IUOE Local 148
Charity Bass Tournament
Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Local 148 Operating Engineers held their 24th Annual Charity Bass Tournament benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society last Saturday. The tournament was held out of the beautiful Bucksaw Marina on the Grand Arm of Truman Lake. This year was another huge success for the Operating Engineers as it always has been over the last 23 years. This awesome group of guy's and gal's from the Operating Engineers Local 148 put in countless volunteer hours to make this tournament one of the best Charity tournaments put on here in Missouri.
As always, the fishermen and their families were treated to dinner and drinks on Friday leading up to the pre-tournament meeting. Held under the huge pavilion at Bucksaw Marina which was plenty big enough to accommodate the 126 teams and their families. Saturday after the weigh-in the teams and their families were once again treated to a BBQ dinner with plenty of soda and beer for everyone to enjoy. Along with the dinner and awards there were numerous "silent" and "live" auction items to take home with you. Every team walked away with some sort of attendance prize including batteries, boat oil, rods & reels, coolers, jackets, gift cards and countless other items that had been donated for this event.
On Friday local guide Marvin Deckard provided everyone a "heads up" on the fishing conditions and the patterns he had been catching fish on all week. His best bite had been on a solid spinnerbait and buzzbait pattern all week fishing shallow water in the Grand Arm of the lake. He had been concentrating on the many shallow flat main lake points from several miles behind Bucksaw and several miles towards Long Shoal Marina. His key was the trolling motor "turning mud" while casting towards the back of laydowns and stumps closest to the bank.
Many of the anglers had reported catching fish on numerous lures leading up to tournament day. The baits that were mentioned included; spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, plastics, jigs, and crankbaits. Most fish had been coming shallow with about 5 foot being the deepest water fished. The shad had started their migration to the backs of the longer creek arms but the keeper fish were far and few in-between.
A total of 126 teams fished this year and brought in 218 fish to the scales for a total weight of 533 pounds. There was a total of 19 5-fish limits that were brought across the scales.
1st Place went to the team of Tom Pollard and Jamie Larres. They weighed in a 5-fish limit that hit the scales at 15.11 pounds. There limit bag was anchored by nice 4lb 1oz bass. Listen below how they accomplished this victory.
2nd Place went to the team of Jim and Mark Cameron. They brought a 5-fish limit to the scales that weighed 14.11 pounds. Their bag also included the overall 2nd Place Big Bass of the tournament that weighed 4lbs 12oz..
3rd Place went to the team of Curt and Tyrel Williams. They had a 5-fish limit that weighed 14.10 pounds. This father and son duo have something special. Listen to what they have to say.
Taking 4th Place was the team of Ryan Linderer and Donnie Crist with a 5-fish limit that weighed 14Lbs 8oz.
1st Place in the Guy's and Gal's division went to the team of Tyler and Connie Matlock with a 5-fish limit that tipped the scales at 13Lbs 4oz. That was also good enough for 7th place overall in the tournament.
Big Bass of the tournament went to the team of Tom and Tim Slyer with a nice bass that weighed in at 5Lbs 13oz. They weighed in a total of 3 fish that weighed 12.10 pounds and was enough to reach 11th Place overall.
A few words from Tournament Director Keith Linderer
Next year will be the IOUE Local 148 Charity Bass Tournaments 25th year Anniversary. Tournament director Keith Linderer has some big plans and surprises for this 25th Anniversary event. Throughout the years these Operating Engineers have raised over 1.4 Million Dollars for their charities.
This next years event is going to be something special and everyone here at www.724outdoors.com along with our partners here at the IOUE Local 148 want to make this one of the biggest events they have ever had. Tournament Entries have started already and to get involved or to participate as a fisherman please contact Erin Urban at 314.878.0780 to get your early entry form today! Again this is going to be a special Anniversary Event so get your entries in as soon as possible.
This will be a tournament that you don't want to miss!!
Please check out the slide show for additional photos.