EASL Bass Club News

By: Jim Hebert

“Micah Mire and Roderick Saylors
win out of Bayou Black”

Left to right, Micah Mire & Roderick Saylor, Jim Hebert & Mike Achord, Terry Molea and Mike Guitreau

Left to right, Micah Mire & Roderick Saylor, Jim Hebert & Mike Achord, Terry Molea and Mike Guitreau

Micah Mire and Roderick Saylor with winning stringer

Micah Mire and Roderick Saylor with winning stringer

Mike Achord with Big Bass at 4.25 lbs.

Mike Achord with Big Bass at 4.25 lbs.

The EASL Bass Club met at the Gonzales Fire Station on May 2nd to plan for the upcoming Tournament on the 6th.
Before the meeting got underway, we all enjoyed a delicious Crawfish Stew on rice, potato salad, drinks and cookies prepared by Terry Molea. Thanks Terry for cooking for the group.

After dinner Eddie signed up 9 boats to fish the Tournament.  I called the meeting to order and we took nominations for the Tournament site.  There were several sites nominated and a runoff election took place between Adams Landing either side and the New Amelia Launch.  The site chosen was Adams Landing either side.  We then voted for a 3:00 PM weigh in time.  The weigh master was decided by drawing, and the job went to Richard Rossi.
The meeting was adjourned and everyone helped with the clean up before heading home.

The news for the rest of the week was rain, rain and more rain.  Then on Thursday night the St. Martin’s parish Sheriff’s Office declared all of Belle River and Stephensville areas an “idle zone only” for boating until further notice.  So Friday I began contacting Board Members to discuss our options. We decided that since our other nominated site was out of Amelia, then the Bayou Black area was the logical choice for everyone to catch fish even with the high water.  We then contacted all of the members fishing to let them know of the change in locations.

When we arrived at the Marina it was obvious that there was another Tournament based there that day. We launched the boats and idled out of the Marina area to the outside Canal to wait on the others.  As safe daylight arrived it was apparent that our weigh master was late so I told everyone to idle out safely since we only had a small group, and to have a good day of fishing.
Mike and I started out in a canal where the water was just beautiful and was slowly being pulled out by the tide. Unfortunately the fish were not cooperating so we started looking around in other locations. We found the same results just about everywhere we went so we just kept moving until we somehow caught our 3 keepers along with quite a few smaller fish as the wind picked up giving us some ripples to fish later in the day. We caught our third keeper at about 2:30 but just couldn’t get another one no matter how hard we tried.

By 3:00 everyone had returned to the Marina and pulled the boats out to prepare for the trip home.  Richard and Bubba had the scale set up and everyone watched as the fish were weighed.
The fishing was tough so only two boats had a limit and everyone else had 3, 2, or 1 fish to weigh in.
When the weigh in was complete, Eddie presented the checks to the winners.
First place with a limit of fish was the Team of Micah Mire and Roderick Saylor with a total of 8.37 lbs.
Second place went to Mike Achord and Jim Hebert with 3 fish that weighed in at 6.98 lbs.  We also won “Big Bass” and the “side pot” with Mike’s lunker that weighed 4.25 lbs.
Third place went to Terry Molea and Mike Guitreau with a limit of fish that weighed in at 6.67 lbs.

Congratulations to the winners of the May Tournament.  Our next event is June 17th. For more information on the EASL Bass Club you can visit the EASL website at www.easlonline.org.