|Minutes of the Meeting:
The August 2004 meeting of the Pensacola Hawg Hunters was brought to order at 7:00 p.m. on August 18, 2004 at Founaris Brothers on Hwy 29. President Brian Metcalf presided. There were 25 members and one guest present.
Members Of The Board:
Asst. Tournament Director
Welcome to our newest member, Dan Nash. Also, a welcome to our visitor C. J. Garrison. Jim Bailey, Sr. will be his sponsor.
Constitution, By-law, Tournament Rule, and Fishoff Rule changes are due. They will be presented and discussed at the September meeting. They will be voted on at the October meeting. Remember that only clarification will be provided on proposed changes at the October meeting; NO FURTHER DISCUSSION. If you have any proposals, email them to Kevin Simmons (email@example.com) or Jim Bailey, Sr. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The E-board is looking for members to nominate for next year's Officers. One of the E-board members will contact you to see if you are willing to serve. So far, Ken Repine and Terry Smith have stepped forward and volunteered to run for a position. The club members present voted that our next Club Family Picnic be scheduled for September 26, 2004 at Blue Angel Park. It will start at 1 p.m. Pete Potter will arrange for the pavilion, but he will need volunteers to help cook. Remember that everyone will need to bring a covered dish and their own beverage of choice. Remember that this is a Family picnic, so expect young children to be present. Rick Bankston, owner of Buck and Bass, told one of the club members present that he had an alternate place for purchasing club shirts. He stated that the cost would be $35 and that included embroidery. Brian Metcalf stated that he would try to get an example of a shirt and have it at the September meeting. Mack Cramer proposed that the club secretary read an abbreviated minutes of the previous club meeting at the beginning of the regular monthly meeting. The club membership present agreed. John Buck brought an item of discussion to the floor. He had recently pre-fished out of the ramp that the club was scheduled to fish the August tournament. He stated that, in his opinion, the ramp was not adequate for our club to launch and recover from. He stated that is was steep and very slick after only a few boats had either launched or recovered. Lack of adequate parking was also an issue. He suggested that we use Cobb Landing a few miles North of the Hwy 10 Bridge landing. The tournament director stated he appreciated the input, however, the scheduled ramp selection would remain our tournament ramp. Tony Boyett mentioned that there was another tournament scheduled to fish the same weekend and from the same ramp as we were at our September tournament on Lay Lake. John Schaeff won the 50/50 pot.
Well what can be said about the August tournament. Some brave soles went up early Friday morning. With only one "OOPS I missed the turn", they found the ramp. Long story short, John Buck was correct. The ramp was steep and became very slick when wet. Parking was also very limited. After we launched the topic quickly turned to whether or not to change the ramp for the tournament. The tournament director decided to ponder the idea while pre-fishing. That evening, after some trouble recovering the boats, the E-board membership present meet and the tournament director made the decision to change the ramp sight for the Saturday launch to Cobbs Landing.
Saturday morning at the ramp we found a "full moon", thanks to Jeff Weaver (You'll have to ask him), and two long narrow ramps to a very low river. All the boats launched and off we went. Oh yeah, you'll also have to ask Mack Cramer about his attempt at a 1 and ½ summersault at the launch. A rain shower came up right at the end of the tournament. This made recovering the boats a challenge, to say the least. Thanks to several folks we finally got everyone out of the water.
Fourth place went to John "I told you so" Buck. He had 4 nice fish that weighed 6.10lbs. In third place was Chris "I need to fix my live well pumps" Malena. He had 3 nice keepers that went 6.75lbs. Second place went to Tony "I really didn't want to take my boat" Boyett with 5 big green trout that pushed the scales to 9.05lbs. In first place, and in the money for a second straight month, was Walter McCartney with 5 really nice fish that weighed 10.00lbs. Walter also won Big Fish with a 4.85lbs hawg.