Tim Iler and Larry Cruce bested the rest of us earning the coveted SCBF Bassmasters title for the 2013/2014 season. This is their 4th Bassmasters points championship title which is a club record. They also earned the heavy weight championship belt along the way with a club record total regular season weight of 186.43 lbs. The two men weighed a 5 fish limit all 12 tournament days this season, a feat that, to the best of my knowledge, hasn't happened before in the club, ever. Congratulations Mr. Iler and Mr. Cruce!
Tim Iler's 10.49 pound giant from Kissimmee on April 27, 2014 held up for the Big Bass of the Year beating out 9 1/2 pounders by Jackie Barber and Clyde Taylor. Congratulations Mr Iler!
The Space Coast Bass Finatics concluded the 2013/2014 regular season on July 27 at Lake Washington. The weather was hot and so was the bite. Don Hinman and his son Matt Hinman of Palm Bay caught a whopping 23.33 pound 5 fish limit to win the event. Tim Iler of Port St. John and Larry Cruce of Titusville weren't far behind with 5 fish for 22.81 to earn second place. Mike Calloway of Titusville and Cliff Semonski of Oak Hill weighed 5 fish for 21.72 to finish third. Calloway's 7.24 pound lunker was the tournament's biggest fish and the new all-time club record for biggest fish at Lake Washington. All of the top 3 teams surpassed the old all-time club record of 20.96 pounds for heaviest 5 fish stringer at Lake Washington set back in September of 2006 by Barnette/Haga.
The Space Coast Bass Finatics headed to Mullet Lake Park on the St. Johns River for their second to last tournament of the 2013-2014 season. The team of Alan Elder of Melbourne and Wayne Smith of Palm Bay weighed 5 fish for 13.84 pounds to win the tournament. Mike Neal of Sorrento and his son Justin Neal of West Melbourne were on the quality bite weighing 3 fish for 10.49 pounds to finish second. Justin's 4.97 pounder was the tournament's biggest fish. Mike Calloway of Titusville and Cliff Semonski of Oak Hill took third with 5 fish for 10.18 pounds.
Matt Hinman and Andrew Lee caught a staggering 39.65 pound 5 fish limit including an 11.00 pound behemoth at the Xtreme Bass Series event on the Kissimmee Chain on June 8, 2014. In that same tournament, 3 other teams had over 29 pounds, and 5 others had over 20 pounds. 5 fish over 7 pounds were weighed in. There were only 20 boats! Wow. Check out the full results, more photos, and the story, on their website.
The Space Coast Bass Finatics brought their monthly tournament series to the Miami-Garcia Impoundment on May 18th. The team of Tim Iler of Port St. John and Larry Cruce of Titusville brought 5 fish to the scales for a whopping 29.86 pounds to win the tournament and set a new all time club record for Miami-Garcia Impoundment. They had to cull a fish measuring over 22 inches due to a state regulation or they would have had well over 30 pounds. It was a team effort as the duo outdid one another for their biggest fish all day with Iler catching the team's biggest fish after Cruce gave him one of the junebug Zoom speed worms he'd been using all day. Iler's 8.63 pounder was the tournament's biggest fish.
The team of Jake and Gary Hinman of Palm Bay finished second with 5 fish totaling 21.57 pounds which also eclipsed the old all time club record for the Miami-Garcia Impoundment. Mike Calloway of Titusville and Cliff Semonski of Oak Hill took third with 5 fish for 20.90 pounds.
Another freaking story about practice? I know. I don't know what's going on. It's crazy out there at central Florida lakes right now!
It's not 15 fish for 110 pounds at Lake Fork, but it's in the neighborhood, for 1 day at least. SCBF veteran and perennial big stick, Mr Mike Calloway was perfishing for tomorrow's Garcia tournament on Friday 5/16/2014 and he caught 5 fish that he won't soon forget.
From Tom Champeau, Director of the FWC Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management:
Here is your chance to provide input about potential Florida bass management ideas. You are receiving this because you are signed up to receive updates on potential freshwater fisheries rule changes. We encourage you to read the additional information about the draft proposal and to complete a new survey.
Two stories about practice for our Kissimmee tournament with one that didn't get posted until over a week after the damn tournament? What kind of insanity is this? Keep calm and read on. It's all about the photograph Jack Berry took after having to put both hands in her mouth to get her into the boat.
Space Coast Bass Finatics veteran Jimmy Blount hooked into a monster during his practice for our Kissimmee tournament. That fish he's holding up registered at 12 pounds on his scale. Wow! Look at the picture. Notice Jimmy is not holding the fish out, she's right up next to his torso so you can get a better idea of just how big she is. It looks like Jimmy could have stuck his head in her mouth. That girl is huge! What a fish! I'm giddy just looking at the photograph, to catch her must have been sublime. Way to go Jimmy!
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public meeting to discuss a possible rule change for largemouth bass. The meeting will offer the public a chance to hear from freshwater fisheries biologists about the science behind managing bass fisheries, as well as public input that has led to consideration of a possible statewide rule change.
Participants will be encouraged to provide input on the proposal for a statewide five-fish daily bag limit, only one of which could be 16 inches total length or longer. In other words, four of the five largemouths would have to be less than 16 inches total length.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. It will take place at the Round Administration Building, 315 W. Main St. in Tavares, upstairs in the Lake County Board Chambers.
To learn more about largemouth bass and the FWC’s current regulation, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing, and visit the “Black Bass Management” and “Regulations” links under “Freshwater Fishing.”