Gold Bass Caught In Titusville's Fox Lake

Jeff Puckett with a Gold Bass From Titusville's Fox Lake (photo courtesy of FWC)

What the heck is that? It's a gold largemouth bass! No, really... What the heck is that? It's a gold largemouth bass! As reported on, Jeff Puckett caught a golden colored bass at Titusville's Fox Lake in September of 2015. Apparently this is the result of a very rare genetic mutation called xanthism, but has happened in several other places in recent months. Read the bassmaster article for more details.

33.65 Pound 5 Fish Stringer Weighed at Blue Cypress by Terry Walker of Palm Bay Bassmasters

At the Palm Bay Bassmasters event on Blue Cypress Lake on September 12, Terry Walker weighed a 5 fish limit for 33.65. His bag was anchored by an 11.90 pound giant. BJ Biles, who is also a long time Space Coast Bass Finatic, weighed a 9.70 lunker as part of his 15.42 pound second place effort at the tournament. BJ took 2nd in the boat standings too with Jay Stein 3rd. Check out the PBB writeup.

Calloway/Semonski Win Poinsett Classic

Calloway/Semonski with 20.42 Classic Champs at Poinsett 2015-08-30

This story was written by Mike Hampton:

The club assembled in the early morning darkness among clouds of mosquitoes, a slight drizzle of rain and the threat of a tropical storm on the horizon. The eleven qualifying teams were ready to take on anything mother nature could throw at them except lightning bolts. After final instruction at the ramp for the order of take off and a 3pm weigh-in the teams spread out from the dam at Lake Washington to Lake Winder, Lake Poinsett, south river and north river from 520. The rain and wind which was predicted did not come into play as much but at short periods of time it did get a little heavy. There were no reports of problems from any team at the weigh-in.

Haga/Metzler Are Your 2014/2015 Bassmasters!

Haga/Metzler 2014/2015 Bassmasters at Washington 2015-07-26

Congratulations to Dwayne Haga and Dave Metzler who earned the Bassmasters of the Year title in their first season fishing the club together. They dominated most of the season racking up 3 wins, 6 top 3 finishes, and 3 tournament big bass. They were the most consistent anglers this season. Calloway/Semonski deserve an honorable mention for finishing second in points with a strong effort, but Haga/Metzler were unstoppable. Well done Dwayne & Dave!

Jay Stein Wins Big Bass of The Year with 9.00 pounder from Washington

Jay Stein with 9.00 Big Bass at Lake Washington

Jay Stein took home the Big Bass of the Year honors in the most unlikely of places, Lake Washington, in dramatic fashion at the season finale on July 26, 2015. His 9.00 pound giant out classed Dwayne Haga's 8.92 pounder from Lake Toho back in January. Congratulations Jay!

Calloway/Semonski Win Season Finale at Lake Washington

Calloway/Semonski with best of 19.21 win at Lake Washington 2015-07-26

Our 2014/2015 regular season wrapped up with a bang in more ways than one at Lake Washington on July 26. A heavy thunderstorm punctuated the last hour of the event and the Big Bass of the Year was unexpectedly overthrown. That's right. We went to such fabled big bass havens as Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee Chain, but the Big Bass of the Year for 2014/2015 was caught at Lake Washington.

Mike Calloway of Titusville and Cliff Semonski of Oak Hill weighed 5 fish for 19.21 pounds to win the tournament. Jay Stein and John Dickinson, both of Palm Bay, took second with 5 fish for 17.40 pounds including a 9.00 pound lunker by Stein that was the tournament's biggest fish. The Palm Bay based father and son team of Clyde and Raymond Taylor earned third with 5 fish for 16.45 pounds.

The Jenkins brothers captured the Wild Card Classic berth with 5 fish for 8.58 pounds edging out the Eidems who weighed 3 fish for 4.25 pounds.

BJ Biles earned the small creel prize, a lovely corkscrew donated by Mike Hampton, with 3 fish for 3.27 pounds.

Haga/Metzler Win at Istokpoga

Haga/Metzler with 14.03 for 1st at Istokpoga 2015-06-28

This story was written by Mike Hampton:

It was a nice day in Sebring, Florida at lake Istapoga on Sunday. The conditions were light wind out of the south west, 72 degrees to 91 degrees, water temp. 89', most of the lake was dingy but clear water behind the reeds and in the canals.

Twelve teams came to the tournament with fairly low expectations. The other tournament launching out of the same location turned out to be about the same size as our club and were no problem sharing the launch ramp. The club voted to change the check in time to two o clock due to hot weather and lake conditions by a 20 to 2 vote. The only ones who wanted to fish all day was Mike Calloway and Cliff Semonski because he was riding in Mike's boat.

We were sorrow that the team of Larry Cruce and Tim Iler had to retire from the tournament the because their trolling motor took a dump on Saturday and could not be repaired in time. No other problems were reported during the tournament except that Bob Barnette lost his way and could not find the entrance to the ramp and were within one minute of being late.

Small creel went to Jake and Gary Hinman, it was a Yeti drink cooler and Yeti stickers.

We had the usual amount of lost fish, fish that didn't bite, attention disorders, reel and rod failures and the big one that got away from Raymond but all in all it was a good tournament with a good turnout.

Evans Doing Well at Lake Eufaula

Scott Evans with best of 2nd place finish and big bass at Lake Eufaula Reel Money Team Trail event on 2015-06-27

Old time SCBF (LERA Bass Club in those days) member Scott Evans and his brother Matthew Evans are competing in the Reel Money Team Trail at Alabama's Lake Eufaula this year. At a recent event on June 27, 2015 they took 2nd and big bass honors earning a total of $639.75 for their efforts. After 4 qualifiers, they are in 2nd place in points out of 38 teams. We're glad you're still fishing and doing well. Keep it up Mr Evans! (Story credit goes to Mike Calloway for sharing the news)

Taylors Win at Garcia

Taylors with 16.94 pounds of 1st place Garcia bass from 2015-05-31

It was May 31, 2015. It was Garcia. There were lots of mosquitoes at the boat ramp in the morning. Skegs impacted bottom and fence posts. Gelcoat was scared. It seemed like everyone except for me caught a 4+ pounder and amassed over 15 pounds in a 5 fish limit or at least had a story about missed opportunities and loud swearing. Clyde and Ramond Taylor of Palm Bay reigned supreme with 5 fish for 16.94 pounds. Bob Barnette of Port St. John and Tom Southwick of Cocoa Beach were a close second with 5 fish for 16.53 pounds. Dwayne Haga and Dave Metzler took 3rd with an 8.30 pound big bass from Haga and 5 fish totaling 16.05. Hinman/Sparkling earned the small creel prize of a can of Red Bull and a can of mixed nuts with 2 fish for 3.98 pounds. It was donated by the club. In other words, Mike Hampton funded it. What a guy, that club president! You should consider voting for him again next year!

One all time club record fell at this event and one was tied. The record for most fish weighed in a 1 day event was tied at 83 with the original mark being set on April 28, 2002 at Garcia. The total weight record for a 1 day event was eclipsed. It was 201.03 lbs and also set at Garcia back on April 28, 2002. Now it's 219.12 pounds. Nobody caught a limit over 17 pounds, but half the boats had over 13 pounds.

Garcia Water Level

From the desk of your club president, Mr Mike Hampton: "Some of the club members have been at the lake and some have express the concern about the water level. Several of the club members and two of the officers have been to the lake and it is their opinion that the lake is fishable if the water level does not drop any more than it was on Sunday the 16th. They are pumping water into (not out of) the north canal from Fellsmere Farms and if we get any rain fall in the next two weeks it should help the situation.

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