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Title: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 19, 2004, 09:08:32 AM
I know we discussed this before but I would like to revisit the idea of having a tournament for all the clubs on this board. We could make it an annual event where each club would have a chance to host the tournament. I think it would be awesome to meet everybody here and put some faces with the names. Let me know what yall think and if we have a good response I'll start putting somethings together.  
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on May 19, 2004, 09:59:30 AM
Rattle,

We have discussed it a little on the board and alot in person with the folks from the north lousiana area. Everyone thinks it would be a great idea and would love to do it. The problem is going to be setting a date especially with summer here. For some summer makes it easier and others have vacations and the such planned. But if we pick a date and go for it I think we will have a great time.

What does your club think about it?

Who will hold the first one?

Get the Net it's a Hawg
Mike Cork
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 19, 2004, 01:27:52 PM
Mike,

I have discussed it with a few of our members and they like the idea. We have a meeting tonight and I will bring it up there and see what everyone else thinks. We had a long span between tournaments and meetings this past go around so I haven't been able to talk with everyone. Once I speak with everyone we can go from there and see who will host the first tournament. Dates, times, and who will host is something all the clubs can discuss on the board . Hopefully we can get something going soon. As you know this is not something we can throw together over night, but I'm confident that if we all get involved we can make this into something we will all look forward to every year.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on May 19, 2004, 07:39:31 PM
I am with you guys I have kicked around an idea similar and really think it would be fun. In fact I am all for it being a two day event ;D

papa 8)
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 19, 2004, 09:15:16 PM
Ok, I brought up the idea at the meeting tonight and everybody was pump up about it. So lets get this thing rolling. Ideas and suggestions are welcome.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on May 20, 2004, 07:39:49 AM
Well I guess the first couple things that come to mind with me is lodging and quantity fish.

Lodging, depending on where we fish there will have to be plenty of decent lodging close by. It would be awsome if there was an area that had several cabins close by or even on the water.

Quantity, granted when I fish a tournament I will fish for 5 quality bites over 100 quantity bites. But this will be a fun tournament for braggin rights or something of the like, so I would much prefer to catch Quantity. Which leads me to think that if we are going to do it before this summer is over that we should head to your neck of the woods Rattle, but if it looks like it will be fall before we get a solid date set then we have some good quantity water up here.

Now with that said we have a lake about 1.5 hours south of here called Grand bayou in Cashatta (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) and it can be alot of fun in the summer time but it is a slot lake. It has cabins right on the water that are really nice, they go for 85 bucks a night but they also sleep like 8 people comfortably so divided out it is a good deal. Just a thought.

I'm with Papa I think it should be a two day event that ends early on Sunday. No matter where we have the tournament it will be a drive of one of the clubs so my thoughts are if I get to go somewhere exciting and far away I would like to fish for two days. Take off Friday and get there and visit and get a decent nights sleep then fish and visit more then fish and head home kinda deal.

Just my ideas to get things started

Get the Net it's a dream trip
Mike Cork
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 20, 2004, 08:41:07 PM
Mike,

I agree with you. The summer bite can be tough down here too. What is Grand Bayou? I have seen the post here on this site about the place but I've never seen that body of water. If it's a river type system you probably are hitting the nail on the head for a summer bite. The river systems down here are what we fish in the summer unless of course we are night fishing then we hit the lakes. The Calcasieu river system is a good fishery in the summer but the quality of fish is poor. You will catch a bunch but most of them will be small. Cabins are available but they are tough to come by in the summer. Not to mention it would be a long drive for yall. I like the sound of Grand Bayou, how tough is it to get cabins up there. If there is a camp ground some of us can pull our campers.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: captain hook on May 20, 2004, 11:29:44 PM
How `bout a day/nite tourney ?  Sat. , normal launch/weigh-in. Sat. night launch 12 or 2, weigh-in 10 or 12. Gives everyone sun. P.m....to recover!!
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on May 22, 2004, 10:17:43 AM
Rattle Grand Bayou is a smaller lake (plenty big enough for this get together) that has a slot limit on it 14-17. Normally during the summer months you can find schooling fish that will keep you busy all day but most of them will be slot fish. The lake to me is like a little toledo bend when it comes to the style of fishing lots of grass stick up flats, points, and creek channels. It can be an awsome night lake too. I am not sure how long it would take you all to get to it though?

A 4 hour drive doesn't bother me for a weekend trip but it might some others we will just have to get a feel for it.

I like the idea of the day / night tournament that could be alot of fun.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 22, 2004, 07:45:26 PM
It sounds good to me. We just need to work on how we are going to fish it ( rules and all ) and can we reserve camping spots or cabins there.  Then of course we need to decide on a weekend that this will take place.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on May 23, 2004, 09:46:52 AM
Jared tell you what I will check on Grand Bayou, they have plenty of camping but the cabins are probaby booked until labor day. You should check for lodging and availability at the Calcasieu river system. In talking to my club members they all are for it, but to be honest they just don't want to end up on toledo bend, everyone says if we are going to have a get together and obviously have to drive to have then they want to go somewhere new.

I will check on Grand Bayou and if it is not all booked up I will post what is open. I think Grand would be a great place for the first one. There is talk among our group that heading east to one of the several lakes over there would be fun. Do you know of any water that way and how far would it be for you?

Anyhow give me a couple days to get some info. Big Question is do we want to have this tourney before the summer is out or wait till fall with the bite might be better or have two ;D
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 23, 2004, 01:11:09 PM
Mike, I know the cabins on the Calcasieu can be hard to get , and that's probably the case anywhere. The first thing we need to decide on is a date so we can look into reserving  the cabins wherevere we end up. As far as lakes on the east side of the state, I know a couple of them but most of them are small. Caney Lake would be nice but I don't know what kind of summer bite they have there, at least not in the day. I have night fished there several times and did well. As for dates I would say early July like on the weekend of 10th or the 17th. Of course that just a suggestion, if you have any dates in mind let me know. We can start putting things together and refining them as we need.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on May 23, 2004, 04:42:28 PM
I think cabins are going to be difficult everywhere unless we book way ahead.  If all of us are traveling, a lot of rooms will be needed.  On the east side of the state are Concordia, St. John, Bruin, and Larto.  Larto would be the most difficult to get enough rooms.  I don't know what availability there would be on any of them.

Down your way, what kind of hotel availability is there.  I know cabins would be the best, but hotels close to the lake/river would always be a possibility.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 23, 2004, 05:02:42 PM
There are plenty hotels in this area but hopefully we won't have to use them. I would rather stay right on the lake or river but If we need to go with hotels we will.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 24, 2004, 12:17:55 PM
I just checked with the park on the Calcasieu River and cabins will be hard to come by. They have two available on the weekend of July the 9th but outside of that nothing. The cabins sleep 6 max and they are $60 a night.

Mike, let me know if you find some available at the Grand and what dates they would be available.

If we can't find any I can line us up with some rooms in one of the hotels down here.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on May 24, 2004, 10:14:42 PM
Noble and Rattle, Grand is going to be almost impossible that time of year (barring a mid-summer miracle). My wife and I as well as some people we work with have two cabins reserved for the last part of June. We had to reserve them back in feburary. at that time they told us that july thru late august was packed. Maybe this will help. Have you considered the Pearl or Red rivers mid-state? Thanks fella's keep up the good work on the plans................Dave the gimped up Dope Man......
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 24, 2004, 10:20:26 PM
Dave, I think at this point it's going to be hard to book any cabins anywhere. We may have to resort to hotels this year and book cabins early for next year. I'm still working on some things so hopefully something will come together soon.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on May 25, 2004, 09:10:42 AM
Day/night tourny! Hmmmm!
  Let's see
get up at 4:00 sat. get breakfast drive to lake, fish from 5:30 to 3:00 have weigh in, shoot the bull hour or so, drive back to motel, cleanup and have Dinner(supper) about 7:00 eat and shoot the bull some more till 8:30 or so. of course batteries have to be charged and lights readied and tackle sorted for night tourny if we can find place to plug in battery chargers. now it is 10:00 and I am getting tired, oh wait I can't rest I have 8-10 more hours to fish, no problem I can always catch some rest tomorrow and I will have only been up about 30 hours.
uh oh!!!  Now I have a 4 hour drive home, Hmmm; I know I will just stay another night in the hotel. cause I sure as shit could not drive home.
Where is Mike Thomas when I need him?
papa 8)
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on May 25, 2004, 09:52:50 AM
Papa, you are definately right, I think it would be fun but a traveler would have to take monday off and sleep Sunday night not question. I think it would be best to just plan on a two "DAY" event. Fish normal Saturday and then half a day Sunday or something of that nature....

So far I haven't been able to find anything as far as lodging ::) How many of the northern folks have tents and would be willing to use them? I know some of us are old but the hard ground can be good for a back ;D
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on May 25, 2004, 07:35:28 PM
Papa....I agree with you....who needs sleep!!!!  And this is from the guy that goes to bed at 9 every night.

The ground may be good for you back Mr. Cork...I don't think that is what the doctor ordered for mine.

What are all these people doing going to the lakes on weekends?  That is just not right.  Maybe the fall would be a better time to look at.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 28, 2004, 12:15:38 AM
We may have to make this a fall tournament. I think cabins will be a lot easier to come by.

By the way what are we going call this event?
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on May 28, 2004, 11:11:13 PM
NORTH SOUTH CLUB CHALLENGE!
OR THE ANNUAL CLUB FREE FOR ALL ;D

PAPA 8)
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on May 28, 2004, 11:14:20 PM
Daniel and I will be styling thursday night, Dan bought a BASSMASTERS CLASSIC TRITON today. we may or may not catch any fish but we are going to look good. :-*

papa 8)
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on May 28, 2004, 11:24:56 PM
Fall would be a great time for the tourny with the good weather the easier accommodations and usually good fishing.

papa 8)
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on May 29, 2004, 10:18:17 AM
Yep, I believe it's going to have to be a fall tournament. Now it's back to the drawing board, where and when.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 01, 2004, 08:45:27 PM
Ok, if we have this tournament in September, Where would yall rather have it,  up North or down South? Basically the two place we have been looking at are the Grand Bayou and the Calcasieu River.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on June 03, 2004, 11:12:48 PM
My vote is for down south in Oct. :P

papa 8)
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on June 08, 2004, 03:24:50 PM
I'm kinda torn Grand Bayou can be awsome in Oct but I would also love to fish the Calcasieu River I have read alot about it on the board here. How far is it from Shreveport and what kind of lodge can we exspect?
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 08, 2004, 10:35:10 PM
It's probably a good 4 hrs. from Sheveport. The cabins are pretty big and they are in a nice park. I think September would be the best month as far as turnout goes. Several things kick off in October down here and will probably hurt our turnout. For one Some of the guys may have kids in high school and that means football is in full swing. Also hunting season starts at the beginning of October and our clubs has some hunters. I don't know if these things would affect yall club but I would like to have it when both clubs will have a good turnout. Tell me what you think.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on June 09, 2004, 08:30:15 AM
How close to Lake Charles would we be?  I think September is probably a good month.  We don't have too many hunters in our clubs, mostly everyone just fishes.  I'm don't think school being back in will hurt us too much either.  I think we might be onto a winning combination.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 09, 2004, 05:26:52 PM
The park is only 10 to 15 minutes away from downtown Lake Charles. If you are familiar with the area it is just west of Moss Bluff.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 09, 2004, 05:36:31 PM
I have two open weekends in September - the weekend of the 4th and the weekend of the 25th. Are either one of these a problem and if not which would everyone like.  Maybe we should set up a poll for the location and the dates.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on June 09, 2004, 05:51:13 PM
25th down there

papa 8)
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on June 09, 2004, 08:03:22 PM
The 25th down there is good for me.
Title: Annual tournament - Date - Location
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 09, 2004, 08:48:32 PM
North would be Grand Bayou and South would be the Calcasieu River.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on June 10, 2004, 02:07:14 PM
Way cool we are actually going to get this going. I'm for the 25th down there. Rattle what kind of response have you recieved from your club?
Title: Re:Annual tournament - Date - Location
Post by: Mike Cork on June 10, 2004, 02:09:27 PM
Mr Cork votes south on the 25th but the it doesn't matter at all. Have to see what Mrs Cork wants
Title: Re:Annual tournament - Date - Location
Post by: Mike Cork on June 10, 2004, 02:10:17 PM
Just a thought. Everyone should also post where they voted so that we don't have someone from Indiana deciding where and when we go ;D
Title: Re:Annual tournament - Date - Location
Post by: Mike Noble on June 10, 2004, 02:21:57 PM
I voted Sept. 25 - south.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 10, 2004, 09:31:31 PM
They are hipe up about it. It looks like we should have a pretty good turn out.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on June 11, 2004, 02:31:10 AM
Awesome!!! I know I am looking forward to it.....
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on June 12, 2004, 09:19:03 AM
Hey Rattle - is the Calcasieu River below the "salt water" line set up by Wildlife and Fisheries, which would require us to get the salt water fishing license? ???  It would be easiest to get it now since we have to get new fishing licenses anyway.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 12, 2004, 08:11:17 PM
Mike,  yes and no. The Calcasieu River runs all the way to the gulf but all bass tournaments held there always make anything south of the salt water barrier off limits. Our tournament will  have the same rules. Really and truely there isn't a whole lot of good bass fishing south of the barrier. Every now and then when the sality is low they will catch decent stingers down there but not very often. Believe me when I tell you there is more river than yo can handle North of the barrier. The Calcasieu River is rather large with all kinds of different types of water to fish. There are not alot of big fish on the river but there are lots of fish on the river, not to mention some places are down right beautiful. I think you will enjoy it.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on June 13, 2004, 08:57:34 AM
Thanks Rattle.  I'm originally from Baton Rouge and dealt with the salt water license for fishing the Basin and areas south.

I'm looking forward to it.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 13, 2004, 09:57:54 AM
If you want to see the park and the layout of the cabins go to http://www.crt.state.la.us/crt/parks/.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on June 14, 2004, 10:33:42 PM
That's really cool. I like the cabins, they look really nice. I think this is going to be a great time!

I cant wait!!!!!!

Thanks Rattle for taking the time to put the link up!

Laurie
Title: Re:Annual tournament - Date - Location
Post by: MotherNature on June 14, 2004, 10:49:32 PM
Mrs. Cork votes for South on the 25th. I really think this is going to be a hoot!



Ok guys n gals lets get the voting going so we can see what kind of participation we are going to have!
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 15, 2004, 02:07:00 PM
Ok, I looked into the cabins for the weekend of the 25th and they have 9 available for that weekend. I know it's early but we need to get everyone to vote for the region and time so we can book wherever it may be. Right now it looks like it will be down here. As soon as we close the poll we can reserve some cabins. If it ends up being down here I will reserve the cabins for everyone. I'll just need to know how many.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on June 15, 2004, 02:10:39 PM
Based on the vote right now, its 6 votes for down south on the 25th and NO votes for anything else.  We really need a better count of how many will be going from up here.  I will get with Mike/Laurie and see if we can get something together.  I, for one, would probably be interested in coming down on Thursday and staying until Sunday.

I'm sure Mike and/or Laurie will respond to this also.

Good job Rattle.
Title: Re:Annual tournament - Date - Location
Post by: dave the dope man on June 15, 2004, 10:20:11 PM
I am waiting to vote for a little longer, I can't remember when the Federation tournament is. I'll look later then post............................DtDm ;D
Title: Re:Annual tournament - Date - Location
Post by: gunter1309 on June 16, 2004, 02:09:13 PM
The LA federation is Sept. 25th and 26th on the mighty Red River.

steve  :-X
Title: Re:Annual tournament - Date - Location
Post by: gunter1309 on June 16, 2004, 02:18:58 PM
I will be on Sam Rayburn on sept 25 and 26th BFL

steve
Title: Re:Annual tournament - Date - Location
Post by: dave the dope man on June 16, 2004, 09:19:16 PM
Well there you have it. I will have to abstain and not vote for this one. Sorry fellas........DtDm
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on June 18, 2004, 09:31:44 AM
I second Nobles 4 day trip, I will have to put in for some leave but I don't see it being a problem right now.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 19, 2004, 09:49:39 PM
Ok, I lost everything I just typed. Oh well , let's start again. It looks like the annual tournament will be down here on the Calcasieu River. Of course we haven't closed the polling yet so if you haven't voted please do so. Once we close the polling and if it is still in favor to be down here I will begin to make reservations for everybody. Of course I will need to know how many people will be coming down and how many cabins will be needed. That's something we can deal with later for now let me tell everyone what is in the works. I have spoke with several people and decided that there will be a $20 per person entry fee. This $20 will pay for trophies and for a hot cooked meal on Saturday night. If there are enough entries we may have enough money for some door prizes. All the money recieved will be put back into the tournament one way or an other. If there is a sponser on this board that builds trophies let me know so I can use them. If not I have already found nice trophies at a good price. I wish I could tell yall we would have enough money to award money prizes but with only two clubs involved this year it doesn't look like we will  be able to do that. Hopefully this thing will grow and in the following years it will be bigger and better. Remember though this was set up so that the different clubs on this board could get together and share some ideas and meet everyone. Not to metion it will be cool to fish some new water each year.  Now heres the set up for the tournament: there will be three places awarded to the top three teams. After all teans have weighed in the clubs will get together and take the best 10 fish from it's teams. Those fish will be weighed in each day and totaled. The club with the most weight from both days will take home a championship trophy. I have thought of name for the tournament but I have to wait for Laurie's approval before I can post it. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please post them.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on June 20, 2004, 11:02:22 AM
Rattle, I think you have come up with a perfect game plan. Winning money is not as important right now as meeting everyone from the board and getting to fish some new water, besides the bragging rights are much better than money to fisherman. Good job with the planning!!!!

One side note: Twin Cities Team Club is loosing particatpation because of two reasons: First is the BASS Federation Tournament is that weekend and second is the BFL on Rayburn that same weekend. We still have a few teams going and I haven't been in contact with THE CLUB which has many members that particapate on the board (really most of these guys fish both).  One that note, I would hate to keep changing the date but if we thought we could get away with it we would have to make a change happen soon so that we could plan. You said that Oct. was really out for you all because of hunting season? Is the first weekend in Oct. opening day, I don't have the regs or I would look it up? Just a thought, the flip side of that is that we will never come up with a date that is perfect for everyone, so sometimes it is better to pick a date and roll with it, everyone has there own priorities and they have to decide if they can make it. If they can't we all understand and no hard feelings. Hopefully they can make it next time.

Get the Net it's a Hawg
Mike Cork
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 20, 2004, 07:42:51 PM
Mike, there is that earlier date in September if that's better for yall. It's the weekend of the 4th. The first weekend in October is opening weekend and then from there the seasons start opening left and right. It wouldn't matter much for me because I'm working that weekend anyway. It's going to be hard to pick a weekend that everyone can make, we have a hard time just trying to get our tournaments on weekends that will please everyone. I'm sure yall are faced with the same thing. The first weekend in September wouldn't bother me, it just may be a little hotter. Of course you never know what the weather is going to do down here. I think most people voted late September because they hoping on some cooler weather. I can fish either date and will be willing to change my vote if helps get more people involved. We have a meeting coming up in a few weeks and I will check with everyone in our club to see if the first weekend would be a problem. If not and that works better for yall than we can look at that. Like I said, what ever gets the most involved is what I'm looking for.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on June 20, 2004, 09:30:44 PM
Hey guys, don't worry about me in this changing thing. I would love to fish with everyone on "new" water. I have commited to this federation tournament mentally and can't miss it. If by chance however that the date is changed to earlier by all means count me in. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.....Dave the Dope Man
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on June 21, 2004, 07:34:58 AM
The only thing about the first weekend is that its Labor Day weekend.  That is the "last" weekend of the summer for lots of people, so the parks/water could be packed.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Brush Hawg on June 21, 2004, 08:15:15 AM
Just wanted to remind everybody that Sept. 4 is also our Defending National Champion Tigers first game versus Oregon State.  It is also probably the best home game on the schedule.  I don't know if this would influence our northern brothers and sisters, but down here everything shuts down when LSU is playing.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on June 21, 2004, 09:33:06 AM
Althought it might make a difference to the couple that can't make the end of the mouth it might put a couple out by going at the first of the month. Even with the two major tourneys going on the end of the month would probably be better for crowd control and water safety. What is the water like down there on labor day, Rattle?

Hey I wish the guys fishing the other tourney's the BEST of luck and hope they represent the Northern Louisiana boy's well. But if for some strange reason there superior fishing abilities are not with them and they don't make the cuts they will be close and can swing by. On the flip side if they do well like I hope and exspect we will be closer on the final day of weigh in and can go represent them by hooting and hawlering from the crowd!!!!! I still vote for the end of the month.

Get the Net it's a Hawg
Mike Cork
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 21, 2004, 09:46:26 AM
man my bad I didn't realize that was Labor Day weekend. That would definately be a problem with boating traffic and getting the cabins. Thanks for the info guys.
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on June 21, 2004, 12:32:17 PM
Alright we came up with the name of the tournament:

                 The Ultimate Bass
                  Club Shoot Out
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on June 21, 2004, 12:36:44 PM
Guys just keep it the way it is. You have a great plan and have spent a lot of time and resources to put this togther. Good luck have fun and be safe. from an old Squid--Fair winds and following seas.........Dave the Dope Man
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 04, 2004, 07:33:09 AM
We need to get this topic back in the discussion stage.  So we know about rooms and stuff like that, we need to get a "close" count of those going from the north.

Jeff and I are planning on making the trip.  Could you post if you are at least considering or definitely know? ???

We can do fishing boats in the day....casino boats in the evening. >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 04, 2004, 07:40:07 AM
Mike and Laurie will be there!!!! It is going to be great to check out some new water and I love rivers. Are there any maps of the area? Rattle don't you need a new one ;D them old marked up maps can be hard to read? Probably better send that old one to me I know just what to do with old maps >:D FRAME them!!!!!

Haven't heard from any of "The Club Members" Mike you should post on that board and see what comes of it. Although I beleive most of them check this one too. I like fishing when everyone in the Club and would love to have some of them come too. I don't know if the GM boys will be able to swing that kind of time off though?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 04, 2004, 06:56:51 PM
Mike, I Know they have some topos of the river and I'll see if I can find some. I'll let you know if they have any available around here and I try to arrange to get yall some. I lost my map but I pretty much know every cove, cut, and tributary to that river. Our next club meeting is on the 14th so I will have a better idea of how many plan on fishing it. I think we are going to have a good time. If yall get an approximate number of cabins yall will need let me know and I will run down and reserve them.   
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on July 05, 2004, 12:17:08 AM
I would strongly recommend checking with a company call Standard Mapping. I have an excellent map of the Pearl river and if it is anything like the rest, I have to recommend it. I will try to put up a link for the first time, so Here it goes Standardmap.com (http://Standardmap.com)...Someone let me know if it worked please........Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 05, 2004, 02:42:44 AM
Dave, the link worked but I don't think they have a map of the Calcasieu River North of the Salt water Barrier.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on July 05, 2004, 02:59:10 PM
IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 05, 2004, 10:38:47 PM
Rattle, I was playing with my GPS software the other day and there seems to be alot of posibilities to fish down there. Question, I am building a map for the area and need to know where we will launch? North or South of Lake Charles?

Looking forward to the trip.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 06, 2004, 11:07:31 AM
Mike, we will be North of Lake Charles in a community called Moss Bluff. I don't know which map you have but if it's detailed we will be camping where the houston river comes in the West Fork. If you follow the West fork down where it turns into the river you should see a little ways north of that English Bayou. If all these names are not on your map don't worry, when yall get here I will take a ride with yall and plot alll these places on your map.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on July 06, 2004, 03:52:10 PM
I missed our last meeting but I also like the idea of a inter-club tournament and having the clubs rotate hosting the tournament.  I believe for this type tournament a date should  be set long in advance.  I am not sure about a two day tournament, especially for long drives.  That would require staying two nights and getting back late on Sunday.

How many clubs are considering this?


Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 06, 2004, 03:58:23 PM
It looks like it will be a combination of The Club and the Twin Cities Team Club from up here...traveling to y'all.  The Sunday tournament will probably need to end around noon to allow for the drive home.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 06, 2004, 04:04:10 PM
Wildcat, I will be explaining everything at our next meeting. If you can you need to try and make this one because we have a lot of stuff we need to discuss, some of it is dealing with this tournament but some other things have come up since our last tournament. To ease you mind on the two day event, Sunday will have an early weigh-in to help those with a long drive to get home at a decent hour. I think once you see the lay out you are going to like it. I know there are two clubs participating and I think there is another club from up North that may participate, but if I understood correctly most of the people that fish in one also fish in the other. Mike can probably explain that one better than me.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 06, 2004, 05:26:17 PM
The two clubs I mentioned in my previous post involved a lot of the same people.  One is a draw-team format club and the other is a true team format.  It will people from those two clubs that come down.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 07, 2004, 08:18:56 PM
Based on previous posts, we know a couple of guys that can't go and a couple of teams that are planning on going.  We need to give Rattle some rough numbers.  ANY feedback from the members of The Club or the TCTC is needed and appreciated. ~fff
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 08, 2004, 11:18:22 AM
Rattle I have very detailed maps thanks for the info! Mike you know Laurie and I are in....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 09, 2004, 04:06:57 PM
Mike, what software are you using to get your maps. I looked at the local stores here and one of them has some decent maps but I would like to get some type of software that I could just print what I need.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 12, 2004, 08:11:30 AM
Map Creator 6 by LEI extras inc.

They are not topo of course but they are full of info and very accurate. So I am good to go except for sand bars ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 12, 2004, 12:39:12 PM
Unless you are going waaaay North you should not have to worry about sand bars.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 13, 2004, 10:55:53 AM
 ;D isn't that how it's done by the pro's put in a run as far as you can ;D

Good to know, I am sure if I don't have to go far to catch a few fish I won't. I am the kind of guy that will stick right on the ramp if that is the normal weigh in site for tournaments...... Very much looking forward to checking it out
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 13, 2004, 11:01:26 AM
The price of gas might kill any thoughts of running and running and running.  I don't plan on moving very far from the ramp.  Hopefully the fish will be close.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 13, 2004, 11:47:25 AM
Don't worry Mike, there are plenty of areas to fish near the launch, you are not going to have to run far, trust me.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 13, 2004, 12:57:53 PM
Cool.... I am really looking forward to the trip...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 13, 2004, 01:46:50 PM
We're looking forward to having yall. One thing is for sure, we are going to have a good time.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 13, 2004, 02:22:21 PM
Roger That!!! Even if the fish don't bite I am looking forward to the gab sessions and meeting everyone.
Title: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 13, 2004, 03:14:13 PM
Linked the tournament to the calendar.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 13, 2004, 04:17:52 PM
I shot a rough copy of the rule and regs to Laurie. Unfortunately we don't have the same software so I had to copy it to word pad which pretty much messed it all up, so I gave her a lot of work on top of everything else she is doing. As soon as she can get to it she will make it all neat and post it somewhere on the site. It looks like everything thus far is going with out a hitch. I probably just cursed myself with that statement. Any way If the weather is cooperating with us we will not only have a good time but we are going to catch some fish.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 14, 2004, 07:39:12 AM
It looks like everything thus far is going with out a hitch.

I can't believe you said that....that is usually just what it takes to send things downhill.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 14, 2004, 08:50:59 AM
I checked with the park again today and they have 8 cabins left for that weekend. The cabins can sleep eight people but she told me they only have beds for six. I guess that means there's room on the floor for 2. ;D To reserve a cabin you have to put one night stay on a credit card or send a check or money order for one night. the cabins are 60 a night. If anyone has any problems reserving let me know and I will try and help in what ever way I can. Everyone may want to start thinking about reserving soon. I don't think the cabins will all be rented out but I would hate to see something happen and that not be a resource. The website for Sam Houston State Park is www.crt.state.la.us/crt/parks/
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 14, 2004, 08:56:51 AM
Based on previous posts, we know a couple of guys that can't go and a couple of teams that are planning on going.  We need to give Rattle some rough numbers.  ANY feedback from the members of The Club or the TCTC is needed and appreciated. ~fff

We really need to get moving on numbers from North Louisiana so we can get cabins reserved.  Please post if you are interested!!!!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: gunter1309 on July 14, 2004, 11:28:21 AM
Please post When Where Whom on the annual tournament to bring everything up to the top, you have to really dig to find what has been decided.

thanks

steve
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 14, 2004, 12:15:44 PM
Steve, we are fishing the tournament on the Calcasieu River. We will be staying at Sam Houston Jones State Park. The launch will be at Parkside Marine which is just down the road from the camp ground. Any club that is affiliated with this website is invited to fish. The Lock Jaw Bass Club is hosting this one. Next year another club will host and we fish the area that club chooses. As I mentioned in an earlier post the rules and regs will be posted as soon as the finishing touches are put to them by Laurie. From what I understand several people may be heading down on Thursday, I'm not sure about this but you may want to check with your club. The tournament dates are September 25 and 26. Weigh-in on Sunday will be at noon so those that are traveling can get on the road at a decent time. The camp ground is just 15 minutes from downtown Lake Charles, so for those early arrivals you will not be far from food and entertainment. Saturday night we will provide a supper for everyone. This is probably the most important reason I need to know how many are going to be fishing. The trophies I found are really nice and I will have them ordered by next month. Because of the distance the northern clubs will have to travel, we will wait to take the entry fees Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. I may get with Laurie and put up a pre registration form so that we can get an idea of how many are fishing.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: gunter1309 on July 15, 2004, 09:22:05 AM
Thanks for the post Rattle, I could not remember what date had been chosen.  Unfortunately I will not be able to make this one, it is on the same weekend as the BFL Cowboy Division super tournament on Sam Rayburn and I am in 13th place overall so I have to do well to make the Regional.  Wish I could participate, is sounds like you guys have everything hammered out, Mike and Laurie are great tournament organizers so you are in good hands.

see ya next year ( hopefully )

Steve  :-X
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 15, 2004, 10:13:55 AM
Steve, soory to hear you can't make it. Good luck in the BFL and I hope you make the regional
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 16, 2004, 12:37:34 PM
Steve, I by no means am wishing bad luck on you. I hope you WIN and show everyone what us north Louisiana boys are made of. But if by some off chance you miss the cut it would be awesome to see you show up. Besides it will be closer than home. Good Luck dude!!!!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 16, 2004, 03:00:15 PM
Everyone seemed to be fired up about this tournament at our last meeting so we should have good turn out.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 27, 2004, 09:38:54 AM
Remember to pack your cameras so you can take lots of pictures. If the fishing on the river remains as good as it's been we can load the photo gallery up from this tournament, hopefully. 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 27, 2004, 10:45:09 AM
We will have the digital and lots of batteries, I am very excited about catch some numbers of fish. Lately I have not been able to catch more than three or four and outing. Dawg Days Of Summer.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 27, 2004, 12:05:17 PM
I'm fishing a tournament there this up coming weekend. I will let yall know the turn out of that. All the reports I've been hearing lately are excellent catches of both numbers and size.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 27, 2004, 01:14:30 PM
Will each of you (guys from the south) be giving up one "honey hole" for your use??? >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 27, 2004, 02:16:34 PM
One good thing about the river is it changes from day to day so the home lake advantage is really limited. The bad part for you Northern guys is there is a whole lot of river to explore and not a whole lot of time to do it in. I will tell you this the tide plays a major part in the feeding times for these fish especially down South. If some of yall make it down on Thursday you have a chance to do some riding around on Thursday and Friday. I would look at the West Fork and Houston River on Thursday and spend all day Friday on the main river. Believe me there are alot of cuts and bays to look at.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 27, 2004, 02:27:11 PM
Rattle is there a publication that list the tide schedule and a time line for adustment depending on where you are on the river? If so can you hook us up with it? I used to fish the California Delta out west quite a bit and you are right the tide was a big influence.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 27, 2004, 03:00:19 PM
Mike, I know there are several publications of the tide schedule. Now as for adjustment to different areas on the river I'm going to have to do some digging on that request.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 27, 2004, 03:04:34 PM
Tide question - Are there areas that you can get to when the tide is up and if you are in there when the tide drops....well you can get stuck?

I have seen areas in the Atchafalaya Basin (Morgan City area) where you could run to the back of a canal and when the tide dropped, you had to get out and push your boat.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 27, 2004, 03:38:48 PM
No, I've never seen the tide drop out so far that you would get stuck.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 27, 2004, 03:40:11 PM
Rattle, Maybe you could just let us know for the area how much time difference there is from the tide table to when you actually start seeing a shift in the tide? OR better yet (more work on your part if you don't mind) you could print something up that listed what the tides and when they will be for those 4 days?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 27, 2004, 03:54:29 PM
No problem. Printing the tide charts is easy. I'm going to get a time difference for yall, it's just going to take some research. I know yall are going to want to know what to expect. For me I can tell when the tide starts to move so it's not a big issue but I will definitely hook yall up so yall can put together a game plan.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 27, 2004, 09:20:42 PM
Rattle, we are only about 2 months away from the BIG weekend.  How soon do we need to give you a number for cabins?  I'm trying to get a good count and I need to know how soon I will need to have you some numbers.

We don't want any problems with getting sleeping space. ~cf
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 27, 2004, 09:55:04 PM
The sooner the better. Last time I checked I think they had seven of the nine cabins available. Believe me finding a place to sleep will not be a problem with all the hotels in the area but I know yall would much rather be right on the river near the launch. If you want to book the cabins you can go to the website get the 1-800 number and book them or Let me know how many yall will need and I will book them for yall. Let me know what you want to do and I'll help in what ever way I can.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on July 30, 2004, 12:57:28 PM
How many of you would be interested in buying a tee-shirt for the Ultimate Bass Club Tournament? Let me know, if there is enough interest I will have some printed up. I need an approximate number so I can get a price. As soon as everything is calculated I will let everyone know. Also if you reply put a color you would like best, I'll try and pick a color scheme everyone will be happy with.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on July 30, 2004, 01:12:58 PM
That sounds really neat count Laurie and I in.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on July 30, 2004, 01:57:46 PM
Count me in....large  ~bb
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 01, 2004, 06:35:00 PM
Well guys, I fished a tournament on the river this past Saturday and the results were pretty good. I heard alot of reports on anglers catching numbers and the weigh in showed that. there were 80 plus boats in this tournament and I would have to say by the look of the weigh in most weighed in some fish. 10 plus lbs took the tournament with a fish a little better than 5lbs taking big bass. Several fish over 4lbs were weighed in including on from a LJBC member, Josh Richard. Congrats to Sean and Josh for Taking 6th place over all. Chad and I caught 16 fish but only had 4 to weigh in. To win a tournament on this river you need a kicker and we just couldn't get that big one in the boat. All in all it was a good tournament and gives me good hopes for our tournament coming up.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 01, 2004, 07:17:11 PM
Sounds promising I am so looking forward to the trip ~mcc~
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 01, 2004, 09:59:03 PM
That is really encouraging for our trip.  Like Mike, I am looking forward to making the trip.

Rattle, right now I know we need one cabin.  We are working on getting more people to go.  I think we can give you a more definite number in about a week or so.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 02, 2004, 08:28:14 AM
We also could not catch a kicker.  We did weigh a limit and caught 22 bass and on huge shoepick(sp?).  It was a good enjoyable day.  With all the rain we have been having the water was dirty but the fish were still biting.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on August 02, 2004, 09:08:52 AM
Shoepic...What is that?
Title: Re:Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 02, 2004, 09:16:54 AM
Mike,

I am new to the ultimatebass and was just reading the long discussion on the Ultimate Bass Club Tournament.  I have wanted to fish Red River for quite a while and was thinking of bringing my club there in 2005.  I was wondering why you suggested Grand Bayou as opposed to the Red River?  My club is into traveling to pretty places and catching large quantities of fish.  Is Grand Bayou a better destination?  When is the best time to go?

Thx,

Bo

Well I guess the first couple things that come to mind with me is lodging and quantity fish.

Lodging, depending on where we fish there will have to be plenty of decent lodging close by. It would be awsome if there was an area that had several cabins close by or even on the water.

Quantity, granted when I fish a tournament I will fish for 5 quality bites over 100 quantity bites. But this will be a fun tournament for braggin rights or something of the like, so I would much prefer to catch Quantity. Which leads me to think that if we are going to do it before this summer is over that we should head to your neck of the woods Rattle, but if it looks like it will be fall before we get a solid date set then we have some good quantity water up here.

Now with that said we have a lake about 1.5 hours south of here called Grand bayou in Cashatta (I'm sure I spelled that wrong) and it can be alot of fun in the summer time but it is a slot lake. It has cabins right on the water that are really nice, they go for 85 bucks a night but they also sleep like 8 people comfortably so divided out it is a good deal. Just a thought.

I'm with Papa I think it should be a two day event that ends early on Sunday. No matter where we have the tournament it will be a drive of one of the clubs so my thoughts are if I get to go somewhere exciting and far away I would like to fish for two days. Take off Friday and get there and visit and get a decent nights sleep then fish and visit more then fish and head home kinda deal.

Just my ideas to get things started

Get the Net it's a dream trip
Mike Cork
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 02, 2004, 09:44:36 AM
Well, I just read all 8 pages regarding the Annual Club Tournament you guys are planning.  Do you guys have rules drawn up?  I'd like to see exactly what you guys had in mind.  I am interested if I can find a partner.  I am in the process of planning a trip fo Venice, but I might do this instead.

My club has also discussed a concept such as this before.  The idea we had was to get a group of clubs who take turns "hosting" a tournament.  We would take turns each year being the host.  The club would announce by January 1 when and where the tournament would be.  Each club would send six anglers to compete.  How the club picks those six is up to each club, but ours would use the Angler of the Year standing to determine who gets to represent the club.  We'd start at the top of the list and go down until we found six who wanted to go and didn't have a conflict.  But, again, it is up to each club how they want to do it.

We were going to start doing this once our club grew more.  We currently only have 7 members and I just moved to Mississippi.  Once we recruit some members from Mississippi and/or Louisiana I was going to try to put this together.  But it looks like you guys are way ahead of me. 

Anyway, Mike and Rattle, I think this is a great idea and I hope this becomes and annual tradition.  I hope I get to go just to meet you guys.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 02, 2004, 09:49:33 AM
Sorry guys that the rules haven't made it up yet. I have had to spend my time "killin' rats", seems everyday it has been something with this server so I have not had much time to spend updating the priorities. I will have the rules up today! I promise...

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 02, 2004, 10:14:22 AM
Bo, we hope it becomes a tradition too. The main thing we are trying to accomplish is getting everyone from this board together, put names with faces, and share some ideas and stories. Let's face it who has better stories than fishermen.( fisherwomen also, sorry ladies) If you want to come join us we will more than welcome you. If you can't get your club to come this year but you want to come down we will accomidate you. We will just team you up with one of our clubs and count you in as an honorary member.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 02, 2004, 10:26:01 AM
bassaditic 69, a shoepic is also known as a grinnel, cypress trout, or it actual name which is Bowfin. It's an ugly fish but man do they fight.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 02, 2004, 10:32:54 AM
Ok, I am back in business! I have added a link to the tournament rules in the navigation bar to the left. Rattle if you see anything that needs changing or adjusted just let me know and I can take care of it with ease now. We need to come up with some basic information on the tournament for site visitors but for now the rules will due just fine. I imagine we will have more to add once we have had the first one and know what it is going to be like.

Thanks Rattle for getting the rules all down and sending them to me they look good so far, I do need to have Mike look them over just to be sure.

Tight Lines,
Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on August 02, 2004, 10:47:26 AM
Got ya...Caught many a grinnel up here, I had just never heard it called that.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 02, 2004, 11:21:33 AM
Bo Crawford, we would love to have you come to the tournament. Like Rattle said the main goal is to get people from the board together and put faces with names. I hope you make it. Maybe your club could host it next year? If not we are going to for sure, but I love going to far away lands with the prospect of catch large numbers of bass so I am all for going to mississippi  ;D

You posted earlier - why not the red river? A couple reasons (non exlcuding the possiblility), September can be a great time on the river but it is very hot with no shade, Quantity will be high but quality will be tough (not a real issue), the big thing was to find something that was different as the souther LA boys fish a portion of the red also. Besides Grand Bayou had the possiblity of catching a hawg and the cabins are alot nicer. So really it was all about lodging.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 02, 2004, 02:25:58 PM
Mike, to verify, we are talking about September 25th and 26th?

TMTanglers will host a tournament in 2005. But the problem with our club is that most of our members are in Alabama.  Until I recruit some members from MS & LA they will want to have it in Alabama.  This isn't a problem for me, because there are some GREAT places to fish there.  But I am wondering if your clubs have 6 members from each who are willing to travel that far for a fishing tournament that doesn't involve FLW or BASS.   
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 02, 2004, 03:00:18 PM
Yes the dates are correct. Getting poeple to travel to the far away lands is not an issue, everyone wants to go. The problem is finding a date that conflicts the least. We do have several members that fish other larger organizations and are regretting that they are previously obligated. So if planned in advance attendance should be good, but to early and you take a chance on conflicting with wth bigger events.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Quick Skirt on August 03, 2004, 07:27:19 AM
My fishing partner is bassadict69 and will not be able to go so will we allow subs and if so is there anyone with a back seat open  :o
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 03, 2004, 08:32:01 AM
Mastertech, this is the first tournament we have like this so we are pretty much open right now. I would like to see it be a club oriented tournament but for this one if you do not belong to a club we will put you with one of the clubs as an honorary member. The whole point to having this tournament is meet everyone on the board and to share information between clubs, and finally to promote this site. Mike and Laurie have done alot of work to provide this site for free so I hoping this will be something that will get more people involved with the site. I think this tournament will grow quite a bit next year and hopefully more so in years to come. We kind of came up with it earlier in this summer and putting it together has been a challenge. I think next year we will be more prepared and will have more input on it.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 03, 2004, 10:12:28 AM
Rattle, Mastertech is a member of the Twin Cities Team Club. Bassadict has a conflict and can not make it so Mastertech is looking for a partner from the board. All of your reply still applies just to the boater that Mastertech hopefully will find. I don't think it has been said in this thread yet but I wanted to thank you Rattle for being so diligent and working so hard to put this togeter it is going to be a great time thanks to you. ~mcc~
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 03, 2004, 12:44:10 PM
It's no problem, I enjoy doing it. I just hope the fish cooperate that weekend.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 03, 2004, 01:59:22 PM
It is not going to be a problem getting Mastertech in a boat.  Jeff and I already talked about it, and we will split up if we need to.  If that is what we do, we will have another back seat open.  I hope some others are going to jump in also.

Also, thanks Rattle for all you have and are going to do.

I thought you were "guaranteeing" lots of fish catching that weekend! ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 04, 2004, 08:40:05 AM
Ok guys and gals Laurie has put the rules up for everyone to view. Look to the left on the side bar and there is a link to them. At the bottom of the page under information # (3) will be updated soon, we had some problems between our software so somehow in the cut and paste procees it got messed up. Also keep checking them because there may be some changes made in the future. I will have hard copies of the rules at the tournament.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 04, 2004, 09:25:44 AM
I have a suggestion concening the trophy.  We could get a revolving trophy.  Each year the winning club and the name is added. That club gets to keep the trophy for a year.  It shows the history of the tournament.  I play with a golf group that has been doing this for 12 years. It really makes the trophy meaningful.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on August 04, 2004, 09:37:36 AM
How about next year, make it a place where us northern boys can get to, and show you southern boys how to fish!!! A half way point would be good, like south Carolina or something.......or are you afraid of getting Whamped!!

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 04, 2004, 09:45:41 AM
I game for any place, there's nothing like kickin butt in another state.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 04, 2004, 09:46:36 AM
Wildcat that's a great idea.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 04, 2004, 10:11:15 AM
Great ideas, I love the revolving trophy deal, and Dundee I am sure that next year this could be alot more centralized. Besides Dundee I would love to have you teach me something new  ;D When we started this idea this year there were only a handful of poeple on the forum and mostly from Louisiana so there was not much thought into going into another state. But that is definately in the cards for next year.

Just to put it out there we have several fisherman that could split up and bring two boats is anyone wants to fly or drive in for the event. I do realize that money and time off work is and issue but just wanted to throw that out there just in case.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 04, 2004, 12:03:54 PM
DundeeMike, Hey Yankee Boy. In typical Yankee fashion you think you can out fish southern boys.  What an awaking you will have!

Many years ago I lived for a short period of time in Maryland.  Worked in Baltimore and lived on the bay.  It was nice scenery but what you guys call bass we call minnows here.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 04, 2004, 12:17:50 PM
Wildcat, I just saw your response for "State" and got a kick out of it, thanks.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 04, 2004, 12:26:22 PM
Wildcat, AMEN brother.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 04, 2004, 01:40:11 PM
I am in!

Count me in as an honorary member of whichever club is shortest on members.  My partner has never fished a tournament before so I do not think we will be much help, but we plan on having fun regardless.  I really do want this to become an annual tradition and am looking forward to meeting you folks.

Questions:  What is the name of the body of water we are fishing?  Where did you say I can buy a map?  Do I need to rent a cabin at Sam Houston State Park? 

Looking forward to it...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on August 04, 2004, 02:34:20 PM
Wildcat, So you lived in Maryland for a short while, glad you liked the scenery. As for your fishing, you must have done some wrong things to catch, in your words" minnows". See, us northern fisherman know how to catch big fish, in pressured waters. You are not counting Mudfish as bass are you? I just think, next year we might be able to settle this. Oh, by the way, you can not use live bait.....

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 04, 2004, 03:26:52 PM
Dundee, you must have caught a cypress trout or two in your day to know what they were. We all down here count them because of the pull :o besides they often win the junk fish pot...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on August 04, 2004, 03:37:05 PM
 Mike, When I lived in Florida for 8 years, I caught my share of the Snakehead cousins....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 04, 2004, 03:48:25 PM
Ahhh Yes florida, spent a couple years there myself, when the bass fishing would get slow I would go find me a mud fish or two....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 04, 2004, 04:24:52 PM
The t-shirts are going to run about $10. I need to know exactly how many to order so if you want one or two let me know and what size you want. 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 04, 2004, 04:36:03 PM
Hey Rattle! Are the shirts going to come in ladies sizes or just mens?

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 04, 2004, 05:53:46 PM
Rattle....I'll take 2 shirts...large...thank you.  When do you need money?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 04, 2004, 06:06:06 PM
Is there a size or slot limit on the Calcasieu River?  If not, are we going to impose one for the tournament?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 04, 2004, 07:08:33 PM
Laurie, I think they are just standard size but I will check tomorrow to make sure. I do know that the XX is a dollar more but I figured those in so some of the shirts may actually be cheaper than $10. 

Mike I will collect all money at the tournament including entry fees. If some of yall get there early I will go and meet yall collect money and give out shirts the rest I will collect Saturday at check in. I will be pulling my camper there Thursday so If some of yall get there that day I will meet with yall and shoot the bull a bit and maybe even show yall some of the river and of course some area attractions.

 Bo, no there is not a slot or size limit on the river but for the tournament we will have a 12 inch limit. I May have over looked putting that in the rules but like I posted earlier there will be some changes.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 04, 2004, 07:32:31 PM
Thanks Rattle,
I will make the changes that you sent to me this evening. I really appreciate you taking this on and doing such a great job with it....

Tight Lines,
~cf
Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 04, 2004, 07:42:10 PM
If nothing drastic happens, I will be there on Thursday.  I do want to see the river.  I know the area attractions....CASINO'S  >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 04, 2004, 07:51:41 PM
Mike I got you down for 2 large. Yep there are a few casinos in this area of course that should be nothing new for yall.  ;D And let me say one thing about Lake Charles is there are plenty of places to eat.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 04, 2004, 07:58:39 PM
I spent a few nights in hotels there several years ago while doing some audits....tons of places to eat with great food.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 05, 2004, 09:25:21 AM
I ordered maps from this guy:

http://www.shiptoshoreco.com

I will let everyone know how they are.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 06, 2004, 12:35:40 PM
Mike I reserved a cabin for yall today and I'm glad I did because it was the last one.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 06, 2004, 12:43:57 PM
Well that is a big thank you!!! I am glad that at least one of us is thinking  :-[ I totally forgot about the cabin. Hey once again how many people does the cabin accomodate?

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 06, 2004, 12:57:03 PM
Beds for 6 people, now I'm sure you can throw some on the floor. My camper will probably be full but if someone needs space I'm sure I can fit them in.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 06, 2004, 01:28:22 PM
Well so far there is:

Mike and Laurie
Mike and Jeff
Papa and Trey
Bo and Guest - "Honorary Members"
Shawn

and I don't know of any others so if you plan on attending let someone know so that we can make sure that you are counted.

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 06, 2004, 05:38:10 PM
Shawn has already posted that he wants to go.  We might need floor space.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 06, 2004, 06:04:01 PM
We will make room don't worry.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 06, 2004, 06:29:21 PM
I think we still have a good blow up matress that can go on the floor and plenty of sleeping bags too so we will makeit comfortable one way or another  ;D

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 07, 2004, 10:26:13 PM
Good news.  I reserved a cabin for me and my partner (Mitch) last week.  So if it sleeps six we still have plenty of room for more.   
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 07, 2004, 10:48:36 PM
Great deal Bo, I am still hoping that we get a few more folks to come as it gets closer and schedules start to firm up.

On that note anyone from another state or club that would like to come enjoy the get together is more than welcome, the format this year is for a club fish off with a team event mixed in but we would love to have any Ultimate Bass member or guest to be honorary members for the purposes of the team weights.

Come one Come all it is going to be a great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cant say it enough but Thank You Rattle and your club for hosting the first annual Ultimatebass.com event.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 07, 2004, 11:01:43 PM
Mike, we just got back from fishing a little friendly tournament on the river and from the looks of it we are going to have a good turn out from our club. Everybody is looking forward to it. I order the trophies last week and I'm working on the t-shirts as we speak. That reminds me, whoever is reading this and is interested in getting a t-shirt or two you need to let me know soon. I will only make to order so in another words there will be no extras at the tournament. And like Mike said in the previous post if anyone is interested in fishing the tournament we will more than welcome you.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 07, 2004, 11:05:05 PM
Rattle I don't know if Laurie put us in for shirts yet or not, but we need 4, two large for me and two medium for her. I remember her posting wondering if they had wemons sizes, but don't remember where it went fromt there.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 07, 2004, 11:09:33 PM
Mike, if I can get the women sizes I will, let me know what size she wears in that if not I will order her two mediums.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 07, 2004, 11:11:03 PM
Oh sure you want to get me into trouble  PoPo I have no idea what wemons sizes are, best to let her answer that one  ;D I'm sure she will I will let her know
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 07, 2004, 11:14:12 PM
Laurie is smoking the keyboard right now updating the site, She says if you can find them  "womens medium", she said don't kill yourself looking for them because a "mens SMALL" will be just fine. See I told you I would screw it up....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 07, 2004, 11:14:44 PM
That's funny ;D, but you are right maybe it's best if she gives out that information.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 07, 2004, 11:16:08 PM
I'll do my best best, I definately don't want to p*** off Mother Nature.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 07, 2004, 11:18:40 PM
Don't kill yourself you have already made great kudos with Mother Nature  ;D Thanks for all the hard work and I am very much looking forward to this trip, maybe we should start a count down on this thread.... Noble you are the numbers man....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 08, 2004, 07:07:28 AM
Mike, we need to get a count on shirts.  I will check with Jeff.

Today is already here so it doesn't count....46 to go.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on August 08, 2004, 08:22:30 AM
Trey and I will need 4, 2 large and 2 med. lookng forward to going. I am going to see if I can get Dan to go. I think we have an odd man and if I can get Dan to go we will have two odd men :{_ Dan when you read this remember to smile aa aa.

OH YEAH Dan I may need to borrow some money also ;D

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on August 08, 2004, 09:07:01 AM
Hey Rattle, you probably answered this but How far is the nearest Hotel?
I have gotton way to old to do air mattresses and if the cabin holds 6 I see someone on the floor. And if Dan goes I can't see him on the floor either :'(

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 08, 2004, 10:07:33 AM
Papa,
there are actually two cabins, since Bo has one reserved as well. As far as I know he only has his partner and himself in that one so there is still plenty of room.

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 08, 2004, 02:26:47 PM
Rattle, please order one XL for me and one XXL for my partner. 

Mike is right...thx for organizing this whole deal. 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 08, 2004, 02:43:50 PM
Papa, there are two cabins reserved, by the way thanks for reserving one Bo that gave me a sigh of relief. If yall end up with more than 12 coming down don't fear Lake Charles is only 10 minutes away and there is no shortage on hotels. I would hate to see anyone have to get a hotel though it's alot more fun when everyone is together. I just got on my guys to get their camping spots reserved.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on August 08, 2004, 07:39:59 PM
Thanks that makes me feel better!

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 08, 2004, 08:49:24 PM
Papa, if you could get Daniel to go that would be great.  We have an extra fisherman right now that could pair up with Daniel.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 08, 2004, 08:51:53 PM
Mike while I know you are online I just wanted to tell you that I really appreciate all the work that you have done on this end to organize us all and remind us what we need to. You are doing a fabulous job!

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on August 09, 2004, 09:02:58 AM
I just haven't been able to stand all the talk on here about this tournament and not be able to go.

Nothing is definate, but I am working on a way that I can go to this. Hopefully I should know in a day or two! Don't go making any boater changes just yet since this may fall through but I am trying!


Laurie, is there a way to put together all the pertinent info on this in one spot. Such as just the posts with the dates, locations, map info, river info, etc.? I know there are 2 or 3 posts in all these with all the info, but it would be nice to have it all on one page.
Just a thought...I haven't had time to look back through all the posts to dig it all up!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 09, 2004, 09:31:53 AM
James, here is some of the information...from my memory...which could be a problem.

Dates - September 25 - 26
Location - Calcasieu River, north of Lake Charles
Lodging - State Park on the river

If you look on the left of the fishing reports (navigation area), there is the "Ultimate Bass Annual Tournament - rules".  Click on that and it will give you some of the information.

I sure hope you can make it...the more the merrier.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on August 09, 2004, 10:12:19 AM
What is the name of the State park? Is there any online info?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 09, 2004, 10:46:52 AM
The name of the park is Sam Houston Jones State Park. I put up a link to it on this thread, I believe it is on page 3.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 09, 2004, 10:55:46 AM
Hey Rattle, has it been decided where we will launch for the Ultimate tournament.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 09, 2004, 12:18:09 PM
Basic Info:

Dates - September 25 - 26
Location - Calcasieu River, north of Lake Charles
Lodging - State Park on the river
Link to Lodging - http://www.crt.state.la.us/crt/parks/samhoust/Shjones.htm


Ok here is the info on the maps that I found:

I ordered maps from this guy:

http://www.shiptoshoreco.com

I will let everyone know how they are.

As for the rest of the information it is on this page:

http://ultimatebass.com/annual-fishing-tournament.php
you can look to the left and find the link under Ultimate Bass Annual Tournament

Hope that helps,
Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 09, 2004, 12:25:33 PM
Right now it is set for Parkside but as you know Parkside is up for sale. I have permission to use the launch and covered pavilion ( the launch by the way is free) but if they sell it before the tournament I will have to get with the new owner for permission, that is why I haven't put a definite location down. If it falls through we will probably use the Moss Bluff launch, or White Oak launch. I would like to keep it close to the camp ground for our Northern friends but weather will determine Moss Bluff or White Oak because of the pavilions.   
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 09, 2004, 02:10:02 PM
What is the name of the State park? Is there any online info?

Here you go:

http://www.crt.state.la.us/crt/parks/samhoust/Shjones.htm
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 09, 2004, 02:19:58 PM
I joined Map Card and you can make, modify, or do what ever with a topo map that you want. They cover 48 states and it's $14.95 a year. You can download, print or e-mail as many maps as you want. Here's the link www.mapcard.com. I will let Mike and Laurie have a peek at mine when they get here, of course I won't let look too long >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 09, 2004, 02:37:21 PM
Guess I will have to bring my 007 secret watch camera, that way I won't need long ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 09, 2004, 02:56:15 PM
What about the rest of us...and which Mike?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 09, 2004, 03:12:41 PM
Noble, I guess I can let you take a peek too. ;D. I would print everyone a copy but man does it take a long time to print all those pages. My printer and computer are not exactly speedy. Seriously if you want a copy of my map I can go down to Office Depot and have color copies made. It's 14 pages so it would probably run about $5 to have color prints done. Ok, with that in mind if you are interested in a map let me know and I'll print one up for you. Now if you want it in a pretty binder like mine it's gonna cost extra ;D. Just put in the order and I'll add it to your bill.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 09, 2004, 03:14:15 PM
Thats okay Rattle.  I can't read maps anyway and I sure can't fold one back up.

Thanks for the offer.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 09, 2004, 03:24:17 PM
That's the beauty of the ones I make, you don't have to fold them.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 09, 2004, 03:57:57 PM
Just to note : in the rules we have fishing times starting at 6:00 AM that will probably change because by the time the tournament rolls around it's going to be dark at 6:00 AM. We will adjust the time accordingly when it gets closer. I want to make sure we have safe running light for this one.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on August 09, 2004, 04:00:15 PM
tHAT WEBSITE IS AWESOME...i HAVE BEEN ON IT THE LAST HOUR OR SO. i LIKE BEING ABLE TO SWAP BACK & FORTH BETWEEN TOPO & PHOTO!



OOPS!! Sorry for the caps, I guess I should have looked up from the keyboard while I was typing!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 09, 2004, 04:04:30 PM
I agree, it's worth every penny.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 17, 2004, 04:13:35 PM
Ok guys, I got your answer to the tide question, well sort of. If the winds are cooperating the tide will run about 2hrs later than what's on the tide chart for Calcasieu Pass. Now if there is a strong south wind it will keep the tide from moving out of the river so throw the tide chart away. By the same token if there is a strong North wind the tide will run out for longer periods. The best thing to do is call the Salt Water Barrier and ask for the operator. He can tell you what the tide is doing or should be doing. The number is 337-433-5013. Store it in your cell phone, you can call them while you are on the river and they will tell you what is going on.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 18, 2004, 07:13:28 PM
Thanks Jared,

number stored :)

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 18, 2004, 07:18:36 PM
Hey Rattle....those giving out tide information aren't related to weathermen are they????  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 18, 2004, 07:31:02 PM
You know Mike taht's a good point. If they are related forget it you know it won't be accurate.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 18, 2004, 08:25:26 PM
From what I remember when fishing in south Louisiana and all the posts on tides....they are affected by the moon, wind, rain; which are all related to the weather.  They could be right....they could be wrong....they still get paid.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 19, 2004, 10:00:39 AM
Amazing isn't it?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 19, 2004, 09:15:24 PM
I just hope that the TIDE isn't too quick or I may be spending the day hanging over board  :-X I need to make sure to bring some sea sickness meds....  :-[

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 20, 2004, 10:15:28 AM
Laurie, we will be fishing above the salt water dam which is approxiately 35 miles from the gulf.  If you don't get sea sick in a pool you won't get sick on the River.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 20, 2004, 10:19:26 AM
Unfortunately my boat control is what makes people sea sick, I think she is getting used to it  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 20, 2004, 10:26:09 AM
You probably won't really even notice when it starts to move, it's kind of a subtle thing on the surface.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 20, 2004, 10:40:47 AM
So whats the trick to knowing it has changed, When I fished tidal waters I only new it change when you could see the current on the surface.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 20, 2004, 11:44:48 AM
Most of the time there is not a lot of tidal movement on the Calcasieu since the barrier was built.  If there is a strong incoming tide the barrier is kept closed so the water does not rise much resulting in a small out going tide. If the water is high above the barrier when the tide turns then they keep the barrier open and it will run pretty good.  There is almost always a river current.  But that does not mean the cuts are running.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 20, 2004, 12:17:00 PM
This barrier? I take it that it is a tide control? Once again man screwing with mother nature, that usually doesn't turn out to good.

So the best chance for good water movement is on the out going tide (note to self). Typically the bite is better when the water is moving, is that true in south La. also
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 20, 2004, 01:27:34 PM
Yes the bite is typically better when the tide is moving out but it's going to also depend on how strong it's pulling and for how long. Yet somemore to confuse you with. I can tell when the tide starts running by( and I know you are going to think I'm crazy) the bubbles that start appearing all over. What happens is when it starts running it starts to draw the water out causing the bottom to become unsettled therefor causing bubbles to rise to the surface. 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 20, 2004, 01:38:27 PM
Nope not crazy at all that makes sense. Is the tide change always strongest on the way out because of the barrier control
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 20, 2004, 01:59:01 PM
The Engineers have channeled the lower river so much that salt water was going way up river and killing all the cypress plus messing up bass fishing.  So a water control barrier was built to keep the salt water out.  They just close it and block the incoming tide from going any further upriver. The barrier is built on the north west edge of Lake Charles.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 20, 2004, 02:03:58 PM
Yes it is stronger on outgoing uless of course you have a strong South Wind.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 21, 2004, 09:36:56 PM
I went to Sam Houston Park today to check some things out and I took a Couple of pictures while I was there. Hope this gives you Northern boys and Girls an idea of what to expect.

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Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 21, 2004, 09:43:49 PM
The first picture in the last post is where all the fish stories will be told and of course some eating between stories.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on August 21, 2004, 10:22:24 PM
Rattle that looks Awesome!!! Laurie and I are very much looking forward to meeting everyone, I know this is going to be a great time.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 22, 2004, 09:24:29 AM
Great pictures Rattle.  Thanks for posting the pictures.  Sort of reminds me of a river.  I think I saw a fish hit in the third picture....  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 22, 2004, 10:03:21 AM
No problem guys, I would have taken more but my memory chip was full. I'm starting to get pumped, we only have a month to go.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 22, 2004, 09:38:40 PM
I love the pictures Rattle, I know this is giong to be a great tournament! great fun! and great to meet everyone! I am already getting ideas about nextyears tournament and I have some good ones  >:D I absolutly love get togethers so this is the kind of thing that I want to promote as much as possible for next year... Of course there will be some braggin rights to be had and some trophies and so on... I love the look of the Park that is great!

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 23, 2004, 08:31:59 AM
I hate to jump ahead and start talking about next year but with everything going as good as it is now with the first event, I think in years to come this thing is going to grow and be down right awesome.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 23, 2004, 08:48:45 AM
Really it's ok.... talk about next year :) I am already excited about the coming years!

I just wanted to take the time to welcome our newest Ultimate Bass Team Member! Welcome To The Team Rattle! I look forward to many future events and I know that they are going to be outstanding!

Mother Nature
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 25, 2004, 08:35:09 AM
Is there an estimate yet of how many from each club will be fishing this tournament.  I would like to know.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 25, 2004, 08:39:17 AM
My best guess on north Louisiana folks is 4 teams (8 people) and 2 people from Alabama (Bo Crawford and partner).  There is a chance that we could pick up one or two more people from north Louisiana.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 25, 2004, 09:01:11 AM
Hopefully after our meeting tonight I will have a good idea of how many to expect from our club.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 25, 2004, 09:33:53 AM
Go Alabama, proud of you guys for making the trip.  I have played a lot of golf all over the state of Alabama, from Birmingham to Gulf shores to Auburn.  I guess it is time I start fishing Alabama.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on August 25, 2004, 09:36:58 AM
 Laurie, Glad to hear you are thinking about next year. If the tournament can be moved to lets say Santee Cooper in South Carolina, I know my club and I am sure other clubs would fish it. Moving it to other areas on a rotation would be great for the Ultimate Bass members that live in different states..I already talked to my club members, and they said that they would fish it, if it was closer, about 1/2 way between states. Then us northern boys can show you all southern people how to really fish.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on August 25, 2004, 01:08:28 PM
Yeah North would be cool, we could take a little vacation and show those panty waist, 4lb line throwing Northerns how to fish.LOL ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 25, 2004, 01:23:30 PM
So Rattle....really, what is your opinion???
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on August 25, 2004, 01:33:01 PM
Make that two guys from Mississippi...we do fish in Alabama though.

My best guess on north Louisiana folks is 4 teams (8 people) and 2 people from Alabama (Bo Crawford and partner).  There is a chance that we could pick up one or two more people from north Louisiana.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 25, 2004, 01:42:30 PM
Sorry Bo...got confused on states.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on August 25, 2004, 04:40:54 PM
Hey Rattle, If they do move it closer up north, next year,I want to see you use 4 lb test, and all you will catch is a cold. I can see now by that statement, It's going to be like stealing candy from a baby[southern baby]...!!!!  Waaaaahhh
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on August 25, 2004, 07:04:07 PM
I definitely would like to move it up north or wherever is closer for more people.  But we are going to have to talk about "timing".  Dundee, you said catch a cold.  When I think about a cold, I think about winter.  I AIN'T DOING NO ICE FISHING.  Ice is meant to keep your drink cold...not fish thru.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on August 26, 2004, 02:54:37 AM
Ok here is my thought on Next Year, and remember that for now it is just a thought as we have an Events Organization Team Captain and we will work on all of this together, but I would like your thoughts...

My thought is to get more clubs active on the forum (hence all the work we have been putting into the whole site) so that we will have more places to choose from.

I figure sometime in January we will announce that we are looking for a club to host the 2005 Annual Club Shoot Out in their state. The clubs that are interested will have to post or submit their proposal and then we will either draw from a hat or find a fair way to pick where we will go. There are several things to consider when hosting a tournament and having been the Tournament Director for Ultimate Bass for several years I will tell you right now it is not a walk in the park.

I fully intend to have this be a rotating event where it is held in a different state each year to give everyone a chance to fish it and host it if they so choose. I do not want it to turn into a free for all so one of the restrictions will be that to participate your club and hopfully you will have to be a member of this site.

This is by no means a way for Ultimate Bass or the club itself to make money it is simply a way to get all of the forum members in a place where they can interact and meet one another. I would like to see us get some sponsors for next year so that we could offer some nice prizes.

That's the thought for now...

Tight Lines,
Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on August 26, 2004, 05:31:49 AM
Laurie, Our club just hosted an open tourney, to raise funds for the club. I am also the tournament director, and you are correct in saying, it's not a walk in the park. There is a lot of preparation, and planing that goes into one of these events.....

Mike, I do not ice fish either. We have fished here in January, along as the water isn't frozen.

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 26, 2004, 08:50:59 AM
My idea of holding the tournament up north would be around Shreveport.  Thats north to us.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on August 26, 2004, 09:54:44 AM
  Wildcat, I guess if you come up any farther north, you'd get a nose bleed, HuH? I know you southeners can't take the altitude change. If you can catch fish up north, then you become a real bass fisherman.....


Bring the Shoot Out "NORTH" next year if you Dare...[/size][/color]
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on August 26, 2004, 04:41:59 PM
I get cold if its below 80 degrees.  But I guess for the sake of Bass Fishing I would put on the long johns and go up yonder and teacher you yankees how to fish. I would rather do that than have ya'll pack your little carpet bags and come down here.  God if ya'll got a good old taste of southern bass fishing we would never get rid of you.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 01, 2004, 11:45:29 AM
Not counting today, we have 24 days to go.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 01, 2004, 01:00:47 PM
Hey Guys & Gal's,

There's a Days Inn about 3-4 miles from the launch, the price is 47.00 a night I think, that's booking over the internet, I'm trying very hard to work things out so that me & the wife came make this tournment. That's why we are checking out the area motels, in case we do make it on spur of the minute!

I will post more on the area motels & hotels in the morning for the others who may not have a cabin!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 01, 2004, 01:19:21 PM
Ricky there are a bunch of hotels and motels in the area. Lake Charles is just down the road.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 01, 2004, 01:25:21 PM
Rattle,

Are there any extra things one should know about running the river there???  Any info for someone never fishing the Calcasieu? I want to prefish there, but this tournment trip to Ala. kind of has me short of days & time to run & visit the  river and see how it is.

Thanks for any help & info,

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 01, 2004, 01:33:58 PM
Ricky, from where we will launch the main thing to worry about is the no wake zone by the camp ground. Other than that the South end is pretty good running, about the only danger is floaters (logs), but you shouldn't have to worry about that especially since we haven't had any floods in the past couple of months. Now if you go North above Hecker it gets hairy, the river gets narrow and shallow in some places. You defenitely do not want to run WOT up there. Depending on the speed of your boat you are looking at about a 35 to 45 minute run to get that far up though.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 01, 2004, 01:53:04 PM
Rickoos, don't worry about the prefish all of us northern LA. boys are going blind also. It's about the get together more than anything. I really do hope it works out so that you can make it.

As far as lodging, message Bo Crawford, he has rented a cabin and I believe he has only his partner going in on it. They sleep several and I am sure he could use help splitting the cost. That way you would be right there with the rest of us and don't have to worry about your equipment in a motel/hotel.

Bo I hope I was not to forward in posting this  ::)

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 01, 2004, 01:59:36 PM
While in the West Fork of the river, thats probably where we will launch, you do not need to run WOT.  The river has many bends and turns and there have been a number of accidents over the years from boats going around curves to fast.  Run on your side of the river and at a sane speed.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 01, 2004, 02:02:17 PM
I should have mentioned that the main river is a lot wider and not so curvey, plenty of space for WOT.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 01, 2004, 02:35:52 PM
Mike Noble may have to slow down in the curves, that Nitro probably won't handle them that well. Now for those of you running  boats like Javelins, Rangers, or even Cobras you shouldn't have any problems.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 01, 2004, 02:39:06 PM
Don't worry about the Nitro...you will get a good view as you will be...of course...behind me.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 01, 2004, 02:43:36 PM
LMAO~

Mike they just won't let sleeping dogs lay will they?  >:D You just need to tell them that your little Nitro will do just fine at the erm 35 MPH WOT that was quoted, and it will take the corners ok too.... just as long as you have a hold of the O'shit handle to brace for the bumps and skipppppps..

All kidding aside, those 24 days are going to seem like an eternity. I can't wait to meet everyone!

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 01, 2004, 02:48:21 PM
Now you are getting on my case.  Just wait till we get there.  And hang on...the pool party got here so the trip south will get here too.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 01, 2004, 02:54:56 PM
I foresee an interesting take-off for the saturday morning races-I mean tournament!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 01, 2004, 03:05:32 PM
I just think that it should be as fun as possible and if I have to get ol' Mikey a little rilled up all the more fun  >:D

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 01, 2004, 03:06:19 PM
Thanks Rattle & Mike,

This will be the first, well maybe the 2rd fishing tournment the wife has ever been in, counting the Ala. one in 2 weekends from now. So, if we do or not caught fish, it is just a fun time on the river and like you said, a fun time to meet everyone and put faces to names, and maybe with a little help, I can put her on a fish or to, that's my goal, even if I don't caught, is to get her on a fish or two!

See, Bassadict69, that's how you get that new Nitro, give her all the fish & credit, then that big nice pretty Nitro will follow soon! ;D

My rig will only run 42-45 mph, so there will not be a long haul, unless some nice Nitro is willing to pull me there faster! ;D :D  With the wife, I'm having to learn Bass Boat Driving 101 again in my second life, since she doesn't like the super fast speeds in the curves!

Hope to see you all there,

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 01, 2004, 03:16:44 PM
I really think that after the boat race take off, I will hang around with my dip-net and pick up all the keeper Bass that gets washed up along the bank for the first few 100 yards! ;D :P

Cheers,

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 01, 2004, 03:24:55 PM
Ricky, it looks like you fish out of the same kind of boat as Wildcat. You can follow him, he knows where all the fish are anyway.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 01, 2004, 03:27:40 PM
Richoos, sounds like you could pull the Nitro faster than it could pull you  :o

From what I here, catching a few fish is not the problem catching a monster might be tough. But 12-14 inchers sound like they are very plentyful, thats why this area got picked.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 01, 2004, 03:32:00 PM
Shoot Wildcat would probably pay for a 12 incher after his last few tournaments. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 01, 2004, 03:43:36 PM
I'm be looking for Wildcat for sure! :D
It would be nice to get on a bunch of nice fish, even if they are small, no better way to pump up than great feeling of our sport than setting the hook on a few fish! Shoot, might get that big ole "NITRO" sooner, you never Know! aa

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 01, 2004, 04:20:18 PM
Rattle, I have decided that I can not night fish. To far past my bedtime I guess.  I might have paid for a fish on Cotile.  But don't count me out on the river, I have fished it a few times in the past.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 01, 2004, 04:36:58 PM
Oh believe me, I know you can catch fish on the river. If I'm not mistaken the last tournament on the river yall had caught over 20.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 01, 2004, 04:52:22 PM
I think I might try and run over Sat. mid-morning and see have things look and fish a little while just to get a feel of the river & area.

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 01, 2004, 07:47:18 PM
Ricky,
I think that would be a great idea, would you let me know if you catch some good ones? I know that we are not going to get to prefish but we can at least hope for some good stories from the ones that do ;)

I am gonna get nervous Rattle if you keep telling stories like that, 20 lbs. I would settle for a good day fishing and that happens everytime I get to go out with Mike.

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 01, 2004, 08:08:09 PM
You missunderstood, it wasn't 20 lbs, it was 20 fish. 20lbs on the river would probably be a record. It should take about 9 to 10 lbs a day to win this one. I would not be suprised however to see a 12 lb stringer on one of the days. it will take one better than 4lbs to take big bass but don't expect to see too many that size.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 01, 2004, 08:50:37 PM
LMAO~

well that is a little more reasonable  :o I was really getting worried that we would have to catch 20 lbs. on a river where we haven't been able to fish or even visit yet  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 01, 2004, 09:24:59 PM
Shoot , who all wants to go wed? ;D Rattle when will the cabin be available, Trey and I might just take off the whole week >:D
I am ready ;D

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 01, 2004, 09:30:19 PM
Papa,
I am pretty sure that we are only going to get to leave Thursday. I would love to take the whole week off but I am gonna have to find someone to stay with Jamie as it is since we will be gone and she will have to be able to get to work. I don't think that Mike will let her drive the car with just her permit   aa

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 01, 2004, 10:01:32 PM
I was just messing around, maybe >:D

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 07:43:08 AM
I know that if we don't go and look this weekend, we will not get to see the place until that Sat. morning of the tournment, that's when we plan on trailering in, maybe Fri. night if all works out.
I will post what we do & find Sat. night!

Cheers,

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 08:10:40 AM
Richoos,

I will be on the river Saturday Morning, keep an eye out for me. I have a Special Edition (red) 175. Waiting for my partner to make up his mind as to what area we will fish. I do not know how late I will stay with ESPN game day in Baton Rouge, if the fish are not biting good I will probably go home an watch game day and then the TIGERS at 5:00.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: crazybass on September 02, 2004, 08:18:28 AM
Is the annual tournament anywhere near Ft. Polk? I told Dundee Mike it takes about 25 hours to drive to Ft. Polk from Maryland. What is the closest town to the ramp? I told Dundee Mike to pack his little carpet bag and if he can get away you never know who may show up. Hey guys we really are not Yankees, Maryland is below the Mason Dixon Line. Thanks, Crazybass
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 08:24:46 AM
Ft. Polk is at Leesville, LA.  Moss Bluff is probably an hour or just over an hour south of there.  The closest big town is Lake Charles, LA.  The closest small town is Moss Bluff.

What does the Mason Dixon line have to do with it...people from south Louisiana consider anything above the half-way point in Louisiana a yankee...like Shreveport.  Now that I moved up here, I consider the Louisiana state line (Louisiana/Arkansas border) the cutoff point.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 08:52:42 AM
Pretty much anything South of Alexandria you are considered a coonass, Alexandria on North all the way through Arkansas you are a redneck, anything above that Yankee.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: crazybass on September 02, 2004, 09:06:46 AM
O.K. Rattle you got me! We've heard of grits, catfish & hush puppies, hot sauce on everything and Bar-B-Que but what's a coonass?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 02, 2004, 09:08:30 AM
Oh I can't wait to hear how you tell him this one....

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 09:23:40 AM
This should be very interesting.  I'll say its another word for "cajun".

And Rattle...I'm originally from Baton Rouge...not a coonass...more likely a redneck.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 09:53:51 AM
A coonass is a flat talkin, cajun that never thinks the food is seasoned enough. Which reminds me, the food will be well seasoned Saturday night, a coonass will be cooking. We pretty much eat anything that at one time or another was living. Things like squirrels, nutria rats, raccoons, rabbits, and deer. Now I draw the line at opossums, I'm not eating anything that ugly, but there are some coonasses that will eat dem critters. Most coonasses will deny the tradition in their younger years but once that hit that magical age of 50 the suspenders are coming out the closet. Their wardrobe will go from dress pants and a nice shirt and tie to either coveralls or blue jeans that don't fit their waiste, hince the suspenders, and the nappiest button down shirt you can find. Depending on the class of coonass that shirt may or may not be tucked in. Slip on shoes become a must, tieing gets too complicated with the beer belly in the way. Teeth are really just optional once you hit this stage. You just learn to cook you meals a little longer so they tender up and you can gum your food down. I can say this we are known for our hospitality and great food, and we have a few Boudreaux jokes to go along with it.  I hope this gives you a good idea of what a coonass is.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 10:08:53 AM
One question about supper....you are NOT feeding us nutria rats are you  ???

And a coonass will eat ANYTHING that don't eat him/her first.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: crazybass on September 02, 2004, 10:25:02 AM
Rattle, you almost described Dundee Mike (suspenders, teeth, belly, etc.) to a tee. The menu sounds delicious (roadkill on I-95)' who's cooking Jethrone & Granny. Thanks for the description, I think we will just brown bag it!!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 10:37:57 AM
Oh, I can see that this is going to be fun! "CoonAss", in the eyes of the beholder! ;D :D ;D

Wildcat, I will look for you Sat. morning, We will be riding & looking a bunch, so flag me down with that white Ranger flag they always talk about! :o ;D
It will be mid-morning before we get there, so I will look for you!
I don't have the painted hull, at least not yet! I think there's a "Yellow" paint job in the making as we speak for the top cap and sides!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 10:58:00 AM
Hey Rattle,

That was goood!!!!! ;)  I can say that you have a way with "words" for sure! I never had crying or water eyes, until I met & married my "cajun" wife, now when she calls and says meal is ready, the eyes already go into the crying mode, if there's no tears, its not seasoned enough!  ;D

Happy fishing!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 11:17:53 AM
Rattle, you forgot armadillo,s, the are good bar-be-qued (the only way I have ever had them.  Cajans, (coonasses) go on camping trips with a little grease and seasoning and leave everything else up to nature.

Rickoos, where do you plan on launching from?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 11:44:30 AM
Mike, I would never serve some good nutria to a Redneck. ;D We will be serving fried catfish and french fries.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on September 02, 2004, 12:22:11 PM
Rattle, I have a question for you. I own a Cajun bass boat, I have a belly, I like spicy food, I am missing some teeth, But I do not wear suspenders. I use a rope instead of a belt though. Does this make me a miss placed Coonass?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 12:28:40 PM
Do, you know any Boudreaux jokes?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on September 02, 2004, 12:31:38 PM
 Yes, I know a few of them. I would tell you a couple, but I do not think Laurie would keep the post up.So, do I qualify as a Coonass?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 12:32:24 PM
Wildcat,

Since we have never been there before, I was thinking Parkside, that's were the tournment will go out of huh? That way it will be a repete come tournment morning!  Any idea's or better idea's on launch and baits?
I will be driving a Nissian X-terra, green in color with the 175 Pro Special. We also plan on going by the Days Inn and checking it out too! Got to make sure we can get a bottom room so we can pull the ole cord out for the charger! Unless we hung it over all the rails from the top floor! ::) :P

See you Sat. I hope,

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 12:41:02 PM
Ricky, you can launch in the park or at Parkside Marine which is on the way to park. Either way you will be launching in the West Fork.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 12:44:52 PM
Dundee, you fit the bill, I guess we will have to call you a coonass. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 12:45:53 PM
I believe you are right Rattle...he took a wrong turn somewhere to end up in Maryland.  Dundee, if you come to south Louisiana...you might find relatives.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 12:48:15 PM
Rattle,

Were will we launch for the tournment? I will have to try and find a map when we get there Sat. morning, so we will not get lost, heck, I'm already lost and I haven't even left the house yet?  Westfork? Name of the section of the park or river?

Also, who and what address do we send our money in for the tournment? Could you email me that please.

Thanks for your help,

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 12:50:09 PM
His parents probably lost him in the swamp and he was later found by some tourist on a swamp tour. They took him up to Maryland and never to him any different.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on September 02, 2004, 12:51:44 PM
Mike, you are probably right about the relatives.Man, I just got a questioned answered that I have been wondering about for years. I couldn't understand why my mother always called me "you little Coonass" ,Thanks, now I know why.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 12:55:53 PM
Mike,
Do you want me to check on you a room also, since its "Home Coming" for you! You m ight even get a "coonass' discount if you tell them the story! ;D

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 01:04:24 PM
Thanks Rattle for the info!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on September 02, 2004, 01:07:13 PM
"Home coming", hmmm, does that mean you all are my cousins?Instead of calling it the Annual tournament, maybe we should rename it to "family reunion tournament". What do you think cousin Ricky?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: crazybass on September 02, 2004, 01:10:00 PM
Just remember Cousin Ricky all Dundee Mike's Cousins are KISSIN Cousins.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on September 02, 2004, 01:11:25 PM
Just had another thought about the "Family Reunion Tournament". All we would need is one room, HUH!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on September 02, 2004, 01:14:18 PM
 Hey crazybass, I am really sorry, but now that i know I am a Coonass, I cannot talk to your Yankee butt anymore......
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 01:18:45 PM
ALLRIGHT DUNDEE!!!! Now your getting the spirit!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on September 02, 2004, 01:22:16 PM
 Wildcat, Those yankees don't deserve the time of day, they always blame us coonasses for all their problems.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 01:22:58 PM
Hey...we might be related Dundee...both have the first name of "Mike".  ;D

And crazybass, only "kissin" cousins ...

When the word spreads that you are heading south Dundee, the pirogues will be loaded down coming out of the marsh.

Dundee...the proper name is "damn yankees". >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 01:25:46 PM
Wildcat,

Where are you going to launch at? I can see my plans changing every minute of the day. Just found out that I have 2 crews coming in late Fri. night or early Sat. morning, so I may be a little late getting to the landing, so I will have to look for you on the water!

I should know more by mid-afternoon tomorrow.

"Kissing Cousins" :o ;D 
Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on September 02, 2004, 01:32:10 PM
 Ricky, Now you got the family spirit, but please limit it to kissin only..
                  Mike, be careful of what you say about the "darn" yankees, they might want to use your words to start another war, like the one they LOST!!!!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: crazybass on September 02, 2004, 01:41:52 PM
Hey Dundee Mike why do I have to be the darn Yankee? It's going to be a long ride to the famly reunion. Is cousin Elmer P. and cousin Dan comming with us? Make sure you wear you Gray trap door longjohns. The last time we fished together near the toulies do you remember the snake that attached my bait? How you reacted when I pulled the snake towards the boat? I'm sure they have plenty of snakes and nasty swimming creatures down there (unless they recently had a cookout) You will need the trap door!!!  
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 01:43:42 PM
I will launch at parkside or mid-river and run down towards parkside.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: crazybass on September 02, 2004, 01:46:32 PM
O.K. Mike Noble, What in the world is a pirogues. I feel like you guys speak a different language.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 01:48:57 PM
It is a boat...smaller than a canoe...you do know what a canoe is, right?  No motor, just paddles.  Flat bottom, very narrow, DON'T STAND UP IN ONE, and glides across the water.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 02, 2004, 01:54:09 PM
Dundee, it is pronounced "P" "Row"..... ;)

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 01:55:00 PM
When you launch at parkside you have about 1/4 a mile of no wake in Indian Bayou before you reach the West Fork.  When you reach West fork the right is up the Fork to Sam Houston park and beyond.  Left under the bridge is towards the main river about three miles away.

From the bridge to the main river there are a lot docks that are good fishing at times.

You will know when you hit the main river. To the right is the salt water dam and the left is up river for many  many miles.  A mile or two up you will come to a big split. The Engish Bayou is straight ahead and the river takes a 90 degree turn to the left.  Another few miles you will go under the Hwy 171 bridge.  Above it are bays on both sides of the river.  If the waterway dead ends or starts getting real narrow you are in a bay turn around and try the other arm.  

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 01:56:45 PM
Wildcat and Rickoos....are we interferring with y'alls attempt to plan a fishing trip  ???

And crazybass...I am not a coonass...I usually have no idea what they are saying, especially if they start speaking cajun french.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 02:03:11 PM
Hell, you might be interferring with more than that.   Rick, my mother wass from Church Point.  I have relatives, Guidry's and Barousse's there.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 02:14:08 PM
Wildcat,

See, almost "kissing Cousins" already!  I'm sure my wife will know your family, she was born & raised in Church Point, me, I'm a transplant from the Southern Sate of "Dixie", you know, Ala. for those northern boys!

Mike, I know when I'm in trouble at home when the cajun french talk starts, I might not be a very smart guy, but it didn't take long for me to learn a few of them there french cajun words meant, specially after a few nods on the head!  ;D  Yes sir, this ole Alabama boy learns very fast & got the ears of superman now! ;D

Thanks for the info Wildcat, that will be my map I guess for the day!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 02:24:21 PM
Hey Mike Noble,

We're trying to get a upper hand on all those big, bad, fast race bass boats ya'll have! I was thinking you should be helping Wildcat and myself since we are running the smaller sister boats of your "Nitro" (ranger-killer) Bass boat! ;D
You know, "Team Nito & Tracker", watch out, we may all be "kissing cousins" before long! ;D :P

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: crazybass on September 02, 2004, 02:25:58 PM
Mike Noble, Thanks for the description of the "P" "Row". Dundee Mike sure has gotten on his high horse since ya"ll made him an official Coonass. He'll never be the same.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 02:27:01 PM
Hey...Nitro and Tracker...one big happy family.  I got ya covered.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 02:41:49 PM
Thanks buddy! ;D

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 03:08:12 PM
I lost a post, i'm sorry if I posted this twice. If you want a T-shirt let me know soon, like by tomorrow morning. I already order the shirts but I can add to the order before they start making them. Let me know how many and the size. the price is $10.00 a piece. You will pay for the shirt at the same time you pay your entry which will be Saturday morning.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 03:10:52 PM
Dang Rattle, all this talk about "kissin cousins" got you "rattled"  ???  I don't see where it is posted twice.  I can't wait to see the shirts.  We will need a group picture of everyone in their matching shirts for the web site.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 03:13:10 PM
Mike, I don't know what happened, I typed the message, I may have forgot to hit post, who knows?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 03:14:35 PM
Kissing cousins! Group picture with matching shirts?  This is starting to get a strange!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 03:15:31 PM
Ahhhh, blame in on Mother Nature.  She just got a message from me that I didn't send.  Its possessed  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 03:17:21 PM
That message may have been my post. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 03:24:17 PM
Ahhhhhh! One "BIG" Happy "Kissing/Fishing" Family! :P  Now that's what I call Fellowship!

Seems everyone is getting pumped up for this special event! You guys & gals just don't know what a turning point this is for me & the wife! But thanks a million!

Ricky

One good example, I ask the wife if she wanted to drive over to the Park and launch area Sat. morning to see the place, she stopped and looked at me, and said, why don't we take the boat over their and fish some since we are over there! Kool deal! I was waiting for some of those French cajun words to come out, but was I surpised!
"Man", why didn't I think of that! Things that make you go hummmmm????????
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 02, 2004, 03:27:46 PM
Rickoos!!! Sounds like you have her hooked on the ole bass fishing drug!!! Good Deal...

Laurie and I fish together as much as possible and both enjoy it very much when we can. I am lucky she likes fishing or I would probably be single by now.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 03:28:21 PM
It's all about getting together and having a good time and it looks like we are going to have a blast. Not to mention that big trophy is going to look good in our meeting hall.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 03:30:08 PM
Don't get too attached to that big trophy...better take a picture of it for your meeting hall.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 03:32:57 PM
Yeah the picture of all our members standing next to it. We will hang the picture right next to the trophy, where it will have home for many years to come. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 02, 2004, 03:37:27 PM
You must have a duplicate >:D

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 03:41:26 PM
Yep, even if we go to our cousin coonass's state next year, it will be like taking candy from a baby. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 03:42:53 PM
I think we should make copies of that picture and send them to the other clubs.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 03:43:50 PM
I wouldn't have it any other way. >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 03:54:42 PM
Mike & Laurie,

I just lost a post too!

Up until just 3 weeks ago, I shot .22 Rimfire Match's all acrosss the SouthEast USA, in the American Rimfire Assc. But it was very boring for the wife, sometimes there were only herself or maybe 1-2 other wifes there. Our team work was lacking for sure. Then about the weeks ago a older fellow from Ill. ask me if I was intesting in selling my rifle & equipment, I knew that I just couldn't quit with over 4 grand tied up, so I told him yes, I would sell. He paid he on the spot, I tore his arm off at the shoulder and even paid for his Doctor bill to have it sewed back on. So now instead of loading the shooting gear & equipmemt, it's honey hook up the boat, throw a few "spinnerbaits" in the boat and lets gooooooo! ;D

It's funny how things work out, the next week is when my friend KenMc emailed me and told to check out this site, that he thought that the wife & me would like it, and now the rest is "history"!

Thanks for the fellowship,

Ricky

see ya'll on the water    Now we find out that we all might be kissing cousins! ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 04:02:46 PM
 I have not sold my gear yet but I am also in withdrawal.  I was playing about 200 rounds of golf a year until about six months ago.  The more I fish the less I want to play golf.   
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 02, 2004, 04:05:13 PM
I am not sure what is up with the loosing posts thing. I have just posted twice to two different threads and had to submit it twice due to someone typing faster than me and adding their post before I was done but it didnt loose the post it came up and told me to reconsider posting and I just hit the post button again and it went thru fine.

I wonder if it is because we now have the most posts on the board in one topic (even more than the famed Caddo Lake thread). Maybe you guys are just too hot for the forum to keep up with you all....

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 02, 2004, 04:06:13 PM
Richoos, I think it is awesome that you found something you both like to do and can spend time together enjoying life. You should get her an account on the forum, I bet she would enjoy the conversation plus there are hundreds of bass fishing tips from around the U.S. that work all over the U.S. just a great place to learn and ask questions. We are looking forward to meeting you both at the Annaul tournament......
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 02, 2004, 04:08:54 PM
Bass fishing is addictive, be careful it could cause you to loose everything but your boat and equipment. Once your hooked you could live in a tent and drive a 20 yr old truck just as long as it will pull your new bass boat with all you tackle inside. 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 02, 2004, 04:10:09 PM
Rickoos and Wildcat I am sure that if I were not a fisherperson it wouldhave been hard on us but since I am it is absolutly the best thing I can think of to be able to go out and spend the day fishing with my hubby and of course best friend.

I am glad that you have found something that the wife enjoys and you can do together. I would love nothing more than to have all the ladies be as fond of fishing as I am but unfortunatly there are just some men that don't think that ladies should be competitive anglers... That's another story all together and for another time...

Enjoy the time on the water the memories will last a life time :)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 04:10:18 PM
Sounds like my plans for when I retire!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 02, 2004, 04:12:24 PM
Mike,

That sounds Kool, but I want to be the "Boss" and driver/Captain of the boat for a little while longer! Know what I mean, buddy!!!!! ;D  It's that give a foot/ take a yard deal. Pretty soon I'm scare she might be telling me- Hey baby, I'm taking the boat to Chicot, want to come??????? Now that's a scary thought!!!!!!! :D ;D I'm just kidding, see how I could get in so much trouble!!!!!!!!!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 02, 2004, 04:12:55 PM
Laurie my wife does not fish. My son is my partner.  Also, I am teaching my 8 year old granddaughter. They will have to lookout for her on the tour in a few years.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 02, 2004, 04:18:52 PM
Wildcat I think it is great that you are teaching your grandaughter, we need all the help we can get when it comes to ladies fishing weather it be for the fun of it or competitively. Some ladies just dont like to fish and that is fine but for those of us that do we shouldn't have to meet with opposition to take part :)

I think that is why I love this board so much because most of the foks here are open to anglers period not to fishermen or fisherwomen but just fisherpersons  ;)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 02, 2004, 04:22:04 PM
I have not sold my gear yet but I am also in withdrawal.  I was playing about 200 rounds of golf a year until about six months ago.  The more I fish the less I want to play golf.   


Wild cat I too played 200 or more rounds a year for many years. In fact I bought my house because it is across the street from a golf course.
My wife and I and my son also used to play in every tournament we could find.
I have begun to really miss it lately. Maybe I will go play just to see .

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 02, 2004, 08:35:02 PM
This annual tounament is going to be awesome.  I, for one, can't wait get down there...get that group picture in matching shirts...AND MEET THE FAMILY.

Papa...you can't hit a golf ball with a rod and reel.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: crazybass on September 03, 2004, 05:51:23 AM
Rickoos you are a lucky man to have your wife want to fish with you. I've tried for about 10 years to get my wife to go fishing with me. She is supportive of my fishing but says getting up at 2:30AM in the morning and staying out till 4 or 5PM is not her idea of a good time. But now my 9 year old granddaughter wants to go and my wife is looking at fishing in a different way.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 03, 2004, 07:34:52 AM
Crazybass, my wife does not fish anymore.  Years ago what we would do is I got up early and fished till about eight.  Then went back to the landing where my wife and I would have breakfast then the two of us would go fishing.  Worked out well
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 03, 2004, 07:55:44 AM
Crazybass,
It is nice indeed, this is my second time around in life, 1st time the fishing was a one man show, which didn't work out! It's nice to have not only the support, but a fishing partner for life, that is until she starts caughting more bass!  :o ;D

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 03, 2004, 08:15:05 AM
I know a wife (not mine...don't have one) that goes and sleeps in the truck until mid morning...but I won't name any names because she has TREMENDOUS power on this board....  >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: crazybass on September 03, 2004, 08:21:39 AM
Guys I have an idea. I can launch out of Dundee (north of Baltimore) about 1PM and run to Middle River, about 15 minutes run. Middle River is full of marinias. Fish the docks for about 2-3 hours and then take her to the waterfront seafood restaurant there. Then fish another 2 hours and call it a day. This way it breaks it up and maybe I can get her hooked on fishing.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 03, 2004, 08:21:58 AM
Let's see Who might that be? ;)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 03, 2004, 08:26:41 AM
Crazybass it's worth a try. My wife has fished with me in several tournaments and I loved her company in the boat. I'm hoping she gets more into it. She says she enjoys it because she gets to spend time with me and she has time away from the kids. Once my kids get a little older it will be easier to plan trips with her. Now she did say she wasn't fishing another night tournament at Toledo Bend, especially if there is any bad weather in the forecast.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 03, 2004, 09:26:19 AM
Rattle,
I can't say that I don't blame her either, something about Toledo Bend, night fishing in the dark,(guess it is dark when you night fish), big water, and weather that scares me too!
Plus all those citters! ;D

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 03, 2004, 01:03:51 PM
You get on Toledo Bend when the wind is blowing about 25 miles an hour and I promise it will scare you to death. Add darkness to that factor and it could land you in divorce court.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 03, 2004, 01:16:40 PM
Rattle,

I had fished Toledo in the La. Oilmen's Classic a couple of times, so on our 1st annvisertaty we  went to Toledo and got a Cabin at WildWood Resort and fished out of there, I had just got my Tracker 175 Pro/ w 75 mercury, so we went out of wildwood, run down the lake, fished, and then it happen, a very fast moving thunderstorm blew in, talk about rough, good thing I had fished big water before, Eufalua, Semilone, Logan Martin, I kind of knew how to run the seas. I guess the fear in my eyes saved me from Divorce court that weekend, but bass fishing 101 was taught the rest of the trip, now we laught about it! Well, sometimes we do, at least I do! aa 
I had done it in much larger boats, but never i a 17-6" tracker, it was a tale to tale later on for sure!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 03, 2004, 04:55:18 PM
That lake is nothing nice when a storm blows in and believe me there has been some big rigs sunk out there. I have learned to respect that lake when it comes to storms.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 03, 2004, 05:28:13 PM
I know a wife (not mine...don't have one) that goes and sleeps in the truck until mid morning...but I won't name any names because she has TREMENDOUS power on this board....  >:D

I wish I had a lightening bolt that I could throw at your $@*  >:D Won't name any names hughhhh well you don't have to  8) cause I will admit to it all on my own  :-[ I am just lucky that Mike understands when I am tired I am tired and he lets me sleep  ;) shot I cant catch fish when I ahve been up all night working anyway  ~gf

Heck I don't need to sleep in the truck, I took a two hour nap in the boat today  ~fff and I don't think he minded one bit   ;)

Mother Nature
~cf
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 03, 2004, 07:46:48 PM
But, but, but...I didn't name anyone.  And please keep those lightening bolts to yourself.  I will say that at least you are out there with Mike...very outstanding.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 03, 2004, 08:38:09 PM
 :-*
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 03, 2004, 08:41:26 PM
 :-[
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 04, 2004, 05:32:17 PM
Well, it now seems that I need a partner for the Lake Charles trip.  Jeff is not going to be able to make it.  Papa, have you had any luck talking Daniel into going.  I don't have a problem going it alone if no one else is planning on going.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: docwaldo on September 04, 2004, 05:47:00 PM
when is the tourney??  i would be interested in going if it is not a weekend that i have gracie and maggie.  holler back and let me know so i can take a look at it.  have a good one.  and as long as we don't listen to ls-who football on the way down there, i am cool.  by the way--ls-who does not have a q-back this year.  they are in for a long season.  my guess, 7-5. ;D ;D ;D

shot me a reply and let me know. 

doc   ~i ~i ~i
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 04, 2004, 05:56:02 PM
The tournament is Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26, on the Calcasieu River just north of Lake Charles.  I'm going down on Thursday, Sept. 23, to look around.  We are staying in cabins at a state park.

I will say that I am not a "die-hard" LSU fan.  If they win...good, if they lose...not a big deal.  Fishing is MUCH more important than any ballgame.  I prefer to fish ANYTIME.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 04, 2004, 09:37:43 PM
Amen Mike, we finally agree on something.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 05, 2004, 04:43:58 PM
Hey" MR NOBLE" let me know when you are leaving that Thursday, Trey and I would probably like to follow you down. ;D

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 06, 2004, 08:02:33 AM
Great Papa...Mike and Laurie are going Thursday also.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 06, 2004, 10:11:14 AM
Rattle, I understand that the love bugs are out in full force in your area.  You have just over 2 weeks to get them out of there.  Buy bug spray, kill as many as you can with your vehicle, or get some giant fans and blow them to Texas.  We don't want to come with the love bugs decorating the front of cars and trucks.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 06, 2004, 10:19:12 AM
Actually Mike they are not out in full force yet. Hopefully we are just having a mild season but we will know for sure in about a week. If they get as bad as they did last year be prepared for a long trip. Put your travel cover on your boat and wax the front end of your truck. Here's a tip, buy some fabric softerner sheets and keep them in your truck. At the end of the day spray down the front of you truck with water and wipe it down with the fabric softerner sheet. It pulls them little B******s right off. It is the best thing I have found yet for lovebugs.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 06, 2004, 11:47:43 AM
 ~off~

I know that this is a little off topic from ya'lls tactics but I was wondering if all the guys that are going down South would post or PM me to confirm that they are going. I believe that Mike Noble has directions if you need them you can PM him and he will send them to you.

Mike and I will be leaving on Thursday, Mike Noble, and I think Papa and Son are also leaving on Thursday. Please let me know if and when you will be leaving...

Mother Nature
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 07, 2004, 09:22:41 AM
I'll know for sure tomorrow if I'll be going. My boss was supposed to let me know today if I could have off the 24th, but he isn't here today (he better not be fishing!!) so I'll find out tomorrow! It shouldn't be a problem.

I guess I need to figure out where we (me & Shawn) will be sleeping. Do we need to find a hotel nearby? Pitching a tent may be an option too if necessary!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 07, 2004, 09:36:00 AM
We should have enough cabin space.  Bring an airmattress...tie it to the dock...sleep on the water.  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 07, 2004, 09:48:23 AM
I looked back in the posts...all the way to about page 19 of this topic and I found that the cabins sleep 8, beds for 6.  So I assume there is floor space for 2 others.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 07, 2004, 10:03:42 AM
Or maybe a couch? Mike when you looked at that far back in the post did you see a nunber or a link and we could find out for sure...

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 07, 2004, 10:18:36 AM
We should have enough cabin space.  Bring an airmattress...tie it to the dock...sleep on the water.  ;D

If I had that 929...I could sleep on the front deck & Shawn could sleep on the back deck!! ;D

The floor is fine by me!!A sleeping bag & a pillow & I'll be just fine!!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 07, 2004, 10:20:43 AM
The phone number is - 1-888-677-7264.

Based on the website, there are 3 layouts with the following: (1) 1 double, 2 singles, 1 queen size sleeper sofa; (2) 1 double, 1 bunk, 1 queen size sleeper sofa; and (3) 1 double, 2 bunks.

I don't know which we have.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 07, 2004, 10:44:08 AM
Don't forget about Bo I would hate for him to have to pay full price for a cabin if we got folks sleeping on the floor.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 07, 2004, 10:44:21 AM
Check out the sleeping arrangements for yall. The cabin I reserved for yall was Cabin 1 and Bo reserved cabin 2. Both by the way are the closet to the launch. They both have the same layout which is one double and two sets of bunks.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 07, 2004, 10:51:02 AM
Rattle,

Which launch are we going to use again?  How many launch's does the state have? We launched from a single trailer one in the park with a long bulk head after going past the deer pasture.

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 07, 2004, 10:53:45 AM
Quote
They both have the same layout which is one double and two sets of bunks.

I got dibs on the double  ;D  ;D   ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 07, 2004, 10:58:59 AM
Well now, that was a no-brainer....just...nevermind.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 07, 2004, 11:06:29 AM
Ricky, I checking on the launch today. I will let everyone know where we will be launching from later today.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 07, 2004, 11:17:14 AM
Thanks Rattle,  I was confussed on the state park launch, I saw on the map they gave me there were 2 boat docks, but we didn't see but one of them.

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 07, 2004, 12:35:07 PM
Are maps available of the area we will be fishing? Where can we get them if so?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 07, 2004, 12:46:55 PM
Hey bassadict69,

my wife is checking on some right now, if she can find some, I will post it later this evening! I will try and make some copies too!
Seems that Rattle had some copies also, we might can get up with him too.

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 07, 2004, 01:54:21 PM
I live 5 miles from the park, been there a hundred times, I know of only one launch in the park.  I believe there were two years ago but not any more.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 07, 2004, 01:55:39 PM
I know who I am following now  ;D been there hundreds of times huh?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 07, 2004, 01:59:18 PM
Yes, I go feed the deer, never fished the area!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 07, 2004, 02:04:06 PM
I know this is code  8) Keep talking I will crack it soon ~mcc~
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 07, 2004, 02:06:12 PM
Wildcat are you feeding the deer in or out the pin? ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 07, 2004, 02:09:44 PM
I haven't cracked it yet but this could me they have them corralled up we will have to keep a close eye out  :o
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 07, 2004, 02:43:11 PM
Rattle, don't forget it is you turn to feed the "deer" this week.  The south pen got some bad water last week so they are looking a bit thin.  We need to fatten them up by "opening day".
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 07, 2004, 02:46:00 PM
They might have the corralled up somewhere Mike.  It sounds like they feed deer that are penned up so they can get lucky and kill a deer during the season.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 07, 2004, 02:48:35 PM
Alright northern boys, sounds like we need to head south first, or maybe that is a divertion technique !!! I will have to put this to the boys out on base and see what they come up with  ;D

Mike I think they are talking about BASS, if we can figure it out we will beat them to their pens  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 07, 2004, 02:50:31 PM
The water in South pin is now fresh and there is food in the trough. It's going to be a good opener.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 07, 2004, 02:51:25 PM
Mike...do you think that you could arrange some "training" flights for the B-52's over the Calcasieu River...get us some aerial video.  If they could do it the next 2 weekends, we could get video of "where" everyone is fishing.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 07, 2004, 02:53:40 PM
All right they will have to feed those things again before the tournament, oh I mean "Openner". Mike you are from near there do you have someone we could tail these guys with? I just need to know what they are feeding them, I have a special thermos that I can keep bait in the bottom and no one will ever know, just need to know what to put in it? ~mcc~

Good idea might let me see what I can come up with  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 07, 2004, 03:09:57 PM
Wildcat,
That answered my question, the launch we went out of, the other one looked liked it may have washed away years ago near the restrooms and party house there. I could make out a sandy area there where a landing use to be! I stopped there so the wife could use the little girls room!
And the feeding of them things, looks like fun! Something we could watch all day long in the shade!!!!!

Ricky 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 07, 2004, 03:31:11 PM
Wildcat, do you buy your deer feed at Parkside or do you get it from another source?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 07, 2004, 03:35:57 PM
There should be enough of us that each of our boats can tail somebody different. Then after we figure out who is on the fish they can call the rest of us on two way radios & give directions to the feeding trough.  ;D

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 07, 2004, 03:50:28 PM
I get my deer feed at Joe's Hardware on the Whiskey Chitto River.
His live longer. I bet most people don't know deer are meat eaters.
When you feed them use the camo duck vechicle, there may be someone watching.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 07, 2004, 03:52:22 PM
Noble did you find someone to watch over the tournament waters, looks like I may need to break out the night vision goggles for them  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 07, 2004, 03:56:17 PM
I will have to get the "ex" in-laws to go camping.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 07, 2004, 04:30:22 PM
Ok guys, the launch and weigh in site will be at Sam Houston Jones State Park. We changed it from Parkside so everything would take place in one location. The super will be served in the area between cabins 1 and 2, which are both located right next to the launch. And Mike you can see the deer pin from the cabin. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 07, 2004, 04:49:43 PM
Thanks Rattle,

Just my 2 cents worth, but to me it looks like the park would be a nicer landing and everyone could tie their boats to the bulk head with lots of room and lots of parking room! I only got a quick look at Parkside, so I could be wrong. And of course, it would be easier for ya'll to feed the deer from the camp grounds too!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 07, 2004, 04:50:09 PM
Oh, forgot to post that the times have been changed. We will start at 7am instead of 6am. I've made the changes in the rules so make note of it.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 07, 2004, 04:53:05 PM
Parkside has some nice facilities but it is easier to do everything out of one location. It took a little while to decide because we had to clear everything with the park officials which I did today.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 07, 2004, 04:54:01 PM
Rattle,

What time does the park open their gates? Is it 7:00am like at Chicot? Why I ask is that we will be driving in Sat. morning and spending Sat. night in the Days Inn there close to the park.

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 07, 2004, 06:44:31 PM
I've made the changes in the rules so make note of it.

Thank you Rattle for taking care of that for me ~fff

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 07, 2004, 06:59:13 PM
Laurie, no problem. Ricky, the gates open at 6:00 am. We are asking everyone to be there no later than 6:30 am. This is so we can get everyone signed in and make sure everyone made it to the launch OK. Read rule 16 for check in.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 08, 2004, 08:11:08 AM
Thank you Rattle for the info.........

Ricky

Now if we can just find some fish there! :help:
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 08, 2004, 08:15:36 AM
Finding them might be easier than making them bite.  We will be bringing ALL the secret weapons from north Louisiana...  >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 08, 2004, 08:59:46 AM
Hey,

What happen to "Team Nitro & Team Tracker"???  :(   Guess we will be on our own again, left out & behind by the big boys & their big toys!  ;)

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 08, 2004, 09:29:31 AM
Team Nitro/Tracker will be in full force...no worries about that.  Everyone else will be... :surrender:
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 08, 2004, 10:30:31 AM
Wow can you believe that it is only two weeks away? I am so excited about meeting everyone and spending some time away from the house  8) especially because it means fishing and relaxing tooooooo...

Ya'll better save me some fish. For as much as you are fishing they may all be sore mouthed by the time we get down there :(

Mother Nature
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 08, 2004, 10:37:17 AM
Laurie...I don't think we have to worry about too many of the fish being sore mouthed... >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 08, 2004, 12:01:04 PM
 :) I just got word that I can have off on the 24th so I'll see everyone on the Calcasieu!!  ~c~ ~c~ ~c~

All I need now is some directions from someone... Shawn & I will be heading down there on Friday morning. Anyone have any idea how long of a drive it is?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 08, 2004, 12:08:54 PM
I have directions...I will get them to you in a message.  I figure it will take about 3 1/2 to 4 hours...maybe...depending on stops.

I'm glad you guys are getting to come.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 08, 2004, 01:45:23 PM
I hope to see all this "Team Nitro/Tracker" work out, I'm starting to worry about it! :help:

Maybe 4 1/2 hours with the extra stops!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 08, 2004, 01:47:28 PM
What extra stops?  I don't like stopping at all.  And we should not have any problems with the...  PoPo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 08, 2004, 02:05:59 PM
I hope no problems with the  PoPo, I was thinking you might want to slow down and say hi to your little cousin Tracker before the boat race! :(  I should have a couple of those new, never seen baits by then! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 09, 2004, 09:50:38 AM
Has anyone put together a list of who all is gonna be there? I was just curious to see how many would be able to make it & who all we could look forward to meeting.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 09, 2004, 09:52:31 AM
I can only tell you the group from here...you and Shawn, Mike and Laurie, Papa and Trey, me.  Plus, Bo Crawford and his partner from Mississippi.  Rickoos and his wife.  And then there is Rattle and his group.  Well, maybe that was more that just our folks.  I do believe we will have a lot of "meeting" to do.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 09, 2004, 10:01:22 AM
Who's going on Thursday ? and what time....

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 09, 2004, 10:05:09 AM
Thursday would be you and Mike (you will be the one sleeping), Papa and Trey, and myself.  As far as the time, I'm flexible.  I get up at 4:00 a.m. every morning.  We do need to think about rush hour traffic for getting out of town.  I had originally thought about leaving around 7:00 a.m., but that will put us in heavy traffic.  At that time, it might take me 45 minutes just to get in Airline.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 09, 2004, 10:26:16 AM
Mike, Don't forget to get me the directions down there...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 09, 2004, 10:37:31 AM
Bassadict...check your PM's.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 09, 2004, 10:39:28 AM
Ok so maybe I will be sleeping but if I am it will be because I was here all night trying to take care of last minute things since I am pretty sure Mike isn't going to let me take the computer with me...

I really do think that 7am is a bit tooooooo early. Mike is still on funky shifts and i dont think that will change by then so please keep in mind that he doesn't even get home most nights until 4am... (6am this morning hense his absents :( )

I was thinking more like 9 or 10 ish... but I know that we want to take a look around the river so he might vito that and want to leave early.

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 09, 2004, 10:44:57 AM
We do have Friday to look around.  I figure it will take 4 to 4 1/2 hours to get there.  Now that is at my speed...and I am not a "race car driver".  One of the roads we will be on is curvy, hilly, two lane.  And we do need to make sure that we are not harassed by the...  PoPo

You could always get a laptop with wireless internet service...  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 09, 2004, 10:56:32 AM
Mike is not a speed demon by any means so your speed is just fine. Now if he is sleeping and I am driving well   ~an~ I have radar  ;) but I still dont go that fast  :shocking:

Well if we are not on the lake what then will we be doing? I know I am looking forward to some relax time but ummmmmm I relax best on the lake  v~ ~cf
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 09, 2004, 11:14:21 AM
Since I know the way...whoever is driving is at my mercy.  And I might nap on the way down too.  lo

We will be on the boat...bass boat (I might have to fight off the temptation to go to the "other" boats.)  >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 09, 2004, 11:51:16 AM
Ummmm last time I checked I should be able to get to Lake Charles and I am sure I can find the Park... You see women are not afraid to stop and ask for directions... :P

"I may be woman but I am strong"  ~bb

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 09, 2004, 12:35:01 PM
Is 171 the quickest way? Seems like that little 2 way road would be slower. I was thinking I-49 to alexandria then 165S to I-10 to Lake Charles then up to moss bluff. Should be around  3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Then again, I have never been there so I could be wrong!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 09, 2004, 12:38:32 PM
I can see the trip down will be an adventure all it's own. I can't till yall get here.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 09, 2004, 12:54:04 PM
Awwwe it will be great! I am getting more and more excited as teh time gets closer...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 09, 2004, 01:43:08 PM
Highway 171 is two lane at times.  I have been both ways...to Alexandria and to I-20 to Lake Charles, and I have been 171.  The reason I chose 171 is because it brings us in on the north side of Lake Charles, which is where we need to be.  I heard that there is road construction on 171 around Lake Charles but I don't know if it extends to Moss Bluff.

I learned this way from my ex mother-in-law.  She married a guy down there and he use to travel to Arkansas A LOT and she started travelling down there also.  They swear by the 171 route.

And men don't need directions  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 09, 2004, 03:57:28 PM
That's cool...I just don't like driving any longer than necessary and I KNOW i would rather stay away from construction areas!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 10, 2004, 09:00:20 AM
There is some construction on 171 for about 20 miles north of Lake Charles. It usually is not bad however you can usually do 50 thru the area. I do not know about 171 above Leesville. The fastest way to Lake Charles from Shreveport is to take I-49 to Natchitoches.  Turn West on Hwy 6 for 5 to 10 miles and turn South on Hwy 117 which takes you in to Leesville.  Now the problem is 117 is hilly.  I have driven it with a horse trailer and did not have any trouble but it is hilly.

When you reach Moss Bluff you will be going south on 171. At the light at Hwy 378(Sam Houston Jones Parkway) you will turn right. On the corners clockwise are a Walgreens, Exxon, Wendy's, and a bank.
You proceed west for approxicatly 6 miles. Look for park signs, it will be a right off  hwy 378 then a left at the first stopsign and you are in the park. 
 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 10, 2004, 09:28:04 AM
I put in about 2 hours on the river yesterday after work to "check out some spots for the out of towners".  Did not catch much but one was interesting.  It had the striping and rough tongue of a Kentucky but it had a horizontal white stripe on both gill plates.  I have never seen that before.
 :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 10, 2004, 09:44:32 AM
That's a coonass bass. lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 10, 2004, 09:56:06 AM
Thanks for the info. Wildcat26.  That was the way I was planning on coming down...and you confirmed it for me.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 10:20:24 AM
That's a Southern Coonass Bass, be very careful, they bite real hard. If you do caught one, call Wildcat or us, and we will take it off the hook for ya'll and keep it! That way, ya'll won't get bit!!!!!!!! ;) lo

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 10, 2004, 10:23:24 AM
Thanks for the offer...but we dont' plan on catching anything but what counts...lots of them...big ones...livewells full.  Won't be room for ice in the livewell.  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 11:44:43 AM
Hey now! :o Be nice Mr. Nitro brother to us little Tracker brothers, or I will have to call & tell them that Team Nitro is being ugly to us Tracker teams! :'( >:D

Ricky ;D lo lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 10, 2004, 11:46:25 AM
Team Nitro will help Team Tracker fill the livewell...just with fish a little smaller than in the Nitro livewell.  lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 11:59:13 AM
OK! lo  As long as they are weight in fish!!!!!!!! ;D  I will take all the help I can get over there! lo Oh, and will share with Team Nitro too! ;D  I have an idea!!!!!!!! :-* :-* :-*  just got to work it out!!!!!!


Ricky

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 12:03:39 PM
Mike or Rattle,

Do you have any idea's on have many boats yet or teams that will fish the Annual?????? Just thinking outload.....

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 10, 2004, 12:11:57 PM
4 teams from the north.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 10, 2004, 12:25:14 PM
Right now it looks like there will be between 22 to 25 people fishing. Now with our club those numbers could go up. We have several guys who are famous for waiting until the last minute to say they are going to fish. We won't mention any names here. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 10, 2004, 12:33:36 PM
Rattle, my pard and I did committ to fish saturday.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 12:45:46 PM
Rattle,

If you turn right from the landing at the park, is that called West Fork? And does that lead into Houston River and this there any good fishing in that area or is it better to head left toward the main river and go from there? Just trying to get a game plan together before getting on the water.

thank you,

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 10, 2004, 12:52:18 PM
Stop trying to confuse us with all those different names.  This is a Calcasieu River tournament...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 01:02:36 PM
Now I won't try and do that big brother!!!!!!!!! Not to a Team brother!!!!!!!!! ;) You know that we are closer than cousin's, heck, we're team brothers!!!!!!! ;D ;D ;D

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 10, 2004, 01:07:52 PM
Well, I am going to need some guiding on Thursday afternoon and Friday  ~cf
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 10, 2004, 01:18:12 PM
Rattle, just a question? We have picked up some folks that are not representing a club, are you looking at how to set up honorary membership to make it even. Looks like there are going to be two clubs represented and obviously your club is going to have the majority, just wondering. I know the rules are set up for a club weigh in and then an individual weigh in.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 10, 2004, 01:59:23 PM
Mike, from the looks of things right now, everyone that is not associated with a club will be tagged to your club, if yall don't have any objections.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 10, 2004, 02:02:38 PM
No not at all I was just wondering how it was going to play out. We will take all the honorary members, I think that is great. We will have a dirverse knowlegde base that you southern-southern boys won't be able to touch ~mcc~
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 02:09:58 PM
So, does that mean that I have to wear "Blue"?????? :'( :'( :'( :o
I really like the color of Gray!!!! ;) ;D  Oh well, at least I have a Team buddy, How about that, "TEAM NITRO/TRACKER!!!!!!!! ;D  It's going to be "fun"!!!!!!!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 10, 2004, 02:17:21 PM
Richoos are you a member of a club yet? If so bring them all as your own team. But we would love to have you as part of ours for the team portion of the weigh in ~mcc~
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 10, 2004, 02:24:40 PM
Come on in Rickoos...  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 02:30:33 PM
No club yet Mike, I'm just slowly working my way back into this Bass fishing sport! Don't want to scare the wife half to death yet you know, just little by little!!!!!! ;)  I will be glad to team up with you guys & gals, ;D, can't forget  about Ms. Laurie!!!! ;) ;D

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 10, 2004, 02:37:48 PM
No cant forget about her, she is what keeps us all in check  PoPo Looking foward to meeting you and all the other folks from the forum. We are going to have a great time I am sure. Plus a catfish dinner, I am so in heaven ~mcc~
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 10, 2004, 02:41:00 PM
Catfish, alligator, possom, nutria, and who knows what else.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 10, 2004, 02:50:32 PM
Hey Rickoos, Did you or your wife have any luck finding a map?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 02:53:43 PM
That will be just fine, I will bring the extra "Tabasaco" sauce with us! lo lo lo How's that Mike? See, we are always willing to please & help when we can!!!!!! lo lo lo

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 10, 2004, 03:03:01 PM
Bassadict, if you have a color printer go to www.mapcard.com. For around $14 you get a year membership on the site and you can download and print as many maps as you want. You can zoom in and out and detail the map to you likings. I have a 14 page map of the Calcasieu I downloaded and it's awesome. I just put it in a binder with the plastic covers. The good thing is you can make a map of any lake or area you want to in the USA. For 14 bucks you can't beat it.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 03:15:42 PM
I did that yesterday Rattle, and boy did it help!

Also make one for Henderson Swamp.  That is why I was asking about the West Fork and Houston River.... :)

Ricky

That is a great site for all maps, thanks for sharing it with us.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 10, 2004, 03:34:42 PM
I may have to pay up the $$$ if it is really worth it. I am just always leary of buying stuff online.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 03:38:33 PM
Bassadict69,
If you get it, punch in Calcasieu River, Lat. 30.055 & Lan. -93.29694, that will get you very close to the park.

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 10, 2004, 03:41:02 PM
Thanks Rick...Gotta let the paychecks clear the bank tonight first though  ::)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 03:48:19 PM
I know what you mean buddy!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 10, 2004, 03:49:24 PM
I am checking into getting a partner link for the site. Maybe there will be a link here for our members to be able to get there with ease...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 10, 2004, 03:51:57 PM
Ricky, when you launch at Sam Houston Jones you are on the West Fork. The cut that runs off to the right is Houston River and the cut on the left which goes to Parkside Marine is Indian Bayou.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 10, 2004, 03:58:47 PM
Thanks Rattle,
that helps me get my bearings right or left, see, I'm always confussed for some reason! I didn't go up the Houston the other day, but did see some boats come running out of there WOT right up to the landing. I was fussing them in my boat, but when we got to the landing, there are no wake signs going that way, so they were right! Not sure about the fishing up the Houston?

Thanks for the help,

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 10, 2004, 05:14:09 PM
I know I won't be fishing Houston River. ;)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on September 11, 2004, 11:12:16 AM
I am just catching up on the post.  I haven't logged on in a while due to work and a little trip to Venice  :)...I still haven't heard from anyone about the extra spots in our cabin.  If any of you want to claim a spot give me a call at 601-395-2131. 

I'll be checking in more often as the day gets closer.  In the meantime I need to get the redfish stuff out of the boat and put the bass stuff back in...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 11, 2004, 12:16:05 PM
Bo,
If you still have the room, me & my partner Shawn still need a place to lay our heads. I'll try to call you later this afternoon.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 11, 2004, 03:04:05 PM
Been wondering about you Bo.  Hope you had a good trip to Venice...the end of the world in Louisiana.

We really appreciate you offering the extra bunks to folks.

See you in less than 2 weeks.

Even if the voices are not real...they have some pretty good ideas!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 11, 2004, 08:02:28 PM
Hey Bassadict69,

No, we have not found a good map yet, everyone that we have found was of Calcasieu Lake and not river. We did download some pic's from the map site that Rattle told us about. I will have them with me come the weekend and I will make a few extra copies.

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 11, 2004, 10:34:32 PM
Glad you'r back Bo, sounds like you ahd a good trip. We are looking forward to meeting everyone. Rattle says we have the best two cabins in the park, #1 and #2....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 13, 2004, 07:43:37 AM
Are there any shirts still available? I know it is late notice but I just found out last week I could go and I forgot all about the shirts until now...How much are they?

If I can, I need an XL...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 13, 2004, 09:18:30 AM
Bassadict, I just called and put your order in. The shirt will be $10.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 13, 2004, 09:33:16 AM
Cool...thanks!

I hate to ask, but could you order one more XL? I can't get a hold of Shawn, but I am sure he would want one.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 13, 2004, 09:58:14 AM
Bassadict just added one for Shawn.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 13, 2004, 10:06:31 AM
Thanks Rattle!

How far is the salt water line from where we will be? A guy I work with said we should try to run down there & fish if I have time & it isn't too far. Not for the tourny...just to fish!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 13, 2004, 10:10:41 AM
Bassadict, you do know that if you go below a certain "line" then you have to have a saltwater license too.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 13, 2004, 10:53:57 AM
The salt water barrier is only about a 10 minute run from where we will be camping and launching from. Noble is right you will have to have a salt water license if you go past the barrier. With the very small amount of rain we have gotten over the past month the Lake might actually be good for specks and reds.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 13, 2004, 11:53:56 AM
If I have the extra $$ for the license, I may have to try it. That is what my coworker was saying about trying for some reds.

We may have to leave REALLy early friday!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 13, 2004, 04:13:51 PM
Went check out the art work on the shirts today. If it looks as good on the shirts as it did on the computer I think everybody will be pleased.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 13, 2004, 04:31:26 PM
Awesome, cant wait to see them.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 13, 2004, 06:54:07 PM
12 days to go.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 13, 2004, 07:28:50 PM
and counting..........  ~gf ~fff  ~gf ~fff  ~gf ~fff  ~gf ~fff  ~gf ~fff
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 13, 2004, 08:23:30 PM
You guys quit counting out loud , you are making me nervous PoPo

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 13, 2004, 08:28:17 PM
Sorry Papa I will count really quiet next time so that I don't disturbe you...

Twelve Days to goooooo ~fff Twelve Days to goooooo ~fff Twelve Days to goooooo ~fff Twelve Days to goooooo


there was that better.....

;)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 13, 2004, 08:38:22 PM
Thanks  ;D I may have to make Trey drive down cause I know I will not sleep wednesday night :help:

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 13, 2004, 08:54:29 PM
I like countdowns....12 days to the annual tournament....164 week days until retirement....6 days until my daughter arrives...

I plan on sleeping on the way down to Papa.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 13, 2004, 09:01:23 PM
 :-* Thats right Mike the Cobra can tow that Nitro......

Mother Nature
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 14, 2004, 07:38:32 AM
It owes me one  lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 14, 2004, 08:05:24 AM
What are the tides gonna be doing for the tournament? Anyone know where I can find a tide chart?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 14, 2004, 08:32:53 AM
Try looking at www.louisianasportsman.com
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: kenmc77777 on September 14, 2004, 10:47:37 AM
Might also want to try:
http://66.135.8.10/tideserver/
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 15, 2004, 02:45:39 PM
Thanks ken & rattle, I've got them both saved on my computer.

So if I am looking at it right, the major falling tide will be in the late afternoon that weekend...Is that right?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 15, 2004, 03:14:43 PM
Rattle, How far is the closest gas station to where we will be staying? My boat drinks a ton of gas for some reason so I am sure that I will have to pull out & make a gas run at least once, especially if I try to run to the salt water barrier friday when we get there.

I have read several reports of some pretty good reds & specs being caught just above the barrier so I am thinking about leaving REAL early friday morning so I will have time to run a little south when we get there.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 15, 2004, 03:35:09 PM
bassadict69,

there is a Citgo station just a little ways from the state park on the way in at ParkSide Mariner. And then town is only a few more miles from the park. I think Moss Bluff is only 3-5 miles from the park also.

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 15, 2004, 04:28:56 PM
Parkside Marnina is a mile from the cabins.  Parkside use to have a dockside pump you could fill up on the water.  I haven't used it since Parkside changed owners but the dock pump is probably still in operation.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 15, 2004, 05:45:21 PM
Do you guys think that Ivan is going to intrude on our fishing at all ???
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 15, 2004, 07:23:50 PM
Nope it shouldn't hurt us at all, now there's another storm out there we have to watch. I think that one is going to track east of Florida.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Ron Fogelson on September 15, 2004, 10:35:28 PM
Ok, I know I should have read every post here, but, didn't feel like it! >:D  Whats the date of this party oh I mean tournament?  How far of a drive is it?  If I can get away can I follow someone down?  If my partner can't join me would anyone like the honor of riding in a NITRO?  Remember though the ride out is free but if your a pain in the butt its a Long swim!   ;D

Play Nice or Die!
Fogy
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 15, 2004, 10:58:52 PM
Fogy,
the date is September 25 and 26th, I think there are people coming down on Friday, I believe that Mike Noble is partnerless at this moment and it would be great if you could join us! I think there is even cabin room as well...

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Ron Fogelson on September 15, 2004, 11:12:19 PM
O this might be hard, I'm supposed to go to FL on the 25 for vacation with the in-laws, believe it or not I like them.  Anyway I'm working on bugging Danielle to let me go & just meet me @ the lake and go from there but so far she had said NO!  But  told her to sleep on it  then just kept whispering in her ear to let me go, so we will see how it turns out, so far I got chased out of the bed room, but once she goes to sleep and its safe I'll go back!   lo

Play Nice or Die!
Fogy
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 16, 2004, 08:07:40 AM
fogy,

I hope you are going to central Fla. my mom lives just north of Gulf Shores, she said it looks like a war zone there!
I may be going over this weekend to help with the clean up there in my little home town. The owner of our company is buying an 18-wheeler of genator's to take over there and give out to the needie.

I may be quite on the board for a while, if so, I'll see you all next weekend at the Annual Tournment!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 16, 2004, 08:43:34 AM
Rickoos,
We look forward to seeing you next weekend at the tournament. We will hold down the fort while you are gone :) If you go have a safe trip!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 16, 2004, 01:05:41 PM
Well, it looks like I have had a change of plans...We will be leaving thursdday evening after work instead of Friday morning  ~c~

I am supposed to hear from Bo this evening so I need to find out about getting the cabin thursday night instead of friday. I am not sure what he has reserved.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 16, 2004, 01:38:20 PM
Keep us posted Bassadict if it is not reserved until Friday we can make arrangements no problem.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 16, 2004, 01:46:03 PM
Thanks, Mike...


Now if I can just talk the boss into letting me off Thursday...  >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 16, 2004, 03:35:55 PM
Bassadict you sure you don't feel a cold coming on, pehaps a little cough and sneezing, progressively getting worse. Sounds like a sick day to me. lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 16, 2004, 03:59:29 PM
 :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-* :-*

NOW THAT'S AN IDEA!!!!!  aa
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 16, 2004, 05:17:00 PM
and you could drive down with Mike and I and Papa and Try!!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 16, 2004, 05:59:51 PM
Hey Rickoo'ss, where you form man? I used to live in Baldwin County up above Bayminnette in a little hole in the woods called Perdido (thats indian for "lost")......Hope the family is doing allright over there, I also used to fish by a bridge down in Gulf Shores in a parking lot, don't remember where, it was in '85.....Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 16, 2004, 06:27:47 PM
Here is what the shirts look like.

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Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 16, 2004, 07:07:41 PM
So the tournament is almost upon us.. I am really excited to see how this all turns out! But when it is over it will be time to start planning for the 2005 Ultimate Bass Club ShootOut so where should we have it?

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 16, 2004, 10:03:18 PM
Black Lake in June????? >:D :help: >:D >:D >:D ..........Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Sam on September 16, 2004, 10:19:35 PM
Ok, I guess I should have specified that it will be held in a different state every year....

Sammy Joe

*my alter ego
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 16, 2004, 10:27:17 PM
Different State....hummmmmmmmmmm... Okay I got it.....Lake Guton in Panama.  lo lo lo lo lo lo lo  Too far you ask? I can get us all a paid for trip down there. I have this uncle that sent me down there once.......You may have heard of him........His name is Sam..........  lo lo lo lo lo lo  Uncle Sam.... lo lo lo lo lo  I kill myself..........hahahahahaha .....Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 17, 2004, 07:36:18 AM
Dave,

My family lives in Atmore, just a few miles from Perdido, and I lived across the creek from you in Nokomis, maybe 5 miles???????  Man, it's a small world sometimes! That bridge is the Ala. Point bridge, and about that time in 85 thur 96, I would fish it a lot, espically when the blue's were running. We would go down, spent the night and cook what we caught on the camping stove. A new meaning for tail-gating!

So far, everyone  is OK, with no damage, just everyone lost all their trees, I just haven't been able to get hold of my daughter yet, she lives just across the Ala. line in Walnut Hill, Fla. Hoping to hear from her today...

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 17, 2004, 08:23:28 AM
Rickoo's, I hope she is allright...And I am glad that all the others are fine...I still have cousins down there. I went to high school at Baldwin County High for a short while...as a matter of fact here's one for ya.. I used to drive to Atmore to get parts for auto's at the parts house on the right as you get into town.. I did notice the last time I was down there ('97) that the Indian Bingo hall was still open...Yep, small world....Do you know where King's corner is at???........Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 17, 2004, 08:48:25 AM
King's corner? I'm not sure of that. I know where Jackson's service station was and big "downtown" Perdido next to the railroad tracks. I finished school in Atmore in 75, started working offshore here in La. in 78, so I was away from home a lot. After 2 wrecks, I meet a cajun woman"a real cajun woman", in 98 here in Lafayette, and the rest is history.( Plus I got to learn a lot of cajun french words) :o We still go to Ala. about once every other month to visit mom and family, but there's never enough time to just drive around and visit old friends!

Ricky

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 17, 2004, 09:05:46 AM
Anyone know if there are bbq pits at the cabins? I am trying to put together a grocery list of what to bring.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 17, 2004, 09:29:09 AM
I'm pretty sure they do, I know the have them in the picnic areas. If you are planning on Bar-b-queing one of the nights get what you need, if for some reason they don't have a pit I will bring one from my house for yall.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 17, 2004, 09:38:20 AM
Ah!!!! Now I get to clarify, I didn't live on the south side of I-65, I lived on the north side. There was a service station and a cafe, both of which was owned by D.C. Harville. As a matter of fact I could hear the Interstate from the house. Well if nothing else welcome to La from La, You know Louisiana from Lower Alabama...............Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 17, 2004, 10:29:51 AM
I know were you are talking about for sure, sometimes we would stop there on our club tournmrnt going to Live Oak landing, during that time I fished with a Atmore & BayMitte bass club, plus I was runnig the Bass Pro Shop on Hand Ave. in BayMitte.........

It's really a small world............

Ricky

Maybe one day we can go "up north" and fish with you!!!!!!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 17, 2004, 11:27:39 AM
I can't have off next Thursday too  :'(, but I may be able to leave a little early...

I finally talked with Bo, we reserved the cabin that was empty Thursday night. He said it is cabin 1 which is the cabin he has for friday & saturday, so evidently the cork/noble gang is in #2.

I hope to leave out of town by 5:oo Thursday evening. The park said they lock the gate at 9:00 so that will be another dilemna to figure out how to get in after the park closes  :help: . They said they couldn't give out the combination over the phone, so maybe they will give it to someone that is already there and you can come let us in... :-\

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 17, 2004, 11:36:28 AM
Could someone plese put the number to the park up I cant fine it :(
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 17, 2004, 11:57:31 AM

888-677-7264 (Park Number)

877-226-7652 (Reservations)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 17, 2004, 12:55:13 PM
Bassadict just call Laurie or one of the gang when you get close to the park and they can let you in. They give veryone who is camping the combination when they get there.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 17, 2004, 03:09:42 PM
Bayminnette has a BassPro???? Man has it changed down there....The last time I was there, I did notice a lot of construction..Down by the Delchamps that is...I remember when the Mcdonalds was the best thing going.........Hey Ricky we need to fish sometime, how about the next Annual Tournament????...........Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 17, 2004, 03:18:13 PM
Hey Dave,

You may have a deal, buddy!  All I will have to do is as my boss & partner.. :-* But I think she will let me go for sure!

We had the Bass Pro Shop there for 6 years and then one of my early wrecks took care of it for me!!!!! You know, the big "D"! The shop was Called The Delta Sports Shop on Hand Ave just before Colverleaf's old bait shop on Hand ave.
There was also a boat dealership next to us, Mike Kipper's old place, I think Mike was from Moible area.

I look forward to coming up and fish with you, buddy! Shoot, we might end up being some of those Ala. red neck cousin's, you never know!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 17, 2004, 03:23:30 PM
Holy crap!!!!!  :shocking: :shocking: :shocking: :shocking: :shocking: :shocking: I know exactly where your talking about..... The big "D" sux......Just kidding....No it does.....Be careful about the "cousin's" deal, you never know.... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ........Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 17, 2004, 03:34:28 PM
Dave,

Do you think your team partner & my team partner will let us fish together and maybe them fish in one of our boats? :-*  It's worth a try one day, you know!!!!!! ;D

Gotto love it!!!!!!!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 18, 2004, 08:19:52 AM
This time next week we will be fishing the Calcasieu!!!! I am so psyched, I can't wait...

I have a feeling next week will be veeeeerrrrryyyyy looooonnnnggggg!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 18, 2004, 10:28:13 AM
bassadict the weekend portion of it will be long but I am sure that it will go by wayyyyy to quickly  :'(
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 18, 2004, 11:24:06 AM
I am talking about the work week up until Thursday evening!!!  :'(  Weekends ALWAYS fly by...weekends and lunch hours fly by.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 19, 2004, 11:08:39 AM
I decided to do a little looking since I haven't been to the River and I went to the link to the left for "Bass Fishing Topo Maps" (http://www.mapcard.com/index.asp?pid=ultimatebass) that we put up for everyone and wow you can find all kinds of things

here is the park
(http://ultimatebass.com/lbf/Images/shjpark.jpg)

I am going back to see what else I can find ;)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 19, 2004, 03:40:47 PM
Don't you love when you type something and then lose it. Let me try again. I'm all ready for next weekend. I got the camper ready and got all my rods set up. Going put new tires on the boat this week and fill it up with gas. The only thing I haven't got to do is prefish so I will wing it this weekend.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 19, 2004, 04:38:17 PM
Rattle, sorry you are loosing things, when it happens please let me know and add whatever error message you get to the post please..

I am not ready at all but I am dragging out the camping box this evening to go thru it to make sure we ahve all the necessary items for breakfast and cooking and of course the party after the tournament  >:D

Ya'll it will be Mike's B-Day the Wed following the tournament so we will be doing a little celebrating. I am sure that he would like me to just let it go by quietly but I wouldn't be a good wife if I did that...

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 19, 2004, 07:03:53 PM
Laurie, it wasn't the board's fault that I lost the post, I hit the wrong button and tried to get back but it was too late I lost it. It was all me, it had nothing to do with the board. Mike's birthday? That means we have to celebrate even more. I'll add another 12 pack to the list.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 19, 2004, 11:13:16 PM
I usually try to surprise him but it never seems to turn out the way I want it to so I figure this year we will celebrate down there and he will just know in advance that we are going to have a good time ;)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 20, 2004, 09:27:29 AM
Last week we had record high temperatures in Lake Charles(98) most of the week.  We have not had any rain for weeks so the river is low and clear.  Weather is suppose to be cooler this week, in the upper 80,s.  Not sure what kind of pattern the fish will be on.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 20, 2004, 11:13:36 AM
They will be on a suspended pattern in about 18 inches to 2 ft of water , and they will be staging left or right.  Of course I talking about the fish that will be in my livewell. lo lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 20, 2004, 03:08:48 PM
Well if I go by what I heard today at Lake Charles Tackle, I should be able to tie on a blindfold, pick a bait out of my box, and catch fish on it.  ::) I heard all kind of stories today so it should be an interesting weekend. Looks like we might have some cooler weather this weekend at least I hope so.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 20, 2004, 03:14:55 PM
Me too, Fall just seems like it is never going to get here. 90 plus is just a tad warm for mid Sept. even around here. I must say that I had to put on my frog togg pants yesterday morning for the first run, so at least the nights are cooling down a bit. Whats the rain forcast looking like? And if it rains what can we typically expect the fish to do?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 20, 2004, 03:18:59 PM
Mike,

Lafayette is saying that there's a good chance for weekend rain, how much, I don't know yet, but will post if I heard anything! Hope Rattle can give us some more details before leaving this week to go over.

I can say one thing, its a very pretty place and a super nice river to fish!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 20, 2004, 03:20:09 PM
They are calling for a slight chance Thursday and Friday. Any rain will help, at least that's what I believe. We haven't had any rain in the past month so some fresh water would probably be good. The river is pretty clear right now so that's good.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 20, 2004, 03:22:20 PM
Rickoos, have yall been back lately and if so how did yall do?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 20, 2004, 03:30:22 PM
Rattle,

No, we haven't.  Weekend before last we went to Henderson and this weekend the storm damage offshore has me buzzing. I put in 46 hours just this weekend chasing crews and equipment!

But here's the report as told from my wife between the Calcasiue & Henderson! Ready, here goes, "I can't believe that we are fishing in a mud hole here, it was so much prettier & clean at Calcasiue, how on earth can the fish see how to kill a lure here in Henderson, no wonder, they kill the buzz bait, they can't see nothing else, I will be so glad to go fish the Calcasiue again, even if we don't get on fish, just the clear water and sights is worth it all!"  ;D

Hope we have some luck this weekend fishing blind, and I think a little fresh water will only help things out a little!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 20, 2004, 03:35:27 PM
It is definitley a pretty place to fish, and if you think it is pretty South you should see it up North.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 20, 2004, 03:39:10 PM
Rickoos, Laurie myself Papa and Trey are all going down on Thurdays and will prefish that evening and Friday so hopefully we will get something going. When you get there we will let you in on the secrets!!!! Looking forward to having you on the winning team. When are you going to be able to get there?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 20, 2004, 03:39:47 PM
You may have to take me one day and show me some sights, you see, I didn't ask for any honey holes, just some nice sights to fish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lo lo lo ~c~ ~c~ ~c~

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 20, 2004, 03:43:49 PM
Mike,

we should be there around 9:00 am and launch and start riding and looking, I have your cell phone, so once we get going I will buzz you!

I have one question, do you think I can leave my boat at the cabins at night with the battery changer going instead of hauling it into town every night? We just don't know the area yet around the Day's Inn, how safe it will be leaving the boat open, if it were a number of us, I wounldn't think nothing of it, but just one of us, who knows?

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 20, 2004, 03:46:59 PM
If there is room, most definately you can leave it with us and if there is not enough room then we will figure it out. You are definately right, a single boat all by it's self says two things, first I am out of town and second less people are watching because I am by myself. SO plan on keeping it with us. You might consider staying at the cabins with us, we have plenty of room.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 20, 2004, 03:52:42 PM
Hey Rickoos, when did you decide to fish with the Lock Jaw Bass Club. lo lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 20, 2004, 04:04:25 PM
Rattle,

You kicked me out of your club before I could even say hello and sent me packing up "North", and man, that's a long way from Church Point, USA! :'(  But, they took me with open arms, even my big brother TEAM NITRO, took me under his wing and said, don't worry, just be happy!!!!!! ;D ;D ;D lo lo lo lo lo

hehehe,

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 20, 2004, 04:22:01 PM
There is plenty of room around the cabins to park your boats.  Just bring exension cords and you are in business. 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 20, 2004, 04:34:58 PM
I thought you had changed your mind beings Mike said you would be fishing with the "winning" team.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 20, 2004, 04:47:28 PM
Oh, Whatever, you southerners think you are all that  ~fl don't forget that us northern folks can fish too and you might just be surprised by how well we will do with Bo.. and Rickoos..... and all our guys on our team :P

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 20, 2004, 04:54:33 PM
http://66.135.8.10/tideserver/TideWeekChartServe.asp

The closest tide chart I found was for Calcasieu Pass. Do any time adjustments need to be done for it to be accurate?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 20, 2004, 05:00:51 PM
Thanks Wildcat, I will do that for sure!

Rattle, that was "Cold!" I think my new Northern buddies will help me out! Just watch out for that buzz bait, I heard it can get real wild sometimes!!!!!!!! ;D ;)

I guess that Wildcat & myself will be dragging up the rear with our Pro 175's, but that's OK, good things come to those who have to wait! ;)  I know this one spot not far from the state that I'm going to hit first, after all the boat traffic is gone! It was good last time, so maybe this time it will pay off too!

Ricky

But I will be sad, cause my big brother will not be with us! Team Nitro!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 21, 2004, 08:52:20 AM
Dragging up the rear? Don't cut yourself short that Pro 175 is a nice boat and will get you anywhere you need to be on that river. One thing I miss about my smaller boat is the fuel economy. I could run around all day long and not burn a tank of gas, believe me that's not the case with my new boat.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 21, 2004, 09:26:21 AM
Wildcat, You won't be alone at the back of the pack, I am sure I'll be right there also. My boat is really slow compared to most.

Like Rattle said though, our boats will get us anywhere we want to go...It just might take us alittle longer to get there!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 21, 2004, 10:05:26 AM
Hey guys,

We might be the last ones to get there, but, I bet that we will be the first ones to leave headed back to the weight in with our "BASS"!!!!!!!!! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ Heck, we might even beat them back to the weight in!!!!!! lo lo lo

Ricky

Rattle, you do have something there with the fuel, I can remembering when that 2.5 Mer would suck the bottom out of the boat when I had it, but now, we should be able to fish all weekend long on 1 tank and still have fuel left over! It will just take us longer to get there.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 21, 2004, 10:40:38 AM
I go fishing not racing! lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 21, 2004, 01:16:31 PM
BassAddict could you send me the directions that Mike Noble gave you, I would like to bump them against what I have figured to see whats what. Thanks a PM would be great
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 21, 2004, 01:18:25 PM
Sure thing...comin' to ya!


Did Laurie not get hers I sent, I think it was about a week ago...

Yours should be there, or on it's way, I don't know how long these things take!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 21, 2004, 02:17:06 PM
How embarrasing  :-[  :-[  :-[

Thanks bassadict, I got them...

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 21, 2004, 02:38:16 PM
Laurie,

We're bringing extra morning rolls, so Papa, Trey, Mike & me will have enough!!!! lo lo lo  I'm packing my goodies tonight so I can pack & unpack many times before we leave!!!!!! ~b~ ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
Any coffee drinkers?????? I can bring some down home "cajun" coffee with us! Just let me know!  Boy, I can't wait!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 21, 2004, 02:55:08 PM
Only a few days to go, Rickoos save me a cup of that coffee.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 21, 2004, 03:24:59 PM
I have been meaning to ask if there was anything each of us needed to bring. I have got to go tonight and p/u some lunchmeat, bread, hotdogs & stuff like that so there will be something to munch on every now & then!

If I need to bring anything...Let me know!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 21, 2004, 03:32:14 PM
Hey Rattle,

you got it buddy, that is, if you don't mind drinking from a yankee cup, seems that I was forced to leave the "dixie" cups behind this weekend!!!!!!! lo lo lo  Your little southern buddy,

Ricky aa
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 21, 2004, 03:44:23 PM
Don't mind at all. Watch them Red Necks they will try to corrupt you. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 21, 2004, 03:48:05 PM
Actually I think it may work to our advantage having a "southern" fishing with the rednecks.  A spy!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 21, 2004, 04:00:23 PM
Yeah but who is he spying ON?  >:D

Good Job with the covert operation Rickoos  8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 21, 2004, 04:05:03 PM
Watch it he could be a double agent.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 21, 2004, 04:11:31 PM
Mike,

I didn't find any steel ribits, but I found enough Alum. ones to build 12 huey 212's.  I did find some steel leader spaces and I will try them out and see!
Oh well, I''ll be fishing for "Team North" is weekend for sure!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 21, 2004, 04:13:38 PM
Laurie, I just thought of something, you are liable to have withdawls from not being able to access the site for almost 5 days. If you need a fix just come on into town Friday and I'll let you use my computer for a few minutes. lo lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 21, 2004, 04:17:17 PM
Rickoos that should definately work. You only need a big enough piece to make a contact point.

Rattle, don't be surprised if she takes you up on that offer, if you have mountain dew Im sure it will be a done deal  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 21, 2004, 04:18:04 PM
Be careful Laurie,  it could be a trick!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 21, 2004, 04:19:45 PM
Oh yeah,  we will have the "CODE RED" Dew in our cabin this weekend!!!!!!! Do the Dew!!!!!

Ricky

I think it will work too, Mike    time will tell real soon!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 21, 2004, 04:27:53 PM
Menu:

Thursday Evening - since there are some of us getting there early Thursday we thought it would be better to eat out on Thrusday due to driving and boating all day, so plan on the nearest fast food joint and then back to the cabin to relax and socialize.

Friday Morning - I got breakfast rolls to pop in the oven. Coffee is a must! Rickoos if you bring some "Cajun" coffee that would be great ;) I have lots of sugar and creamer if anyone needs it. If you want to join us for breakfast just bring some rolls or bisquets and join in.

Friday Evening - Lets go somewhere to eat so that none of use have to cook or clean up the dishes. Doesn't have to be fancy.

Saturday Morning - We are going to do breakfast, eggs, toast and coffee. Guys if you want to do breakfast add eggs or sausage to your shopping list.

Saturday Evening - Catfish is being cooked for us so we dont need to worry about anything ;)

Sunday Morning - breakfast rolls it is, with coffee of course...

So what do ya' think? Does that sound ok?

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 21, 2004, 04:31:36 PM
Laurie, I just thought of something, you are liable to have withdawls from not being able to access the site for almost 5 days. If you need a fix just come on into town Friday and I'll let you use my computer for a few minutes. lo lo

I'm not sure I can go one day without being able to get online and make sure the site is doing ok, let alone 5  :shocking:

DEW!!! That is what life is all about  ;) I will have plenty of that this weekend but I prefer the original so I guess we will have some wiered folks in our cabin...

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 21, 2004, 04:35:10 PM
Sounds like a deal to me!!!!!! And yes, Rattle can have some Coffee too!!!!!!! >:D >:D aa  It all sounds like a great time for all, I can hardly wait!!!!!! Now were's that special cajun coffee at??????

Oh no, we can do the green too!!!!!!!!!!  lo lo lo


Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 21, 2004, 06:37:51 PM
Red Necks and Coonasses all in one group, all partying together, this is going to be interesting. I can't wait to meet everybody. Laurie, I will be going to the park on Thursday afternoon to bring my camper. For all those who want a map I will bring mine and if you like it I will go make copies of it Friday and have it back to you Friday afternoon.

Wow 40 pages on this topic.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 21, 2004, 06:47:30 PM
Rattle,

I will trade you some good ole cajun coffee for a map, and I will even pay you for the paper!!!!!!! ;D

Laurie, do you think they have a coffee pot in the cabin? If not, we can bring one from home.....

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 21, 2004, 07:04:13 PM
Rickoos I will be bringing mine and since we will be getting there on Thursday I can't leave it at home ;) but you are welcome to use ours.....

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 21, 2004, 07:47:59 PM
It might be a good idea to have two, there will be several of drinking it I am sure :shocking:
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 22, 2004, 07:52:11 AM
I will bring ours also, better to much than not enough, would hate for Rattle to miss out on the coffee!!!!!!!  :'( :'(  Plus I need a map too!!!!! ;D ;D  That's a good trade, coffe for map!!!!!!! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 22, 2004, 08:08:47 AM
Sounds like a great trade to me. Anyone need anything else for the trip?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on September 22, 2004, 08:14:14 AM
I was just talking to Mike and thought I'd remind everyone to bring towels.  The park told me that they do not provide them.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 22, 2004, 08:17:35 AM
Thanks Bo they said they provided linens but I didn't think to ask about towels...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 22, 2004, 08:29:31 AM
Thanks Bo,

Never thought about that, of course Merila did, so she had packed some just in case! I was going to just them to wipe the boat down in the mornings, hey, but now, I better save them to wipe me down!!!!!! lo lo lo

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 22, 2004, 08:36:03 AM
Bassadict you sure you don't feel a cold coming on, pehaps a little cough and sneezing, progressively getting worse. Sounds like a sick day to me. lo

I guess we jinxed me...I spent yesterday with a sore throat and went home and drugged up on everything I could find and also took about 10 vitamin c's. Evidently, I was running a fever last night because I was sweating one minute & freezing the next. Slept about 3 hours max.
This morning, my throat feels like it is in a vise and really sore! More drugs this evening and hopefully knock it out pretty quick.

Maybe the fresh river air is what I need...yeah, that's it!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 22, 2004, 08:38:35 AM
LMAO~

Rickoos I can see that we are going to have a good time ;) With you, Mike and Papa in the same cabin it should be a riot! I can't wait to meet Merila!

i guess I need to run get some more towels to add to the packing so that Mike won't steel all of ours to do just that, wipe down the boat  ;D or I wont have any for myself :(

bassadict Nyquill is the best thing to kick the icky peuwnies.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 22, 2004, 08:45:53 AM
Nyquil, Theraflu, some antibiotics, & some robitussin...I took it ALL last night!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 22, 2004, 08:51:34 AM
Bassadict, very convincing, you just about had me fooled. Keep up the good work you are sure to get the day off. lo lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 22, 2004, 08:51:57 AM
I think that is some kind of code. Are ya'll squirting robitussin on your lures?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 22, 2004, 09:02:26 AM
Wildcat,

I bet you would feel better just by going and sitting in your boat and enjoying the happy thoughts of this weekend!!!!  I will have us some Mellow Joy coffee this weekend and some between Roast Community coffee for all of us!!!!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 22, 2004, 09:05:13 AM
I wish that were the case Rattle...If I still feel bad in the morning, I'll go get a shot from the doc, that usually knocks it out pretty quick!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 22, 2004, 10:13:35 AM
A shot? Man you will go through any measures to get out of work. :shocking:
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 22, 2004, 10:22:33 AM
 lo ;D aa
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 22, 2004, 10:37:50 AM
I hope you get to felling better for the weekend, I guess I need to find a resperator to wear so I don't catch it....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 22, 2004, 11:25:49 AM
Gee,  I was thinking the same thing too! ;)
Sure hope you get to feeling better bassadict69 so your weekend will be fun!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 22, 2004, 11:50:26 AM
Sick or not...This weekend should be a blast!!!!

I bet that is the reason I have been unable to sleep very well all week...I am too wound up about this weekend!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 22, 2004, 12:10:40 PM
Us too!!!!!!  I have also forgot that we have to go caught fish too!!!!!!!! At least, I hope we can caught a few nice bass!!!!!!!

As the time gets closer, its harder to sleep or work! ;D ;) lo

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 22, 2004, 12:59:06 PM
We leave first thing in the morning so we will have the water scouted out. I hope we will be able to catch a few fish as well but not matter what this weekend will be one to remember...

Everyone remember to bring your cameras!!

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 22, 2004, 08:44:31 PM
WOW! a wake up and we are there. lo

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 22, 2004, 08:46:59 PM
Laurie, yall don't forget to call when yall get close. I'll try to break away from the office to go meet yall and make sure check in goes OK. Mike Noble it's good to see you posting again. I am really sorry to hear of your mother passing and you will be missed at this event, although I know you will be there in spirit.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 22, 2004, 09:02:21 PM
I got the numbers and Mike has the directions so we will be good to go. I will call when we think ;) we are getting close, can't wait for morning...

Laurie

Off to do the rest of the packing and get into bed, we have a big day tomorrow...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 23, 2004, 06:55:18 AM
I just wanted to stop in and tell everyone to have a great weekend and I hope that you will hold the fort down while we are gone. Sure wish everyone could be there with us ;) Maybe next year we will have more of you be able to attend.

We are headed out and will be back SUnday Night so talk to everyone then...

Mother Nature
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 23, 2004, 10:51:56 AM
Rattle, What is the weather supposed to be doing the next couple of days? It looks like rain from what I have seen. Reckon' it'll hurt the fishing?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 23, 2004, 11:10:22 AM
Lake Charles Weather forcast:
Friday 70% chance of rain some could be heavy mostly before 1 P M

Sat 30% chance of rain high 87 10 to 20 mph wind

Sun Partly Cloudly high 87 15 to 25 mph wind
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 23, 2004, 11:26:25 AM
Wildcat,

I see that the tides are running over 3' above avg. with this little storm, do you think it will help or hurt? I was thinking it might help, but not sure.....

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 23, 2004, 11:32:07 AM
hey bassadict69,

Looks like wet weather gear for sure, who would have thought that Ivan would be back to see us again!!! :'( :'( :'(

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Sam on September 23, 2004, 11:45:30 AM
Hey guys we are in Moss Bluff and guess what??? the McDonalds has a computer that is online ;) I hope ya'll have a great day and we will see you tomorrow  :toot:

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 23, 2004, 12:07:14 PM
I will call ya'll tonight and check in, I'm trying to get away from work right now, but the faster I try, the farther behind I get!!!! :'( :'( :'(

See ya'll in the morning, it's storming here in Lafayette right now! Ya'll be careful on the roads & on the water! ;)

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 23, 2004, 01:10:32 PM
At noon I drove to the Bluff and looked at the water.  Its not as clear as it was last week but still pretty good.  The tide will not be that high here, we are 40 to 50 miles from the Gulf and the channel will restrict just how much water comes up this far. What effect it will have is only guess work.  I do like the idea of the rain cooling the water temperature.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 23, 2004, 05:34:39 PM
I just watched the weather and it looks like Ivan is going to present a few problems, like wind and rain.  I sure hope it gets out of there before the weekend.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 23, 2004, 07:39:39 PM
I just talked to Laurie and they made it to Lake Charles.  They did a little fishiing and caught a few small fish.  It sounded like they spent a good bit of time in rainsuits and had a couple of "down pours".  They are off to get gas and then to have supper...and maybe get a ladder so Papa can watch the weigh-in.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 24, 2004, 08:02:41 AM
A ladder, now that's funny. lo I'm hoping we won't get that much rain. right now it's scattered at best. I did'nt even get a 1/2 inch at my house while in lake charles they caught a good bit of rain last night. This rain may actually help things. We haven't had any rain for the past 2 months so a couple of inches might not be all that bad.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 24, 2004, 09:28:13 AM
Rattle, tell everyone I said "hey yall" and one other thing, tell Mike that the Redneck Motor Lift worked.......Be safe on the water and in the cabin's and have a good time for all of us who couldn't make it.........Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 24, 2004, 05:38:02 PM
I hope it is not raining down there like it is here.  We have got a lot of rain today...over 2 inches and it is still raining.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 25, 2004, 09:27:14 PM
Talked with Laurie after the weigh-in.  The north Louisiana group has about a 4 pound lead after the first day and the team of Papa/Trey are the leading team.  ~c~

The cooking was already underway for the supper, so I know it was a great evening.

Good luck tomorrow.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 26, 2004, 05:34:34 PM
Well, I'm sorry to say but I must admit defeat. :'( The Northern Club took the tournament.  I won't give any details at this time cause I know they can't wait to get on here and slam us. ;D I will say this it was a very tough weekend of fishing. To let you know how tough, the winning team( not club ) had a two day total of 5lbs. 13 oz. The winning club weight was 17lbs. 8 oz. Congatulations to all the winners.

Once everyone gets back I will post all the results, I just want to give them a chance to brag, they deserve it.

Oh and ask Mike and Laurie about their special catch. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 26, 2004, 05:49:17 PM
I hate I missed the fun.  I know it was a great weekend, especially with all the work you (Rattle) put into it.  We have to start on next year.

And I know Mike is good at catching "other" stuff.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 26, 2004, 06:24:14 PM
Boy I guess it is on now!!! I hope everyone had a great time "down" there. Rattle, there is always next year. Was that 17 lbs a two day total?
     Mike C. I met a guy from south La. this weekend by the name of Ray Welch who has a Gambler for sale. details if you want them. 31K$.......
     So where to next year?????    Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 26, 2004, 06:34:33 PM
We had a great time and it was great meeting everybody. I can't thank everyone enough for participating. I don't know where it will be next year but I bet it will be bigger and better. I hope it will continue to grow and become a tradition for all of us.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 26, 2004, 06:49:29 PM
I wanted to give a big thanks to all the business that made this a great tournament.
thanks to : Rag Time Tees  for the great work they did on the shirts and for the shirts they donanted as door prizes. Angel's trophies  for the awesome work on the trophies. Kinder Hardware  for the door prizes. Russel Suire  for providing us with some great food ( the catfish filets were awesome). A special thanks goes out to Lake Charles Tackle  for providing a nice rod and reel combo as a door prize.

And last but certainly not least I have to put out a huge THANKS to Jacques Joubert for cooking Saturday evening. The food came out great.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Brush Hawg on September 26, 2004, 07:36:43 PM
Just wanted to congratulate the winning teams and club.  They came down into unknown waters and kicked our tails for two days under extremely bad conditions.  That just says how good they are.  The fishing was poor, but the event was a blast.  Really enjoyed meeting you people from up North.  Rattle thanks for all the hard work you did for this event and our club.  I think our first year went down pretty good. Looking forward to next year and I hope we stay in-state to try to get those trophies back. 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 26, 2004, 07:40:14 PM
It doesn't matter where we go next year, we are getting that trophy. >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 26, 2004, 07:42:22 PM
You know I thought for sure our plan of getting them drunk Saturday night would work. I think it went sour when we got drunk with them. lo lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 26, 2004, 07:44:40 PM
All you have to do to get the trophies back is to win them next year. Rattle, I would like to use Rag Time Tees next year so if you happen to go in there please let them know that I love the shirts and that we will be back so dont throw out the artwork if they have any! I would also like the addresses of the companies if you would could you send me a PM with that info sometime this week so I can send them a thank you note?

Ok just once I have to do this nannnaaaaanana we got the trophy!!!!!

Mother Nautre
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 26, 2004, 07:53:11 PM
I sure hate that I missed this fantastic event.  I knew the trophy would be coming north...I fish against these folks all the time.

Even though I didn't make it, I want to thank Rattle for ALL the work he did in getting this together.  Hats off to you on a JOB WELL DONE.  ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ ~c~
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 26, 2004, 08:14:06 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice comments. Like I said earlier none of this would be possible with out the participants and we had a great group down here for this tournament. We enjoyed putting this one on and look forward to next year.

Trey even made friends with the animals down here.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 26, 2004, 08:16:30 PM
I just have to add that this was very eventfull for us as well! I have now seen my first live alligator, well the eyes of it at least. Hey did ya'll know that they will chase a top water bait  :o well I didn't and it was headed straight for mine, but the big meannnnyyyy wouldnt let me catch it  :'(

On Saturday I caught a flounder and boy are those bad boys ugggggllllly! and Mike caught one today. While we were fishing we seen, a crab up in a cove, the biggest snapping turtle that I have ever seen out in the river, a lady fish, and the craxiest thing you will ever see are the flying fish (Mullett) you would be fishing along and "darn" if one wouldn't jump right next to the boat and scare the pants right off of ya' it was the craziest thing. One of the guys even caught a red fish! I am gonna have so much fun living in Biloxi, I hope we get to catch the cool things there too...

Mother Nature
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 26, 2004, 08:24:03 PM
Well, Yes Rattle didn't get hardly any rain at his house. Buuuuttt we at the camp got so much that Papa pulled the plug on his boat that morning and it ran for a solid 15 minutes. My boat? well, my compartments don't leak yet and when I opened them there was water standing in the bottom. The boat filled with so much water that it come up threw the bottom of the boxes and was standing in them.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 26, 2004, 08:27:21 PM
I still can't believe yall have never seen Mullet jumping. To this day I couldn't tell you why they jump like that but we see them every time we go to the river. The salt water fish are not uncommon especially where you and Mike were fishing, the further North you go the less likely you will catch one.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 26, 2004, 08:29:20 PM
 
     Mike C. I met a guy from south La. this weekend by the name of Ray Welch who has a Gambler for sale. details if you want them. 31K$.......
  Hey Mike. you see this,,,huh huh, you see this....see it?  huh huh... >:D >:D >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 26, 2004, 08:30:51 PM
Double posting huh ??? that will be an extra punishment for you there buddy  PoPo

Mother Nature
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 26, 2004, 08:32:29 PM
Rattle, we don't see Mullets up here.  When I lived in Baton Rouge and fished the spillway and areas south, we would see them all the time.  I've even seen them land in the boat many times.

And I'm not sure he is from south Louisiana.  But that is not important.

Dave...  lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 26, 2004, 08:33:04 PM
 :( :( :(
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 26, 2004, 08:34:40 PM
Yeah yeah I see it, got all giddy there for a minute  ;D

Guess I will hang on to the old cobra for a little while longer with the move and all coming up. Besides I got to pass everyone on the river this weekend and it gave me renewed love for the beast..... Plus Laurie said something about new carpet maybe a gel coat polish and oh yeah the best part SHE wants a 300 hp. I don't know - well maybe - lets think about this for a minute - oh heeeeeelllllll yeah
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 26, 2004, 08:39:42 PM
Yep, passed me twice. Polish, new carpet? You had the best looking boat out there. I'm going to have to clean mine out big time after I boated the Goo and the cypress bass. That stupid cypress bass made a mess.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 26, 2004, 08:46:17 PM
I would like to piggy back what Rattle said. The sponsors for this event were great and donated some really nice products. Also Rattle AWESOME job I know from experience that putting on a tournament can be very time consuming and you did a fabulous job.

Big Cudos to the whole Lock Jaw bass club, they are some of the nicest, funniest, enjoyable, drink a lot of beer folks you will every meet. They welcomed us with open ice chests and the comrodarie we excellent.

Both dinners were incredable...... Man do they know how to cook down there in south La.

Brush Hawg - Yes the fishing was tough but lets look at this - Huricane IVAN...... yeah no body exspected that... You make it sound like we smoked you all, all in all it was a very close tournament. But for us that was just icing, the cake was getting to shake your hands and drink a beer with all of you all.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 26, 2004, 08:48:50 PM
I forgot about those, I tell you want that river sure does have a variety of fish in it. Problem being they all were bitting except the bass. I know I wasn't the only one to catch a goggle eye on a jig....

Well thank you for saying I had the best looking boat there but you didn't get to close to it then :o scratches busted windshield, tore carpet.... it goes on and on. I personally thought your javilin looked great  8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 26, 2004, 08:58:05 PM
Mike don't short yourself or the rest of the guys out there yall did an excellent job of catching the few fish that bit. For yall to come down here and fish on a river that has an unbelievable amount of shore line and tributaries and beat the home team is pretty darn good. I have fished this river for years and to this day i stillthink I should catch a fish on every cast, I really don't think there is a bad looking spot.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 26, 2004, 09:03:11 PM
Oh no there isn't a bad looking spot on that river. It was amazing, they hole place looks like it should produce. I can honestly say that I thought I should get bit on every cast, oh except those back lashes  ;D

Got to hit the rack, long days of fishing have wore me out. And Laurie wants to go tomorrow, don't you just hate that  ;D

See you all in the morning in the thread "The Board comes alive" with my cup of coffee in hand....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 27, 2004, 07:55:20 AM
I just wanted to weight in my big Red fish that I caught on a spinner bait Sat. and all those huge goggle eye's that tore up the plastic's, they made you stay ready all the time! And then there was the big mis-take that I did, ~b~ ~b~ ~b~, you always heard about the big ine that got away, well, Merila never believed that story, until Sat. mid-day, when we were in a cove and I hung a nice 4 lb. bass, got him next to the boat, didn't wait for her to get the net, in the excitment, I was going to just flip it in the boat, and then it flipped and bye-bye baby! :'( :'( :'(  At least she did get to see it her-self and knowsthat it was real.
Oh well, another day!!!!
Check out the Quick Quarter this week, there will be a great "DEAL" on a complete package rig with a new 50qt. Coleman Ice Chest for sale, Cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :'(

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 27, 2004, 08:11:27 AM
Do I smell a new Nitro on the way?????

Hey Richoos, don't get so down about that fish, I am here to tell you it won't be the last that gets away. If we caught them all we would call it catching not fishing. I dumped two fish Sunday, thankfully we didn't need them as a team, I was reallly heartbroke at first. But if you let that get to you the rest of the day is going to be tough. Shake it off and keep pluging away.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 27, 2004, 08:16:32 AM
Mike it was probably two flounders that got off anyway. lo I would have love to seen your face when you caught the first one.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 27, 2004, 08:23:59 AM
Yeah your right, at least thats what I keep telling myself. There is no way those were bass, it's easier to swallow that way.

Our face on the first one  :shocking: along with a few statements like Laurie "what in the h-ell is that" Mike "a flounder" Laurie "WHAT" Mike "I think it is a flounder" Laurie "do they have teeth" Mike "I don't know but you caught it YOU find out"
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 27, 2004, 08:36:49 AM
That is funny. lo lo If you have never seen one it would definitely cause some concern, like is this a poluted lake and is that fish a bi-product.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 27, 2004, 08:44:04 AM
ROFLMAO - yeah it did cause some concern. I just didn't know how to grab it. I have learned here in Louisiana that some of these fish have extra protective or defense devices and I didn't want to get bit or injected with something  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: coachr on September 27, 2004, 08:47:56 AM
I am the treasure of the lockjaw bass club and i just wanted to say that everything went as planned and i hope everyone got their money's worth in fun and fishing experience.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 27, 2004, 08:48:28 AM
They do have teeth but you are safe to grab the body if you can figure out how. Last year my wife bought me " The Glove", that thing is the best. When you get a nasty fish just slip it on and it makes for easy handling. I had to use it on that cypress trout Saturday.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 27, 2004, 08:50:22 AM
Coach you should still be in the system. If you forgot your password get with Laurie ( send her a personal message) and she will walk you back through it.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 27, 2004, 08:54:42 AM
Coach, I know I did and I don't see how anyone couldn't have you all did a great job. My concern was that you all didn't break even. In the future I think it would be cool if the host club used it as a fund raiser. I.E. you could charge a couple bucks over the actual cost. Anyway Major KUDOS to the Lock Jaw Bass Club.....


Rattle, that flounder we put in the live well sure was tough to get out. When that thing laid on the bottom you couldn't even get a finger nail under it. I had to push it until it tried to swim then catch it. I think you all told me to keep it just to watch me try and get it out of the live well  lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: coachr on September 27, 2004, 09:03:52 AM
I wish we could have this before football season starts next year.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 27, 2004, 09:10:18 AM
Coach, with enough time to plan I think we should be able to. I know we tried to beat the hunting season this year. The original game plan was to do it before school starts. We might otta shoot for that this next summer. I think it would bring more folks as they don't have to worry about what to do with the kids, just bring um...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 27, 2004, 09:12:18 AM
Now I wouldn't do that. :{_ That is probably one of the best eating fish out there. If you would have kept them, stuffed them and ate em you would be a flounder fishing fool.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 27, 2004, 09:58:38 AM
I just wanted to take a moment to thank Rattle & all the members of the Lockjaw Bass Club for putting on a great weekend of fishing, food, & fun. Fishing was really tough but I can honestly say I would have still had a good time if I hadn't caught any fish.

Everything was excellent & planned out perfectly! It was great to actually put faces to screennames and actually meet everyone.I am definately looking forward to next year!

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 27, 2004, 10:04:33 AM
Oh Yeah...

Congratulations to OUR teams that took the trophies!!! Papa & Trey, Mike & Laurie, & Bo & his partner (forgive me...I am terrible with names).

 :-* :-* Laurie, Maybe you can get a discount on the engraving of the tag on the trophy if you go ahead & get the 2005 tag made also!  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Brush Hawg on September 27, 2004, 10:46:15 AM
Rattle getting drunk worked for me and Jimmy.  We zeroed out the first day and I have tried to figured why we did better on Sunday. It comes down to a hangover and upset stomachs slowing down our presentation for the finicky bite.  If we'd got fubared Friday we probably would have placed.  Think that's our strategy for next year. 8) >:D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 27, 2004, 10:55:39 AM
LOL, I have seen that happen many times Brush Hawg. Hey just more proof that drinking large quantities of beer is a good thing  :-*
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 27, 2004, 11:32:29 AM
Coach I sent you an email about the log in. As a guest you cant send me a PM so just respond to the email and I will try to get you hoocked up so that you can post as a member here on the board.

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 27, 2004, 11:51:09 AM
There might be some truth to that. I was hung over Saturday and did better that day. I felt fine Sunday and only boated two small fish.  ??? Of course my partner was swearing off the alcohol Sunday. You know the famous words " That's it I'm never drinking again ". Likie with most people I'm sure that will last about a week. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 27, 2004, 11:55:41 AM
I think most of us had a bit of a hang over or were at least a bit slower for lack of sleep the night before on Saturday but what would a gathering be if there were not a little bit of beer and great conversation until the weeee hours of the morning?

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: coachr on September 27, 2004, 12:56:01 PM
Laurie this is my reply to you about my login.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 27, 2004, 01:00:13 PM
Coach, are you still having problems?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 27, 2004, 01:41:15 PM
 :( :( :(  I have been keeping quite trying to get over my embarrassment of us southerns getting out tails kicked in own our home waters.  I have to say I greatly enjoyed the tournament and am looking forward to a rematch.

 :) At least I can take comfort in that one of us from the old folks home won.   Way to go, PAPA, make those young guys sit up and take notice.

As I think back on all the salt water fish we caught north of the salt water dam I wonder if enough salt water got up the river to alter the bass bite.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 27, 2004, 01:46:28 PM
I thought of that myself Wildcat but we went up above White Oak park and I know the salt water didn't get that far up. I think all the rain and all the water coming from Bundicks lake messed things up. The simple fact that we were having a tournament is all the reason we need for the fish not to bite. lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 27, 2004, 02:03:29 PM
It was tough fishing, but I bet I will be back over there fishing very soon! It's a very nice river system.

 :-* :-* :-*Well, if my rig sells, it might be a while before I get to fish it, but, I can always fish from the bank, unless Rattle or Wildcat will take me fishing!  lo lo lo

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on September 27, 2004, 02:09:50 PM
I am going to take a couple of weeks off and reassess this need I have to fish.  I will let you know after that.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 27, 2004, 02:28:59 PM
I will also take a weekend off and just relax at home if the office & the beepers will let me!!!! This weekend was more like work than fishing! But then, you got to take the bad with the good!

Hope to see ya'll again before the next big one!

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 27, 2004, 04:52:52 PM
Even fishing that is tough and may seem like work is still better than the daily grind ;)

Everyone is licking there wounds even a member of the winning team, now that shows you that it was tough. But thats fishing, we were all on the same playing field, some of us just got lucky....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 27, 2004, 07:21:05 PM
I wanted to thank two more people that made this tournament and the Saturday super go smooth.  Thanks Keith Kibodeaux for getting the food together and a thanks goes out to Sean Richard ( Coach) for checking everybody in on both days and being the weigh master for the tournament. Even though Sean had to go to work Saturday he got up early in the morning to check us in and came back in the afternoon to weigh our fish. Now that's a dedicated member.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 27, 2004, 07:23:07 PM
I second that appreciation. Coach did a great job and the food was most excellent.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 27, 2004, 09:06:10 PM
I think you better thank your wife for us as well since I know she spent a lot of time running around for us as well. Please let her know that we really appreciated all of her hard work as well...


Ok I posted the pictures from the tournament you can check them out at
http://ultimatebass.com/bass-fishing-gallery/displayimage.php?album=14&pos=0
You can post your pictures to the Gallery if you have UBCS pictures....

one last thing - coach I sent you an email with your password in it so check your mail so that you can log on. If you have any trouble or if you dont get it just call me and I will tell you what it is... 318-747-3222

Mother Nature
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 28, 2004, 07:45:38 AM
Great pictures...but the first one...sort of starts the slide show off on a "short" note.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 28, 2004, 07:57:22 AM
Wait till Papa gts ahold of that one  ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 28, 2004, 08:07:37 AM
And where was the ladder?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 28, 2004, 08:12:57 AM
and the chair  :-\
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 28, 2004, 08:15:05 AM
I was wondering...the picture with everyone and the trophies....at first I thought Papa was kneeling down... ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 28, 2004, 08:21:05 AM
Boy,    that's a low blow...... poor Papa, always a short joke in the house, but he didn't have any short comings over the weekend for the Team!!!!!! Way to go, Papa!!!!!! ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ ~c~ ~c~

Ricky

Laurie,  I can't see my Charter Member decal yet, but then, maybe its too soon..... ;)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 28, 2004, 08:22:37 AM
Rickoos...I am required to give Papa a hard time.  It is in my contract...part of my job...fully expected.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 28, 2004, 08:27:01 AM
Poor Papa,   :'( :'( :'(

There was one good thing about Papa & me, we could talk and be eye to eye with no having to look up all the time!  lo lo lo

Ricky

I really had a great time this weekend and best of all, learn a lot of new tricks!!!!! ;D

Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 28, 2004, 08:29:01 AM
Sorry Ricky I got a little side tracked....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 28, 2004, 08:36:52 AM
Thank you very much Laurie........ :) :) :)

Ricky
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 28, 2004, 09:29:31 AM
You are very welcome Ricky...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on September 28, 2004, 02:28:11 PM
I would like to echo everyone else who said that the event was a great success.  I enjoyed meeting everyone and had great fun. 

As promised, here is a link to my GPS trail that shows the location where we caught our fish. The area was loaded with shad and I think the fishing is only going to get better there in the coming weeks.  I hope all you lockjaw guys catch some fish there.

http://www.tmtanglers.com/Pictures/2004/2004_Ultimate_Bass_Shootout/Bo_Trail.pdf

Tight Lines
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 28, 2004, 02:31:09 PM
Thanks Bo, hopefully the fishing gets better soon. Laurie the pictures look great. I will try and post mine tonight.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 28, 2004, 09:55:49 PM
Love the pictures guys. I loaded a couple and didn't like the way they came out so I'm going to have Laurie do some magic and make them disappear. When I get them right I will post all of them.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 28, 2004, 10:44:55 PM
Guys if you are posting pictures and are having trouble sizing them please take the time to download this small program~

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/photofiltre.html

it is very simple but it works great! Mike loves it... Remember you can have a large file size (up to 1024k) but your picture has to be no more than 400 x 400 in pixels (dimensions)

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on September 29, 2004, 04:13:58 PM
I bounced the idea of hosting next year’s tournament off my club and they are interested.  Some of them have conflicts with the last weekend in September, but that is just the way it is going to be.  I think the last weekend in September should become the tradition.  They unanimously thought that Lake Wheeler would be the place to have it.  Lake Wheeler is usually good that time of year with multiple patterns working (i.e. everyone should catch fish, unless a hurricane comes through).  It is common to catch Largemouth, Spots, and Smallies all in the same day.  Here are my questions.

1.  Someone mentioned having a raffle to determine which club host the tournament.  Whatever became of this idea? 
2.  Lake Wheeler is a LONG LONG way from Lake Charles and Shreveport (but not Biloxi).  Would you guys be willing to drive that far? 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 29, 2004, 04:41:07 PM
Bo, Wheeler isn't THAT far from S'port...We could make it...However, That is the weekend that our state federation has it's fall qualifier..I missed this years annual tournament b/c I fished the qualifier and I will fish it again next year. I'd hate to miss it , but I do understand if that is the way it works out....Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 29, 2004, 06:06:35 PM
Bo, what we will probably do is put those clubs that are interested in hosting and the lake they wish to host it on up fpr a vote. Unless of course Laurie has something else in mind. As soon as we can we will start putting things together so that we can put it up for a vote. I like this time of year but there are several things going on that can hurt the turnout. We may look into doing it in the summer time becuse there is less going on and it may be easier for some to plan the trip. I don't know for sure but that's something else we may vote on. I'm going next year, I don't care where it is. I had a blast at this one and Susie has already staked her claim in my boat. ;D I guess I'm going to have to sign her up on the site. That means sharing my computer >:( Oh well I have to shre everthing else. ;D
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on September 29, 2004, 07:28:13 PM
I'm flexible with the time of year.  But my favorite time to fish is after labor day.  I like being out there after the jetskiers are in school, the football fans are at games, and the hunters are in the woods.  It leaves more fish for me.  Anyway, I'll go whenever.  But reservations at these state parks book early...so the sooner we decide the better.  Just my 2 cents...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 29, 2004, 08:21:53 PM
No doubt. We will get the ball rolling soon so who ever host this one will have plenty of time to plan and we can all make reservations early.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 29, 2004, 09:48:03 PM
I kind of feel like Bo I can fish anytime but: I like the first cool weather of Fall best of all.
  I wonder how many real fishermen we will lose if we go to the first week in oct.
This is just thinking out loud and isn't meant to persuade anyone. Usually the lakes are less crowded and the weather is comfortable. :-*
Or we could go with the 2nd week in August and we really would get the real Bass guys and girls >:D
 And maybe the Dope man and Nitro Girl could go :help:
papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 29, 2004, 10:22:18 PM
Guys, (and girls), I hated to miss this last one and really hated it when I heard the reports and saw the pictures. I talked with Nitro Girl a few minutes ago before she left for work and she said she is looking forward to it. She got real excited when she heard it was on Wheeler, thinking that Ranger would make that one. She then asked for a boat paddle and a wood buring tool, and something about how to spell "ranger". I'm not sure about that one.

If we have plenty of heads up, we'll be there.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on September 30, 2004, 07:19:52 AM
I am pretty flexible (for fishing weekends that is).  I would like to see it planned around when the most could make it.  I do like September because you lose a lot of the lake traffic.

Dave...she isn't bringing a boat paddle Sunday, is she?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 30, 2004, 08:08:16 AM
Rattle, we will have to try to have a meeting (phone call ;) ) in the next week if possible so that we can talk about how to pick next years location and the best way to decide time of year. I like the idea about tradition but before we settle on a tradition we need to make sure that we will have good participation too.

I would really like to see the host club participate in the forum, after all that is what this is all about, getting the folks that are here together to fish. I am working on some guide lines for the Annual UBCS, Rattle will have to help me out as the Events Captian. I am really looking forward to next year and it doesn't matter to me where it is just that it happens and we all have a great time like we did this year.

Bo is your club still looking for that message board? If so just shot me an email and I will get is set up this week...

Mother Nature
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on September 30, 2004, 08:14:42 AM
I like the fall, the cooler weather and the fact that there is less boat traffic but here are some things to consider. School is in session, so for those who have kids being able to leave early would be a problem. Football has started, in our club I have two football coaches which means they would not be able to make it, not to mention if anyone has kids playing football they would probably be out. October means hunting season, not just here but in other states as well. For some on the board including myself that's not that big of a deal but there are quite a bit of people that put up their boats once hunting starts.
Summer time is hot and there is a lot of boat traffic but I believe ,and of course this is just my opinion, we would have a better turn out because there are less things going on at that time of the year.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Rickoos on September 30, 2004, 09:24:38 AM
Time and place does not matter to us, we can be there with enough time to plan it out..........

Ricky & Merila
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on September 30, 2004, 09:32:07 AM
Rattle,
I would have to agree with the summer thing since we had to work hard to make sure our daughter was taken care of and would make it to school the days that we were gone. Yeah I know, we could have left on Friday after school was out but in the future we may have to travel further and that would mean leaving during the week and I really hate taking her out of school.

Personally I would like to fish in the spring but that is another ball of issues since the weather isnt always fishable and there is school and I am sure other things as well. I have put on several tournaments both in California and Louisiana and it is a chore to schedule around events based on a local level, we are talking about trying to get clubs on a National level together to fish so it is going to take a lot of consideration about a lot of different things.

Travel Time
Location
Other Tournaments
School/Football/Coaches
Lodging
Launch Facilities
Parks and weather they will allow us to hold the tournament there

and these are just a few, I am sure that there are more but it is before noon ;) and I am still a bit slow  :-[ If you have a consideration that you would like us to add please post it. I would like to see this not only become a tradition but a well planned out one that has top participation...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 30, 2004, 04:14:03 PM
Just my opinion but as well as this one worked out I think the key is finding a host club first , one that is willing to put in the time that Rattle and the Lockjaw club.. If we can do that it doesn't really matter where. Otherwise it would need to be close to where Laurie is so she could make all the arrangements.
unless you want to have it on Caddo >:D then I would be glad to work in conjunction with Mike N. Dave. Addict and Shawn etc to see that it works. :-*

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 30, 2004, 05:11:45 PM
I would definately be willing to do my share to help put it together if we were to hold it here
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on September 30, 2004, 05:59:38 PM
It that a request for the TCTC to host the shoot out in 05' ?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on September 30, 2004, 08:43:53 PM
Sounds like a plan to me!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on September 30, 2004, 09:32:17 PM
I you and Laurie thought that that would be best, yes I would help with the organization. I want like everyone for it to be the best it can be wherever that is :-*

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: dave the dope man on September 30, 2004, 10:09:13 PM
I have to go along with Papa, I'd be willing to bet that the TCTC could do a great job of making arrangements and hosting the UBCS. count me in if we go that way......Dave
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on October 01, 2004, 03:11:00 AM
 I see this is going to be a Southern thing. What about us Northern members. I guess if you all hold a vote, it will automatically be down south because there are more southern members. Why can't you all hold it somewhere in the middle, say like Santee Cooper. Our club would be willing to host it, without any dought. I think you Southerners are just afraid of getting your butts whipped fishing, or maybe you all are afraid of getting lost if you come past Georgia........................

CHICKENS!!
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Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on October 01, 2004, 06:31:28 AM
I would like to see several clubs willing to host the tournament for 2005. I do think that with the way the site is growing it could turn out to be quite the event so whoever it is that turns out to be the host may have more work than they bargained for ;)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on October 01, 2004, 07:34:09 AM
Caddo  :-\  :'(

I hope we get several clubs interested in hosting.  It would be fun to make a "road trip".
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on October 01, 2004, 07:56:55 AM
Lets go at it this way...

What do you ALL think is the best way to pick the host club?

Keep in mind whatever we decide will be the way that it is picked from now on.

We could put everyone in a hat and draw names...
We could give the Chanpionship Club first dibs and then draw...
We could put it up for a public vote...
We could have them submit a plan of attack and Mike and I pick the best one...

open to suggestions  8) no really I need some suggestions here  ;) I really think this site belongs to it's members (YOU) all I do is tweak it so that we get more members by way of links and search engine results. What really makes this site work is You. So let me/us know what it is that you think...
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on October 01, 2004, 08:04:37 AM
Dundee, getting votes to have the tournament up your way is easy, simply get more people from up there to register on the site. I don't mind traveling and would love to fish some water up that way, but one thing we have to take into consideration is how many people will fish a Northern tournament. We want to get as many people to fish it as possible that's why we put these things to  vote.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Brush Hawg on October 01, 2004, 08:27:57 AM
I'd like to voice my opinion on this subject.  I have already heard several members say they would not buy out of state liscences to fish Rayburn.  I'm pretty sure that if this was held in say Alabama, Tennessee, or Kentucky probably only four or five members would go.  One concern would be money and one would be most of us are broke.  However, I think we could get an excellent turnout for a Shreveport area tournament.  I think it would be cool to go out of state but realistically our club ain't going to travel that well.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on October 01, 2004, 08:36:22 AM
I know there are a lot of issues to be dealt with on getting this all set up.  I understand the "expenses" involved with traveling.  I know we have people up here that don't want to spend the money for a Cross Lake or Cypress/Black Bayou boat sticker.

But we have to consider "all" of our members and since we are growing we are going to have to work with this.  I would not want any group left out.  I believe that this will grow to be a very, very large event each year.

One suggestion for clubs that need to cover expenses - have some sort of fund raiser.  I have already thought of this for our group in doing "pre-planning" on making a long trip.  I think that would go a long way to defer individuals out of pocket expenses.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on October 01, 2004, 09:59:45 AM
I agree with you Noble, we have to take everyone into consideration. I think a fund raiser to raise money for a club to take a trip is a great idea.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on October 01, 2004, 10:13:16 AM
I perfer the vote with the stipiluation that a club can repeat as host only every three or four years.

I also see the possiblity as this grows to holding regional tournaments with representatives from the regional going to a national.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on October 01, 2004, 10:17:00 AM
Now that would be awesome.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on October 01, 2004, 10:43:54 AM
Now WildCat you are talking, and the winning team at the regionals used the tournament moneys to pay the way. I enjoyed the format of the one we just had with no pay out but maybe a region would want to make a small donation to the travel kitty for the winning team somehow.

What about the winning team gets to host the next one unless they decline. But if they win that one two what are we going to do? I would prefer no back to back clubs holding it. SO, if the host team one then second place gets to host if they choose too? Just some ideas...... Whats everyones thoughts?
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on October 01, 2004, 11:05:40 AM
I have no doubt that this tournament will grow to someday having regionals and championships.  But for now, I personally like the idea of allowing clubs to enter a bid for the tournament and a selection process take place.  Things we need to consider are location of course, but also places that have "rooms" very nearby and the area needed for "feeding" and socializing.

In looking at this area, there are not that many lakes with places to stay and areas for the other activities.

And I definitely agree with no back to back tournaments in the same place.  We need to spread it around to give everyone a chance to host and participate.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on October 01, 2004, 11:16:05 AM
Here's an idea. We pick the club to host this year either by vote or let the champions host it. At the end of the tournament everyone that is in a club puts their name, ticket, whatever in a hat. Someone draws and whatever person is drawn that club host the next tournament. The current host are not eligible for this drawing. The reason we use members names rather than just the club it will be an incentive to have more members at the tournament. The more members you have at the tournament the better your chances of getting drawn. This way you would also have had to participate in an event before you are eligible to host.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on October 01, 2004, 11:35:52 AM
I like Mike and Wildcats ideas.  The club who finishes the highest place in the UBCS, who hasn’t hosted the UBCS in the last three years, earns the right to host the tournament.  This year that club is Twin Cities.  If this thing grows the system can be modified to have regional and national tournaments.

As for travel expenses, each club would need to address that in its own way.  I think a good idea is for the top six anglers in angler of the year point standings win some funding and the honor of representing your respective club at the Ultimate Bass Club Shootout.  But that is just an idea I have for my club.  Again, each club should handle it in its own way.

Let me ask you guys this:  Is the format of weighing the 10 heaviest fish the way to go?  The other way I read about it being done is for the top three bags from each team being used for the team part of the competition.  I can think of advantages and disadvantages to each way.  And my second question is do you want to have a maximum number of teams per club?  I was just thinking that you may want to limit the number of teams one club can have just in case you end up with a situation where it is 20 teams vs 5 teams vs 3 teams.  Maybe limit it to like 8 teams per club?  I’m probably getting ahead of myself, but I couldn’t resist tossing it out while I’m thinking about this stuff.  You have to look out once the analytical ball gets rolling in my head.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on October 01, 2004, 11:58:17 AM
I do not know about limiting it.  I would hate to tell anyone that wanted to fish that they couldn't.  As far as saying the winning team will host next year that can cause problems.  We tried that with our annual golf tournament but some times the winners did not want to put out the work it took and we had a bad tournament.  I think we are better off letting a club volunteer.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on October 01, 2004, 12:09:28 PM
BO and Wildcat both have great points. This is great information, thoughts and ideas KEEP it coming guys and gals. We in the military call it brain storming - writing down all the random thoughts you can and then going back and working them out.

Wildcat, you are right some teams may not want to host the tournament but they could decline and go down the list of places until you find a club that wants to or maybe the draw would be a good idea.

BO, I agree that one, we shouldn't limit particapation and two we do need to look at your point about 20 vs 3 the ten fish per team would work but you are still limited if you only have 6 people fish instead of 40 but that might help draw up particapation in it's self.

Keep them coming guys the are all great points and ideas.....
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on October 01, 2004, 12:18:43 PM
We in the military call it brain storming

Is that done best with or without beer?

I think we need a list of all the clubs interested in hosting, just to see what the possibilities are.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on October 01, 2004, 12:43:10 PM
We have been thinking of tweaking the format a little but nothing is in writing yet. One thing we looked at is letting a team fish the tournament even if they are not in a club. Not everybody on the board belongs to a club. They would be able to participate in the team competition but obviously not in the club competition. Like I said that's not in writing but it was one thing we were considering. THe main thing we have to focus on right now is getting a host club and deciding how to do it and keep it a standard from here on out. I like the idea of the winning club hosting the tournament the next year. Like Mike said if they don't wish to do it fine we go down the list from that point. Remember one thing the host club picks the lake or river to fish, it doesn't neccessarily have to be in their back yard. As long as they can provide the accomidations and put everything together that's all that matters. This last tournament we basically lucked out on where the cabins were in relations to the launch and eachother. I had a back up plan but this worked out perfect. My point to all this is we need to get this started ASAP so whoever host this thing has plenty of time to make sure everything is the way it needs to be. Unfortunately we can't always depend on luck.  ???
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Wildcat26 on October 01, 2004, 01:19:06 PM
A lot of lakes will not have accomodations.  Some times we will just have to settle of less than Lock Jaw provided.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on October 01, 2004, 01:58:25 PM
I really thing that with a little planning we can deal with anything ;) Just like here there are some lakes that have great accomodations right on the lake and then there are those that have nothing. In my opinion it is important that the members are all able to stay somewhere together otherwise it kind of defetes the purpose of getting together. Again just my opinion but I think that should be consideration when the lake or water way is chosen.

Laurie
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on October 01, 2004, 03:23:35 PM
I agree with Laurie it's just going to get harder as it gets bigger.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on October 01, 2004, 05:39:00 PM
 Well, after reading some of these posts, I need to put my suggestions in. First of all, why not rotate each year, north, south, north, south, and so on. and, have a special award to the team or club that traveled the farthest to the tourney.. 4th, If you need any kind of help, I am willing to help, Our club holds an annual open team tourney, and it is getting pretty large. We do this for a club fund raiser.We have some good sponsors now and we have some heavy hitters that are going to join our sponsors, like Mc Cormick, Land O Lakes, Busch beer, and progessive insurance. The point is Myself and my club members are willing to help with the planning of the next tournament. Lastly, Me and some club members will fish the next tourney and show you Southern boys and Gals, how to catch fish, as long as it isn't in Alaska....... Ps. The earlier you can set a date and place, the better..
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on October 01, 2004, 05:53:28 PM
Dundee, woooow Alaska I don't think if will be a problem NOT fishing there. Although we have an Alaska thread on the forum no one has used it yet don't believe there are to many bass up that way  ;D

Sounds like you all have a very strong club going, I love hear that the sponsors are starting to work with the clubs I think that is outstanding.

As far as the north south thing, definately. I am all about fishing new and exciting waters and with enough time to plan we should be able to have a great showing and a great time once again. I can't help but wonder if a meet in the middle wouldn't be the best way to go for the next one.

Everyone keep brain storming, we are going to come up with a fair way to do this yet. I greatly apreciate everyones inputs so keep them coming.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on October 01, 2004, 06:23:12 PM
 Mike, I think the middle somewhere would be the only fair way to do this. Then if you want to, let the winnig club host it, or do the flip flop thing, satrting the following year. The next tourney should be reasonably accessible to all the members. I think the next tourney could be the catapult to make this tourney a huge success.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: BIG PAPA on October 01, 2004, 07:29:02 PM
My thought on traveling that far is this. Do we want to do it in only the second year. Do we want to do it if we only scratch up 3-4 clubs. nuff said on that, just my thoughts.
Now I do feel that if we want to go the regional and National thing. we are obviously going to have to have several "regionals" and yes if this is going to take off you are going to have to provide some incentive to the regional team. You are not likely to grow to those numbers if you have to poor boy the tournaments, for the chance to fish a regional and then a national tourney series. I would say it would cost at least a thousand dollars a team to travel 12 to 15 hundred miles and stay 4-5 days,( I would not even consider going that far and spending that kind of money without prefishing) so if I am going to spend that kind of money and I am fortunate enough to win I would like for the tourney committee to pay for my trip to the Nationals I feel the winning club deserves it Before we could do that we would have to have 20 or so clubs anyway and we would simply have to RAISE the entry fee.
I will more than likely fish anywhere (Trey says so) but it would be hard to justify if we only had a few teams.
I know I will hear arguments about how much fun we had , and yes we had a ball, but we all have families and little vacation time. It will take quite a commitment from us and our families to justify that kind of time and money.
So I guess what I am trying to say is this; I am committed to helping this grow into a wonderful tourney, I just think that a little growing time "may" be required before we go traipsing all over the country.
Besides I don't think you will get a huge turnout without some monetary incentive at the end.
I will probably fuss and grouse a little (or a lot) but I love fishing with you guys and Girls so I am there if the clubs are there :-*

papa 8)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Noble on October 01, 2004, 07:44:14 PM
I don't think we will be going "regional and national" in the next year or two.  But we have to start somewhere...which we did this year.  But now the we have clubs in Maryland, Florida, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas (and I probably missed some)...plus members in a lot of other states...well, somebody is going to be driving (unless we could use some B-52's to load the boats and trucks in and fly them to the location).

I don't have a problem with traveling.  I agree with Papa that I am going to want some pre-fishing time so it could develop into a week long trip.  And that would equate to $$$$$.

That is why I have been thinking about fund raising or even sponsors.  I believe a club could raise some decent money with a couple of fund raisers.

And Papa...you fuss  :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bassadict69 on October 01, 2004, 07:51:08 PM
My main concern with traveling more than a few hours away is money. I would love to say I could go anywhere to fish but the money thing is what limits where I can go.
Judging by the amout of money it costed me this past weekend  :shocking: to go to Calcasieu for 2-3 days, I can say I would not have been able to go much further away.

A club fund raiser, open tourney, or something along those lines would really help those of us that basically living paycheck to paycheck and don't have alot of $$$ to spare. Something else that came to mind is maybe either slightly increasing our entry fees or lowering the payout to help save a little $$$ to HELP pay everyones way. This would only barely touch the total costs, but every little bit helps!
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Jared LeBlue on October 01, 2004, 09:05:46 PM
Everyone has come up with some good advice so far but lets take a logical and serious look at this. First of all this is not an attack on Dundee or the anyone else from the North, but at this point there are quite abit more people from the South registered on the site. I for one would love to see the site grow especially in the Northern region but right now does have a larger group from the Southern region. With that said we need to take a few things into consideration. One this year we had it down South and we had 21 people fish the tournament. Out of that there were two clubs that participated. I'm wondering if we had a tournament up North how many people would fish and how many clubs. I and hopefully several members from my club would fish up North but for now I can only speak for myself. And to clarify things I mean the Northern region,  I'm not talking about North Louisiana. Also remember this year you will have to be registered on the Ultimate Bass  website in order to fish the tournament. Dundee my Northern coonass brother I would love to fish up there but I really don't think we will have a big draw, at least not this year. Maybe I'm wrong but I don't think so.
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on October 01, 2004, 09:23:45 PM
We do have several members from the northern area, I believe there are two or three clubs fairly close to each other, I will have to dig a bit but I am sure there are at least two which is what we had in the south. I agree with everything that was said so far from it is going to cost, to living paycheck to paycheck and a fund raiser would be necessary, to there are that many clubs involved yet, vacation time, family to the trapese move that Papa talked about  ;D and most importantly pre fish time. If I am going to travel I want to have time to enjoy my fishing during the adventure.

Keep the ideas and thoughts coming guys. I realize it may seem like we are spinning our wheels here but it is all starting to add up. There are ideas flowing about how to get the money (fund raisers, sponsors) There are ideas about how to pick the next one (winning club, ticket drawing of those present, north then south). I think I need to break a map out and figure out where dead center is and go from there  lo
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Ron Fogelson on October 01, 2004, 10:09:58 PM
I read all the post from front to back, & see that I missed a great time this year in the 1st ever shoot-out, but after just returning from Iraq I couldn't tell my wife I was going fishing rather then go on vacation to see her parents. 

Now that we all know how much fun we can have when we get together, and we know how much work it is to put on a good tournament. (Some of you more then others, like me, never done one) we need to get a club to host the next years.  That’s it; we have to decide who is going to host it, period.  We can worry out how far away it is, where are we going to stay, what lake to fish, & so on and so forth, later.  1st is who!  Now as best as I can see so far we have 2 teams ponying up to the plate, DundeeMike's team and TCTC.  I suggest that Laurie or some other competent authority make a deadline for clubs to submit there intent to host.  In the submission to host you would be required to tell us all why you would make a good host. I.E. what lake/rive we would be fishing & why it would be good for us.  Some accommodation options for get together places, sponsors, and so on.  Once that deadline is met and we have all the submissions we take about a week for each club to decide where they would want to go based on all the details, location, price of travel intended turnout, the tournament forum you know, weigh the pros and cons. Once each club votes on where to go then the club submits its one Club vote.  That way it isn't north verses south or east against west.  It is a club shoot out so the clubs should decide, not each member on the board individually.  This will also give us the best foresight on next years tournament cause the clubs will have to put out its intentions and plans well in advance and if a club doesn’t make the cut this time it will know better next time on what it needs to do different to get a better chance at making to cut.  Just like the cities hosting the Olympics, they have to sell them selves to get the booking.  What do you think?

Just my rambling Ideas!
Play Nice or Die!
Fogy 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on October 01, 2004, 10:53:55 PM
Fogy I actually think that is a great  :-* There are three maybe four clubs that I think would like to host the tournament, there is Dundee's Club, TCTC, Bo Crawfords Club, and PJ Lures said they might be interested. Now here is the deal though we have a lot of members but as far as the clubs there are not that many on the board all the time. I know that a few people from each club stop by now and then but they are really individuals visiting the forum.

Geees there are so many things and I think you are right there needs to be a deadline and we need to figure it out. Here's my goal guys I would like to have the host team picked by the end of this month. That way they have a lot of time to think about what they and we can do to make the next tournament the success that the first one was.

I do know what it is like to put on tournaments and I have done so for over 80 teams at one time before so please when I say I know about the considerations, there is nothing like having 80 teams, 160 people comming at you with their ideas and we ran that just like we do this board - with open minds and ears.

I have sent some info to Rattle (Events Team Captain) and lets see what he thinks about it and we will go from there. I do think that we need to set a deadline and I think I just did that ;)
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: DundeeMike on October 02, 2004, 01:47:10 AM
 The members who said it would be a money issue, to travel, I have an answer for them. There are sponsors out there waiting to be had with alittle work. The computer makes the search a lot easier. Here are a few suggestions. The first thing that needs to be done, is make some kind of flyer, or letter, with place, time, date, and info like" Ultimate Bass annual Regional Shootout", or similiar heading.  Most sponsors require this. I am sure Ultimate bass would be able to supply this letter or flyer. I could help with the design and content.
The next thing is to contact local establishments, ask them for their sponsorship, and offer to advertise their business in return. Like displaying a banner, handing out coupons, etc. Then you could move to the big guns. E-mail them , and ask them for their sponsorship. Tell them what they can do to help sponsor you, like travel expenses, help with motel accomidations etc. The most important thing is, you must do it early in the year, starting in January of next year would be the thing to do. Most companies offer sponsorship opportunities, but they have a limit.Contacting them early is the answer. You would be surprised at the number of companies that would be willing to help.It just takes alittle work.
             Ultimate bass could go on a sponsor drive also.We have a great web site to offer their advertisement on. Why not take advantage of this. We could have a tournament page, devoted entirely to the tournament. As the sponsors come on board, put them on the tourney page as a sponsor, with a link to their site. also the members could download the page or refer the page to their prospective sponsor. Pool the donations from them and use it for rooms, as I am sure that would be the big expense to over come. We could contact motels and such in the area we would be fishing, and offer them advertisement for a good discount. Believe me, this can be done, it just takes the effort, and desire. You can check out our clubs sponsor list on our home page, and we have about six more coming on board for next year.
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Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: Mike Cork on October 02, 2004, 09:32:26 AM
Great post Dundee, Beings we have been in the tournament business for quite some time I know what you are talking about.

Just one note, not only do you need to start early but you need to be persistant. If you didn't get a flat out no from them go back in a week.

A lot of bigger companies are alotting there advertising funds right now (fiscal year beginning), I have experienced some of those companies that will give it all away as fast as they can so that they don't have to worry about it the rest of the year, that doesn't mean they will give it to just anyone but they will be looking for good causes and why not your club, you will be traveling (a sticker on the vehicle will go along way) you will be amoung a large group of fisherman where winning isn't the only way you will get to advertise for them because of the meetings built into the format (Saturday Dinner). Sorry I am short winded here I have a lot of thoughts on this and no time right now.... More to come

I do want to say that Dundee I admire your club very much for it's sponsor list you guys have done a great job. I would love to have you write an article for us about how to get your club sponsored  :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: bocraw on October 02, 2004, 10:27:46 AM
To Summarize, here are the options so far for determining host:

Option A: Based on UBCS standings.
Option B: Clubs submit proposals and forum members vote
Option C: Clubs submit proposals and UB executives decide
Option D: Drawing of Members starting at 2005 UBCS
Option E: Drawing of Clubs at 2005 UBCS

In the event D or E wins, Twin Cities would host in 2005 to get the system started.

I think all options will work fine as long as a decision is made and it is stuck to.   

Laurie, you said that you would like the decision to be made by the end of the month.  Here is a sample timeline for open items that need to be decided upon:

October 8th: deadline to determine how host are chosen
October 15th: deadline to choose date of tournament
October 22: deadline for clubs to submit proposals (if options B or C are picked)
October 29th:  dead line for host to be chosen.

The reason the date needs to be chosen before clubs can submit proposals is because that will have a huge bearing on which fishery is recommended in each club’s proposal. 
Title: Re: Annual tournament
Post by: MotherNature on October 03, 2004, 06:24:46 PM
We have a new thread!!!

Look for "2005 Annual UBCS Tournament"