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Home Angler Spotlight Angler Spotlight - January 2012 - Anglers of the Year

Angler Spotlight - January 2012 - 2011 Anglers of the Year


The angler(s) of the month for January 2012 are the 2011 Anglers of the Year.  Please take a minute and congratulate them for their efforts and successes during 2011.

Rick Burton

2011 was a tight race for Angler of the Year.  Several other anglers were within just a few points of the top spot and only after the last scheduled tournament was it known that Rick would be the 2011 champion.  Rick’s best finishing weight in 2011 was caught on June 4th, at Lake Smith.  Rick and Cole weighed 5 fish for 19 pounds, 6 ounces with a 5 pound, 2 ounce lunker. Rick had 2 other limits over 17 pounds during the year.  One of the highlights of the year for Rick, and the rest of us, was the 9 pound, 2 ounce lunker he caught at Lake Cahoon during this year’s Classic.
Rick starting fishing with Bass Jons in 2007, is a strong competitor, and has always been in the top 10 at the end of the year.  In 2008 Rick took the reigns as club tournament director and immediately won Lunker of the Year that year with an 8 pound, 2 ounce “hawg.”  Rick is listed in the club Hall of Fame 6-pound club (2009) and has one of the all-time smallest 5-fish limits in club history (2007)…2pounds, 13 ounces, WOW.  Rick has also been running the Winter Series Tournaments and of course does as well during the cold weather as he does during the rest of the year.  Good job Rick and we hope we’ll be able to keep up with you in 2012.

Dave Evans

2011 was the second year of highlighting the co-angler of the year.  In 2011 the  Co-Angler of the Year was as tight as the AOY race.  A number of members were within a few points of the top spot and only after the last tournament was the Co-Angler of Year decided, with Dave Evans earning top honors.  Dave’s best finish in 2011 was in March, on Lake Prince.  Fishing with Luther Showaker, they weighed 5 fish for 14 pounds, 6 ounces. Dave also had a 1st place finish at Burnt Mills later in the year.
Dave is one of the club’s founding members and some of his accomplishments are recorded in the club Hall of Fame.  In 2005 Dave became a member of the 7-pound club, weighting a 7 pound, 7 ounce bucketmouth.  In 2006 he made the 6-pound club weighing a 6 pound lunker, and in 2008 he and Bill Saunders won the Annual Club Classic at Lake Smith weighing 5 fish for 16 pounds, 4 ounces with a 5 pound, 12 ounce lunker.  Dave can always be relied on to share his fishing knowledge with the club.  Great Job Dave and good luck in 2012.

Mike Taylor

The second annual Junior Angler of the Year (2011) is Mike Taylor.  2011 was Mike’s first year fishing with the club.  Many of the club’s non-boaters were envious of Mike being able to fish with Jim Carlson during the year.  Mike’s best finish in 2011 was during April on Western Branch. Mike and Jim weighed 5 fish for 16 pounds, 8 ounces. Mike also had a 2nd and two 3rd-place finishes during the year. Mike also bagged a 6.5-pounder out of Western Branch during March, his first one over five pounds. Thanks for fishing with the club this year Mike and we hope to see more from you in the future.