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Warriors Classic

Another Classic in the books, Day one this year was on West Lake Toho. The fishing was pretty good even with the high winds 19 boats set out and the guys caught 93 bass,18 limits4 fish over 6 lbs and 1 over 8 lbs for a total of 216.89 lbs of fish. At the end of the day the top 9 teams move into the upper bracket. The top bracket teams are as follows,9th Mike Grno & Gary Forbes, 8th Don Callaghan & Darrell Daugherty, 7th Dale Pitstik & Glen Dampier, 6th Nick Emmons & Dave Barber, 5th Vince Edwards & Dale Hayes, 4thTom Crawford & John Young, 3rd Billy Myers & Barry Norton, 2nd Shelton Smith & Brandon Blondeel, 1st Jake Lewis & Tane Crossley.

Day two was on Alligator Lake, The fishing was supposed to be tough but some one forgot to tell the fish.  Although the weights were down every team caught a limit with some teams crushing them. The Warrior anglers managed 95 bass,19 limits, 2 fish over 6 lb and another 8lber for a total of 161.25 lbs of fish. That’s a great showing on a sometime tough lake. On to the money spot, In Warriors every team in our classic make a check. I’m going to list the top 5 from each division. Division 2 5th place Bud Morin & Richard Ralston with 7.36 lbs, 4th the went to Gene Treadway & Will Barber with 7.40 lbs, 3rd was Billy Bauknight & Brian Deaton (Brian fishing alone on day 2)  with 7.76 lbs 2nd went to Art Hill & Mark Kirkland with 8.62 lb Division 2 Classic Champion Was Richard Murling & Weston Curry with 14.44 lbs that bag was anchored by the days Big Fish going 8.10 lbs..Division 1 5th place went to Vince Edwards & Dale Hayes with 9.48 lbs, 4th went to Billy Myers & Barry Norton with 10.10 lbs. 3rd was Mike Grno & Gary Forbes with 10.88 lbs, coming in second was Tom Crawford & John Young with 16.28 lbs Division 1 Classic Champions was Tane Crossley & Jake Lewis with 17.06 lbs. Congrats to all the teams for a great year.

March Tournament

Another year in the books, This was the 18 season of the Weekend Warriors and just could of been one the best years so far. With many new teams and the returning members we will have 20 teams participating in this years Classic. Should be a blast. Lake Cypress was this months lake of choice and there was several things left to be decided. The Angler of the Year race was down to the wire and so was the big Fish of the year. When all the dust settled thee was only 8 points separating 1st form 3rd. Congratulation to the team of Tane Crossley & Jake Lewis for pulling out a close one to become this years Anglers of the Year. Big Fish of the Year went to Richard Murling with a hog tipping the scales at 8.44 lbs. Second Big Fish of the Year was Shelton Smith with a stud going 8.18 lbs. Rounding out the money spots in 4th place was Geoff Wells & Kyle Slaughter with 14.49 lbs. Coming in 3rd was Steve & Cody Hayes with 15.74 lbs. 2nd place went to Dale Pitstik & Glen Dampier with 19.78 lbs. Top honors went to Vince Edward & Dale Hayes with19.92 lbs. Big Fish went to Steve Hayes with nice fish going  6.60 lbs. Congrats to all the winners

 

February Tournament

10 down 1 to go, with only one regular season tournament left the point for the top three have tightened up a bit.Only 13 point separate the top three teams it all comes down to March. Lake Marion was this months lake of choice and wit a couple of exceptions it was very tough for most. The club launched 20 bats and the Warriors anglers managed only 44 fish,2 limits,8 fish over 4 lbs, for a total of 108.48 lbs of fish. There were some nice fish caught just not a lot of fish caught. Next month should be a good one. rounding out the money spots in 4th was the team of Bud Morin & Richard Ralston with 12.28 lbs. Coming in 3rd was Dennis & Jason French with 12.58 lbs. 2ne went to Joe Lewis & Harold Ross with 12.96 lbs. Top honors went to Billy Myers & Barry Norton with14.38 lbs. Big Fish went to Mike Carnes with 5.12 lbs. Small limit went to Dennis & Jason French with 12.58 lbs.  Congrates to all the winners.

January Tournament

Down the home stretch we go, With the completion of the January Tournament we only have two regular season tournaments remaining before the Classic, Its been a good year and the club is still getting new members almost every month. I hope everyone is having as much fun as we are. East Lake Toho was this months lake of choice and with a week of great weather along comes the normal January cold front on Friday. The day started out with cold temperatures only to get colder as the day went on. That mixed with high winds and on off rain conditions were not good for fishing. Just when you think its going to be a bad day most of the Warriors guys crushed them. We started with 20 boats an the guys managed 77 fish, 14 limits 7 fish over 4 lbs, one over 5 lbs for a total of 163.28 lbs of bass. Just shows you need to keep your head down an d keep fishing. Rounding out the money spots in 4th place was Kevin Heard & Elton Dufrain with 13.02 lbs. Coming in 3rd (by a nose hair)  was Shelton Smith & Brandon Blondeel with 13.04 lbs. 2nd went to Steve & Cody Hayes with 13.22 lbs. Top honors went to Vince Edwards & Dale Hayes with a nice bag of fish going 15.50 lbs. Big Fish went to Dale Hayes with a nice  East Lake pig going 5.14 lbs. Small limit went to Gene Treadway & Will Barnes with 7.02 lbs.

December Tournament

Happy New Year everyone! It is January but this was the December tournament. 2021 has come and gone here’s hoping everyone has a better year then the last. Although it is January it felt more like June, Warm temperatures and brisk breeze was a great day to be on the pond. Lake Cypress was this month lake of choice and the fishing was pretty good. With spawn starting to take place some of the guys caught them out and some in. All in all a good day We had 19 boats head out and the anglers managed to bring in 79 bass,15 limits,14 bass over pounds,5 over 5 pounds and 2 over 6. Nice job guys. Rounding out the money spots in 3rd place was Dale Pitstik & Glen Dampier with 16.76 lbs. There was a tie for first between the teams of  Tane Crossly & Jake Lewis plus Tom Crawford & John Young with 17.90 lbs. Big Fish went to Bud Morin with a nice fish going 6.46 lbs. Small limit went to Gene Treadway & Will Barnes with 8.60 lbs Congrats to all the winners.

Don’t forger we do have another Warriors tournament this month on January 22nd.

November Tournament

Its that time of year, The cold fronts have arrived. With November comes cold fronts. Blue bird skies wind and cool weather. It also make the fish start to move and become hard to stay up with. This months lake choice was East Lake Toho. With high pressure and cold and windy start the weather seem to calm a bit mid morning. Most of the anglers reported tough fishing that seem to pick up as the morning went on. All in all a pretty nice day. We had 21 boats take off and the Warriors guys managed 83 bass,15 limits, 9 fish over 3 lbs and few in the 4 lb range for a total of 147.88 lbs of fish that’s not to bad, Rounding out the money spots in 4th was Billy Bauknight & Brian Deaton with10.40 lbs. Coming in 3rd was Dale Pitstik & Glenn Dampier with11.22 lbs. 2nd went to Steve Hayes fishing alone with11.72 lbs. Top Honors went Tane Crossley & Jake Lewis with 12.54 lbs This will net them an additional $80 due to them being  Anglers of the Month. Big Fish went to Glenn Dampier with a nice fish going 4.52 lbs. Small Limit went to Billy Myers & Barry Norton for a limit going 7.44 lbs. Congrats to all the winners, Do not forget the December Tournament will be on January 1.

October Tournament

We have reached the half way mark, With the completion of October tournament the season is half over. Its been a great year so far. We have had 4 fish over 8 pounds weighed in so far. Dale & Glenn continue to hold a good lead for the angler of the year but the 7 teams are only 10 points apart so it is setting up to be a race to the finish line. Lets hope the second half is a much fun as the first. West lake Toho was this months lake choice and the fishing was pretty tough. Although most of the teams mange to catch a few the numbers were down a bit for this fishery. We had 17 boats that manage to catch 72 bass,10 limits,5 fish over 4 lbs, 2 over 6 lbs and 1 over 8 for a total of 143.21 lbs of fish. Not what this lake is known for but not as bad as Marion. Rounding out the money spots coming in 3rd was Lee Barbee fishing alone with 12.80 lbs. Coming in 2nd was Brandon Blondeel with 13.56 lbs. Top honors went to Cody Hayes & Austin with 14.14 lbs. Austin also had the days Big Fish that went 8.60 lbs. The days small limit went the legendary team of Barry & Wendy Norton with a five fish limit busting the scales at 5.50 lbs. Congrates to all the winners.

September Tournament

What a crazy tournament, The first tournament of fall end up being a crazy event. After drawing out lake Gentry and determining the ramp and dock would not allow the club to safely launch we were forced to go to the alternate. Lake Marion was the alternate choice chosen so off we went. The weather was good, water level was up the ditches were running so everything was in place for a great event. Someone forgot to tell the fish. It seemed as there were three tournaments going on. Some  teams caught them good, some caught enough to get points and the rest really struggled. All came down to if you stopped on them or not.25 boats set out and the club managed to catch 46 bass,5 limits,4 fish over 5 lbs,1 over 6 lbs, for a total of 122 lbs of fish. That’s pretty slim pic-ken’s for this group of anglers. Rounding out the money spots in 5th was Billy Myers & Barry Norton with 9.78 lbs. 4th went to Billy Bauknight & Brian Deaton with 13.18 lbs. Coming in 3rd was Vince Edwards & Dale Hayes with13.46 lbs. They were this months anglers of the month so they picked up a extra $30. 2nd went to Dale Pitstik & Glen Dampier with 16.60 lbs. Top honors went to Shelton Smith & Brandon Blondeel with  17.12 lbs. The days Big Fish went to the team of Gene Treadway & Will Barber for a great fish going 6.16 lbs. Congrats to all the winners.

August Tournament

Warriors anglers get a break from the heat and make them pay. Normally a tournament at the end of August is nothing short of Brutal. With Hurricane brewing in the Gulf and cloudy conditions the anglers got a break and the fish showed up. East Lake Toho was this months lake of choice and the fishing was pretty good for most. 20 boats set out to tackle this lake that can at times be very tough in the summer. The Warriors anglers manage to bring in 90 bass,17 limits,12 fish over 3 lbs, 2 over 7 lbs and a 8 lb stud for a total of 199..67 lbs of fish. That’s a great day on this body of water. Rounding out the money spots with the days small limit was Steve & Cody Hayes with 7.14 lbs. Coming in 4th was the team of Daren McDermott & Pete Batusis with 12.29 lbs. Coming in 3rd was Gene Treadway & Will Barnes with 12.53 lbs. 2nd went to Tane Crossley & Jake Lewis with 14.58 lbs. Top Honors went to a returning Team of Shelton Smith & Brandon Blondeel with a East Lake Monster Bag tipping the scales at 25.76 lbs. That bag was anchored by a 8.18 lb toad along with a its little sister that went 7.50 lbs. Great job everyone!

July Tournament

Hot was the phrase of the day, It is the dog days of summer. Temperatures in the mid 90′s and lite wind is a recipe for uncomfortably. The rain did hold off though and all in all it still beats a good day at work. Lake Cypress was this months lake of choice and the fishing was pretty good for the ones that found them and pretty bad for those that did not. We had reports about 35 plus fish days and anglers that never got a bite. Just a normal July fishing day. With 22 boats the Warriors anglers managed  to catch 80 bass, 13 limits, 5 over 4 lbs and 2 over 8 lbs for a total of 190.72 lbs of fish. Great job guys. Would like to welcome back Glenn Dampier & Billy Myers. Good to see you on the water. Also welcome to new Member Quentin Colvin. Rounding out the money spots in 4th was Dale Pitstik & Glen Dampier with 16.51 lbs. Coming in a close 3rd was Tom Crawford & John Young with 16.81 lbs.With another nail bitter 2nd went to Billy Myers & Barry Norton with 16.98 lbs. Top Honors go to Richard Murling & Walker Caples with a 4 fish bag tipping the scales at 21.02 lbs. That bag was anchored by the days Big Fish that went 8.44 lbs. Small limit went to Bud Morin with 6.60 lbs.