Saturday, Jan 21st – The DYFC Bass Mafia Youth Fishing tournament series brought out 77 anglers to fish January 21st on Lake Dardanelle. For most of them it was the first tournament for the 2012 season. The day started in the thirties and with the wind and lack of sunshine didn’t feel like it warmed up very much by weigh in time.
Even with the cold temperatures, the winter blowout tourney showed some of the biggest bass that you’ll see all year. With several over 5 and 6 and one bass caught over 7 1/2 pounds. Topping the field was the team of Corey Scheide, Sawyer Grace and Boat captain Spencer Grace with 21.29lbs. Most of their fish came on jerkbaits and Alabama Rigs in the lower end of the lake. Corey Scheide said ”We really didn’t get a lot of bites but we just kept fishing key staging spots and ended up with seven or 8 solid bites that day that gave us the win.” Second Place with 18.15 lbs. went to the team of Mikayla Scheide, Baylee Linker and Boat Captain Ray Scheide. They also caught their bass on winter staging areas using Megabass jerkbaits and Spinderella rigs to entice their bites. Third place went to Nate Parks, Britt Hibbs and Boat Captain Michael Parks of 18.05 lbs.
I would also like to mention that we have strengthened our sponsor portfolio this year as we have almost all sponsors returning from 2011 and added a few for 2012.”
We couldn’t do all of the things we do without our sponsors. Those things include over 100 new die sub jerseys for our members to wear in Tournaments ,on Television and other media venues. Lodging and meals for Majors that we fish out of town and help with our teams expenses that qualify for Regional and National competitions. We also are having a no Entry Fee Classic this year for the top teams to participate in. This is just another step in the evolution of our club and we think the anglers are definitely motivated to making it to the Classic.”
Our sponsors for 2012 include:
Bass Mafia Tackle, MossBack FishRack, PDQ, ConAgra Foods, Shred It, Sugar Creek Foods, Ranger Boats Taylor Oil, N.W.T.F., Beacon Tire, Stealth Security, Delta Pest Control, Game Day Screen Printing, Helton Inc., Ray Dotson Logging, Ramco, Denali Rods.