Sunday, September 30, 2018

Final Big Year Update: 9/30/18

Kirk Dietrich's Black Drum
Well, we are quickly approaching the end of the Inaugural Big Year Tournament. We have seen excellent member participation, and it looks like more club members have been getting out on the water! This tournament has seen a 19 members submit a total of 141 fish photos! Myself and the other Tournament Coordinators have been pleasantly surprised with the strong response to The Big Year! This is the last update that will be published for this tournament. However, please keep fishing and making you submissions until the the last day of the tournament, 10/31/2018. Although we won't be publishing any more updates, we will continue to accept submissions until this date. The final results of The Big Year will be announced at the upcoming Club Potluck. More information will be available soon about this event. Stay Tuned!

Jack Crais with a Largemouth Bass
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, Golden Shiner, Black Drum) 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, Redfish) 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, Green Sunfish) 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, Spotted Gar, Ladyfish) 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.  A.J. Rosenbohm (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Black Crappie) 4/2/18 @ 7:18pm

Chuck Miller's Speckled Trout
8. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Lonear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Mooneye Shiner) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

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

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

11. Ric Bonczek (Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Bluegill, Warmouth, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass) 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. Al Kellogg (Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish) 8/30/18 @ 8:42pm

Bill DeCastro's Mooneye Shiner
15. Ray Baltz (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:31am

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

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

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

19. Natalie Bonczek (Bluegill) 9/8/18 @ 1:24pm

David Karcher's Redfish entry
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!

Grady Johnson's White Bass
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.

Sean Gilthorpe's Ladyfish

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