Expert anglers and considerable nearby circuit competitors happen to be practicing on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees because Sunday for the fourth annual Fish and Chips tournament at Downstream Casino, organized by the people at BassZone.
“This is just a enjoyable occasion; it’s not seriously so much of a tournament,” stated BassZone’s Mark Jeffreys. “It’s a way for guys to hang out and unwind and play cards and that’s about it.”
Nicely, it’s just a little more than that. Any time you get a number of expert anglers on the water they’re going to go following each other. The difference for this tournament is launches and weigh-ins are at 9 a.m. and five p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Martin’s Landing. No early morning launches for these guys, and no massive celebratory weigh-in.
The occasion wraps up with a poker tournament at the Downstream Casino Resort at Quapaw on Friday. The anglers compete as teams and are awarded points based on their fishing, then win points determined by how well they do inside the poker tournament.
Winners will be named in an awards ceremony Friday night. Also on Friday, BassZone will announce the 2012 Cabela’s All-America Team, which recognizes the top rated anglers inside the Bassmaster, FLW and PAA tours.
For added exciting, a number of the specialist anglers will stick about Saturday for any meet-the-anglers poker occasion.
“You can sit down with Rick Clunn and see in the event you can beat him at poker,” Jeffreys mentioned. The Saturday occasion begins at 9 a.m. at the Downstream resort.
It is a exciting occasion, but not the many activity is frivolous. Grand Lake becomes off-limits to Bassmaster Traditional anglers on Dec. ten, so lately mark valuable practice time for anglers within the Fish and Chips and in the Traditional.
Pro Mike McClelland is not goofing around this week. He stated he’s covering a lot of water and scouting structure that might be vital come Feb. 22-24. “I’m truly looking at a great deal of water I’ve never looked at just before,” he said.
He has fished the lake mostly at other times of year and knows a lot more offshore structure than what could possibly be essential come February.
“I’m receiving a better idea of what on the bank, and it really is been intriguing to acquire up in a few of these pockets and also the creeks and see what’s here,” McClelland stated Monday.
Lastly, the Lawter & Associates Last Bass Tournament Sunday saw a good turnout despite the wind and dipping temperatures rolling over Lake Eufaula. The annual tournament offers a 100 percent payout depending on entries, plus $4,000 kicked in from the law firm. Jeff Saxton, general manager for the firm, reported the tournament had 352 two-person teams entered.
The winning team was Bradley Hallman of Norman and Larry Rea of Eufaula. Many will recognize Hallman’s name from his past years on the Bassmaster Elite tour.