A silhouette of SRIBA members Paul & Sharon prepping for the season opener
2016 is behind us. 2017 stands in front of us.
We will be starting a new tournament season in April. 2016 was a different kind of season. It was the first time in SRIBA history that we canceled a tournament due to bad weather and didn’t make up for it later on. So we finished the season with only 8 regular tournaments, instead of the usual 9.
2017 will also be a season of firsts. It will be the first season that we have started after having a club member pass away. As mentioned in another post, Ed Leitz passed away after a lengthy battle with autoimmune disorder. He will be missed for sure.
Another first for the 2017 season will be Continue reading
SRIBA Bids Farewell to Club Member
Longtime SRIBA member, Ed Leitz, who passed away on Sunday December 11.
On Sunday, December 11, SRIBA lost club member Ed Leitz, who passed away after a lengthy battle with autoimmune disease 🙁
Ed joined SRIBA several years ago and immediately plugged in to the club. He was a perfect fit and was well liked by everyone. He was a good competitor and always did his best to bring bass to the scale for our weigh-ins, keeping everyone on their toes.
During the 2016 season Ed had a couple of really great tournaments, claiming the 1st place spot at our season opener with a 12.31 lb. bag. Ed won by a 3+ lb. margin!
For our second night tournament of the year, Ed bagged 15.61 lbs. for the win, again with a 3 lb, margin over the 2nd place competitor.
Ed also weighed in the tourney lunker for that one with a Continue reading
The 2016 season is behind us. And let’s just start by saying it was an interesting season.
Ed with lunkers from season opener
First, this was the first season in the history of SRIBA where we canceled a tournament and didn’t make it up. So we fished an abbreviated 8 tournament schedule, instead of the usual 9 tourneys.
We also had some tourneys with very low winning weights, such as our night tourney at Gardner Lake, with a winning weight of 8.50 lbs. and a tourney lunker of 2.39 lbs. The worst tourney of the year, though, was at the Quinebaug River, with a 6.80 lb. winning weight.
Final weight for Isaac Claros, who came from behind to grab the AOY title at the very last tournament was 78.51, about 20 lbs. less than the AOY weight for 2015. Continue reading
With the recent departure of at least one long-time SRIBA member, we may have room for 1 or two new boaters for the 2016 season.
I made a post regarding this at the Northeastbass.com Forums, if you’re interested in reading a bit more about it. Continue reading
The members of SRIBA gathered for their annual meeting to choose lakes and dates and were able to put together a schedule that looks interesting 🙂
Instead of the usual method of each member listing their preferred 9 lakes, and then tallying up the votes, we basically just hashed it all out, one lake at a time, by looking at the time of year and picking lakes that would be best suited for each date on the schedule. Continue reading
At the end of October, SRIBA members gathered to choose the lakes and dates for our 2014 season.
We wrote down our personal choices for lakes and then set about matching the lakes with dates that suited each lake best. We did things a bit different this year to try to schedule tournaments at the optimal time for each individual lake, hoping for the best possible outcome with regard to catching quality bass. Continue reading
The 2013 season came to end with our final tourney of the year, at Watchaug Pond.
The fishing for this tourney was probably the toughest we had for any tournament, and the scales showed it! And while the weigh-in for our final tourney was quick and the fish were few, this was not typical of the season overall. Continue reading
Unseasonably warm temperatures leading up to the SRIBA season opener dropped just a bit on the eve of the tournament. SRIBA angers were greeted Saturday morning with bluebird skies and air temps in the high 30s to low 40s. It was obvious that high pressure had moved in and the bite might be tough in this shallow body of water. Continue reading
Charter SRIBA member Steve Burke left the club several years ago due to work obligations. Stating that he needed to get back into the club so he will “be forced to go fishing”, Steve re-joined us at the season opener at Wordens Pond and has re-joined us for the 2008 season. Continue reading
SRIBA anglers found Watchaug Pond to be a place of feast or famine in our second tournament of the season on May 10. Continue reading
The Locustville Pond bass were definitely post-spawn, as SRIBA anglers chased them for 8 hours during the Club Classic for the top finishers from the 2007 Season. Continue reading
SRIBA anglers tried hard to unlock the secrets to Glasgo Pond’s bass, but were pretty much unsuccessful on a large scale, as every club member struggled to bring both, numbers and quality fish to the scales. Continue reading
Continuing the tough trend that started at Glasgo Pond, Billings Lake bass shut themselves down and stayed that way through most of the night, as SRIBA fished their first night tournament of the 2008 season. Continue reading
Water levels were down and water temps were up, as SRIBA anglers headed out onto Indian Lake for our 2nd night tournament of the 2008 season. The combination of the prevailing weather conditions and the near-full moon caused things to be slow for the first hour or two. Continue reading
SRIBA Anglers arrived at Smith & Sayles to find the lake almost completely void of any weeds, due to a weed eradication performed by the State of RI earlier this year. This didn’t keep club members from catching some great bass there though! Continue reading