At our most recent tournament, held the night of August 26th at Lake Ray Hubbard, Robert Hargrove added another win to his already impressive tournament resume which includes over 30 wins and 7 Angler of the Year titles. If you have been around the club for any length of time you already know how Robert caught his fish, but for our friends on the Internet, who check in on us from time to time, we’ll share his technique with you. Robert has perfected a technique that we in club affectionately refer to as (more times than not while we are donating our money to Robert) the Chicken Sh-- Rig. The rig consists of a small weight, a short leader, a ridiculously small hook and either a Zoom Centipede or Trick Worm – depending on Robert’s mood. I can tell you from personal experience though that it is not just the rig, but also the man using it that makes the difference. It doesn’t just catch small fish either as Robert’s most recent 5 fish limit will attest – 17.51 pounds including fish at 5.04 lbs. and 4.82 lbs. As if nearly lapping his next nearest competitor was not enough, Robert did it while recovering from surgery and wearing a splint on one hand. Boss Hog is one tough fisherman! Congratulations Robert, and a personal thank you for the fun year of fishing on the North Texas division of Angler’s Choice. We finished the year in 8th place and qualified for the Championship to be held in October at Sam Rayburn. Also qualifying for the same Championship event was club member Elvin Smith with his partner James Rigdon.
The other top finishers at Ray Hubbard were Brett Kilmer in 2nd place with 5 fish at 10.64. 3rd place – Bobby Cole with 5 fish at 9.90, 4th place – Kevin Probert (who?) with 5 fish at 8.67, and 5th place – Mike Thompson with 5 fish at 8.61.
It was a blast watching Bobby Cole, on Sunday morning, as he caught a wad of fish on a plastic frog over a bed of duckweed. Why wouldn’t they bite mine Bobby? I guess it just goes to show you why Bobby is in contention for the Angler of the Year title in the Northeast B.A.S.S Federation. Good luck Bobby in next month’s final tournament on Lake Palestine – we are all pulling for you!With just two tournaments to go I am still holding a small lead over Randy Kvapil and Robert Hargrove in our own Angler of the Year race. The other three members currently holding slots in the Top 6 include Carey Gajdica, Chuck Middleton and Elvin Smith. There are approximately eight other members close behind and within contention. Things could get very interesting considering three of the Top 6 must catch fish in at least one of the next two events to hold on to their spots, while Elvin must weigh fish in both of the next events to hold on to his spot.
Everyone try to make it to the next meeting and don’t forget to bring any rule changes to present for discussion. Also, bring any information you may have regarding the history of the Century Bass Club. I will be asking for volunteers to help me put together a Century Bass Club History and Rules Book for distribution next year.
|Place||Angler||# of Fish||Total lbs.||Big Bass||Points||Money Won|
|Totals||25 Anglers||51||100.27 lbs. -1.97 average||$1,062.51|
Lunker Club (over 5 lbs.)
|Angler||# of fish||Largest||Total Weight||Angler||Lake||Total Weight|
|Brett Kilmer||1||10.93||10.93||Coy Frazier||Martin Creek||10.50|
|Bill Johnson||1||8.27||8.27||Brett Kilmer||Ray Hubbard||22.77|
|Carey Gajdica||1||7.19||7.19||Tommy Yates||Toledo Bend-2 day||22.60|
|John Pierce||2||6.30||12.13||Jon Harsbarger||Lake 'O the Pines||11.18|
|Tommy Yates||2||5.66||11.07||Coy Frazier||Cedar Creek||17.75|
|Coy Frazier||1||6.03||6.03||Jon Harsbarger||Sandlin/C.Springs-2 day||15.36|
|Hameed Ghaffar||1||6.33||6.33||Tommy Yates||Bob Sandlin||11.55|
|Robert Hargrove||1||5.04||5.04||Robert Hargrove||Ray Hubbard||17.51|