SCBF Tournament #8 on Miami-Garcia Impoundment April 28th, 2024

Clark Ford

 

The eighth tournament of the season occurred on April 28th on the Miami-Garcia Impoundment.  This was the second time this season we fished at Garcia.  The weather was windy at 15 to 20 MPH mostly out of the east, but temperature was in the high seventies.  Water temperatures were in the mid-70s and stained water conditions.

SCBF Tournament #7 at Lake Okeechobee, March 23-24th

Clark Ford

The Okeechobee tournament was held over two days (March 23rd -24th).  The weather leading up to the event was very windy, especially on Friday.  To my knowledge, only a few chose to venture out on Friday to pre-fish.  One of those was the author (me) who ended up underestimating how dangerous Okeechobee can become in such a short period of time.  I ended up finding clean water near Indian Prairie canal.  After finding fish and landing a five pounder, I decided to head back to Harney Pond which is about 12 miles away.  I left at 12PM to give me some time since t

Mighty River Recovery Effort Dedicated to Restoring the St. John's River

Tony Ciavarella

Are you fed up with the state of the St. John's River?  It's time to take action.  No, I don't mean yelling at Mike Calloway for making the club fish tournaments out of Mullet Lake Park the last two years.  Fishing media writer and central Florida resident, Joe Balog, has formed a non-profit organization called Mighty River Recovery dedicated to improving fish and wildlife habitat on the Saint John's River.  He needs help from people interested in the health of the river, like us, to make it happen.

SCBF Tournament #6 at Mullet Lake Park, February 25th 2024

Clark Ford

The sixth SCBF tournament was held on February 25th from Mullet Lake Park on the St. Johns River.  Weather was cooler in the morning, 47 degrees, followed by awesome conditions for enjoying the day on the water attempting to find the very elusive bass.  There was a total of 13 teams participating this year at Mullet Lake Park. Fred Reid and John Kinchen won with a total of 17.39 lbs. Fred also caught the big bass (6.22 lbs.) for the day with a June-bug finesse worm.  Second place went to Mike Calloway and Mike Morrison.  Their bag was a total of 7.69 lbs.  Third place went to Don Hinman and Ken Winter who landed a bag total of 7.54 lbs.  The first place team was the only boat to have a full five fish limit. Congratulations to those teams who managed to place in this tough tournament and a big congratulations to entire club for ZERO dead fish.

SCBF Tournament #5 on Miami-Garcia Impoundment January 28th, 2024

Clark Ford

The fifth tournament of the season occurred on January 28th on the Miami-Garcia impoundment. The weather was windy at 15 to 20 MPH mostly out of the west, but temperature was a comfortable 70 degrees. Water temperatures were in the low 70s and stained water conditions.

SCBF Tournament #4 on Lake Kissimmee January 14th, 2024

Clark Ford

The fourth tournament of the season occurred on January 14th on Lake Kissimmee. The tournament was originally scheduled for late last year, but weather got in the way forcing the club to reschedule for safety reasons. Unfortunately, the weather was quite different from the forecast for this event. The good news is the bass did not mind, but tournament members were faced with cold, rainy, and windy conditions. The weather had winds out of the north at 10+ mph. The water temperature was in the low sixties, and the air temp never got above 55.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ... SCBF December 17th Tournament Rescheduled to January 14th

Mike Calloway

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ... SCBF December 17th Tournament Rescheduled to January 14th

Ford, Clark D.
The SCBF board has decided that due to the threat of bad weather this weekend, the December tournament will need to be rescheduled to January 14th. We have been watching the weather closely all week and Sunday is stacking up to have very high winds from the west with a high chance of thunderstorms. Fishing is fun ... but safety comes first!

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year ... stay safe and frosty, with your head on a swivel 😲 !!!

SCBF 2023-24 Season Third Tournament on Lake Poinsett

Clark Ford

The third tournament of the season occurred on November 19th on Lake Poinsett. The weather cooperated with light winds and temperatures less than 80 degrees. Water temperatures were in the low 70’s with stained water conditions with two to three feet of visibility in some areas. The St. Johns River system continues to be mostly void of submergent grass where bass love to live and feed. This makes finding bass somewhat challenging for those who do not spend the necessary time to find them.

SCBF 2023-24 SEASON BATTLES THE FALL WINDS ON LAKE TOHO

Clark Ford

The second tournament of the season occurred on October 29th with 14 teams eager to compete. We launched from Big Toho Marina at first light for what was expected to be moderate temperatures with winds picking up throughout the day from the northeast. Mother nature certainly gave us what was forecasted. By 11AM, winds were over 15 knots which made some of the fishing locations a little uncomfortable for sure. Air temperatures were in the mid 80’s mid-day, and the water temperatures were in the mid 70’s.