John Buck
John's Club Report
Covering The Pensacola Hawg Hunters
2006 Season

Email: John Buck

Founded In 1975

Tensaw River
Total Fish Caught 29
Total Dead Fish 2
Total Limits 5
Big Fish
Total Fish Weight 47.29 lbs

Total Year Standings
Total Fish Caught 373
Total Dead Fish 16
Total Limits 26
Big Fish
Total Fish Weight 525.09 lbs
Place Name Fish Weight
1. Brian Metcalf 5 9.21
2. Mack Cramer 2 6.15
3. John Buck 3 4.22
4. Dave Dyess 3 3.77
5. Lee Brannon 2 3.72
6. Mark Churchwell 2 3.00
7. Pete Potter 2 2.72
8. Dewayne Kimbro 2 2.70
*** Tournament Winner ***
Brian Metcalf
5 Fish - 9.21 lbs

Also Fished

Bob Mickelson, Ron Fairbanks, Frank Kelly,

Place Name Fish Weight
9. CJ Garrison 1 2.44
10. Jere Jaillite 2 2.32
11. Kevin Simmons 1 1.96
12. John Gesparik 1 1.52
13. John Schaeff 1 1.27
14. Ken Repine 1 1.09
15. Neil Springstead 1 .80

JUNE 26, 2006

The Hawg Hunters fished the Alabama/Tombigbee Rivers system for the June tournament. Originally we were scheduled to launch out of Holly Creek but due to low water levels we changed the launch site to Mt. Vernon landing on the upper side of the Mobile River. Mt. Vernon is located just below the confluence of the Tombigbee and the Alabama Rivers. The water was stained but had pretty good flow most of the day even with an incoming tide. We had partly cloudy skies early giving way to high blues by mid-morning.
Water temp was in the mid to upper 80’s and the air temp was in the mid 90’s…..Just plain hot!

Ken Repine was my partner this month, and we decided, like most of the guys (18 members and 1 guest) to run up the Alabama River.
I had a couple of places that I liked to fish and we went there first thing. By 6:15, I had caught 5 fish but only 2 keepers and Ken had caught a short. By 7:00 our bite had shut down. We fish the next 5 hours without a hit. We both fished extremely hard for no results.

With the high blue skies we figured that the fish had moved up in the thickest cover and were holding tight. We fished and fished with no results. Finally at 1 o’clock just an hour before weigh-in I backed off the bank and immediately got a hit. Ken quickly caught 2 fish, a keeper and a short. Then I caught a keeper and a short and by that time it was time to head back in. I really made a big mistake by trying to make fish bite that weren’t where I was fishing. I got so wrapped up with the hot temps and high blues that I forgot some common sense.
I should have known to back off after 30 minutes of fishing early on without a bite. The fish weren’t holding tight, they simply moved further out to deeper water and a better comfort zone! The fish didn’t stop biting, they just moved! The fish that we caught at one o’clock were just out from the same bank that we had them on early before the sun got up! This was definitely a learning day for me.

At the scales most guys had tales of hard fishing times also. I don’t have the weights but I do know the finish order. Dave Dyess managed 4th place.
I, (believe it or not!), took 3rd place with 3 fish. Mack Cramer (Mr. Boo-ray) grabbed 2nd with 2 fish, and took the lunker and the “Boo-ray” with a 5.5lb. hawg! Congratulations Mack!!! Mr. Consistent, Brian Metcalf, took the win with 5 fish weighing 9.2 lbs. including a beautiful 3 lb. spot and a nice 3 lb. LM.

I caught a fish on buzzbait, spinner, and junebug finesse worm, but most guys said they caught fish on worms, paca craws, and jigs.
The main colors were junebug and black/blue.

Next month’s tournament is on the Escambia River. Remember the 2 o’clock weigh-in for the summer months.
Keep those livewells running and remember safety when in the heat and drink plenty of water.

keep your hooks sharp!

Creek Chub