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Michael Guiles
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Harris Chain Tournament

Guest Blog by: Michael Guiles 3/28/2015
The West Volusia Bass Anglers held our classic tournament on the Harris Chain out of the city docks on Lake Eustis. The lake was picked on a blind draw of six potential locations the morning of the tournament. This way there is no advantage to pre-fishing any one lake because you don't know where the tournament will be held. There were fifteen teams eligible to fish the classic after eleven months of tournaments. The chain of lakes held many other tournaments that morning with one out of Buzzard Beach ramp on Lake Eustis another small one at the city docks where we went out and a third out of big fish tournament out of Lake Dora.
Teams fished many of the lakes on the chain, some to Lake Harris, others on Lake Eustis, with most locking through to Lake Griffin. The locks were very busy first thing in the morning with over thirty boats going to Lake Griffin and the marshes off the lake. We were in the third wave, with nine boats going through at one time. Unfortunately for one of our teams they didn't make it very far because at takeoff they blew their big engine.
The winning team of Mike Sikes and Randy Grosswald locked through to the Lake Griffin area and came home with 12.78 pounds. Mike also had the second big fish at 4.94 pounds losing big fish to Doug Hansbroughs big fish of 4.95 pounds. You can't be any closer than that. Buzz and Doug Hansbrough managed to come in second place with four fish at 11.33 pounds. The payouts went out to the top fifteen teams because of all the sponsors prizes. This worked out well because everyone that weighed in fish got a prize. There were four teams that came in with no fish and they did not receive anything. A total of 43 bass were caught weighing in at just over 92 pounds. Only five teams had their limits of five fish.
We start out our next season on Lake Istokpoga in April. This will be a two day tournament and always has some good weights come in, sometimes over fifty pounds for the two days. We will see you there.
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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