There is a always a great feeling when you see the pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. Yes, baseball is right around the corner but more importantly, the change to Spring means fishing. Over the next couple of weeks to help get in the mood, I will be previewing every tournament that we will have in 2013. First up, Lake Erie Bolles Harbor.
It has been a club standard to have the first tournament of the year out of Bolles Harbor. Recent years have found the boundary waters closed during this tournament. The bass season is not open in Ohio, Canada or the Detroit River at the time of this tournament, but there are still fantastic fishing opportunities available. One thing I think some people don’t realize is the huge population of Largemouth bass in the Michigan waters of Lake Erie. Finaddicts fishing club has seen a great mixed bag of both smallmouth and Largemouth brought to the scales over the years.
The first tournament held in 1999 was won with a weight of 17.11lbs brought in by Bill Weber and Carl Basye.
Although at that time the club had a 7 fish limit. Big bass was a 3.39 Largemouth if memory serves me right. Over the years the weights have been pretty consistent. The biggest 7 fish limit came in at 22.31lbs back in 2003. That year it seemed like the Smallies were bountiful and the weights reflected it, but the Largemouth still made their presence known with big bass being a hefty 4.70lb largie caught by Greg Wisniewski and Gary Loga. A total of 317 lbs were brought to the scale that day and it remains as one of the top single day weights in Finaddicts short history.
In 2008, the club had another pretty good showing on Lake Erie. Scott Ziems and Brian Wotring brought a sack of smallies weighing in at 22.26. That year we saw all 13 teams bring in a full seven fish limit. That stat is was makes fishing out of Bolles Harbor something special.
In 2010 the club went to a five fish limit, which in hindsight was, one of the best moves the club could have made. Last years tourney was won by Keith Vogel and Garry Baker who pulled in close to 16 lbs of Largemouth bass. If your after a huge Smallie that doesn’t stop fighting or a monster Largie tucked under some cover, Bolles Harbor is a great place to start. Now you know why the club “elects” to start every season here.
In 2013, June 2nd, might be the day for some new club records.
Next up: Kent Lake