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Michael Guiles
"hawghawler" - Guest Blogger

Harris chain December tournament

Guest Blog by: Michael Guiles 12/24/2013
We just had our monthly tournament on the Harris Chain out of the Buzzard Beach ramp on Lake Eustis. When we have this tournament it always seems like we are sharing the launch with multiple other tournaments. I arrived about an hour before safe light and the parking lot was already half full. Now that doesn't seem like a lot but there is parking for about eighty or more trailers. Unfortunately some boats thought they should have more space than others and tied their boats up taking multiple potential slots for others. Many boats just anchored in the basin or just outside of it awaiting the official launch times. As you can see in the picture below coming back in to the weigh in there was quite the traffic jam.
Once we got started the weather was nice not too cool just right. Boats headed in all directions, some to Lake Harris others stayed on Lake Eustis, while a few of us ran to Lake Griffin. Those of us that went to Griffin had to wait until eight before we could lock through. There were nine boats crammed in the lock when we finally had a chance to go. That did not count a few boats that would not fit in and had to wait for the lock to cycle through. As the day went on the wind got a lot stronger, we had to fight the southerly wind all morning.
Fishing was good with thirteen of the nineteen teams having their limits of five fish. The winning team was our club leaders, Larry Maltby and Larry Petty, weighing in a respectable 15.9 pound bag. Second place was Jason and Chris Fisher with 14.85 pounds and Jason also had big fish coming in at 7.18 pounds. There was a total of eighty one fish caught, weighing in at just over 155 pounds. Watching some of the other tournaments weigh ins there did not look to be any that could beat Jason's big fish. Over the next few months the almost sixteen pounds won't be holding up as the bedding fish start going up to the shallows.
Next month our tournament will be on West Lake Toho. This is a big fish lake and we will be there at the start of the bedding season. Looking forward to some big stringers. Until then have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy and safe new year.
Mike has been fishing for 50 years. The first 16 years of fishing was for trout in the streams of Massachusetts. At 22 he moved to Florida for work and took up a whole new type of fishing “saltwater”. For the next several years he learned in-shore and off-shore fishing techniques. There was also the occasional shrimping expedition. At the tender age of 40 Mike then found even another form of fishing “Bass Fishing”. Chasing this elusive predator became Mike’s latest obsession. His motto is "I'd rather be fishing".
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