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Michael Guiles
"hawghawler" - Guest Blogger

Our classic tournament on the Harris Chain

Guest Blog by: Michael Guiles 3/26/2014
Our clubs classic tournament was held on the Harris Chain. As usual we all met at 5 AM in the same parking lot we always meet in. At five we drew our tournament location from a bag with the six places we fish during the year. We do this blind draw so nobody has the opportunity to do any pre-fishing. The places we had to choose from were of coarse the Harris Chain, Lake Toho and four different areas on the the St Johns River.

As we gathered at the Eustis city launch everyone was talking about all the other tournaments that were going on around the Harris Chain. The second topic was how big the fish were going to be, with the full moon just happening everyone was expecting to find some bedding fish. I decided to lock through into Lake Griffin and we were not alone. They were only allowing six boats at a time through the lock, which slowed things down dramatically. My team was in the third group to go out and there were still ten boats behind us. This took out an hour of our fishing time waiting. One of the teams to go to Griffin had second biggest fish for our tournament at just over five and a half pounds. So they made the right decision.

Because we didn't know where the tournament location  was going to be we lost the twelve inch exemptions that we usually get. Losing the exemptions made it a little more difficult, we let a few fish go early that would normally have been good. Eight of the fifteen teams had their limits of five fish. While the weights were not as expected the winning team of Bud Burgess and Al Caime still had a respectable 16.65 pounds with Al catching the big fish at 5.68 pounds. Second was 14.41. pounds, third was 13.85 pounds and my team came in fourth with 12.19 pounds. The total weight for the tournament was 121 pounds this added to the weight of the previous 11 tournaments of 2647 pounds made for one really good year of bass fishing.

Next month we start our new season at Istokpoga, this is a two day tournament and always tends to come out with the big fish for the year. Good luck and great fishing, until next time.
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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