My name is Larry Heagy and I am the president of the Steel City Bassmasters, out of Granite City, IL. Steel City just finished our 17th tournament season and our first as a participating club at UltimateBass.com. Here is a review of the tournament season and our "Angler of the Year" race.
First of all, I am most proud of the fact that we have completed 17 seasons without a single safety-related incident. That speaks volumes about the group of people that we have in this bass club. For those who wish to have a good time and good, competitive fishing opportunities, Steel City "fits the bill". 2005 was yet another example of a great season.
Here is a complete listing of tournament champions in 2005:
Lake of the Ozarks – Rocky Horrighs (3-fish and 13.48-lb.)
Lake Springfield, IL – John Morris (5-fish and 14.38-lb.)
Vandalia Lake – Adam Grater (4-fish and 15.81-lb.)
Table Rock Lake (April) – Larry Heagy and Tim Evans (4-fish and 16.02-lb.)
Kinkaid Lake – Tony Evanoff (2-fish and 6.04-lb.)
Smithland Pool (June) – Larry Heagy (11-fish and 20.90-lb.)
Carlyle Lake – Ken Kammerer (4-fish and 9.71-lb.)
Glen Shoals Lake – Ken Kammerer (3-fish and 7.65-lb.)
Smithland Pool (August) – Ken Kammerer (6-fish and 9.32-lb.)
Kentucky Lake – Tony Evanoff (6-fish and 11.63-lb.)
Table Rock Lake (October) – Brian Johnson and Matt Rhinehart (5-fish and 11.20-lb.)
Pomme de Terre – Tony Evanoff (5-fish and 14.91-lb.)
The 2005 Angler of the Year race was the closest match between two individuals that I have witnessed in my 17 years of running this chapter. It was a seesaw match between Adam Grater and John Morris with Adam coming out on top in the end by less than ½ pound. Adam had a victory at Vandalia Lake and his total catch for the year was 31-fish and 63.41-pounds.
John Morris finished the season with yet another top-5 placement on the AOTY standings. He had a victory at Springfield Lake finishing the year with 29-fish and 63.07-pounds.
Tony Evanoff also made a late charge for the AOTY race with victories in 2 of the last 3 events on the schedule. His 6.57-pound Largemouth at Pomme de Terre gave him a big boost, but he fell 5-pounds short of the crown. Tony had victories at Kinkaid Lake, Kentucky Lake and Pomme de Terre to finish-off another strong season. His 31 fish and 58.67-pounds put him in third place on the AOTY board.
Larry Heagy ("Heagster") had 2 victories at Table Rock Lake (with his partner Tim Evans) and the Smithland 2-day event. He also had second place finishes at Smithland in August and at Pomme de Terre. His 26 fish and 54.30-pounds gave him a fourth place finish on the AOTY board.
Ken Kammerer made a strong charge in mid-season to pull with a pound of the lead, but deer hunting won-out over the AOTY race, keeping him from attending the final event of the year at Pomme de Terre. Ken had 3 consecutive victories at Carlyle, Glen Shoals and Smithland Pool, setting a Steel City record in the process. This was Ken’s best season with the bass club with 31 fish and 53.67-pounds. (Fifth place- AOTY)
Several of our regular UltimateBass.com contributors fared well on the AOTY board as well. Gary Burnett ("Cable Guy") had a tenth place finish with 20 fish and 29.58-pounds. David R Brown ("Nitro-Fish") came in twelfth place with 18 fish and 28.80-pounds. Tom Miks ("Bass1CPR") had a twentieth place finish with 10 fish and 19.14-pounds.
Our 2005 Rookie of the Year is Tim Evans. In his first season with Steel City, Tim had a tournament victory at Table Rock Lake and finished the year in 23rd place with 6 fish and 17.32-pounds.
As a group, we came within just a few pounds of a record in total weight. (1,107.57-pounds) There were 8 fish over 5-pounds weighed in 2005 with big bass of the year going to John Morris. His Largemouth at Vandalia Lake weighed 6.72-pounds.
We will be handing out awards to the top-25 on the Angler of the Year race in January. Here is a listing of those individuals and their statistics.
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Thanks you to all of our members and guests for providing another very successful, fun and safe season in 2005.
President of the Steel City Bassmasters
Granite City, IL