Growing up around the Gillespie Bass Club since I could carry a fishing pole, I remember listening to my dad tell stories about fishing trips and how the day on the lake went. Sure some of these were probably fish tales, as many anglers have, but one thing you couldn’t deny was the fact Lonnie Gerdes was always a name you would hear or see in the list of the Top Anglers. The Gillespie Bass Club was founded in 1975. Lonnie may not have been a founding member but I do believe he joined the club within the next couple years. Lonnie dumps his heart and soul into this club. Along with many, many hours on the water. He is a darn good fisherman and knows these lakes very well. Lonnie is no stranger to fisherman of the year. He has claimed the title in 84, back to back years of 02,03 and then again in 06. So it is no surprise that a 2014 title was waiting for him. On that note, lets take our hats off and congratulate one of our well known members on his accomplishment.
At the end of the regular season, those who have compiled the most points at the end of the year, get to compete in the clubs top ten fish off. Also known as the classic, the top ten anglers at the end of the season will meet at chosen lake and compete for the classic title. This year the lake was Sangchris. Theresults of that tournament are as follows:
1st, Colin Overmeyer, 3 fish, 11.84 lbs. Big bass: 4.86 lbs.
2nd, Carl Tallman , 3 fish, 8.48 lbs.
3rd, JQ Halteman, 2 fish, 6.45 lbs.
4th, Roger Large, 2 fish, 5.76 lbs.
5th, Greg Satterlee, 2 fish, 5.15 lbs.
6th, Lonnie Gerdes, 2 fish, 4.19 lbs.
7th, Chad Satterlee, 1 fish, 3.02 lbs.
8th, Mark Caselton, 1 fish, 2.29 lbs.
9th, Lonnie Colley
9th, Butch Revelle
On September 21st, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held the final regular season tournament of the year on Hillsboro lake. A lake that was removed from the schedule for a few years, the club decided to head back and give it a go. Much like in years past, still a tough lake to figure out in the fall. The results are as follows:
1st, Butch Emery, 1 fish, 5.61 lbs.
2nd, Lonnie Gerdes, 2 fish, 3.41 lbs.
3rd, Mark Rehg, 1 fish, 3.40 lbs.
Big Bass, Butch Emery, 5.61 lbs.
22 anglers participated with 11 weighing in 12 fish for a total weight of 34.33 lbs.
Complete results are HERE (updating)
YTD Standings are HERE (updating)
On September 14th, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their annual His/Her Tourney on Gillespie Lake. Thanks to all who attended. A good time was had by all who braved the day on the lake!!
On September 7th, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their 11th tournament of the season on Jacksonville lake. Always a club favorite and many clubs across the state, this lake has much to offer with its abundance of deep water vegetation. A lake that produces giant bass in the spring and a challenge in the late summer, this lake can make any experienced angler scratch his head. Being no strangers to this lake, these are your money winners:
1st, Lonnie Gerdes, 4 fish, 11.71 lbs.
2nd, Aaron Hankins, 4 fish, 11.30 lbs.
3rd, Chad Satterlee, 5 fish, 10.83 lbs.
Big Bass, Lonnie Gerdes, 4.65 lbs.
25 anglers competed with 15 weighing in 31 fish for a total weight of 82.61 lbs.
Complete standings are HERE (updating)
YTD standings are HERE (updating)
Photos are HERE (updating)
On August 17, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their 10 tournament of the season on Gillespie Lake. Known as the clubs “Home Lake”, Fishing was tough to say the least. Half of the field failed to land a keeper bass for their efforts. As always, someone finds the right bait and uses the right technique to overcome the hard fishing conditions. Butch Revelle took first place with his two keepers on baby brushhog. Lonnie Colley used his “go to” bait, I think everyone knows what it is, for second. David King grabbed third and big bass honors with one fish.
Gillespie Lake has been a challenge all year. The numbers of fish are there but the number of quality fish have seemed to decline in recent years. Some say it was a colder than normal spring and the spawn conditions were affected. Some say that an abundance of forage available, makes it hard to compete with artificial lures. Some say too much pressure for the size of the like. Maybe its just a normal down cycle and all will improve in time. The lake is 62 years old. Silting in, losing structure and good aquatic cover along with the increased boat traffic, something is going to take a turn for the worse. All are in agreement a thorough study by DNR fisheries is in order. Here are the results:
1st, Butch Revelle, 2 fish, 5.60 lbs.
2nd, Lonnie Colley, 2 fish, 4.10 lbs.
3rd, David King, 1 fish, 4.04 lbs.
Big Bass, David King, 4.04 lbs.
25 anglers participated with 12 weighing in 14 fish for a total weight of 35.14 lbs.
Complete results are HERE
YTD standings are HERE
Photos are HERE
On August 3, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their annual Jr/Sr tournament. An event looked forward to year after year. The results are as follows:
1st, Kain Pabon, 12.26 lbs.
2nd, Adam Viehweg, 9.06 lbs.
3rd, Jill Krysa, 8.05 lbs.
Big Fish, Adam Viehweg, 3.78 lbs.
Thanks to Gary Fyalka for donation of the brats- They were really good. Thanks goes out to the cooks- Matt Stieren, Mark Stieren, Jerry Tilley and Brandon Stieren. Bill and Maureen Augustine donated all the drinks. Thank You. Thanks to Sam Leonard and JQ Halteman for the donation of prizes. Thanks to Bills IGA and to everyone who made side dishes and made this a memorable event.
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On July 13th, the Gillespie Bass Club held their 9th tournament of the season on the structure diverse lake known as Vandalia. A favorite to many club members for it’s reputation of producing good weight along with good numbers. JQ Halteman found the active bite once again as he produced a five fish bag that gave him the win for the second year in a row on the lake. Mike Grejtak was not far behind coming in second with another ten lb. bag. Mike also scored on Big Bass. Third went to Marc Regh with a limit of fish. The winners are as follows:
1st, JQ Halteman, 5 fish, 10.96 lbs.
2nd, Mike Grejtak, 5 fish, 10.77 lbs.
3rd, Marc Rehg, 5 fish, 8.80 lbs.
Big Bass, Mike Grejtak, 4.46 lbs.
30 Anglers participated with 22 weighing in 50 fish for a total weight 102.68 lbs.
Complete Tournament results are HERE
YTD as of Vandalia are HERE
Photos are HERE
The kids tournament is just around the corner. This year it is August 3rd, 2014 on Litchfield Lake. Fireman’s Marina. 8:00-12:00
At the last meeting, those who wanted to order shirts could do so. We need a head count of who will be attending and how many shirts to order. If you haven’t placed your order, please contact our President, JQ Halteman so he can get your order in.
On June 29th, the Gillespie Bass Club held their 8th tourney of the season on nearby Litchfield Lake. Considered the home lake to many of the clubs anglers, Litchfield always provides the bass club with a competitive tournament on a well known lake. Litchfield is one of those lakes that everyone has fished and everyone knows the “go to” spots, BUT when you get to those spots, that’s where you show what kind of angler you are. It was no surprise today that the four guys that cashed checks are familiar with the lake and know how to fish. Results are as follows:
1st, Greg Satterlee, 3 fish, 7.29 lbs.
2nd, Chad Satterlee, 3 fish, 7.08 lbs.
3rd, Brad Genetti, 3 fish, 6.87 lbs.
Big Bass, Lonnie Gerdes, 4.03 lbs.
27 fisherman competed with 17 anglers weighing in 29 fish for a total weight of 71.45 lbs
Complete Tournament results can be viewed HERE
YTD Standings are HERE
Photos can be viewed HERE