Fishing was a bit challenging by Kentucky lake standards.
Cuban was paired with Robbie Hartline and Robbie tells me they never got locked in to the ledge bite like she had hoped. They ended up catching most of their fish in the grass. Robbie & Cuban worked small main lake cuts and backs of coves where grass could be found. Their fish were mostly caught in less than 2 ft. of water. There were a lot of anglers on the water and it got a bit windy on Sunday which caused some rollers.
1st place went to Lynda who caught 3 fish on Day 1 for a weigh of 7.67, her big bass for the day was 3.15. She came on Day 2 to weigh in 2 fish that totaled 6.04 and took big bass again with a 3.62. Her total weight for the 2 days was 13.71.
2nd place goes to Robbie who had 2 fish (4.90) on Day 1 and 4 fish on Day 2 (7.23) for a total weight of 12.13.
3rd place was taken by Stephanie who had 1 fish on Day 1 and 2 fish on Day 2 for a total weigh of 6.64.
Each year the club volunteers at this annual event at Busch Wildlife. Normally held the 1st Saturday in June, this year the event was held on June 14th and it gives our vets living at Jefferson Barracks Hospital the opportunity to get outside and enjoy fishing for a day. A big thanks needs to go out to the companies and individuals listed on the banner because their donations help make this event a success each year. Another big thanks needs to go out to the organizing committee, who make it all come together and fall into place beautifully. Even with donations from corporate and individual sponsors like Alberici Construction, Bob Brangle and Vantage Credit Union, it still costs about $4,000 each year. Every vet who attends walks away with a back pack filled with goodies like hats, sunglasses, gloves, and other items. There are different kinds of Danish, juice, coffee waiting. Once the vets start fishing, there are volunteers walking around with hotdogs and hamburgers while food is being prepared for lunch. There’s water, soda in large tubs with ice and let’s not forget the most important item – worms and crickets.
The volunteers help the vets with baiting hooks, taking off fish, casting, and making sure they stay hydrated and eat something. More importantly, the volunteers are just there, to talk, laugh and visit with them.
Velma was reeling in a bluegill when a large bass swam up and tried its best to eat it. The blue gill went up the line and the bass was caught on the hook. She did a great job getting both fish to shore and hollered at everyone to come to see the biggest catch of the day. Great job Velma!!!
While eating lunch, this writer overhead one of the vets talking to a buddy about how much he enjoyed coming to this each year because when they came back from the war nobody was waiting to shake their hand or tell them thanks for all you did and the sacrifices you made. This annual event showed him how much he was appreciated for the sacrifices he made in fighting for his country.
It is truly humbling to participate in this event and is something the Gateway Bass ‘n Gals look forward to each and every year.
To all of our vets who served, who are currently serving and for the many who made the ultimate sacrifice for their county —- THANK YOU.
Our very own Leslie Anderson has retired. The Gateway Bass ’n Gals held a surprise celebration for Leslie at our club meeting on June 4th. We met at Rookies Bar and Grill on Elm St. in St. Charles and the club ordered food for everyone. We are also fortunate to have a talented baker in our club. Holly Heinlein baked a wonderful cake and decorated it with a big bass.
The club presented her with a new Lews reel, card and poster with her picture holding up two bass. Everyone in the club signed the poster and wished her good luck with lots of hugs. She was overwhelmed by all the attention, and for the first time since she has been in the club, she was speechless. . . .
Leslie retired from Pattonville High School where she taught English, was head of the English Department and coached the girl’s golf team. She was also instrumental in forming a bass fishing club for the students. We wish her good luck and lots of golf and fishing in the future!
The Club stayed at Trace Hollow Resort for the May 17-18 tournament at Table Rock Lake. The weather was overcast and a bit cool in the mornings.
Kristen Harper was paired with boater, Mary Lipka. They were fishing in water 63 to 64 degrees and were sitting out in about 12 foot casting to the shore. They used finesse worms and a finesse jig. On day 1, Mary had 1 keeper and Kristen brought in 2. On day two they fished the exact same way and Kristen brought in 1 keeper. While Mary had a fish every other cast, unfortunately they were too short.
The ladies are always willing and able to help non-boaters feel comfortable operating a boat and using new techniques. With Mary’s help, Kristin learned to use her new bait caster and operated the trolling motor a couple of times.
Robbie Hartline was paired with Pam Dugan and Robbie reports that fishing was pretty tough as far as finding keepers. Her and Pam caught a lot of short fish and the most consistent bite cam on Zoom centipedes and Fish Doctors Texas rigged or on split shot rigs in green pumpkin and watermelon candy. Pam caught her fish on Senkos. These 2 ladies worked main lake and secondary points and were catching fish in 8-10 feet of water.
Lisa Opfer was paired with Leslie Anderson and it was the first time these ladies had fished together. While both were catching fish, keepers were hard to come by. Lisa managed to weigh in 1 keeper on Day 1.
The biggest story of the tournament was Lydia. Kristen’s husband and Lydia’s boyfriend happen to be fishing together in a tournament on Table Rock the same weekend the ladies were fishing. While Kristen was fishing with the club, Lydia was going to be sitting in the cabin, by herself. Kristen couldn’t see the upside to that and talked Lydia into fishing in our club’s tournament. (Per the rules, a woman angler can fish in 1 club tournament without being a paid member.) Lydia was really nervous about fishing with us – you could see it in her eyes, you know. . . .that deer in the headlights kinda look. At Day 1 weigh Lydia no longer had that look – she was smiling from ear to ear as she took big bass that day.
Standings after Day 2 weigh-in are as follows:
1st – Lynda Gessner; 6 – 10.68
2nd – Jamie Hall; 4 – 7.40
3rd – Robbie Hartline; 3 – 5.33
Day 1 big bass – Lydia – 2.92
Day 2 big bass – Jaime; 2.82