EASL Bass Club News

By: Jim Hebert

“Julian Day & Mike Achord
win out of Doiron’s Landing”

Left to right, Tim Fatheree, Warren and Jim Hebert, Julian Day & Mike Achord

Winners, Mike Achord & Julian Day

Chick awards Jacket to Donald Braud

Mike Guitreau with his Jacket

The EASL Bass Club kicked off the 2018 season with their first Tournament out of Doiron’s Landing either side.  The Bass Club met at the St. Amant Fire Department on Hwy. 431 on January 9th to enjoy a good meal, sign up members for the year, and to plan the upcoming Tournament.

We enjoyed a delicious pork stew with rice, potato salad and dessert cookies. The meal was sponsored by Murray Alexander so “thank you” Murray for providing the meal for the club.

The meeting was called to order, with the first piece of business being to award the winner of the “2017 Angler of the Year”.  Mr. Chick Edmonston presented Donald Braud with his Jacket as everyone applauded Donald for the accomplishment.  After a short speech by Donald, he turned around and awarded an identical jacket donated by Terry Molea and himself to Terry’s son-in-law Mike Guitreau with the inscription “Rookie of the Year” on it. It seems that these three like to harass each other throughout the year and wanted to surprise Mike with his jacket. It’s all in good fun.

Thad signed up members into the EASL, I signed up members into the Club and Eddie signed up the members to fish the first tournament of the year. This was a good way to keep the confusion down and the money straight by separating these three tasks.
We signed up 22 members and 11 boats to fish the first tournament of the on January 13th.
We had a discussion about new rule changes and the weather for the Tournament before cleaning up and leaving for the night.

Saturday morning the temperature was 28 deg. F. with north wind already blowing and predicted to be upwards of 20 mph during the day. Everyone was bundled up with foul weather gear, chemical warmers and some even had portable propane heaters for the boat. It was a very challenging day to fish and limited my choices of where I wanted to fish. We decided to fish dead end canals that were protected from the wind. My expectations were to have good time fishing, soaking up the sun, and to hopefully catch a few fish as the water warmed up during the day.
We started up fishing crankbaits and slow moving plastics and jigs. After fishing a couple of hours without a bite, I noticed what appeared to be a fish hitting a shad on top.  I switched to spinner bait and caught the first keeper soon after that. We both started throwing spinner baits and caught our limit by 9:30.  Little did we know that we would fish the entire day until time to leave, without another bite at all. We moved around and kept trying but it just wasn’t to be.  We drove back to the launch having met my expectations for sure.

We were the weigh masters so we set up the scale and weighed everyone’s fish. Out of 11 boats, 5 of them left early due to the weather. three boats brought in a limit,  two boats weighed 4 fish, one weighed 3 and one weighed 1.

When the weigh in was completed I handed out the checks. First check went to Donald Braud for his winning Angler of the year.
Julian Day and Mike Achord took first place with a very nice stringer of 5 fish that weighed 15.47 lbs. Julian also won the Big Bass check and the side pot with his lunker of 4.22 lbs.
Second place was won by Jim and Warren Hebert. We weighed in 5 fish that weighed 10.17 lbs.
Third place winner was new member Tim Fatheree fishing alone and weighing 4 fish that weighed in at 9.85 lbs.
Congratulations to the winners of the January Tournament.  Our next event is February 24th. For more information about the EABC you can visit www.easlonline.org.