FFC Fish Fry Attended by 80

The Edmundsons caught, prepared and cooked another fine batch of fried Crappie and hush puppies.  Sides and dessert were furnished by former club president and fish fry chairman, Jerry Echols.  Club volunteers assisted with the set up.

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Jerry Lester

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Terry Scroggins Entertains at February Monthly Meeting

Terry Scroggins, B.A.S.S. tournament fisherman, entertained The Villages Freshwater Fishing Club at their February monthly meeting.  He answered many audience questions following his presentation.  The following video summarizes Scroggins’ presentation and meeting proceedings.

A highlight of the evening was the drawing for the Promise Ranch trip, a 4-man trip that charters for $550.  Winners were Kelly Nelson, Steve Felix, Rip Strausman, and Wayne Barksdale.  Raffle tickets were $20.

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Wayne Barksdale, Steve Felix, Rip Strausman, Kelly Nelson (absent)

The club fishfry is at Silver Lake Recreation Center at 2:45 pm, Saturday February 18.

Jerry Lester

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Here’s What They Look Like

While some feared the recent Bassmaster Open tournament may have decimated the fishery on the Harris Chain, let me put your mind to rest. Not only are the bass alive & well but so are the specks that were eating 5/8 oz lipless crankbaits. The soft strikes you may be getting are suspected “crappies” possibly. Although not pictured they have been caught exceeding the 10″ mark easily on Griffin. And these fish were caught in open water. If you’re a weekend angler be aware there’s 2 major bass tournaments coming up the last 2 weekends in February so the ramps will be packed.

Griffin 2/11/17 Wt 2.10 Lipless Aruka Shad 5/8 Gold Black Back Orange Belly

Griffin 2/9/17 Wt 2.10 Lipless Aruka Shad 5/8 Gold Black Back Orange Belly

 

Yeah the fuzzy headed old goat snagged one in the face, as Bill Dance would say. This fish was wide & wild when it hit. I’ll take them like this any day. And the Power Pole was put to use big time.

Jerry Lester Griffin 2/11/17 Wt 3.8 Aruka Shad

Jerry Lester Griffin 2/11/17
Wt 3.8 Aruka Shad

So a couple days pass & FFC co-web master/treasurer friend Jerry Lester asks “You been out?”….and with that I said “lets go.” Within 90 minutes we’re on the water at Griffin throwing similar lipless baits as before when Jerry says “fish on”….I turned & noticed his rod tip bouncing up & down with Jerry doing his best to prevent the fish from going under the boat. Finally surfacing I netted the fish….something I rarely do but decided to after wearing hooks recently in my thumb….& that came from a dink bass that wasn’t netted when the bait suddenly came undone once in the boat.

Wayne Barksdale 2/10/17 Lake Yale Wt 6.3

Wayne Barksdale 2/10/17 Lake Yale
Wt 6.3

 

 

Regular contributor angler Wayne Barksdale never ceases to amaze me. Here’s Barksdale showing off a bass that he’d caught on Yale on 2/10/17. Barksdale said he’d caught 10 bass but this was the largest. Nice fish Wayne.

Yesterday my phone rings & I see it’s tournament director Bill Genes….he’s like my kids….only time he calls is when he wants something….”Hey Bill what’s up?” You’re fishing Griffin and only caught 1?….Gee man I’m sorry & don’t know what to tell ya….Ok C Ya!” Within a minute I get a pic from him. Only caught 1 huh….Needless to say I called him right back and Bill said “I knew you’d call me.”

Bill Genes 2/11/17 Griffin Wt 9.3

Bill Genes 2/11/17 Griffin Wt 9.3

 

Picture is worth a thousand words or at least tier 1 prize level in Trophy Catch….and although Bill didn’t divulge what he caught the fish on, I know he likes to flip. Nice fish Bill.

Bill Genes Lake Griffin 2/11/17 Wt 9.3

Bill Genes Lake Griffin 2/11/17 Wt 9.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry Scroggins

Terry Scroggins

Don’t forget to sign up for our fish fry…..there’s 3 entries remaining for the Promise Ranch Raffle fishing trip….Steve Felix has scheduled a Lake Panasoffkee club trip with reports they’re biting….and Bassmaster Elite angler Terry Scroggins will be our guest speaker Tuesday at our meeting. Lots of things going on in the future too. Just remember you must be a member in good standing to participate. And there’s Rob & Randy’s fish mentoring too. Meeting Feb 14 6:30 doors 7:00 start.

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Motorless Craft Registration – Win Some Lose Some – TFOTM

There’s a meeting being held today in Orlando regarding the possibility of registering non-motored water craft….canoes, kayaks, sailboats…. Stay tuned

Andy Bachert Wt. 2.15 Lake Griffin 1/30/17

Andy Bachert Wt. 2.15
Lake Griffin 1/30/17

After several attempts to “Hook Up” with old Ohio friend, Andy Bachert, we finally got together on Jan 30th, that had small craft advisory, colder than hell, for me anyway, & semi cooperative fish. We at least scraped up 9 on Griffin with Andy beating me out by 1 oz. Bassmaster Elite angler Mike Iaconelli used to holler “Never give up”. On the way back to the ramp I told Andy there’s a spot I want to hit that held 3 bass for me during a tournament. I idled into the cove & didn’t even put the trolling motor down as Andy made a cast from the bow along a dock. With a few more casts he felt a light tap as I watched his line move away & he set the hook. This nice 2.15 bass hit on a watermelon red fluke. Yep – Never give up! (Click on any pics to enlarge)

 

Stan Lippian Wt 7.82 Lake Kissimmee Sweet Beaver Creature Bait

Stan Lippian Wt 7.82
Lake Kissimmee
Sweet Beaver Creature Bait

Big Fish Stan Wt 7.82 Caught On Sweet Beaver Lake Kissimmee

Big Fish Stan Wt 7.82
Caught On Sweet Beaver
Lake Kissimmee

Here’s my neighbor Stan Lippian that’s nicknamed “Big Fish Stan” appropriately so. Check this Lake Kissimmee hog he caught during pre-fishing for a tournament. Stan said he’d caught 2 others that were 5 lbs but the one pictured was the largest only missing Trophy Catch qualification by .18 of a pound. Stan has had several already registered Trophy Catch fish that resulted in receiving gift cards, spiderwire line, & other prizes.

  • TFOTM – The Fish Of The Month
MaxWolpert 1/31/17 Caught on Green Senko Village Pond Wt Appx 10 lbs

Max Wolpert 1/31/17
Caught on Green Senko
Village Pond
Wt Appx 10 lbs

You don’t need no stinkin boat to catch fish here in Florida. Now here’s an alleged Trophy Catch qualifier. Although no scales were shown weighing this fish,  it still appears to fall into the Trophy Catch category. Angler & resident Villager Max Wolpert squeaked out by a day to be awarded the TFOTM. Max caught his bass on a green Senko….this is a bait that FFC President Randy Disanto used to swear by. Weigh scales or not, this is a trophy fish of a lifetime for many. WTG Max.

Terry Scroggins

Terry Scroggins

Don’t forget to sign up for the fish fry at our Feb 14 meeting. You must pay in advance for the fish fry that’s to be held on Feb 18. We’ll be drawing for the trip raffle to the Promise Ranch ….and you must be a member in good standing to participate. February FFC featured speaker is Terry Scroggins, Bassmaster Elite Professional. Learn the ins & outs of fishing in Florida.

 

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They’ll be hugs for all the women that attend the next meeting….Valentines Day. Come on, where else can you go for a nice romantic evening? Easy now ….                     🙂

This just in….Lake County Sheriff’s Office is putting on a bass tournament on Lake Harris on February 25, 2017. Click here —> Lake County Sheriff’s Bass Tournament

 

Steve Henderson

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Final Day 3 BPS Open Harris Chain of Lakes

With the approaching front, many anglers thought that Saturday would have been the day to turn the bite on. The days action stunned many. Click here for results –>Bassmaster

Fred Rigdon Winner 3 Day Total Wt 26.11

Fred Rigdon Co-Angler Winner
3 Day Total Wt 26.11

Day 2 Leader Justin Lucas

Day 2 Leader Justin Lucas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rookie Pro Jesse Wiggins Wt 21.5 on Day 3

Rookie Pro Jesse Wiggins
Wt 21.5 on Day 3

Jesse Wiggins & Justin Lucas at scales awaiting final weight

Pro’s Jesse Wiggins & Justin Lucas at scales awaiting final weight

Jesse Wiggins Winning Total Wt 59.4 lbs

Jesse Wiggins Winning Wt 59.4 lbs & afforded him $53,533 in Ca$h & Prizes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great event. You had to feel Wiggins emotion after he realized he’d sealed the deal on his largest career win ever. As for Co-Angler Fred Rigdon, he’s not new to winning. Rigdon has won 3-4 boats prior to winning another boat today.

Great job by both anglers & hats off to Bassmaster & Lake County Tourism. Lake County Tourism snagged another tournament at the exact same location Mar 9-12, 2017 with the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Tournament Circuit. Mark your calendar.

Terry Scroggins

Terry Scroggins

 

Next FFC meeting we’ll have Elite Pro Terry “Big Show” Scroggins. Don’t forget to sign up for the fish fry at our next FFC meeting on Feb 14. The fish fry is going to be Feb 18 at Silver Lake Rec Ctr. You must be a member in good standing. Cost is $10 payable in advance.

 

LakeBIGBass.com 1400 plus Lakes in Lake County, FL

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1400 plus Lakes in
Lake County, FL

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Note: “ALL” Bassmaster Open fish were brought back to the Harris Chain & released.

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Day 2 BPS Open At Lake Harris “AND”

OMG

OMG

Here’s some looky see who I am pics & a few what I caught and proud of it….well YEAH. But if you want to see the day 2 results go click here —> Weigh-In Results Pics

Doug Shumate "I fished with Scott Martin & he was bed fishing. He had a chance to win".

Doug Shumate “I fished with Scott Martin that was bed fishing. He had a chance to win”. Doug finished 88th

Terry Scroggins

Terry Scroggins

Roland Martin

Roland Martin

 

 

 

 

 

Your “old” favorites were here but unfortunately didn’t make the cut. Guy Eaker, Woo Daves, Roland Martin, & who Ray Scott used to call “The Smith Brothers Cough Drop Poster Child” Paul Elias. But today the young guns have shown their stuff.

 

Anglers In Line

Anglers In Line

Anglers At Tank Then Stage

Anglers At Tank Then Stage

The 2 day weigh-in at Venetian Gardens went into darkness both days. With almost 400 anglers coming across the scales you can understand why….

 

 

Back to reality with non-sponsored folks & living within their comfort zone. Below Wayne Barksdale & his friend Sam Skaggs were throwing swimbaits & trickworms to catch their bass in areas that the pro’s were fishing. Barksdale said he saw 10 wrapped boats cruise around them but they appeared to be bed fishing. Barksdale & his partner weren’t. Then there’s Stan Lippian that often catches big fish but many seem to vanish on tournament day. Let’s hope that his success continues on Sunday at Kissimmee.

Wayne Barksdale Wt 6.9 Caught 1/20/17 Harris Chain

Wayne Barksdale Wt 6.9 Caught 1/20/17 Harris Chain

Sam Skaggs Wt 5 lb Caught 1/20/17 Harris Chain

Sam Skaggs Wt 5 lb Caught 1/20/17
Harris Chain

Stan Lippian Wt 7.82 Ate A Creature Bait Kissimmee Chain 1/18/17

Stan Lippian Wt 7.82
Ate A Creature Bait
Kissimmee Chain 1/18/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the top 12 on Pro & Co side’s weigh-in today on Bassmaster Live around 4 pm Saturday 1/21/17.

  • Don’t forget to sign up for the fish fry at the next regular meeting. You MUST be a member in good standing. If you’ve been to this before you know….cost is $10 per person. Day of fish fry is Feb 18.
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First Bassmaster Weigh-In of 2017

Bassmaster Open Lake Harris Chain January 19-21, 2017

Bassmaster Open
Lake Harris Chain
January 19-21, 2017

Webmasters Steve Henderson and Jerry Lester were on site for the initial Bassmaster tournament of the year: the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open No. 1. Although this was the first day of the tournament, there was a good turnout of patrons.

 

 

 

Tim Frederick talking to No.1 fan "Mom"

Day 1 Tied For 34th Pro Tim Frederick talking to No.1 fan “Mom”.  Jerry Lester looks on.

Local Co-Angler Doug Shumate Day 1 Finish 41st

Local Co-Angler
Doug Shumate  Day 1 Finish 41st

 

 

Go to Live Weigh-In to see updates of the pro’s & co-anglers

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