Reeling In 2015

2015 started off with Jeff Miller from Miller’s Boating Center in Ocala enlightening the membership on the necessities of boat ownership.

Ray Sutherland 8.1 lbs Tsala Apopka 2/10/15

Feb: It pays to register for Trophy Catch as Ray Sutherland shows off his qualifier weighing 8.1 lbs that he caught on Tsala Apopka Chain.

Phil McNeal 5.13 lbs

Phil McNeal 5.13 lbs

Here’s Phil McNeal holding a 5.13 lbr that got him nothing more than an honorable mention.

2015 Bassmaster Classic in Feb was won by Casey Ashley at Lake Hartwell, SC

In March The Villages Outdoor Expo had thousands attend. Below is Troy tying flies. I think he was 10 years old.

Troys Been Tying Flies For 2 Years

Fluke Fish 2 1/2 lbs

Fluke Fish 2 1/2 lbs

Pictured right is a bass that ate a fluke on Lake Rousseau. Caught 8 that day fishing a tournament & didn’t ca$h a check.

 

April – Wayne Barksdale nails some huge fish from a central FL hole and makes us all drool. Then he follows up with another a few days later.

Wayne Barksdale 11.2 lbs Jig Fish

Wayne Barksdale 11.2 lbs
Jig Fish

Wayne Barksdale Catches 2nd over 10 lbs in 6 days. Weight 10.5 lbs on worm

Wayne Barksdale Catches 2nd over 10 lbs in 6 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caught On Hollow Body Toad 4/17 /15 Weight 8.33

Caught On Hollow Body Toad 4/17 /15 Weight 8.33

Double Hook Up On A Lipless

Double Hook Up On A Lipless

My only Trophy Catch fish of the year from Griffin. Then I catch 2 at a time. Not big but still fun.

May – Angler John Hendry nails a 10.11 lbr while prefishing Lake Istokpoga. As fate would have it Johns fish was no where around during the tournament.

John Hendry 10-11 pounder Lake Istokpoga 5/22/15

John Hendry 10-11 pounder Lake Istokpoga 5/22/15

John Hendry Caught This Speed Worm 10 or 11 Pounder Bass

John Hendry Caught This Speed Worm 10 or 11 Pounder Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Tacak 7.4 lb Lake Griffin 5/12/15

Mike Tacak 7.4 lb
Lake Griffin 5/12/15

 

Mike Tacak caught this 7.4 lb bass that awarded him the Big Bass pot while fishing a club tournament on Griffin.

 

 

Wayne Barksdale Caught this 8.10 pounder at 1:30 In Lakeland FL 5/21/15

Wayne Barksdale is in your face again with another Trophy Catch qualifier that weighed 8.10 lbs.

Marge Echols, Club Treasurer

Marge Echols, Club Treasurer

 

 

June – With a heavy heart we announced the passing of our beloved Treasurer Marge Echols. We miss you Marge.

 

Jerry Echols, Club Pres and regular cooks, Robert Edmonson and wife, Darlene.

Jerry Echols, Club Pres and regular cooks, Robert Edmonson and wife, Darlene.

 

The best fish fry ever conducted by 3 of the best. Many of us enjoyed these functions immensely.

 

 

 

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Our picture taking server.

Our picture taking server.

 

Your web masters hard at work discussing FWC business….sorta!

 

 

Gloria Lippian 3.96 & 4.29

Gloria Lippian 3.96 & 4.29

 

 

Gloria Lippian fishing with husband Stan shows 2 that she caught while worming Harris. Nice job Gloria.

 

 

 

Jessica of Balsax.com Premium Fishing Line

Jessica of Balsax.com
Premium Fishing Line

 

 

July – I Cast held in Orlando was the place to be to see the latest in the tackle industry & rub elbows with the professionals we all know. Pictured is Paul Elias & uh whats his name  on either side of Jessica that’s demonstrating the qualities of Balsax Premium Fishing Line.

 

 

These 2 Devoured Lipless Crackbaits

These 2 Devoured
Lipless Crackbaits

Don Millich Pop-R Bite John's Lake 8/27/15

Don Millich Pop-R Bite
John’s Lake 8/27/15

 

August – Yeah it was hot but these Florida fish love it anyway. Pictured left are 2 from Lake Griffin that ate lipless lures. Pictured right is 1 of 25 + we caught at Johns Lake. Nothing big just numbers.

 

 

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This 3.14 lb bass was caught by VP Randy DiSanto on his favorite bait “swimjig w/houdini trailer”. This bass came from a Village Pond.

 

 

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September – New Pres Steve Henderson (L) thanks outgoing Pres Jerry Echols for 8 years of excellent leadership. Didn’t take long for Jerry to find the crappies roaming the open waters either.

 

Waylon Padget

Waylon Padgett aka "The Natural"

Waylon Padgett aka “The Natural”

I saw this youngster with his step-dad at Herlong Park boat ramp at Griffin. Master Weylon Padget is a natural. 5 y/o using an adult spinning rod slinging a plastic worm. The next KVD!

 

 

Announcement was made that Okhumpka has been cleaned out compared to what it was. The water is up making the lake navigable for shallow water engines.

L-R Mike O'Connor, Lorri Lewis, Bill Hottinger, Bill Shelton

L-R Mike O’Connor, Lorri Lewis, Bill Hottinger, Bill Shelton

Steve Felix with a nice Panasoffkee Crappie

Steve Felix with a nice Panasoffkee Crappie

 

October the FFC went to Lake Panasoffkee. These monthly trips are planned by Steve Felix who is a logistical genius. Here Felix shows off a speck he caught at Lake Pan. After fishing the gang went to Catfish Johnnies for lunch.

Bill Gorman holds a Lake Panasoffke Bass

Bill Gorman holds a Panasoffkee Bass

Waiting For Lunch At Catfish Johnny's

Waiting For Lunch At Catfish Johnny’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November – Captain Grady Maynard along with Robert Cain inform the FFC membership about the Harris Chain.

 

 

Jeff Barksdale Caught Nov 8, 2015 Weight 7.6 lbs

Jeff Barksdale Caught Nov 8, 2015 Weight 7.6 lbs

Wayne Barksdale Caught Nov 8, 2015 weight 6.7

Wayne Barksdale Caught Nov 8, 2015 weight 6.7

 

Father & Son tag team regulars Wayne & Jeff Barksdale notified me of a banner day they had near Lakeland. The proof is in the pictures. Yeah…. I said the same thing. WTG guys.

 

 

 

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December – 13 members from the FFC attended Brooker Bait & Tackles annual store wide sale & BBQ

 

Jerry's 4.13 lb at 15:53

Jerry’s 4.13 lb – He can catch bass. Pay no attention to date .

 

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

WOW – Where’d the  year go? ….Here’s wishing all of you & your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you remain healthy & safe in the coming year. God bless you all &  God Bless America.

 

See you on the water

 

Steve Henderson

 

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