EASL Bass Club News

By: Jim Hebert

“Terry Molea and Jimmy Attuso
win out of Amelia”

Jimmy Attuso & Terry Molea

Left to right Kyle & Marlin Melancon, Ryan & Murray Alexander, Terry Molea & Jimmy Attuso

Bubba Rossi on right with 4.17 Bass and Partner Tim Guillaume

The EASL Bass Club met on February 20th at the Gonzales FD to plan for the upcoming Tournament on the 24th.
Before starting the meeting we had a delicious meal of White Beans with Andouille and sausage with rice, cole slaw, French bread, drinks and cookies for dessert. The meal was prepared and provided by “yours truly” and I think everyone enjoyed their dinner. After the meal, Eddie signed up 13 boats to fish the Tournament.

I called the meeting to order and took nominations for tournament location.  We had nominations for Adams Landing, Blind River, Bayou Black, and Amelia Landing. After voting, we voted again for the two top locations. We voted on Adams Landing and Amelia and the winner was Amelia Landing.  We then voted on a 3:00 PM weigh in time. Eddie Bowman was chosen to be the weigh master for the event.
We recognized Julian Day for winning the EASL Big Bass award for January and Kyle Melancon for winning the EASL Big Bass award for 2017 with his 9.37 Lake Chicot Bass caught in May of  last year.
After a short clean up and rearranging the furniture, we departed for the night.

Saturday morning was quite pleasant weather-wise. January was “put all the clothes that you owned on to fish” and now February was shorts and t-shirt weather. Nobody was complaining though. We were competing for space at the landing with two other tournaments that morning but everyone managed to launch and we eased out one at a time before the other tournaments left. I think most boats went to the marsh but it was probably split evenly between going north or south.
We chose to go to the Marsh because we just had more confidence that we could come up with a decent limit there with less pressure from other boats. Our first location did not produce so we went with plan B. That was equally as good, so then we went with plan C.  Just as we got there, I hooked a very nice bass that we got to see twice before it managed to jump out of the net and free itself of the spinner bait at the same time.  Oh well, we’ve all been there before and that if part of fishing tournaments. We did manage to catch 7 nice keepers there so it wasn’t all bad. At least we would not be embarrassed at the weigh in.  Almost all of the boats came in with a limit that were between 8.5 lbs. and 9.5 lbs. The winners all had one bigger bass that carried them over the top.
Eddie and I weighed the fish and then Eddie announced the winners.
Terry Molea and Jimmy Attuso won the tournament with 12.34 lbs.  Second place went to the Father-Son team of Murray and Ryan Alexander with 10.85 lbs.   Another Father-Son team of Kyle and Marlin Melancon took third place with a limit that weighed in at 10.32 lbs.
The Big Bass winner was Bubba Rossi with his 4.17 lb. lunker. He also won the “side pot” along with the Big Bass check.
Congratulations to the winners of the February tournament.  Our next tournament will be on March 24th. For more information on the EASL Bass Club you can visit the website at www.easlonline.org.