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Thursday
Jul192012

The 2012 TBBA Season Kicks Off In Long Point

The Tri-Bay Bass Association kicked off the 2012 season out of Turkey Point on Lake Erie last weekend with storm cells approaching from the South and West. The looming skies were in no way a deterrent and didn’t discourage teams from entering the first qualifier of the year. TBBA's tournament field has been steadily increasing each year, with a fantastic turn out of 71 teams, all battling for the podium. Within the TBBA rules & regulations all tournament waters have boundaries in place running from the sand bar at the lighthouse to the Nanticoke Chute. This levels the playing field with all anglers’ abilities and not how fast and far one could run their boat.

Numerous teams were out the day before pre-fishing, trying to locate, and put together a game plan for tournament day. Everyone was in search for that incredible smallmouth fight that Lake Erie is famous for. A lot of areas were holding fish, but they were all small. Most areas were holding your standard 1-2lb dinks and regardless if we were dragging tubes, ripping spinner baits, crank baits or the good old drop shot technique, the big ones were not biting.

I had a chance to talk to Dean Franklin, tournament angler and event organizer prior to blast off, on his thoughts how the day might play out.

In the end, when the rain had finally stopped, most teams were able to catch a limit, but the typical weights that Lake Erie is known never materialized. A BaitMe congratulations goes out to both First place finishers Clayton Spencer & Jeromy Gallant 18.95 Lbs and Second place finishers Chris Latty & John Gratton 18.36Lbs.  What a close battle!!!!

Long Point final weigh-In as follows:

1 CLAYTON SPENCER AND JEROMY GALLANT 18.95
2 CHRIS LATTY AND JOHN GRATTON 18.36
3 JASON HOPPER AND JONATHAN HOPPER 16.49
4 ARCHIE GRIM AND SHAWN GRIM 16.45
5 DAN MASON AND JEFF GIBSON 16.25
6 JOHN AND DAVE SHIELDS 16.16
7 ROLAN VANVELDHUISEN AND SHAWN BELANGER 15.89
8 DEAN AND CINDY FRANKLIN 15.84
9 RICK DAMPHOUSE AND TODD MCBRIDE 15.82
10 MATT MERLA AND SILVIO REA 15.78
10 PERRY JR. ANDJOHN PORIER 15.78
12 FRITZ BECK 15.52
13 MARTIN GRIM AND JEFF DEVRIES 15.42
14 SEAN HODGINS AND ROB EATON 15.2
15 BRAD COON AND CHAD WENTZEL 14.89
16 CLIFF AND BRENTON ROEBUCK 14.44
17 MIKE AND GREG FRANKLIN 14.4
18 PERRY PORIER AND KIM PORIER 14.37
19 DAVE DEMERS AND CHRIS SHERMAN 14.35
20 TONY CHIMIRRI AND ADAM KARLEWICZ 14.02
21 RODNEY HARRISON AND RONALD HARRISON 13.94
21 FRANK HAYHURST AND DAVE ELLIOT 13.94
23 MIKE CRAFTCHICK AND CHRIS JARRETT 13.92
24 MIKE LAMBRECH AND DAVE GROZELLE 13.89
25 JEFF VANOORD AND CHRIS VANGEFFEN 13.8
26 TODD HATCH AND PETE VERMEER 13.7
27 JAY BAKER AND PETER WIELER 13.6
28 STEVE VOROS AND LARRY PORTER 13.57
29 BOB AND PAM ZRUNA 13.48
30 RYAN MEESTERS AND JEFF SMITH 13.4
31 ALEX IORIO AND PAT IORIO 13.3
32 RYAN GOLD AND JEREMY TATRO 13.18
33 FAB MARCHISE AND JOE PORCO 13.06
34 KEVIN BROADWOOD AND CURTIS MCFADDEN 12.94
35 TODD STROM AND ROSE STROM 12.78
35 GARY COWAN AND CRAIG CAREY 12.78
37 PETE AND DEB CUCIUREAN 12.62
38 BYRON LEADER AND DON LEADER 12.55
39 DANE LARAWAY AND SCOTT DIERICK 12.49
40 GAVIN AND TIM WILLOUGHBY 12.37
41 JACK BRADLEY AND TYLER BRADLEY 12.34
42 DEREK BONNETT AND SHAWN GRONENDYK 12.29
43 JOHN VINEN AND TYLER VINEN 12.28
44 JOSLYN LEUNG AND VERNE LICKERS 12.26
44 MARKUS BRANT AND MIKE LINZMAJER 12.26
46 BRENT WAY AND DALE BEATTIE 11.77
47 SHAUN TIMBECK AND KEN TIFFIN 11.69
48 KEVIN TAYLOR AND ANDREW ROBINSON 11.50
49 MARTIN NEARY AND BRAD ARNOLD 11.4
49 DOUG HOWE AND DAN HAMM 11.4
51 KEVIN AND DAVE BILLINGSLY 11.32
52 JOHN MCGUIGGAN AND BILL JAMIESON 11.06
53 SHAWN BEAUMONT AND DAN BOUCK 10.75
53 DONNIE ANDERSON AND JASON ANDERSON 10.75
55 RICK HENDRICK AND DERCYK THOMPSON 10.62
56 GEORGE MOYER AND GORDON FINDLAY 10.02
57 AL READY AND JOHN HLEBA 9.38
58 JARRED BLAIR AND SAM RANKIN 9.34
59 GEORGE WILLIAMS AND DON WILSON 9.26
60 JOHN BISHOP AND RICHARD TOWLE 9.25
61 PAUL BRYNE AND STEVE MOORE 8.68
62 TROY HARREN AND TIM FITZPATRICK 8.62
63 BRAD ANDREWS AND ROB MATTHEWS 8.42
64 JIM BUIS AND MIKE VANOORD 7.9
65 JAMIE EDWARDS AND KYLE WREFORD 7.13
66 PAUL SMITH AND VINCE HOBBS 6.46
67 DAVE WILLACY AND TONY DRAWMER 4.5
68 WAYNE NELSON AND DOUG SMITH 0
68 GEOFF POLLAND AND BONNIE CAMPBELL 0
68 DANNY AND MARILYN ADAM 0
68 BRIAN LOVELL AND ADAM ATLEE 0
68 NATHAN AND JOE CHARLTON -

Big Fish CLAYTON SPENCER AND JEROMY GALLANT 4.72

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