Tournament summaries February 2020 - November 2022
jeff, Bruce & Nick 1, 2, 3 at Lake O North
New waters - Same results
Bill is now in the Witness Protection Program
Jeff, Bruce & Nick - 1, 2 & 3
Still our "Daddy"
Nick, still killin it, #3
Ryan, Honorable Mention #4 & Saturday's big bass
More Memories from Lake Okeechobee
Jorge with the weekend's big bass at 5.22 pounds
Mike takes 5th place
Post Card worthy - Tony fishing at dawn.
Jeff picked up a hitch-hiker
The sunrises were just spectacular
These are the moments we will remember. Great friends, great times, and FISHING!
jeff, Norbert & Tony,1, 2, 3 Holey Lands
Anglers forced to work hard for every bite
jeff, Norbert & Tony,1, 2, 3 Holey Lands
Anglers forced to work hard for every bite
Holey Lands at dawn
Nick, Tony & Jeff go 1, 2, 3 MM 34
Boating tragedy narrowly avoided
Nick, Tony & Jeff take Top 3 honors
Tony & Anthony hunting for Big Game
She's finally out!
Nick, Norbert & Dimas go 1, 2, 3 Sawgrass
SAWGRASS STAYED ON FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH
Nick, Norbert & Dimas, 1, 2, 3
Nick also scored a bonus big fish over 5
ozzy, terry & norbert go 1, 2, 3 Sawgrass
LAST MINUTE PRE-FISHING SAVES THE DAY
Ozzy, Terry Norbert take top 3 honors
Norbie had the BF of the day
Finally, a recent pic of Terry!
Jorge with 2 of his better fish
Jeff, Dimas & Terry go 1, 2, 3 MM 34
JEFF HAULS IN MASSIVE BAG TO REMAIN HOT
Sometimes it really does seem he has extra arms!
Dimas with the day's biggest and a solid Peacock
This photo from another tourney
Mike, Nick & Jeff go 1, 2, 3 at Lake Ida
"King Mike" Defends his turf
Lake Ida proved to be challenging for most, but “King Mike” proved that home field advantage and time on the water are still valuable advantages. His 12.01 pounds was tops, along with his big bass of 3.52 pounds. No giants were caught on this day, but 8 out of 10 anglers did manage to bring in limits. Mike got out of bed 5 minutes before the launch, stopped home for lunch at noon, and had his boat back at the house before most of us got on the road. Just kidding, of course. But living up to the pressure of fishing on his home turf was weighing on his mind even before the launch. He delivered!
Mike felt the pressure, but wore the crown well
2 nearly identical fish turned out the be the day's biggest
Nick has yet another strong finish
What in the world? Tony caught one of these. Any ideas?
Jeff, Norbert & Nick go 1, 2, 3 at Lake Kissimmee
Norbert lays down the Lunker Bass gauntlet with a massive bruiser!
Norbert with his monster 8.4 bass
Now THAT's a bucket mouth
Ozzy with the weekend's 2nd largest bass at 5.51 pounds
Big ole Catfish caught by Rick
Great to spend time with Jack!
Mike during practice
Raul is all smiles
Rick caught bass too
T with 2 nice keepers
Jeff, Raul & Mike go 1, 2, 3 at Holiday park
Raul makes a cameo appearance in the top 3. Good to see him get his game back!
Jeff, Nick & Ozzy go 1, 2, 3 at Sawgrass
Jeff & Nick swap 1st & 2nd positions & Ozzy joins the top 3.
Nick's BF at 4.62 pounds
Nick, Bruce & Jeff go 1, 2, 3 at Lake O
Bruce, Jeff & Nick go 1, 2, 3 at Lake O
Well, another year is in the books. Jeff wins yet another AOY award - his 4th in a row! Tony is once again in the top 3 - for the 9th time in the last 12 years! And Bruce, Nick & Dimas finish the year very strong.
Next tournament will be at Slims on Jan 9th. Thanks for a great year!
Jeff, Bruce & Nick take top 3 at Okeechobee
Bruce hauls in 81 AOY points & a 6.50 pound bass
A beautiful Lake Okeechobee sunrise
Dimas with a 5.13 pound bass
AOY Top 3 for 2021
Big Bass for Tourney: Bruce 6.50
Big Bass of the Year: Terry 6.61
Jeff, ozzy & tony 1, 2, 3 at Lake placid
Wow!!!! What a bad tournament for the club. For the most part weather was great. We had a few casualties along the way. Raul blew a piston, Nick’s transmission on his truck broke down and had to get it towed, on top of that his trolling motor broke and he did not fish the last day. Now for the BAD NEWS. Jeff proved again how consistent he is in finding fish, and a working pattern. As he said he puts the work in on pre-fishing. There were only three guys that caught limits. Jeff, Ozzy and Tony. Jeff managed to catch limits on all three weigh- ins . Jeff lapped the field with a 1st place finish with 24.24 pounds and won big fish pot for the tournament with a 4.96 pounder. Ozzy took 2nd place with 17.51 pounds, Tony placed 3rd with 10.13 lbs. Dimas had his 2nd straight strong outing, narrowly losing out of the top 3 by .12 oz, along with Norbert.
Looking at Angler of the year the battle is between Terry and Bill for 3rd. Terry has 11 point lead over Bill with the Big O next on the list for December. Looks like the top 6 is locked in. Congrats to the top three !!!!!!!
A couple of side notes: Jorge and I would like to thank Jeff for tossing us a bone in the form of a great clue as to what might work in the closing hour of Sunday. If he hadn't, we might have come to the weigh-in holding only our rods - so to speak. Even with the lousy results we both had, Jorge and I had a great time as always.
And it was good to see Joey back out there on the water. He's a damn good angler and would make a terrific addition - to the club and to the story-telling! I hope he buys that boat!
Top 3 at Lake Placid
The 2 "old guys" bringing up the rear.
Jeff with the weekend's big bass - just a pinch under 5
Norbert with a solid keeper
Back to back gorgeous sunrises for Jorge
Beautiful skies everywhere you looked
One of the weekend's biggest downers - a blown engine on Raul's boat.
Bruce & Rick could be heard from across the lake shouting to each other.
Special thanks to Raul for this video and lots of great pictures!
Dimas, Jeff & Nick 1, 2, 3 at Lake O
Big O was humbling for most, only 5 limits were caught. The weather was beautiful. We can never complain about spending a day on the water catching Bass. We will be back in Dec and Jan. For the good news: Dimas hunted down the Bass and captured first place with 9.14 pounds and won the big fish pot with a 3.19 pounder. It's the first time in 4 months someone named Bill didn't win the Big Bass pot! It's also the first time this year that the tourney winner also caught the day's biggest fish! That big fish separated him from Jeff after they tied in weight. This was Dimas' first win of the year, congratulations on breaking that cherry. Jeff took second also with 9.14 pounds and stays consistent. Although not mathematically impossible, the AOY race is virtually over. Jeff has realistically wrapped up his 4th consecutive AOY award - quite amazing! Nick rounded off the top three with 8.26 pounds. Congratulations to the top 3. Nick is planning on buying Jeff's boat and should be fishing more often and making every tournament in 2022. With that said Vegas predicts Nick could be a prohibitive favorite to land in the top 3 next year.
Although the AOY race looks to be over, the real battles now are shaping up for 2nd & 3rd place with 5 anglers within reach. Tony & Terry are in the driver's seats now. But Bill is only 9 points out, and Dimas and Nick have outside shots. With the potential for 4 more Big Fish pots looming (3 at Placid, 1 at Big O) anything is possible.
A note about membership: With the recent losses of Robert and Dave as full-time members, and the uncertain status of prior, current and possible future members like Raul, Ken, Javier and Ryan, we suddenly find ourselves back where we were a few years ago. We are being forced to shuffle the deck almost monthly to make sure we have enough boaters to handle the load. Boaters like to prepare their boats and rigging differently when they know they are alone vs. when they'll have a co-angler. Last minute shuffling is an inconvenience for everyone. Nobody has a problem with being a small club - we kinda like that. So we don't want to rush out and start trying to recruit new members. But we do have issues with reliability, and we need to re-establish the notion that when you're a member, you do have certain obligations to the group.
Thanks to Norbert for snapping this beauty!
Jeff, Terry & Bill go 1, 2, 3 at sawgrass
At Sawgrass, the water was very high and hot. Single digit bags and only 3 limits caught. If we didn't have permits, there likely would have been ZERO legal limits caught! Overall, the fishing SUCKED !!!!!!!!!
Jeff, Terry & Bill 1, 2 & 3
Jeff, Tony & Bill go 1, 2, 3 On the Alley
Jeff, Tony, Bill 1-2-3 at MM 35
Tony, Bill & Dimas go 1, 2, 3 On the Alley
A very good Tournament at M.M.35. There were several highlights to the day. More on those in a minute.
She ate all 3 treble hooks on my biggest spook
Mr. ATM at his favorite strip club
Special thanks to Bruce & Norbert for taking the photos.
Dave, Terry & Jeff 1, 2, 3 go at Sawgrass
First off we want to welcome Ken to the South Florida Bass Rattlers. In a very tough day Ken finished 4th for the day. Great job under those conditions.
Terry's big bass of the day at 4.18 and a healthy Peacock
Robert, Nick & Jeff 1, 2, 3 go at Sawgrass
Congratulations to the top three. Norbert caught Big Fish with a 3.63 pounder. Point of interest, Terry dropped his biggest fish in the water at weigh in and was only able to weigh in 4 fish. It sucks when that happens !!!!! Rick got what he wanted and fished alone BUT still made it rain dollar bills 😊. You go Flo Rider.
REMEMBER IN JUNE, JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, WEIGH IN TIME CHANGES TO 1:00.
The big 3 this month
Bruce showing Robert how it's done.
Rick won't be able to make it to the Pussycat Lounge this month. He's fresh out of $1's
Jeff, Nick & Terry Go 1, 2, 3 at Kiss
Kissimmee Final Standings
Top 3 from Kissimmee
Jeff, Tony & Terry Go 1, 2, 3 at MM 34
Robert, Jeff & Tony Go 1, 2, 3 at Big O
Jeff, Tony & Robert go 1, 2, 3 in season opener
Next tournament is on 2/22. Lets find a great location.
Jeff caps off 2020 with a 9+ pound giant at Okeechobee during practice.
Tony, Terry & Jeff finish off Okeechobee
Bruce at Sunrise
Jorge finishes in top 6. First full-time non-boater to do so since he did it in 2016!
Old Sol just peeking over the horizon
TWT was forced to be more versatile this year
The Gladiator back in form
Tony, Terry & Jeff go 1, 2, 3
Tony, Jorge & Mike Take Top Honors at Okeechobee
November 21, 2020
Even with some strong winds on day 1 the fishing was pretty good for the most part. Tony took first place with 23.07 pounds and won the Saturday big fish pot with a 4.5 pounder. Nick had the weekend's biggest bass at 5.5 pounds. Jorge the Terminator took 2nd place with 23 pounds just .07 from winning the whole thing. Jorge has proven all year you can win from the back of any boat. He has also moved to 4th place in the A.O.Y. standings. Mike and Robert battled it out for 3rd place, Mike took 3rd with 21.13 pounds and Robert had 20.19. Congrats to the top three. The standings are very close, December tournament might decide 1ST THROUGH 6.
The weekend wasn't without mishaps. Dave got stuck, Terry had electrical problems, Ozzy sustained boat damage from very rough waves, and Nick had a trailer tire explode on the ride home.
The final month will have plenty of drama, unlike recent years. Norbert & Tony still have outside chances of swiping the AOY title from Jeff. And 5 anglers have very realistic shots at making the final 3 spots in the top 6.
Some amazing sunrises to behold
Jeff had his own fish-finder ride along
Nick blew out a tire driving home
Terry grew extra arms
Robert, Norbert & Bill go 1, 2, 3 AT LOX
Robert Grabs Big Fish Too
October 18, 2020
The weather was better than expected. Catching Bass other than dinks was tough as you can see by the total weights. The water in the flats were very clean, healthy grass and nice cover. Plenty of dinks !!!!!!! All in all the club had a great time and caught lot’s of Fish for the most part. Robert was able to find bigger fish and took first place with 8.90 pounds and found the only nice size bass weighing at 4.31 pounds and took home the big fish pot. Norbert continues to do well at Lox and captured second place with 7.31 pounds. Bill rounded off the top three with 5.31 pounds. Congratulations to the top three, job well done !!!!!!!
Nick Desiderio (alias Popeye) ate a can of spinach and jumped in the water to push Bill's boat out of the mud. No truth to the rumor that he pushed out a turd while do this - although the picture does give you doubts!
And tough luck for Terry who had boat problems that hampered him and forced him to catch only 1 fish. Special thanks to Jeff who towed Terry back in and lost valuable fishing time too.
The end of the year is two months away and the top 3 and the top six standings are getting closer. Norbert and Jeff are only 24 pts apart for 1st place. Tony only has 19 and 22 point leads on Bill and Dimas for 3rd place. 4th through 9th place is only separated by 17 points. Only 2 more chances to take the Lunker Pot money away from Tony, who's 6.69 pound bass caught at Lake Okeechobee in July was the biggest of the year.
Next tournament will be at the Big O, Lodging will be at Rolland Martins from November 20th, 21st and 23rd.
THE RESTURANT AND BAR IS OPEN WITH NO RESTRICTIONS. WITH THAT SAID WE DON’T HAVE TO BRING ANY FOOD UNLESS WE WANT TO DO A COOK OUT ONE NIGHT.
BF Y-T-D = Tony @ 6.69
JEFF, NORBERT & TERRY GO 1, 2, 3 AT IDA
Mike Havens Grabs Big Fish
September 13, 2020
Great tournament, weather turned out surprisingly nice. Lots of fish caught by most. Jeff took first place with 12.13 pounds, Norbert captured second with 9.56 pounds and Terry rounded off the top three 8.31. Tournament big bass was won by Mike with a nice 4.5 pound Bass. Congrats to the top three and Mike for winning the big fish pot. After a slow start to 2020, Jeff has now placed in the top 3 for 5 consecutive tournaments. Norbert has just had his 2nd consecutive top 3. A.O.Y race is heating up and is very close at the top, 39 points separates the top two anglers. Top six is very close also. 9 points separate 6 through 9. Next month we are at Lox. September we go back to 3:00 pm weigh-ins.
Note: Terry & Jeff's photos are from previous tournaments. Bill & Tony's pics are from Ida practice.
Jeff, Norbert & Tony Take Top Honors at LOX
August 16, 2020
Wow as predicted it was hotter than HELL out there!!!! Water temps were hot, no breeze, water was high and the fishing sucked for most. Jeff, Norbert and Robert found some quality fish. Jeff kicked ass and finished in first place with 11.88 pounds. Norbert took second with 8.31 pounds and won big fish pot with a 5.88 pounder, that will show you how tough it was. Terry and Tony shared third place with 4.87 . It sucked for Robert and Dave who could not make it back in time for weigh in and Robert lost a 17 pound bag. Congratulation to the top three. Next tournament is September 13th. Location T.B.D.
By the way, this is the first time I can recall that the top 3 from the last tourney are in the exact same order as the top 3 Y-T-D in AOY competition.
AOY LOX Results
Dimas, Tony & Jeff go 1, 2, 3 at Lake O
July 12, 2020
LAKE OKEECHOBEE RESULTS
Wow, that was a vicious thunder storm. In all the years on that lake I never seen it that bad for so long. Its very important that your bilge pump is working correctly, it can fill up quickly. As for the fishing, we will call it a so so day. You got to love fishing that Lake !!!!! Dimas took first place with 10.63 pounds, Tony came in 2nd with 9.50 pounds and won the big fish pot with a 6.69 pounder so far big fish for the year. Jeff rounded off the top three with 7.94 pounds. Ozzy brought in a nice 6 pounder, nice to see two 6 plus bass brought to the scales. This is Jeff’s third straight top three finish and has come in the top three 4 out of six tournaments. Jeff has taken the top in the A.O.Y. The top six is very close this year, anybody can take it this year. Congratulations to the top three !!!!!!!
We are NOT singling any one or two anglers, but it is important to remind everyone that if, for whatever reason, you decide to call it quits during a tournament, you need to notify a Board member. We are more than a fishing club, we are good friends who look out for each other. Bad weather and big lakes can lead to disasters. And if we don't know where you are and you're not at the weigh-in, we start to worry.
Big Fish Y-T-D Tony @ 6.69
Holiday Park Humbles all but Joe
June 14, 2020
Yesterday’s tournament was the worse that we can remember in the past 20 years. Not surprised, Terry and everybody else that pre-fished said this was going to happen. Well here is the startling news, 12 out of 18 guys got skunked. Out of the 6 that found a few fish that totaled only 13 Joe caught 5 of them. Congrats to JOE !!!!!!!!!!!! He went as far as you can go on the alley before it dead ends at ramps. Joe kicked our ass with bringing in the only limit weighing 8.12 pounds. Jeff managed to take 2nd with two fish totaling 4.90 pounds and won big fish pot with a 3.14 pounder. Rounding the top three was Bill, who caught 2 fish with a whopping 3.20 pounds. It was dead out there, Hope never to see these type of results again.
Looking at the AOY standings at the half-way point, Jeff has made the biggest move as he is now in 2nd place, only 10 points behind Dave, who has slipped a little in the last 2 tournaments. Two tournaments ago, Jeff was 59 points out of first. Joe jumped from 12th up to 6th place with his big win at Holiday Park. The bottom line is with half a season to go, it's now a horse-race again. 50 or fewer points separate the top 10 positions!
Big Fish Y-T-D Norbert @ 5.80
Jeff, Robert & Ozzy tame MM 34
Beautiful day on the water, just what the doctor ordered. I want to start off by thanking everybody in adhering to the Corona virus guide lines we had in place yesterday, there were some slip ups but for the most part it went well. Nobody likes change and dealing with this Virus has produced some big changes.
All the pre-fishing paid off, Everybody had limits and some decent weights were brought to the scale. The weather was perfect to make it a great day of fishing. Jeff was due for a good day, he did that and took first place with 13.10 pounds and topped it off by winning big fish pot with a 4 pounder. Robert also was due to place in the top three, he captured second place with 12.11 pounds. Ozzy did a great job and rounded off the top three with 11 pounds. Dave still holds a good lead in the A.O.Y. race. Congrats to the top three, job well done. Lets do some pre-fishing to make the June 14th tournament another success. We will need to make the decision by June 5th to get in some pre-fishing. A shout out to JORGE who finds himself in second place in the A.O..Y , Way to go terminator 😊
We had some good discussions on live-well checks and making one of the June, July or August tourneys a Saturday tournament from 12-8pm, I like the idea, thanks Nick!!!!
Big Fish Y-T-D Norbert @ 5.80
Jeff back in form
Robert & Jr (2nd Place)
Ozzy's photo from last year
The April Tournament was cancelled due to Corona
Nick, Dave & Javier take top spots at LOX
March 15, 2020
Loxahatchee fished like a mystery novel. There were big fish (Javier 4.15, Nick 4.40, Dave 5.40 & Norbert 5.80), but there were plenty of dinks too. 11 anglers, who shall remain nameless, failed to even break 5 pounds for their entire bags! We know from past experience and recent pre-fishing, that there are lots of bigg'ns out there, but on Sunday, despite virtually ideal conditions, only Nick was able to crack the 10 pound barrier. Congrats to him for his first victory of the season, with a nice 10.70 pound bag and kicker of 4.40 pounds. Dave had his 2nd straight top-3 finish by taking 2nd place with 8.65 and a 5.40 kicker. This allowed him to open up his A.O.Y. lead to 25 points. Javier took 3rd place with 8.04 and a 4.15 pound kicker.
Dimas just missed his 2nd top-3 finish by tenths of a pound. Norbert had the biggest bass of the day (and biggest bass of the year so far) at 5.80 pounds and took 5th place, vaulting him into 2nd place in A.O.Y.. Jorge turned in another solid performance at 6.11 pounds, which enabled him to hold on to 3rd place in the A.O.Y. race.
As always, it was just great to be with all the guys and welcome a few new-comers. Mike H., Mike B., and Carlos R. look like they will be great additions. It was also nice to meet Joe's son, Mike. He weighed in a quality fish too.
With the season now 1/4 over, it will be time for me to delve into the numbers and put out a more detailed report soon, along with some fearless prognostications. One thing I can tell you right now: NO MORE MIKES and NO MORE RODRIGUEZ'S should be allowed in the club. My head is spinning!
Next month is Lake Placid on April 24, 25 & 26, where we should see more of an off-short bite mixed in with the shallows. A reminder, there will be no meeting at Bass Pro Shops on the Thursday before the Placid tourney. That will be held on Saturday night after dinner. For the new-comers, these away tourneys are really the glue that bring all members together and friendships blossom. If you like good food, lots of fishing, bad jokes, nasty cigars, bragging, and perhaps a drink or 5, these away tourneys are just the ticket!
Big Fish Y-T-D: Norbert @ 5.80
Dave, Norbert & Dimas 1, 2, 3 at MM34
What a great tournament, plenty of fish, weather was great and every member showed up !!!!!!! We had two guest, father and son pairings, that was nice to see. Robert and his son make it three generations that have fished in our club. Robert JR did better than his dad and half the club 😊 that was great to see. Maybe a future Bass Rattler? Joe fished with his son also. Everybody caught limits plus 20 bass, at least. Even Rick collected dollars from Bill, Terry & Tony! Pole dancers everywhere are drooling. Welcome back Enrique!
Dave dominated the field today. He proved it was his technique not the location that got him the win. Dave posted 14.7 pounds and won big fish with a 5.1 pounder. Norbert finished in 2nd with 11.1 pounds and a 4.6 pound kicker. Dimas rounded the top three with 10.5 pounds and also had a 4.6 pounder. Paul also caught a 4.6 pounder. Congratulations to the top three !!!!!!. As we all know ties are broke by total bag weight.
Clearly, the top 3 from last year have bulls-eyes on their backs as none of them are near the top spots this year. It is early, but it's also clear that there are new "Young Guns" aiming to upend the standings from a year ago.
Next tournament will be at lox on March 15th. April three day will be held at Lake Placid on April 24th, 25th and 26th. We all decided to fish THE BIG O CLEWISTON on Nov 20th, 21st and 22nd.
Great tournament, Thanks Slice and Dice !!!!!!!!