LAKE MITCHELL WINS!

 

 

 

TMTanglers had to grind, grind and grind some more for the few fish they caught at Lake Mitchell.  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

 

LAKE JORDON TOUGH FOR TMTANGLERS

 

 

 

Prospective member Howard Keith was one of the few to actually land fish at the Lake Jordan wildcat.  Full Story and Results

 

 

 

INGLORIOUS BASTARDS HIT GRAND SLAM

February 21, 2010

 

 

Jason Mitchell and Stuart Payne, aka the Inglorious Bastards, started the year off right with a win at Lake Okhissa...three wins actually.  They won 1st place, big fish, and enjoyed a de facto trash fish win.  The grand slam jump starts Jason's push for the 2010 AOY title.  Story / Pictures / Results

 

 

 

 

LAKE GUNTERSVILLE DELIVERS

September 21, 2009

 

 

TMTanglers journeyed to the bass fishing Mecca of Lake Guntersville for their official 2009 Fall Tournament.  There was a three way tie in the AOY race and it would all be decided at this tournament.  Full Story / Pictures / Full Results

 

 

 

TEAM CRAWFORD / LEDBETTER GRIND IT OUT AT SMITH LAKE

August 21, 2009

 

 

Bo Crawford and Bill Ledbetter were able to grind out a couple of fish long enough to beat the slot to win at Smith Lake.  Full Story / Pictures

 

 

 

 

HURRAY I WON!  CAN I PLEASE GO TO SLEEP NOW?

July 10, 2009

Clanton, AL

 

 

Shawn Johnston won the Lake Mitchell Wildcat with this 3-08 LM.  All teams caught fish but they had to work for them.  Congrats Shawn!

Full Story / Results / Pictures.

 

 

 

 

THEY'RE BACK!

June 14, 2009

LaGrange, GA

 

 

Bill and Russell accomplished the fishing equivalent of lapping their competition at West Point Lake.  They had a strong start with a 10-07 stringer on Day 1.  Day 2 got off to a strong start for them when Bill caught a 5-00 to jump start the day.  Their Day 2 stringer of 13-09 weighed more than everyone else's cumulative two day weight.  In other words, they could have skipped a first day of the tournament and still won the tournament.  Can you say woodshed?  Full Story / Pictures / Results

 

 

 

 

GRANGER MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW

March 16, 2009

 

 

Lake Wheeler presented TMTanglers with rain, rain and more rain for both practice and the tournament.  All anglers made the most of it however and caught plenty of fish on a variety of patterns.  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

 

GRANGER / MURRAY WIN AT MITCHELL

October 26, 2008

 

 

Lance and Benson were able to win at Lake Mitchell under post frontal conditions and a tough bite.  Story and Results / Pictures

 

 

MITCHELL CLINCHES AOY

October 25, 2008

 

 

Jason Mitchell is the 2008 TMTanglers AOY.  In only the first day of the fall tournament he clinched the title and took home the coveted "FLY ROD" Trophy.  Congratulations Jason!

 

 

 

CRAWFORD / MITCHELL PROVE IT IS BETTER TO BE LUCKY THAN GOOD

July 18, 2008

 

 

Two nights into a lack-luster practice Bo and Jason were not sure they would be able to put anything respectable together.  But somehow on tournament day they lucked into the right bites anchored by this 5-01 largemouth and two 3-plus spots to give them an impressive 16-11 stringer.  Jaws dropped as this sack was much larger than anyone was expecting--most of all Bo and Jason.  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

 

TEAM "B SQUARED" DEFEATS "FORESTDALE PACK RATS" AT SMITH LAKE

June 29, 2008

 

 

These sardine-sized fish allowed Bo and Bill to win at Smith Lake.  Story and Results / Pictures

 

 

 

 

JOHNSTON WINS LAY WILDCAT

May 19, 2008

 

 

Shawn Johnston (with help from Chase Johnston), put a beat down on the rest of us and won the "Lose Your Lure" Challenge.  Story and Results / Pictures

 

 

 

A TOURNAMENT OF THREES

February 19, 2008

 

 

Three teams traveled through three states to Lake Okhissa to fish a three day tournament.  Each team won one of three prizes.  All three caught plenty of three pound bass that had to be released due to the slot limit.  And Butch Mitchell caught the third largest bass ever weighed-in in an official TMTangler tournament  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

BLUE BIRD SKIES MAKES CHICKAMAUGA TOUGH

October 13, 2007

By: Bo Crawford

 

 

        

 

 

We had to call an audible on the lodging, but the lake Chickamauga turned out okay.  Too bad comfortable weather for humans can make the fishing tough.  Keepers were hard to come by but the Murray-Crawford team were able to catch enough to win.  This was the last tournament of the year and Bo ended up in first place with AOY points, giving him his second Fly-Rod trophy in as many years.   Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

 

"JUST RIGHT" REDS PLENTIFUL IN VENICE

September 3, 2007

By: Bo Crawford

 

 

 

The first inshore tournament in three years was a success despite the lack of participation.  Skip and I caught some of everything that swims, including some line stretching Jack Crevalle.   Results and Story / Pictures .

 

 

2008 SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED

August 2, 2007

 

Reminder to all:  The 2008 Official Tournament schedule is to be announced at the Lake Chickamauga tournament on October 13, 2007.  The Hosts are:

  • Spring: Russell Fackler

  • Summer: Bo Crawford

  • Fall: Clint Jacobs

  • 1st Alternate: Benson Murray

All Hosts should prepare accordingly. 

 

 

CRAWFORD-DAVIS WIN AT MITCHELL

July 29, 2007

 

 

Bo and Skip were able to win the Lake Mitchell tournament on the strength of their day one catch.   Results / Story / Pictures

 

 

CRAWFORD-BAILEY WIN AT EUFAULA

March 18, 2007

 

 

Bo Crawford and Aaron Bailey were able to bring in a limit each day to win the 2007 spring tournament at Eufaula.  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

CLUB PARTICIPATES IN ALABAMA B.A.I.T. PROGRAM

December 30, 2006

Lance Granger

 

As of the 2006 season TMT Anglers will begin participating in the State BAIT program.  I will be handling this each year.  The program basically allows our club to participate in a statewide effort to track tournament fishing on the reservoirs in the state.  BAIT is a voluntary cooperative partnership between bass clubs and the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  The intent of the program is to summarize information on bass fishing and is a useful tool to our State.  The program is also useful to bass clubs for selecting tournament sites by outlining which lakes are producing numbers of fish and which lakes are producing large fish.  To give you an example of what goes into the report….  The 2005 annual report includes information for more than 81,000 hours of fishing and the catch of more than 17,000 bass. 

 

Our State makes this a pretty simple process.  They provide post cards.  On these you fill out the total fishing time, creel limit, size limit, number of anglers, number of bass caught, total weight caught, big bass, etc, etc.  Cards are sent in after each tournament and the State compiles results for an annual report.

See link for more details and a copy of the 2005 BAIT report.

http://www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/freshwater/where/reservoirs/quality/

 

NOTE: Lance will receive one AOY bonus point for submitting 2005 BAIT data and another point for submitting 2006 BAIT data. 

 

 

 

EARLY BIRD GETS THE WIN

October 9, 2006

 

 

Lance and Bo worked hard but finally figured out how to squeeze a few extra ounces out of Lake Martin.  That's all it took to compete with Bill and Russell on their favorite lake.  Results / Story / Pictures

 

 

CRAWFORD-JACOBS WIN LOGAN MARTIN

July 28, 2006

 

 

Clint finally got a monkey off his back by having a crisis free tournament.  With no sick family members, broken vehicles, or problematic boats, Bo and Clint were able to win outright.  No asterisks necessary.  For this tournament it was Lance's turn to trouble shoot problems of all sorts.  Story / Results / Pictures.

 

 

 

MEMBER-GUEST WILDCAT A SUCCESS

March 25, 2006

 

 

Skip hosted a wildcat that served cross purposes as a member-guest tournament for recruiting and a fund raiser for the Alabama Rivers Alliance.  It was a cold day for the end of March, but everyone caught fish and had fun.  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

 

CRAWFORD / CHURCH WIN GUNTERSVILLE PART II

March 12, 2006

 

 

Bo Crawford and Dan Church caught three four pound bass for a total weight of 12-10 to win the "Wimp Redemption" Wildcat.  Dan was quoted as saying, "I hope I don't ever have to throw a Rat-L-Trap again in my life" after the tournament.  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

 

2007 OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT HOSTS SELECTED

February 18, 2006

 

The annual host lottery was held at the Lake Guntersville tournament.  These members have until October 7, 2006 to organize their respective tournaments for the 2007 season.  At the Lake Martin tournament they should be prepared make an announcement.

  • Spring 2007 - Bill Greene

  • Summer 2007 - Frank Dixon

  • Fall 2007 - Benson Murray

Should one of these members fail to adequately organize their tournament by the October 7 deadline, the following alternates will have two weeks come up with an alternate plan: Alternate 1 - Skip Davis, Alternate 2 - Clint Jacobs, and Alternate 3 - Bo Crawford.

 

At this point I will point out that there is no rule that prevents a Host from trading, selling, or bartering away his tournament date.  We just need to track the transaction at Lake Martin. 

 

We are all looking forward to these gentlemen putting us on the fish in 2007.

 

 

 

 

REIGN OF TERROR ENDS AT "THE ICE BOWL"

Lake Guntersville

February 18-19, 2006

 

 

The big question heading into the 2006 season was whether Bill and Russell's streak would ever end.  They had managed to earn a check in 12 out of 12 tournaments straight.  That question was finally answered when Mother Nature stepped in and took them off their game.  Bo, Clint, and Benson were able to take advantage of the opportunity to step up, catch some fish, and finally end the infamous reign of terror.  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

CAN YOU SAY FOUR IN A ROW?

October 19, 2005

 

 

Bill and Russell sure can.  That is why they are celebrating their fourth Anglers of the Year title in a row.  Their win at Lake Wheeler punctuated the end of yet another dominating season for them.   Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

JUST ANOTHER TOURNAMENT WIN

June 12, 2005

 

 

This 3-15 largemouth won the Big Fish prize at West Point and helped Bill and Russell win yet another tournament with no other team even coming close to challenging them.  They were one trash fish short of mathematically clinching their fourth straight Angler of the Year title before the Fall Tournament is even fished.  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

THE USUAL

April 11, 2005

 

 

Bill and Russell look on as yet another tournament winning stringer is weighed in.  Results / Story / Pictures

 

 

2006 Schedule

April 14, 2005

 

According to the new scheduling procedures, we have drawn host for the 2006 season.  With great fanfare these members will announce their decisions at the Lake Wheeler tournament. 

 

Spring '06:  Clint Jacobs

Summer '06: Bo Crawford

Fall '06: Frank Dixon

 

Should these members choose to not to host or if they miss the Lake Wheeler deadline, Russell Fackler and Bill Greene will serve as alternates.

 

 

 

"Hello.  TMTangler of the Year speaking"  Results / Story / Pictures

 

 

 

CLUB HOUSEKEEPING

October 12, 2004

By: Bo Crawford

 

 

We had originally planned to have an organizational meeting at Lake Martin.  But it looks like Clint and Skip are not going to be able to make it.  So I just wanted to go over some various loose ends:

  • The Anglers of the Year (AOY) will be the first to win prizes from our excellent sponsors.

  • Bill and Russell are in the lead for their third straight AOY title.  In the event only two boats participate, their victory is cinched. 

  • Bill is in the lead to win his first FLY ROD trophy. 

  • We have new prizes coming in 2005:  West End Outdoors is going to pay a $25 gift certificate on the spot for every person who catches a bass that qualifies for the big bass board

  • Charlie Brewer's Slider Company will be added as a sponsor for our 2005 AOY contest.

  • At Lake Martin, we will have the Host drawing for the 2005 season.  Should your name be chosen be prepared to have your tournament information ready by December 15th.  It is important that we have our schedule published by January 1. 

  • There is a bylaws change proposed on the message board.  The change would set limits on membership.  ( It would be so nice if this would become a problem). If you don't vote your vote will automatically count as a "yes" vote.

  • Club Officers elections are currently being held on the message board.  Be sure to read the new officer descriptions before you vote.  They can be found in Article III of our bylaws.

  • Vote Here.

 

ANOTHER PUSH

Venice, LA

September 4-5, 2004

 

 

Bo won biggest speck and Bill won the spotted red prize. The Spotted Redfish Top 10 Board was completely changed as a result of this trip. Story / Pictures / GPS Trail

 

 

CLUB HOLDS FIRST WILDCAT

Birmingham, AL

August 13, 2004

 

 

 

TMTanglers had its first ever Wildcat tournament at Lake Purdy.  Bo and Clint were able to win, but fish were caught by all...

Results / Pictures.

 

 

 

 

THIS IS GETTING OLD

Columbiana, AL

June 20, 2004

 

 

 

Bill and Russell have won yet another tournament.  Their strong finish at Lay Lake gives them a strong 3 point lead towards their third consecutive AOY award.  The All-Time Rankings show how dominate they have been.  Story / Results / Pictures

 

 

 

 

FLAKED OUT AGAIN

Hopedale, LA

May 16, 2004

 

 

Bill and I flaked out on properly documenting our little contest on this trip.  We also flaked out on taking pictures like we normally do.  I think the story is pretty good though.  Story / Pictures

 

 

OH NO NOT AGAIN MR. BILL!

Lake Wheeler

April 18, 2004

 

 

Bill and Russell won 1st place at Lake Wheeler with a 20 lb 8 oz stringer.  They have placed in the money 7 out of 7 tournaments. Story / Pictures / Standings

 

 

PUSH!

March 6, 2004

 

 

Bill and I (Bo) went down to Louisiana for a little friendly competition.  Bill won the biggest Speck contest and I won the spotted redfish contest.  Bill had so much fun he is apparently looking at buying a new boat.  If anyone wants a good deal on a used Nitro you'd better call him quick. (Story / Pictures)

 

The next event is the Spring Lake Wheeler Bass Tournament.  Everyone seems to be excited and fishing should be good for that one.

 

 

FACKLER WINS 2003 FLY ROD TROPHY

October 19, 2003

 

The Lake Martin tournament is over and the final Angler Of the Year standings are in.  Assuming that they do not challenge each other to a "fish off", Bill and Russell will once again share the AOY title as Co-anglers.  Remember, in 2004 our sponsors are donating prizes worth $100 to the Angler(s) of the Year.

 

Because Russell caught the biggest bass between the two, he wins the coveted FLY ROD trophy for the second year in a row.  Congratulations Russell!

 

 

DIXON / SHEW BREAK THE STREAK

Lake Martin

October 18-19, 2003

 

 

 

One year ago Bill Greene and Russell Fackler set club records by starting a 3 tournament winning streak that included the only "grand slam" victory in club history.  After the Day 1 of the Lake Martin tournament Greene/ Fackler took a commanding lead and it looked like their winning streak would continue.  Who would have thought that two anglers fishing their first tournament, out of a 14' jon boat, would have been able to pull out a come-from-behind victory?     Results / Story / Pictures

 

 

THE LAKE MARTIN TOURNAMENT IS ALMOST HERE

October 11, 2003

 

Here is an information sheet for the Lake Martin trip.  As my friend Danny says, "I'm so excited I'm about to have seizures!"

 

 

SITE IMPROVEMENTS ANNOUNCED

August 31, 2003

 

CURRENT IMPROVEMENTS

 

I caught a big spotted bass bass yesterday and wanted to post a report.  You guys know me, it would be too easy to just post a report.  To make a long story short, I ended up making several changes to the site:

  • There is now a "just for fun" section of the site for posting personal fishing pictures.  Basically, if you email pictures to me I would love to publish them.  The only catch is that you need to post a report on the message board to accompany the pic. 

  • Speaking of message boards, we have a new one.  Our previous message board was too complicated and had too many pop-up ads.  I have also created several new forums on this site.

  • One of the new forums is called the "interrogation room".  This is private, password protected forum for members only.  One of the primary goals of the club is to share information so that we all become better fishermen.  The "integration room" is a forum where the winners of each tournament can answer questions about how they caught there fish.  This goes hand in hand with our bylaw which states that winners MUST share specific locations and techniques used catch fish.

  • Another forum is called Club Business.  This is the place to post feedback on club business like this.

FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS

 

Here are some future improvements that I am working on:

  • 2004 Bylaws: There are several new proposals that The Board  needs to vote on prior to the Lake Martin Tournament.  I think we should also consider implementing some of these proposals prior to the Lake Martin tournament.  (I'm thinking that in the event we have 7 or more boats, that a 2nd place payout should be added to our payout formula.)

  • Member Profiles Section:  I will be sending out a questionnaire for a members profiles section that I will be developing.  It will be a fun addition going forward since it looks like we will be adding new members in the coming year.  As we do this, remember that most anglers who are considering memberships are not interested in fishing every tournament.  Most have the "it is worth $20 so that I have the option of fishing with these guys every blue moon" attitude.    For this reason I think the member profiles section will be a good enhancement to the site.  Go ahead and find pictures of your boats too.  Boats will be displayed just as prominently as the members.

 

 

LAKE MARTIN UPDATE

August 31, 2003

 

As of now it looks like we have five boats planning to participate in the tournament.  I spoke with Violet at Burke's Cove this week and there are still 4 beds available.  I would love to fill these spots up.  This is a great tournament for guests since we know what to expect from the accommodations.  In speaking with Violet, I thought that I had it worked out so that we could rent the upstairs room with the big TV and have the Burke's handle cooking a steak dinner for us.  Unfortunately, a wedding reception beat us to the punch making the gathering room available.   But we need to remember this service for future tournaments because that is the way to go.  All we would have to do is be lazy and watch football.  Maybe it is OK that this didn't work out though, because Lance and Bill probably want to forget about football right now.  As a Plan B, Violet has pointed us to the Red Hill Country Store.  This sounds like the place to eat a good steak on Saturday night.

 

It looks like this is going to be a great tournament!

 

 

 

2004 ANGLER OF THE YEAR SPONSORS ANNOUNCED:

August 8, 2003

 

The 2004 Angler of the year will be able to purchase $100 worth of first-class tackle courtesy of our new sponsors.

 

Bass Stalker makes finesse jigs.  Remember the story we heard of how Russell lost their last finesse jig when that gigantic spot broke his line at the boat?  This is the place to restock.

I have bought spinnerbaits and full-size jigs from SOB for years.  Lately they've expanded their selection to include a wide-array of lures.  I want to try some of their floating jerk-baits on sow-speckled trout.

These guys make some awesome plastics in any color you want.  I would give you more details, but I don't want to give away my Lake Martin game plan...

West End Outdoors has helped me in our Tennessee River tournaments.  They have a wide selection of lures including Bandit Crankbaits and Sizmic Toads.  Lately, I have been checking out the Mega Bait Charlie swim-bait.

 

 

 

 

THREE STRAIGHT WINS FOR RUSSELL AND BILL.

July 20, 2003

 

These twin 3 lb 10 oz spots helped Bill and Russell win their third straight tournament at Millers Ferry.  Story / Pictures

 

 

HOW TO CATCH A REDFISH

May 26, 2003

 

Check out how Bill  lands a big one.

 

 

 

Check out other pictures from the trip here.

 

BYLAWS UPDATE

May 26, 2003

 

Attention members:

 

Bylaws have been updated for TOP 10 SPECKS and LARGEST SPECK POT.  Click here to review and let me know if you would like to see an revisions.  If I don't hear from you I'll take that as an approval from you.

 

You'll notice changes to the site.  Please let me know if you notice any spelling or grammatical errors. 

 

Tight Lines,

 

Bo

 

 

TMT Angler Apparel:

May 4, 2003

 

The club is considering ordering TMT Angler hats.  Please view the hat options by clicking here and email me your feedback.

 

 

 

An email has been sent out with details about our shirt order.  Please reply to it by May 31.  

 

 

Bill and Russell Win Again

April 1, 2003

 

 

Congrats to Bill and Russell for their impressive win at Lake Wheeler.  I have since learned that had Russell been fishing the Everstart Tour a few miles down river, he would have come in 1st place on Saturday. Wow!  That makes me feel better about losing so badly.

 

I've updated the following pages:

Please let me know of any inaccuracies in the reporting.

 

Tight Lines,

 

Bo

 

 

GET READY FOR 2003

Jan 20, 2003 12:38 PM

I hope all of you guys are getting ready for 2003.  The time to make plans for the year is right now.  Here are some updates to the site:

Russell and Bill, make the call on the May Louisiana trip soon.  My Dad and I have to turn in our vacation requests this week.  Plus, if you guys are fishing together I need to line up another partner. 

Bo

GREENE / FACKLER WIN AT LAKE MARTIN

November 10, 2002

Congratulations to Bill Greene and Russell Fackler for winning the Lake Martin Tournament and Anglers of the Year Title.  They are shown here weighing in the 4 oz. trash fish that was the deciding factor in the Angler of the Year race.  Links:  Angler of Year Standings , Lake Martin Pictures and Story

CLUB CHANGES ON THE WAY FOR 2003

 

November 10, 2002

 

Well the club is now a year older and a year wiser.  During the course of the past year several ideas for improvements came up.  In 2003 we should be able to put many of these ideas into use.  Among the changes you will see are:

  • Specific rules for ties

  • Changes in the AOY points system

  • Modified "Fish Off" Rules

  • Inshore Tournament Rules

  • A recipes section to the site

  • A new club message board

Keep an eye out for these changes and let me know if you have any additional ideas.  Also, I need your help proofing the site for things like broken links and poor writing.

 

I want to share a couple of additional links with you:

  •  A year of fishing and AOY came down to a one ounce difference in trash fish!  This fact alone tells us how important accurate scales are.  This will be even more important once we have a larger attendance at our tournaments. Here is the link to the scales we will hopefully be able to eventually buy:  http://equalizerscales.com/scales.htm  An additional benefit of these scales is that I think they are less harmful to the fish. 

  • Also, I wanted to share with you guys http://www.quik-cull.com .  This is a culling system that doesn't require any holes to be punctured in the fishes mouth. 

I know we're all going to schedule another set of great trips this year.  My final thought is that I would like everyone to make a concerted effort to bring a guest to at least one tournament.

 

Tight Lines,

 

Bo 

FALL TOURNAMENT CHANGES

Due to scheduling conflicts there have been changes to to the fall tournament.  The tournament will still be held at Lake Martin, however the dates are now November the 2nd and 3rd.  Also, lodging has changed to a suite on the lower end of the lake. 

Click here to learn more about the lodging.

Click here to view a map.

I have also setup our club's third message board.  I will make the colors look better eventually.

See you all on Friday, November 1st.

Bo

Congrats to Bo and Lance for winning at Lake Guntersville.  Click here to view the pictures and story.

May 26, 2002

Hey Guys!  Well, I guess you noticed the new site.  Now you know what I spent Memorial day weekend doing.  Sorry it has taken me so long to update, but I've been busy doing other things, including one fishing trip.  Click on this thumbnail and check these bad boys out:

  

Various Notes and News:

  • If you find a hyperlink that doesn't work please shoot me an email.

  • Guys, FYI, this is the scale I want the club to eventually buy once we have more members: http://equalizerscales.com/scales.htm 

Bo

March, 2002

Lance and I are making progress on our neophyte site.  Please notice the following:

Club business notes:

  • The bylaws and rules have been amended to remove the "Last Place meal" clause.  This can be handled among teams individually.

  • A separate account has been established and club dues have been deposited in the separate account.  These funds will help us improve this site.

Please email me any photos you would like posted on the site.  I will be added many in the next couple of weeks.

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January, 2002

We are currently going through our final organizational phase before we officially kick this thing off.  Please note:  The 1st Annual Host Drawing will occur on January 15th.  If you would like to fish a certain lake, you must join prior to the drawing.