Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Big Year Update - 8/26/18

Bill DeCastro Spotted Bass!
This past weekend, members of the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club made the trip to the McGinnis Camp in Tylertown, MS. Fishing opportunities included the Bogue Chitto River, as well as a pond fishing. Quite a few of those who attended this fishing trip made the most of the opportunity! Our newest club member, Zach Shraberg, made a splash in The Big Year by getting on the leaderboard this weekend with 3 species logged!  Bill DeCastro also made the most of his opportunity, adding 3 new species to his Big Year list, as well! A.J. Rosenbohm also added to his species list, as well, while fishing the Bogue Chitto River. The action wasn't limited to Tylertown, either. Kirk Dietrich and Ric Bonczek each continue to add to their Big Year species lists! The current Big Year Leaderboard standings are as follows:

Kirk Dietrich's Needlefish!
1. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish, Warmouth, Spotted Gar, Speckled Trout, White Trout, Gulf Killifish, Common Carp, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Striped Mullet, Channel Catfish, Ladyfish, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Pinfish, Pompano, Needlefish) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

2. David Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Pinfish, Gulf Killifish, Redear Sunfish, Flier, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Croaker, Redspotted Sunfish, Striped Mullet, Florida Pompano, Ladyfish, Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout) 3/2/18 @ 7:19pm

3. Brian Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, Red Spotted Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Warmouth, Florida Pompano, Pinfish, Ladyfish, Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout) 3/2/18 @ 7:21pm

4. Sean Gilthorpe (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, White Trout, Speckled Trout, Longear Sunfish, Redspotted Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Ladyfish) 3/1/18 @ 5:05pm

5. Chuck Miller (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Needlefish, Croaker) 3/1/18 @ 6:09pm

6. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish, Redfish, White Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:17pm

7. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Lonear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Golden Shiner) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

Zach Shraberg's Bluegill!
8. Joe Bandera (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/8/18 @ 7:11pm

9.  A.J. Rosenbohm (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish) 4/2/18 @ 7:18pm

.10.  Jimmie Hyatt (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish) 3/1/18 @ 9:28am

11. Ric Bonczek (Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Bluegill, Warmouth) 8/15/18 @ 9:22pm

12. Urbain Breaud (Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bluegill) 3/23/18 @ 7:56am

13. Zach Shraberg  (Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, Spotted Bass) 8/26/18 @ 3:57pm

14.  Ray Baltz (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:31am

15. Joel Hamilton (Bluegill) 4/16/18 @ 7:12pm

16. Jack Crais (Largemouth Bass) 4/21/18 @ 2:56pm

17. Meade Phelps (Bluegill) 5/26/18 @ 4:35pm

A.J. Rosenbohm Longear Sunfish!
Also, just as a reminder:  Please be sure that (1.) To include the Big Year Photo ID Card with your Big Year submissions, and (2.) To submit all CPR entries to so we can track them more accurately.  Remember, it isn't the size of the fish that's important, it's the diversity of fish species that will determine the winner.The time of 1st entry will be the tie-breaker (in the event it is needed).  Most importantly, have fun!

There's plenty of fish to catch, and still lots of time to do it! It's never too late to get a start on your species list! I can't wait to see everyone's catches in the 2 months.  If you haven't had the opportunity to pickup a stamped tournament ID card, please let either myself or A.J. Rosenbohm know so you can participate in The Big Year!  Please take advantage of this tournament, and use it as an opportunity to catch fishes you normally don't pursue within the FFI Gulf Coast Council region.

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