Author Topic: Bob Statkus - Father's Day fishing tournament - FINAL RESULTS  (Read 2813 times)

Mike - Whisperwood

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Whisperwood's 2014 Father Day fishing tournament, dedicated to Bob Statkus, started off on a beautiful Wednesday with clear skies, light winds and 70 degree weather.  There were many weather changes from there to test the skills of our many Whisperwood Anglers. This event was a 4 day tournament and ended at 9 pm Saturday evening.

Day 1 fishing report: With many registered guests entering the tournament expectations were high and winning a coveted Whisperwood Fishing Tournament was the anticipated goal for each angler.   Ron & Tony (Steel Hawk bass tracker) boated 40 bass and were certainly off to terrific fish catching start, however, Scott Abney posted a 21.5" - 6 pounder to take the early lead. (photo is now posted on the June 2014 "Big Bass" page and this was Scott's biggest largemouth bass ever) and Whisperwood Mike and Denny Gladu posted a pair of 16 inch smallies to tie for the early smallmouth bass division lead.  It always takes 2 big bass to capture each divisional title and as our tournament history reminds us the final winning bass can be caught during the last day, the last hour or even within the last few minutes.

Tomorrow's weather looks unsettled with showers but the Whisperwood anglers will be ready for Day 2 action.  Check back tomorrow evening for our next report.

Day 2 fishing report: Considering the forecast was for showers most of the day, the second day of the Bob Statkus, Whisperwood Father's Day Fishing tournament turned out very well.  With only intermittent light showers most of the day, the Whisperwood anglers spent most of the day fishing and the results were impressive.  Whisperwood Mike added a solid 4 pounder but was well short of Scott Abney's & Denny Gladu's 21.5 " largemouth bass.  Rick Echlov, the 2013 Father's Day largemouth bass champion added a healthy 3.5 pounder for his best of the day.

Today however, was clearly a fish catching tournament dream day for Scott Abney and Denny Gladu (a veteran and top Whisperwood fisherman) in their X-Factor - rental boat #16   Gladu's 21.5" - 6 pounder was enough to tie Abney for the largemouth bass lead, however, Abney also landed a very impressive 18" smallmouth bass to takeover that division lead.  The X-Factor boat of Gladu and Abney is the hottest boat of the tournament with their impressive catches and with the predicted bad weather they could be tough to beat, however, those of you following the Whisperwood Bass Tournaments know lead changes are common and there always seem to be surprises with each tournament.  Only time (and weather) will determine our 2014 Champions.

Current Leader Board:  Largemouth Bass Division:  21.5" -  Denny Gladu & Scott Abney
                                       Smallmouth Bass Division:   18.0 " - Scott Abney
                                        Photos posted on June 2014 "Big Bass" page.

Thursday's Forecast is not looking good with rain predicted for most of the day, however, stay tuned, you just never know what could happen with the weather.

Day 3 fishing report: After a rain soaked night the morning was calm and quiet and gave all the Whisperwood anglers a chance to continue the tournament and their quest for the championship, however, by lunch time the skies opened and the heavy rains were back chasing everyone off the lake and back to their cablns.  Steve Kristo, another seasoned Whisperwood angler added a solid 3.5 lb. - 18" largemouth bass and Brian contributed a 16.75" smallie to add to the tournament tally.  Ron from the Steel Hawk boat netted an impressive 4.4 pounder to add to their impressive total.  Whisperwood Mike and Rick contributed with a pair of sold 3 pounders but were far short of the leaders.

Current Leader Board:  Largemouth Bass Division:  21.5" -  Denny Gladu & Scott Abney
                                       Smallmouth Bass Division:   18.0 " - Scott Abney
                                        Photos posted on June 2014 "Big Bass" page.

Saturday's forecast for our final tournament day is for continued clearing during the day - there should be plenty of fishing time and maybe a lead change.  Tomorrow evening at 9 pm we will know the 2014 Bob Statkus Whispewood Guest Bass fishing tournament champions.  Let's see if Bob has any "surprises" from above to determine our champions results. 

Day 4 & Final fishing report:  Abney & Gladu win Whisperwood's 12th Guest Bass Fishing Tournament dedicated to Bob Statkus.  For the first time in Whisperwood tournament history, both winners won wire to wire. With overcast skies and light breezes, the final tournament day was without rain but the Whisperwood competitors could not catch the early leaders.    Scott Abney and Denny Gladu posted early leads with their 21.5" largemouth bass and Scott Abney's early posting of his 18" smallmouth bass was just too tough to beat. Ron and Tony in the Steel Hawk continued their excellent fishing with 99 bass catches recorded but the 100th may have been the most important of them all.  Ron had the 100th bass on his line and it clearly was his biggest of the 4 days and may have been a tournament winner, however, with a surface roll and dive, Ron's line broke and the constant thought of the "big one that got away" is alive and well.

The Steve Kristo group had many solid 18 & 19 inch bass but just couldn't break that 20 inch mark this year.

Final Leader Board:  Largemouth Bass Division:  21.5" -  Denny Gladu & Scott Abney
                                     Smallmouth Bass Division:  18.0 " - Scott Abney


Congratulations to Denny & Scott and all the competitors for another excellent tournament and we look forward to our next tournament during the third week in August.  Bob, your presence will always be with us at Whisperwood.

Tournament photos and results are now posted for the Bob Statkus Bass Tournament on our Bass Tournament page.

http://www.whisperwoodlodge.com/big_bass_June_2014_Tournament.htm
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