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February Tournament

You gotta love spring weather, February can be one of the greatest months of the year to get out on the water. This was one for the books, After one a brutal day last month Mother Nature dialed up a beauty. Warm temps , lite wind just enough clouds made for a great day to be on the water. East Lake Toho was this months lake choice and it seems that the spawn is in full swing. There were plenty of fish to be caught but finding the big girls was the clue. 18 boats set out and the anglers caught 87 bass,17 limits, no zero’s,14 bags over 8 lbs,7 over 10 lbs,but only 1 fish over 4 pounds for a total of 172.58 lbs of fish, Pretty good showing. Rounding out the money spots in 3rd place was Tane Crossly & Jake Lewis with 12.82 lbs. Coming in 2nd was Vince Edwards & Dale Hayes with 12.86 lbs. Top honors go to Don Callaghan & Richard Ralston with 12.98 lbs. Big Fish went to Billy Bauknight with a nice fish going 4.64 lbs.Small limit went to Ron & Jake Devault with a five fish limit tipping the scales at 5.50 lbs Congrats to all  the winners.

One Regular season tournament left before the Classic. On the listing if there is a * before your name you have qualified for the Classic. There are couple of teams that need to fish the last tournament to qualify. If you have any questions give me a shout.

January Tournament

After the coldest Warriors  tournament in years last month Mother Nature sent us a mild day. It was a little of everything. The morning started out cool then it turned cloudy. The sun came out and it got a little warm soon the clouds returned and it rained and got cooler again. As they say if you don’t like the weather in Florida just wait 5 minutes. Lake Kissimmee was this month lake of choice and with a warmer week the fish have started to move in. Not a lot of giants yet but most anglers found the bite pretty good. 18 boats set out and they brought in 76 bass,12 limits5 fish over 4 lbs and one over 6 lbs for a total of 172.20 lbs of bass. Not a bad day. Rounding out the money spots in 3rd was Joe Lewis & Art Hill with 15.20 lbs. Coming in 2nd was Gary Forbes fishing alone and bagging 15.26 lbs. Top Honor go the the hottest team in Warriors right now Dale Pitstik & Glen Dampier with a nice bag of Lake Kissimmee fatties  tipping the scales 22.02 lbs. The big Fish went to Glen Dampier with a pig going 6.74. That fish will take over 2nd big fish of the year. Small Limit went to Cody & Dalton with 7.62 lbs congrats to all the winners.

December Tournament

Old Man Winter shows up with avenges,The coldest Christmas in 30 years and it hits on a Warriors weekend. The temperature at take off was a brisk 34 degrees with a north breeze that made for brutal fishing conditions but as the day went on the sun came out and made it better not good. Lake Gentry was this months lake choice and with the tough conditions on top of a challenging lake it made for a long day The fishing was still not to bad as all but 3 manage to catch something but limits and big fish were few and far between. 16 boat set out and the anglers manage to bring in 44 bass,2 limits,only 2 fish over 3 lbs, and one over 4lbs. That a rough day for this group of anglers. Rounding out the money spots in 3rd place was Tom Crawford with 3 fish that went  9.04 lbs, Coming in 2nd was Bud Morin with 9.22 lbs. Top Honors and all but wrapping up their second Angler of Year was the Red Hot Team of Dale Pitstik & Glen Dampier with a 5 bass limit going 9.32 lbs.Big Fish went to Tom Crawford with a Gentry pig going 4.50 lbs. Due to only 2 limits being weighed in today’s small limit went to Bud Morin with 9.22 lbs. Congrats to all the winners. Want to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Remember we have the Open tournament on West Lake  January 30 out of Kissimmee Lake Front Park. Hope to see you there.

November Tournament

What a great day to go fishing, You gotta love fall with the coldest air of the year just a few days away Mother Nature nailed it today Temperatures in the middle 80′s no wind partly cloudy absolutely a beautiful day to be on the water. West Lake Toho was this months lake of choice and as great as the weather was the fishing was a little tough. The guy caught them just not as good as you would think with the nice day. We  had 19 boats start out and the anglers managed 84 bass,16 limits,2 over 5 lbs, for a total of 169.11. Not bad but no ton fire either. Rounding out the money spots in 3rd place was Dale Pitstik & Glenn Dampier with 14.39 lbs. 2nd went to Tim Burton & Derek with 15.06 lbs. Top Honors go to Richard Murling & Walker with 16.96 lbs. Big fish went to Bud Morin with a nice fish going 5.74 lbs. Small Limit went to Don Callaghan & Richard Ralston with a 5 fish limit smashing the scales at 5.60 lbs. Congrats to all the winners.

Remember next month tournament is on the 26th Merry Christmas everyone.

 

October Tournament

October in the books, Finally good weather to fish. With the arrival of fall comes better weather. Coming out of one of the wettest and hottest summers we have had in a while it was nice to have some good fishing weather. Alligator lake as this months lake of choice and the fishing was pretty normal for this fishery. Plenty of fish to be caught but good ones were hard to come by. 15 boats set out on a beautiful day and the Warriors anglers manage to catch 73 bass, 13 limits, no zero’s, only one fish over 3 lbs for a total of 88.32 lbs. Not a stellar day but most seem to have fun. As usual a few manage to catch enough to edge out the field. Rounding out the money spots in 3rd was Mike Grno & Gary Forbes with 7.78 lbs. Coming in second was Ron & Jake Devault with 9.48 lbs. Top Honor went to Lee Barbee & Tim with 11.06 lbs That bag was anchored the days Big Fish at 6.08 lbs caught by Tim. Small limit went to Tom Crawford & John Young with a Alligator limit tipping the scales at 4.30 lbs. Congrats to all the winners. Next months Anglers of the Month will be Vince Edwards & Dale Hayes ad the A O T M pot will be $90

Do not forget the next Warriors One Man tournament will on November 7th out of Buzzard Beach on Lake Eustis Hope. Also Sunday afternoon tournaments start on November 1. The first one is on East Lake out of the city ramp starting at 12:00 pm

September Tournament

Little taste of Fall its about time. After months on upper 90′s and rain a smidgen of fall fell on a tournament day. With temps staying around the upper 80′s and a light wind it was very nice day to be on the water. Lake Cypress was this months lake of choice and the fishing seem to be improving but still not great. Most of the Warriors anglers found a few bites but as usual  some found them good. 17 boats started this day and guys caught 74 bass,14 limits,4 fish over 4 lbs, 1 over 5 lbs for a total of 143.78 lbs. Not a bad day. Rounding out the money spots we had a tie for 2nd Joe Lewis & Art Hill plus Vince Edwards & Dale Hayes with 13.94 lbs. Top Honors go to the Hottiest team in Warriors right now Dale Pitstik & Glenn Dampier with 15.66 lbs. Big Fish went to Dale Pitstik with a Cypress Pig going 5.12 lbs. Congrats to all the winners. With the season half over the point race is starting to widen as Dale and Glenn start to pull away but there is a lot of fishing left and its only getting better. Would like to welcome back Steve Chivini & Scott Hair as well as a new team Dakota & William Scott good to have you guys out with us.

August Tournament

It was a nice break from the heat, With cloudy and breezy conditions most of the day it was a nice break from what has been a miserable hot summer fishing season. Lake Marion was this months lake of choice and with the water level up and running it was a much better day than the last time we were there. 20 boats set out and the Warrior anglers caught 49 bass,5 limits,6 fish over 4 lbs, 2 over 5 and 1 over 6. Not a bad day day but not as good as we have seen it there. Rounding out the money spots in 4th place was Matt Hinman & Keith with 11.40 lbs. 3rd went to Vince Edwards & Dale Hayes with12.12 lbs. Just edging them out in 2nd was Billy Myers & Barry Norton with 12.14 lbs. Top Honor goes to Billy Bauknight fishing alone and blowing everyone away with a great bag tipping the scales at 19.88 lbs. That bag was anchored by the days Big Fish going 6.84 Lbs. That fish will take over Big Fish of the year for now. Small Limit honors go to Don & Ken Callaghan with a limit going 10.26 lbs. Congrats to all the winners.

The next Warriors One Man is on Lake Cypress September 5. Safe light till 2:00 pm. Hope to see you there.

July Tournament

The third tournament of the season is in the books and it was a pretty good one. We are in the middle of summer but with a brisk wind and some clouds it was pretty comfortable for most of the day. Lake Gentry was this months lake choice and the fishing was pretty good for this lake. Normally it is all about one good bite but several anglers found some good ones with only a few not able to hook up. 19 boats set out and the Warriors guys managed 77 bass,13 limits,4 fish over 4 lbs, and 1 over 6 lbs for 138.83 lbs caught. Not bad fo a summer day on Gentry. Rounding out the money spots in 3rd was Ray Alexander & Garrett Croft with 12.62 lbs. Coming in 2nd was Joe Lewis & Art Hill with 13.24 lbs. Top Honors go to Richard Murling & Weston Curry with 14.70 lbs. Big Fish went to Weston Curry with a Gentry Toad tipping the scales at 6.08 lbs. Small Limit went to Mike Grno & Gary Forbes with a five bass limit going 5.54 lbs. Congrats to all the winners

June Tournament

HOT HOT HOT,The dog days of summer are upon us, Welcome to Florida in June. 96 degrees no wind and high humidity was the recipe and it made for a scorcher on the lake. Add in rising water scattering the fish at 91 degrees and that’s about as tough as you can get. Lake Cypress was this months lake of choice and with tough conditions comes tough fishing. With 18 boats the Warriors angler manage to weigh in 49 bass,5 limits,only 1 fish over 4 lbs for a total weight of 56.99 lbs. But as they say it beats mowing grass. Rounding out the money spots in 3rd place was Billy Bauknight & Brian Deaton with 8.47 lbs. Coming in 2nd was Tane Crossley & Jake Lewis with 8.86 lbs. Top honors fishing on trolling motor only was Dale Pitstik & Glenn Dampier with 13.26 lbs. Big Fish went to Dale Pitstik with a Cypress pig going 5.34 lbs. Hoping for better fishing next month.

May Tournament

What a way to start the season, In one of the craziest times we have ever seen Finally Weekend Warriors new Season is under way. After a great Classic the first tournament of the 2020 season was Lake Marion. With the water level up a little big things were expected but the fish did not want to play 20 boats set out and the anglers only manage to land 44 bass, 3 limits, only 2 fish over 4 lbs, for a total of 85.84 lbs. That is one of the toughest starts we have ever had but as usual someone has to win. looking forward to next month. Rounding out the money spots in 4th was the team of Tom Crawford & John Young with 9.66 lbs. Coming in 3rd was Daren McDermott & Pete Batusis with 10.18 lbs. Second went to Mike & Malachi Larson with10.76 lbs. Top Honor and leading the A O Y out of the gate is Kurt Huff & Bud Morin with10.92 lbs. Big Fish went to Mike Larson with a 6.12 lb Marion slab.