This month I joined a new club, the New Smyrna Bass Anglers. Our first tournament of the year was on Lake Monroe out of the 17/92 ramp. The water level was very high, so high most vehicles launching had all four vehicle tires in the water to get far enough back to launch the boat off the trailer. The weather was good and because this club holds its tournaments on Thursdays, there was little boat traffic and launching was a charm.
These are not team events, you fish for yourself. This is something new for me but it was a lot of fun. There was 10 anglers and three had their five fish limit. The winner of the tournament only had three fish but when one weighs in at over seven pounds it helps a lot. The main reason Jim had only three fish was because the battery for the big engine died and they had to limp in. The top two places had total weights of over nine pounds.
Our next tournament will be out of Ed Stone Park in Deland on the St Johns River. I am looking forward to fishing with these guys again. The club is for people over 50 and they are a great bunch. At the end of the tournament everyone shared information about how and where they caught the fish. This is unlike my other club that is all about the money and nobody likes to share anything.
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".