Crappie Trip Raffle Winners

Fishing Trip Winners

At the January FFC meeting, Chip Austin (left) and Gordon Megarry (right)  won the drawing for a guided fishing trip with Capt. Zack Slankard.

Rob Husson

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Fish Of the Month, DEC 2017

By Rob Husson

(December 2017)

Remember the guy who recently caught the biggest bass of his life and his phone was left home on the charger? Well he’s back again with a great photo and quite a story.

If it was April, this might be taken as a April fool’s joke but it was December and the story is true.

A while back while FFC member Bill Shelton was at Publix doing a little shopping, He found that shrimp was not only on sale but it was “Buy One, Get One Free” Now most folks would think, hey, that’s two nice dinners. Not Bill. His take was one nice dinner and some free bait!

Well things paid off for Bill on December 22nd at Miona pond. A total of six hungry Catfish just couldn’t get enough of those “free” shrimp. The largest weighed in at 10.6 lbs. FFC member Jim Jones just happened to be close by and snapped the pic. Looks like Publix now carries bait.

Bill Shelton Catfish

Keep the reports coming……

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2017 Backlash

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January:  We started the year off with a bang and had none other than Shaw Grigsby who always had plenty of information for all anglers. It was at that meeting that Shaw was joined by underwater photographer & professional angler Kim Stricker of television show Hook N Look.

February: We had another professional angler from the Bassmaster Elite Series….Terry “Big Show” Scroggins. Terry discussed his techniques that he uses on tour and showed different tackle and how he used 4 lb test to fish for smallmouth bass while fishing Douglas Lake during a Bassmaster Tournament. We even had webmaster Jerry Lester catch a bass on a lipless crankbait in February.

Pres Randy Disanto explaining the infographic

(R) Dr. Bruce Gover

Dragging up the end of the month was the ever popular annual Outdoor Expo. Here’s FFC President Randy DiSanto explaining an infographic created by Ky angler Dr. Bruce Gover. Dr. Gover utilizes the information provided from fishing reports submitted by anglers.

March: On March 11 FFC members went to tour the Florida Bass Conservation Center near Webster. Although few attended, this place is the birthplace for Florida Strain Largemouth Bass that is sought through out the U.S. and abroad for stocking purposes. If you’ve never been, this is a very educational outing and lasts about 2 1/2 hours with a visit into the hatchery itself to see the HUGE bass that they use for breeding.

Bradley Dortch $100,000 Winner

Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) held a tournament on the Harris Chain with daily weigh-ins at Venetian Gardens. It brought out almost 200 cast for cash professionals along with amateurs. First place for the professional angler was $100,000. Leesburg Florida native Tim Frederick placed 14th. The winning amateur won a new boat.

2017 Klub Kar Klassic
L-R Pres Randy Disanto, 1st & 5 fish Rick Clark wt 5.12, 2nd & 3 fish Ken Fox wt 4.2, 3rd & 2 fish Dave Makarewicz wt 2.8

The Villages Bass Tournament, held on Mar 22, had 37 anglers catching a record total of 28 bass. First place was Rick Clark with 5 that weighed 5 lb 12 oz. Second place and big bass went to Ken Fox that had 3 bass that weighed 4 lb 2 oz. Fox’s weight included the big bass for the tournament that weighed 1 lb 11 oz. Third place angler was Dave Makarewicz that had 2 bass that weighed 2 lb 8 oz.

 

Champion Jordan Lee

 

Twenty Five year old Jordan Lee wins the Bassmaster Classic.

John Hendry Wt 10-8
FOTM

 

FOTM was caught by John Hendry while at Lake Okeechobee that weighed 10 lb 8 oz.

 

 

 

April: 

(Top to Bottom) Wayne Barksdale shows off a nice Lake Griffin 6 pounder he’d caught on a swimbait while myself caught a 4 lb 7 oz bass on a hollowbody toad. Trevor Bailey hoists a 7 lb 8 oz bass.

(L-R) Robert Edmundson, Joe stone, Jerry Echols…. Panfishing clinic with 3 of the best telling about Mr. Shakey & the bonnets for shellcrackers & bluegils, & spider rigging for crappies.

Bill Gorman

Jerry Echols

Chip Austin

(R) Chip Austin shows off a 5 lbr he’d caught while on a FFC trip to the Withlacoochee River set up by Steve Felix.

(L) Bill Gorman fishing a red flake Zoom Fluke thru heavy cover caught this monster.

(C) Then there’s Jerry Echols displaying a nice catch of crappies he’d caught down near Kissimmee.

May :

FFC Member Rick Clark Fishing St John’s

Rick Clark wt 8.14 St John’s

Rick Clark submitted these 2 Trophy Catch qualifiers. One weighed 8.14 lbs & the other weighed 8.8 lbs.  Although these were caught a few months ago, it is to your benefit that you join Trophy Catch & reap the rewards. It’s free. This is mentioned often throughout the year at meetings.

Swallowed Hook & Survived

Wayne Barksdale

Here’s a picture of a bass that was released and caught again. Look down the throat and see the hook that the fish had swallowed. This bass weighed 2.4 lbs and swam away freely to be caught again another day. What about Wayne Barksdale’s 8 lb 10 oz bass he’d caught on a 10 1/2″ worm dragged slowly across submerged vegetation.

 

 

Pres Randy Disanto
Tilapia wt 2.4

Wayne Barksdale Tilapia
Caught on shaky head

Phil McNeal 5/11/17
wt 4.15 Spro Aruko Shad
Lipless Crankbait

Here’s a pair of tilapia that were caught by FFC President Randy DiSanto and FFC member Wayne Barksdale. Most all central Florida lakes have these fish. My guess is that Barksdale won this battle. Then there’s Phil McNeal holding a 4.15 pound bass he’d caught on a Spro Aruka Shad Lipless Crankbait fishing Griffin.

Don Millich 5/18/17
Lake Griffin wt 4.4
Black Toad

Don Millich 5/18/17 Caught on a Toad
Lake Griffin

 

Don Millich displays 2 that he’d caught using black toads in the pads on Lake Grifffin. Both fish weighed over 4 pounds. Although these aren’t your everyday occurrence, it’s not unusual either to catch bass of this size and much larger. They exist in almost every pond in The Villages too.

 

 

June :

VP Rob Husson catches his first Trophy Catch fish from a Village retention pond. Husson said he’d caught this bass on a watermelon red flake Yum Dinger.

 

Webmaster Jerry Lester caught this bluegill on a 5/8 oz lipless crankbait.

 

 

 

July :

Weight 7 lb 6 oz

VP Rob Husson catches a double of 7 pounders in 2 days on his favorite bait the Yum Dinger. Husson is living right or the fish are cooperating. This is his 4th fish over 7 pounds so far this year. Husson has since been given a selfie stick.

 

 

August :

 

Sam Anderson, my grandson, catches his first largemouth bass that weighed 1 lb 5 oz. I think the smile says it all.

 

 

John Hendry, while fishing a Lake Harris bass tournament displays his big bass that was enough to also give him first place. Big bass weighed 5.34 lbs & his total weight for 5 fish was 12.20 pounds.

 

Here’s a gift from the heavens during the solar eclipse. This gorgeous cloud formation along with the eclipse was what I encountered during a fish outing. The bass didn’t cooperate though.

 

Lake Deaton water level went from below the scale in Feb 2014 up to 63.55. At one time you couldn’t launch a boat with an outboard hanging off of it. Kayaks & canoes were ok. It raised over 30 inches. Deaton can be a sleeper lake….it produces some huge crappies and large “numbers” of bass. My largest bass from Deaton, 8 lb 4 oz, was caught in Mar 2009 and was released in a pond within The Villages. Many knew it’s location and some claim to have hooked it. Pictures ???

 

September :

 

“Top Water” Jack Hobin caught this 3.97 lbr on a black & blue Senko from a retention pond.

 

I donated a lure to this toothy critter. I had my head turned when this over grown lizard with teeth ate my bait.

 

With hurricanes pounding Florida to include The Villages, all lake levels rose….and with that, the locks were open at the north end of Lake Griffin to lower the water level from the Harris Chain. This caused current to flow throughout the Chain of Lakes and if you knew where to find it moving, the bass were there. The river gauge is the downstream side at Moss Bluff Lock & Dam that’s located at the north end (out flow) of Lake Griffin. Normal level is from 7′ to 9′. This flows to the St. Johns River & from there to the Atlantic.

October :

Pro Team

Challenge Team

The “Pro Challenge” with Tim Frederick proved that the fish didn’t care who was on the other end of the line. Tim Frederick’s Team was beaten by 5 challengers. The Pro Team members were Keith Flanders, Mark Ciruej, Terry Spencer, Rip Strautman, Tim Frederick. Challenge Team Members were Chip Austin, Jim Geiger, Rick Maslowski, Neil Parkhurst, Penn Groggin. It was a good time by all. Challenge Team best 5 weight 8 lbs 0 ounces. Pro Team weight for best 5 was 7 lbs 11 ozs.

Jim Jones catches a nice bass that weighed 6 lb 10 oz and mentioned that he thought he’d make One More Cast. Awesome catch Jim.

Marnie & Rip Strautman have been Rippin em, sorry Rip, a new one at the Harris Chain with guide Grady Maynard.

Bob Knorr holds a 5.34 lb bass he caught while at Kissimmee with his brother Ed and slaying them.

 

 

Trevor Bailey with a 3 lb 7 oz retention pond bass.

 

My latest display of how not to land a bass.

 

 

November : 

 

Rob & Randy’s Clinic at Calumet Pond

 

Bill & Natalie Brooker of Brooker Bait & Tackle….Bill spoke to members about his upcoming annual sale at his Leesburg tackle shop. Pictured is Natalie & Bill Brooker.

 

December :

Fresh water Hall of Fame and  Bass fishing Hall of Fame member Shaw Grigsby spoke to the membership demonstrating knots he uses, line size, & lure presentation.

 

Special hat pin if you’re awarded the FOTM

 

Bill Gorman & Bill Huffnagel won the drawing for a guided trip with Captain Grady Maynard.

 

And how’s this for a visiting parent….Chip Austin’s dad Larry caught this 6.6 lbr while visiting. A picture is worth …..

 

 

That’ll do it for 2017. I hope in some way these stories have made you a better angler put a smile on your face, or just let you enjoy some of the scenery. Things are changing in the world and especially our waters. Access is being eliminated mostly due to urban sprawl, algae blooms are becoming the norm, floods are more prevalent than before. Don’t be part of the problem – but the solution.

Have a Happy New Year

Steve Henderson

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Raffle Winners with Capt. Grady Maynard

Bill Gorman and Bill Huffnagel are the raffle winners of a guided Bass fishing trip with Capt. Grady Maynard, drawn at the December 12 monthly meeting.

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L-R Bill Gorman, Bill Huffnagel

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November FOTM

F.O.T.M. (Fish Of The Month) by Rob Husson

November, 2017

November can be a very unpredictable month and this year was no exception.

FFC member Bill Shelton started his month with a bang by landing his biggest pond Bass yet. On the scale, 7lbs. 11oz. A soft plastic Texas rigged worm did the trick. Now I know that Bill likes to experiment with different baits and I suspect that maybe some type of attractant could have been used. Some of Bill’s homemade salsa may have accidently spilled onto that worm.

So where’s the pic? Bill’s cell phone was home on the charger. Forgot to plug it in the night before. We’ll just call it a “senior moment”

At mid month, “Team Strautman” reported another staggering 25 fish one day Lake Harris catch! Marnni landed the two biggest Bass and both fish had the exact same weight. On the scale, 6.37lbs. Now that’s definately one for the record books. Plenty of zeros in those odds. Congrats.

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Marni Strautman with one of the many Bass like those the Strautmans have been catching in Lake Harris.

The month ended on a high note for FFC member Larold Lodholz who landed another Villages pond beauty. Weight was estimated by measurements and definitely in the 8-9 lb. range. Time to invest in a scale and sign up for “Trophy Catch”. It could happen again. Some nice fish in the local ponds.

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Larold Lodholz with “some of” his Village Pond fish.

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Fresh Water Fishing Hall Of Fame Inductee Shaw Grigsby & Over The River & Thru The Woods To FWC We Go “almost”

Newly inducted 2017 National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame member Shaw Grigsby will appear at our meeting Tuesday night Dec 12 at 7 P.M. Come meet the legend that joins the ranks of Earnest Hemingway, Laurie Rapala, Teddy Roosevelt, & Ted Williams.  Click Here

Shaw Grigsby at Brooker Bait & Tackle 12/2/17

Web Master Jerry Lester & myself had planned on attending the FWC Open House at Tavares on Tuesday Feb 6th. FFC President Randy DiSanto & VP Rob Husson were going to be there too. Text from me to Randy was “I’ll be there at 6 or so”….I had an appointment earlier that day causing me to arrive late….but HEY this thing was to continue until 8 P.M.

After arriving & having to park a good Tiger Woods drive away from the pavilion where FWC was located, we came across an eating establishment….and to my dismay they had a LIQUOR LICENSE….My intent was to eat first THEN go to the FWC function. Well the whole thing went south from there….You can fill in the blanks on whatever reason….but we never made it to see FWC or our illustree us Prekident or vise repisent. And as Foster Brooks would say “Awh the hell with it”.

C Ya At The Meeting – oh yeah –> Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from your friends here at tvfreshwaterfishingclub.com

Steve Henderson

 

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Brooker’s Open House

TV Freshwater Fishing Club turns out big for Brooker’s Bait and Tackle annual open house.  Twelve members are pictured.

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12 members plus pros:  Shaw Grigsby (6th from left), Grady Maynard (4th from right), and Mark Menendez (7th from right)

Patrons were treated to plethora of fishing tackle at special prices, lunch of pork barbecue, sausage, chicken, Cole slaw, baked beans, and beverage, and music by  very capable rock-country band.  Bill and Natalie Brooker were on hand to welcome visitors.

FOTM (Fish of the Month), Actually 3 FOTM

By Rob Husson

November can be a very unpredictable month and this year was no exception.

FFC member Bill Shelton started his month with a bang by landing his biggest pond Bass yet. On the scale, 7lbs. 11oz. A soft plastic Texas rigged worm did the trick. Now I know that Bill likes to experiment with different baits and I suspect that maybe some type of attractant could have been used.  Some of Bill’s homemade salsa may have accidently spilled onto that worm.

So where’s the pic? Bill’s cell phone was home on the charger.  Forgot to plug it in the night before. We’ll just call it a “senior moment”

At mid month, “Team Strautman” reported another staggering 25 fish one day Lake Harris catch!  Marnni landed the two biggest Bass and both fish had the exact same weight. On the scale, 6.37lbs.  Now that’s definitely one for the record books. FullSizeRender (7)

Plenty of zeros in those odds. Congrats.

The month ended on a high note for FFC member Larold Lodholz who landed another Villages pond beauty. IMG_4113Weight was estimated by measurements and definitely in the 8-9 lb. range. Time to invest in a scale and sign up for “Trophy Catch”. It could happen again.  Some nice fish in the local ponds.  Keep the reports coming. RobFullSizeRender (8)

 

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