We just had our monthly tournament for the West Volusia Bass Anglers on the St Johns River out of the Mullet Lake Park ramp. It was a very cold morning just barely keeping above freezing. With the wind chill running in the morning made it feel like it was in the twenties. There were two trains of thought leaving from here one was to head north to Lake Monroe and the other was to go south to Lake Harney. Both directions had good results but the ones that headed to Lake Monroe won out with three of the top five positions.
The top two teams headed north, with the team of Larry Petty and Larry Maltby coming in with 20.71 pounds. Larry Petty's big fish of 8.53 pounds helped out a lot. Second place was Gary Thompson and Buddy Cohrs with 17.08 pounds and Buddy had a nice fish coming in at over seven pounds. Lake Harney also provided a respectable weight when Art Hill and Jerry Anderson had just over sixteen pounds with a nice bass just over seven pounds. The three big fish are shown below, it is always a nice day when three different teams have a fish come in over seven pounds.
This was the last tournament of the regular season, Larry Petty and Larry Maltby repeated as club champions with a total of 200 pounds for eleven tournaments. March will hold the classic tournament with the location to be determined on that day. This keeps everyone honest and no chance of pre-fishing. People can always take a chance and tryout a few of the locations in hope they may hit the right spot.
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".