Boaters need to be especially careful during early dawn hours at blast off.
Another word of caution is to look out for the thunderstorms that blow up suddenly as they can produce blinding rain, hail, high winds and lots of lightning. Better to be safe than sorry.

On a somber note, we lost a member a week ago, Jack Maher.
I'm sure his family appreciates the support and kind gestures that our members have made.
Jack was a good fisherman, but more importantly, he was a great guy. We're all going to miss him.

Our next tournament is scheduled out of Live Oak Landing on the Tensaw River.
Maybe the water will drop out and that area will get fishable.

Til next time***

Keep your hooks sharp!!!

Creek Chub