Mother nature decided to give the Butler County Bassmasters a thorough shower at Brookville. Raining for 6 of the 8 hours of fishing. But even the rain couldn’t dampen the competitive motivation of the club, as 15 fish totaling 25.08 Ibs were caught and released, making Brookville the most productive tournament this season. In fact, every angler captured a fish including our guest angler Ryan Murphy who captured his first Small Mouth bass. It is likely that even Bobby Farmers day would have ended well had he not ran into boat troubles early in the day.
When the scales opened Tyler Spurlock took an early lead with his 3 fish, totaling 5.19 lbs, only to be bumped to 2nd by a couple ounces by Andy Tobe with 5.23 lbs, but Andy would be left in the dust as Ernie Shuler’s 5 fish limit totaling 8.84 lbs took not only the tournament win, but the Big Bass win as well with his 2.76 lbs Large Mouth Bass.
With 3 tournaments remaining, Ernie Shuler takes the bait and runs from Tyler Spurlock, Andy Tobe reels in a little slack toward 2nd, Danny Schmitz lets a little drag out on 3rd.
1 – Ernie Shuler – 25.16
2 – Tyler Spurlock – 16.43
3 – Andy Tobe – 14.45
4 – Danny Schmitz Sr. – 9.33
5 – Tony Vieson – 8.91
With August officially here, the 2016 tournament season is officially half over and its certainly been a competitive season thus far. With only 4 tournaments remaining including the club fish off. Nobody is running away with the Angler of the Year crown. Even though Ernie Shuler managed to pad is lead at White Oak Creek. There is still less than 10 lbs separating 1st to 5th. With Brookville Lake approaching, we could see a some big changes or another tough tournament with the Summer heat setting in and Brookville’s 14 inch size limit. Only time will tell….
1 – Ernie Shuler – 16.32
2 – Tyler Spurlock – 11.24
3 – Andy Tobe – 9.22
4 – Danny Schmitz – 8.22
5 – Tony Vieson – 7.04
White Oak and the Ohio River once again played host to the Butler County Bassmasters. With temperatures peeking at 90 and miserable humidity, it was a tough day for fishing. The river certainly wasn’t playing nice, claiming a couple boats including Toney Barker whose day was cut short due to boat troubles.
Despite the tough conditions, Ernie Shuler managed to capture 2 largemouth weighing 3.06 lbs with his largest being 2.11 boats. Earning Ernie, the Big Bass and his 2nd tournament victory of the season. Ernie Shuler described 1 catch as pure luck and felt he must have literally cast the lure into the fish’s mouth given how muddy the water was and how quickly it hit. Andy Tobe took home second with his 1.31 lb smallmouth, capturing the 3rd and final bass of the tournament.
Despite harsh conditions, it certainly didn’t dampen the spirit of the club. Tony Vieson who towed Toney Barker back for his second straight tournament was give the nickname of Tug Boat Tony. The club also found themselves need as they helped another fellow fisherman get their boat on their trailer.
Tanners creek and the Ohio river played host to the Butler County Bassmasters this past Sunday. Even though it was hot, mother nature decided to play nice with partly cloudy skies and a gentle breeze through out the day. Fishing was good throughout the day, but didn’t offer up a tone of keepers. But that didn’t stop club veteran Danny Schmitz from bringing 4 fish to the scales and did stop Jim Couch despite boat trouble from capturing 4 fish as well. Even newest club member Tyler Spurlock brought 3 to the scales. Despite a good quantity of fish, the tournament was decide by 1 fish. Tony Vieson captures his first club victory with his personal best large mouth bass weighing 4.68 lbs.
With Tanners in the review mirror, Ernie Shuler holds onto 1st, Tyler Spurlock moves to 2nd, Danny Schmitz climbs to 3rd, Andy Tobe despite being unable to fish holds onto 4th, and Tony Vieson inches back into the top 5 and takes over first place for Big Bass for the season. After 5 tournaments to standings are as follows.
1 – Ernie Shuler – 13.26
2 – Tyler Spurlock – 11.24
3 – Danny Schmitz – 8.22
4 – Andy Tobe – 7.91
5 – Tony Vieson 7.04
June is the month for kids when it comes to fishing for the Butler County Bassmasters. We had a great time helping out the Hamilton Optimist Youth Ranch and enjoyed the smiles from all the kids who participated. If I had to pick one moment to highlight the entire event it would be the fight put on by little Hannah Handcock. Almost the entire pond fell into silence as many witnessed little Hannah real in a monster cat fish. Same said they could see her little feet slipping in the grass trying to hold her footing. One of our Anglers practically fell in trying to net the fish. Then the congratulatory sound of on lookers clapping at little Hannah’s triumphed. A cat fish that was a long as she was tall. If you like the picture below, we have more to see. Check out a pictures section for more photos for the DD and Youth Fishing Derbys.
This weekend was a busy one. On Saturday I saw some great fish come out of Lake Lorelei, caught by those talented youngsters at Cincinnati Youth Bass. Then it was onto a sleepless night and early Sunday morning starting at 2:30am to get to Grand Lake St. Marys. With a nasty algae bloom and some tough fishing. Makes you wonder how much of a St. Mary was.
If you asked Ernie Shuler or Tony Vieson, they swear they’d had the tournament won if we were fishing for Carp or Cat fish. But it was Andy Tobe who finally made it to the lake this year who has the last laugh with a 5 fish limit weighing a total of 7.91 lbs. Ronnie Crabtree grabbed second with his Big Bass of 3.05 lbs, and the only other angler Mary seemed to give it up to was Tyler Spurlock finishing 3rd with his 2.55 lb bass.
As we approach mid season, Ernie Shuler despite a fish less tournament still holds onto first, Andy Tobe with his first tournament of the season jumps to 2nd and knocks Tyler Spurlock to third. Ronnie Crabtree moves to 4th, and with a fish less weekend for the rest of the club, Danny Schmitz manages to stay in the top 5. There is still plenty of fishing to come as the Butler County Bassmasters heads to the river for the next 2 tournaments. First at Tanners Creek and followed by White Oak Creek.
Cincinnati Youth Bass Lake Lorelie
It’s hard to believe that a tournament in April would start at 28 degrees, but that’s the beauty of southern Ohio weather, and yes I’m be sarcastic about the beauty part. With water temperatures down to 38 degrees in some areas. Rocky Fork was certainly stingy on the fish, but Ernie Shuler found his focus, or wasn’t distracted by his forgotten bologna sandwich and managed to land 4 fish with a total of 7.49 lbs. Ernie also landed the largest Bass of the day at 2.91 lbs.
After the second tournament of the season, Ernie Shuler jumps to first in the Angler of the Year standings. Tony Vieson with his 2.36 lbs BASS edges Bob Farmer out of the top 5. Tyler Spurlock still holds onto the Big Bass of the year. With still plenty of fishing to come. The 2016 seasons standings are
1. Ernie Shuler – 12.18
2. Tyler Spurlock – 5.25
3. Danny Schmitz – 4.00
4. Ronnie Crabtree – 2.56
5. Tony Vieson – 2.36
The next tournament is Grand Lake St. Marys
This first tournament of the seasons is in the books and the fight to become angler of the year is under way. It was very obvious from the start that fishing season is here and in full swing as Guist Creek Lake was the host of not 1 or 2 club tournaments, but 4 club tournaments. Even with an early morning temperature of 28 degrees, enthusiastic anglers create a proverbial traffic jam of boats looking to get on the water and start their season off on the right foot.
With the temperatures approached the low 70s, anglers began to return to the ramp both pleased and exhausted. From the start Ernie Shuler appeared to be the angler to beat, bringing in 4 fish totaling 4.69 lbs, but sometimes it just comes down to size versus the amount. Tyler Spurlock weighed in 2 fish totaling 5.25 lbs with a single fishing weighing 3.73 lbs!!
Even though the Big Bass winner went to Tyler Spurlock, it wasn’t the largest fish of the day. Guest angler Brian Jodrey aka BJ brought in the largest fish just shy of 4 lbs weighing in at 3.98 lbs.
GUIST CREEK LAKE FINAL
1. Tyler Spurlock – 5.25 lbs
2. Ernie Shuler – 4.69 lbs
3. Danny Schmitz Sr. – 4.00 lbs
BIG BASS – Tyler Spurlock – 3.73 lbs