|Minutes of the Meeting:
The March 2003 meeting of the Pensacola Hawg Hunters was brought to order at 7:00 p.m. on March 19, 2003. The meeting was held at the Seafood Shanty on Hwy 29 and was presided over by President Dave Dyess. There were 20 members present.
Members Of The Board:
Asst. Tournament Director
Wayne Thomley was voted into the Hawghunters as our newest member, welcome aboard Wayne. His sponsor was Pete Potter. A special thanks to Ron Fairbanks and Brian Metcalf for the setting up and running of the casting kids event last month, the
number of kids that showed was a little below what was expected but everyone that was there had a good time. John Buck is still working on getting sample hats for the club, he will try to have a dozen hats on hand at the next meeting. So those who need a new hat bring a little extra cash with you to the next meeting.
Items to be auctioned off were brought in by John, Dave, Neil and Ron. An elite coupon booklet was acquired by Fred Raby and Brian Metcalf, Walter McCartney once again took the quantity route by jumping on a Rod Saver strap, a fish-n-lite and a picnic tailgate mug set. Jeff Weaver got a steal on several boxes of stren fishing line. Good job guys. Dave Dyess and Pete Potter took a trip to Apalachicola to find a launch site for the September tournament, after checking out several places, they decided on going back to the Breakaway Lodge. So those who need to make reservations for the September tournament need to go ahead and do so. Jack Maher had requested to the club membership to be paired up with Rich Cornelius for the Lake Martin tournament before the pairings were made via the draw, everyone agreed to his request. Jack would like to thank each and every one of the club members for allowing him to do that, he greatly appreciates the club's cooperation.
There was no new business to be discussed.
|Nominations for "Slammer"
The March tournament was held on Lake Martin out of Wind Creek State Park Landing. There were 18 Hawg Hunters present to fish for the weekend.
Ron Fairbanks and Frank Beckwith were teamed up to fish but Ron had injector problems with his motor and decided to go home on Friday, Frank did not show up so he saved himself a trip. We had to put someone in the slammer box, so Ron has been nominated, can't say by whom.
Before safe daylight, we all scrambled to get our boats in the water to beat the BFL crowd, which had 192 boats to be launched, it went fairly smooth.
Our tournament director "blinky" let us go about 10 minutes early to start the day. The water was somewhat stained in the wind creek area, and the lake was probably about 4 to 5 feet below full pool. The water temp in most areas was 58 to 60 degrees.
The wind picked up later in the morning, plus all the boat traffic made the lake fairly rough to run.
The morning was a little chilly but warmed up nicely by mid day. At weigh-in time, it took a while for everyone to get their boats out of the water, because of the congestion of boats from the BFL, but we all managed. Our day one leader was Brian Metcalf with a weight of 8.05 lbs and Terry Smith had the big fish for day one with a nice fish that weighed 3.75 pounds. Pete Potter and John Buck was less than a half a pound out of first on day one. After the scales had closed, the talk was that green pumpkin finesse worms was the dominate bait of the day.
Day two started out much easier, no BFL boats. Again, the weather was about the same, chilly in the morning, warming up nicely by mid day. The wind was much calmer than on Saturday. Some of the guys who didn't make a run on Saturday did on Sunday, to find some clearer water and maybe warmer water temp's. The bite for some was just the opposite of the day before, those who didn't catch a limit on Saturday did on Sunday and vice versa. Still though, green pumpkin finesse worms was the dominate bait on jig heads.
Day two weigh- in was at 1 p.m. There was six limits brought to the scales each day, only John Buck was the fortunate one to bring a limit to the scales on day one and day two.
There was a tie for big fish on day two between Jack Maher and Wayne Thomley, they each had very nice fish that weighed in at 4.30 lbs.
After all was said and done, John Buck took first place for the tournament with a total of 15.30 lbs, good job John. He was followed by Jack Maher with 13.45,
Pete Potter with 13.15 and Dave Dyess came in fourth with 13.05 lbs. The golf ball on day one was found by Jack Maher, and day two was found by John Buck. Luck was with them both on this weekend, finishing 1st and 2nd in the tournament and both finding the little yellow ball. Congratulations.
There was a total of 115 fish weighed in for a total of 167.20 lbs.
The Boo-ray pots are still up for grabs. The first dead fish of the year was brought to the scales, one out of 223 fish is not all bad.
1. John Buck -10 fish- 15.30
2. Jack Maher - 7 fish - 13.45
3. Pete Potter - 9 fish - 13.15
4. Dave Dyess - 9 fish - 13.05
5. Fred Raby - 9 fish - 12.90
6. N. Springstead- 9 fish - 12.15
7. Brian Metcalf - 8 fish - 11.45
8. W. Thomley - 6 fish - 9.65
9. Terry Smith - 6 fish - 9.55
10. Rich Cornelius - 7 fish - 9.10
11. Jeff Weaver - 7 fish - 8.75
12. P. Sullivan - 6 fish - 7.70
13. Chris Malena - 5 fish - 6.70
13. K. Simmons - 4 fish - 6.70
15. Mack Cramer - 4 fish - 5.60
16. J. Bailey, Sr. - 4 fish - 5.55
17. Lee Brannon - 4 fish - 5.35
18. Frank Kelly - 1 fish - 1.10
Ron Fairbanks and Frank Beckwith paid but did not fish.