This is a great time to join a bass club.
The Flint River Bass Club meets the first Tuesday of the month and fishes our tournament the following Sunday. Potato Creek Bassmasters meets the Monday following the first Tuesday and fishes that Saturday. Spalding County Sportsman Club meets the third Tuesday each month and fishes the following Sunday. All three clubs have some two-day tournaments, too.
Annual dues are $25 in Flint River and $50 in the other two. Monthly tournament entry fees are $25 to $30 with a variety of pots, like daily big fish at $5, that are voluntary.
We have a lot of fun at the meetings discussing fishing and telling some true stories about it. Tournaments are fun competition, mostly for bragging rights since entry fees are low and there is not enough money involved to really get serious about it.
There are many of us in each of the three clubs that often fish alone, so there is always room for new members without a boat. If interested in joining one of the clubs call me at 770-789-6168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Sunday ten members of the Flint River Bass Club fished our first tournament of the year at Jackson. The weather was great for this time of year, but the muddy 52-degree water seemed to turn off the bass.
In eight hours of casting, we brought 15 12-inch keeper bass weighing about 22 pounds to the scales. Ten of them were spots. There was one limit and five members zeroed.
Doug Acree won with five weighing 8.09 pounds and said he caught a bunch of bass, culling in the first hour of the tournament, while the rest of us struggled to catch a keeper. Don Gober had three at 4.12 pounds for second, Niles Murray placed third with two at 4.04 pounds and his 3.21 pound largemouth was big fish. My three weighing 3.72 pounds was good for fourth and Alex Gober had two at 2.19 for fifth.
Niles fished with me since his new boat has not arrived. We tried a little bit of everything that morning. Niles hooked a nice two-pound bass on a spinnerbait that came off right at the net first thing.
I missed a fish that hit a jig head worm because of my stupidity. I had switched reels around and forget to check the drag. When I tried to set the hook, the spool just spun around, and I did not hook the fish. I did land a keeper spot on a crankbait off a boat ramp and another one on a spinnerbait in a blowdown. Then about 11:00 I slowed down and caught my third keeper on a shaky head worm on a rocky point.
I made the mistake of picking at Niles a little since he didn’t have a fish in the livewell and I had three. Then he caught the three pounder on a jig on a rocky point and caught up with me with one fish. He added his second keeper with about an hour left to fish. It hit the jig on a point.
We both missed a lot of bites. I caught two 11-inch spots and a couple of times, when I set the hook on the shaky head, I brought in half a worm, a good sign it was a little fish.
It was a fun day overall. I am looking forward to the rest of the club tournaments this year.