OUR 2020 ANGLERS OF THE YEAR ERIC HERMANSEN & JOE WILCOX
Our Anglers of the Year were Eric Hermansen & Joe Wilcox placed 6th, 2nd, 1st & 6th in the regular season to earn 66 points which is no record but their margin of victory in the points race was by 14 points which is a new record & about the only one that was set this year, so a great job by these two hammers who placed 19th last year & definitely were the comeback team of the year. The 19th place to first thing along with having 5 differant tournament champions this year tell's ya that anybody can truely win one of these tournaments & a really good season can put about anybody on top of the standings at year's end so hang in there guys your time's a coming. Todd Lason & Steve Warren were our TOC champs with a impressive win for sure. Gene Henck & Larry Henck won their 3rd consecutive Head to Head Tournament Championship. They have been in the finals 6 of the past 7 years & have run their H2H win total up to a circuit leading 22 wins. Gene & Larry did have their consecutive 5 fish limit streak snapped at 18 tournaments at this year's TOC, they do however still hold that record at 21 which ended back in Sept. 2016. The new leader for consecutive limits is now held by Chad Constantineau at 15. The largest limit of bass this year was caught by Joe Wilcox & Eric Hermansen at 17.52 lbs. on Yellow Lake & the largest bass of the year was caught by Chad Andrea at this years TOC on Clam Lake a 4.67 lb. hawg. As far as how 2020 compared to previous years it sure wasn't a good fish catching season. The total weight of 770.57 lbs. ranks 11th out of the past 12 seasons & that's only because 2009 only had 15 teams. The 348 bass caught ranks 10th & the average size of 2.21 lbs. per fish ranks dead last. This year was only the second time (2018) that the circuit didn't weigh a fish over 5 lbs. Last year's numbers were record breakering in all 3 category's so hopefully this gets turned around next year. The thing that really hurt this year's stats the most was that we visted two typically good bass lakes in Big Chetac & Nelson Lake & for some reason the bite was horrible on those two days.
All records have now been updated.
I know the guys have been asking what the 2021 schedule might look like, & we should be getting the new smallmouth size exemptions for permitted tournaments next year so I expect the voting results will be heavy on the smallie lakes but just to let you all know I am going to limit Grindstone, LCO & Round Lake to just 2 of the 3 for the 2021 schedule (save one for the following year). Remember at least one lake must be West of Hwy. 53 & one lake must be a lake we haven't fished in the past 3 seasons.
Next year's meeting will be on Jan.31st. See ya then & good luck hunting.