Cowboy Church Christian Bass Club 2014 Tournament Recap
Cedar Creek – September 20-21, 2014
How do you pick the opening headline on such an event packed weekend? The last points tournament winner, the Classic winner, Saturday's DEVO, Sunday morning church service, AOY crowning, Saturday's cookout, Head-to-Head championship, Classic booby prize, big bass winners, $4,755.00 in payouts, and the big bass of the year winner are all worthy headlines. Let's begin with the club's mission.
SUNDAY MORNING CHURCH SERVICE
Jon Griffin led a simple but powerfully 6:00 am service. It was not quite dark and not quite light, as the club gathered on a concrete pad next to the lake.
Charley David asked the club leaders to sit down in the chairs that were lined up at the end of the pad and after everyone was seated, Jon with his reading lamp began to share scripture & the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. As Jon was speaking, Charley was on his knees quietly washing the feet of those seated.
It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Jon explained three details and the significance of the passage.
* How for Jesus, it was a display of His humility & His servanthood. Jesus took the place of the lowliest of servants by washing their feet…thus setting the example for Christians to live their lives.
* For the disciples, the washing of their feet was in direct contrast to their heart attitudes at that time.
Jesus had told them over & over that He came “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20-28) (Isaiah 53)
Peter at first refused, then requested his entire body be washed. Jesus very clearly told him the true meaning of “being washed by Him”. Peter had experienced the cleansing of salvation and did not need to be washed again in the spiritual sense because salvation is a onetime act of justification by faith. The washing of the feet represented the sanctification of washing from the stain of sin we experience as we walk through the world.
* For us, washing feet is symbolic of how we are to live our lives like Jesus. We should, very simply, love one another.
1 John 4:11-12
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
I can't do justice to the scene of Charley in the shadows washing the fisherman's feet as a backdrop to the powerful words spoken by Jon.....you really had to be there. I truly believe that everyone there was moved by it.
Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Pastor Reggie Stewart closed us in prayer.
Amen & Amen!
SATURDAY'S LAKESIDE DEVO
Brent Stanford led the Saturday evening devotional. He gave his testimony...."I am a sinner saved by grace".
Then he told the story about how Jesus picked his first disciples
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
He compared some our fishing skills.....persistence, stubbornness, determination, and few others to the skills that it takes to be a disciple of Jesus.
In closing he told us a story about a tournament he was fishing back in the 80s. He remembers this particular tournament because it was there that he asked the advice of one of the pros about what size bass boat he should buy. The response from the pro was "whatever size you get, 16, 20 or 26 foot, don't get a boat that's so big, that it takes you away from God". That advice has stuck with him to this very day.....because the truth is, no matter how much stuff we have, without Christ we have nothing!
ANGLER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to husband and wife team Charley and Donna David! They finished first even though they have less time on the water then everyone else. Donna checks in the teams, collects the money, works with the late entries, calculates and packages up the payouts while we are all out fishing. Charley is the last to launch and the first to pull up. He sets up the weigh-in site well before the end of the tournament. During the course of the year, they probably lose 6 or 7 hours of fishing time. They finish the season with 1,519 points and placed 4 times in the money. They ARE the best sticks in the club!
BIG BASS OF THE YEAR
Steve Cooksey's 10.28 pounder could not be beat! He caught the hawg in the first tournament of the year on Lake Palestine. Congratulations Steve!
FIRST PLACE - Cedar Creek Points Tournament
Congratulations to Joe Lee and Mike Thurman! They sack up 14.79 pounds and win the big bass of the tournament with a 6.28 pound kicker. Fishing close to the weigh-in site, they filled their sack using jigs, crank baits, drop shots, and Texas rigged worms. Total take home is $581.45.
FIRST PLACE - The Classic
Congratulations again to Joe Lee and Mike Thurman! They sack up 25.44 pounds and win another $1,500.00. Total take home for the two day event was $2,081.00. In celebration, they bought lunch for everyone who showed up at Kamman's grill after the tournament.
Big thanks to Charley, Donna, and Sam David! They provided the burgers and fixings. Joe and Tina brought the watermelon, and others provided the chips, drinks, hot links and dogs. Charley even grilled some of fish from the weigh-in.
Good times and good fellowship!
Matt and Albert Love win the Championship. Matt's big fish weighed 5.13 pounds and was caught about 2:00 pm under a dock in about 4.5-ft of water. It was caught on Texas rig watermelon blue fleck brushhog with the tail dipped. Matt had 3 bites off that same dock, 2 broke off and he lost one even bigger than that earlier on a c-rig right at the boat that probably would have won them the tournament. For luck, he wore a Jason Christie jersey that he had won in a contest.
BOOBY PRIZE - The Classic
Congratulations to Brandon Wooddell and George Walker. They caught the smallest 8 fish sack and win $100.00.
They also placed 10th and win their entry fee back. Their keepers were caught on shaky head and Texas rigged worms.
The air temperature was 68-89. Water temperature 79-85. Winds were 5-12 SE with gust to 18 mph on the first day. Day 2 calm to 5 mph. There was a sliver of moon the night before. The skies were sunny. The water clarity was clear. The lake was 5 ft low. Good ramp but the parking was rough.
Day 1 - last points tournament / first day of the Classic
29 teams fished
20 limits were caught (a limit is 3 bass 14 inches and over)
02 teams zeroed
69 fish were weighed in with a weight of 155.42 pounds
2.25 pounds was the average fish weight
1st: Mike Thurman / Joe Lee................14.79 $436.45
2nd: Albert Love / Matthew Love..........12.13 $253.75
3rd: Jeff Harrington / Lynn McNeely......8.76 $152.25
4th: Charley David / Donna David..........8.10 $101.50
5th: L.C. Watson / Tommy Huley............7.96 $71.05
Big Bass: Joe Lee...................................6.28 $145.00
Tackle Pack: Jason Francel / Keith Smith...............$30.00
Day 2 - last day of the Classic
25 teams fished
10 limits were caught (a limit is 5 bass 14 inches and over)
04 teams zeroed
71 fish were weighed in with a weight of 160.13 pounds
2.25 pounds was the average fish weight
1st: Mike Thurman / Joe Lee.........................25.44 $1,500.00
2nd: Jeff Harrington / Lynn McNeely............23.19 $840.00
3rd: Charley David / Donna David................21.40 $400.00
4th: Joe Chancey / Bud Benner.....................17.71 $250.00
5th: Reggie Stewart / Tommy Stewart..........17.62 $200.00
6th: L.C. Watson / Tommy Huley..................17.19 $100.00
7th: Chris Forner / Lynn Forner.....................15.70 $80.00
8th: Al Kohutek / Jon Griffin..........................15.32 $75.00
9th: Ben Griffin / Steve Reynolds..................15.17 $70.00
10th: George Walker / Brandon Wooddell...14.94 $50.00
Big Bass: Lynn McNeely.................................................................6.28 $145.00
Booby Prize: Brandon Wooddell / George Walker.........................14.95 $100.00
http://www.cowboychurchbassclub.org/ccpoints14.htm (see the Cedar Creek tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet)
Also see the pictures on our facebook page.
Al and Jon caught a gar, a catfish, a sandbass and a goo...........On day 1 Charley ran out of gas and to boot he didn't have any fish in his livewell. Somehow he made it to the 198 bridge and had to walk to a gas station. There he was able to buy a small gas can and gas, but since the gas can was so small he had to make two trips. By now it's past 11:30 and with no fish, he pulls off one of best come from behind AOYs in the clubs history, beating Al & Jon by 2 points. There might really be something to washing your competitors feet!...........Most people try to motivate their fishing partners with positive reinforcement but Joe Lee beats his partners into performance. Joe slammed a crank bait into Mike's head so hard it bent his hooks. Mike said after that he caught some big fish............Ben and Steve caught their fish on rattle snakes……Reggie and Tommy caught their fish on 4 inch ring worms and creature baits……Joe and Bud caught their fish on sq. bills and shaky heads……L.C and Tommy caught their bass on crank baits and rattle traps……Jeff and Lynn caught their bass on deep diving sexy shad and crank baits…….Someone fell overboard at launch dock..............This was a great tournament! If you missed it, there is always next year!
Athens - August 23, 2014 6:00 am - 2:30 pm
The winning sack was caught by team Jon Griffin /Al Kohutek. Their big bass weighed 8.28 pounds (24 inches). She was caught on a Texas rigged Zoom speed craw at 6:35 am, in front of the weeds next to the shore. By 7:30 am Jon and Al had a limit. At 9:00 they culled using a C-rig speed craw and never upgraded after that. They boated 8 "UNDERs", 2 "OVERs" and somewhere around 10 "SLOT" bass. The bass that made it to the scales was caught very shallow in the creeks between CR 4817 and CR 4825. The shallow bite lasted until about 9:00 am. After 9:00 am they were biting offshore. The 2nd "OVER" was caught by Jon and it measured 22 inches and weighed 6-lbs 2-oz (on hand held scales). Jon's "OVER" was caught on a Carolina rigged Culprit type of curly tailed green pumpkin worm offshore around noon. The tournament rules allow only one “OVER”, so this one was released. The "UNDERS" were hitting watermelon pepper 5 inch Senkos. Total weight for their 3 bass was 10.22 pounds and the total take home was $658.00.
The air temperature was 71-91. Water temperature 85. Winds were south and SSW 1-11 mph. There was a sliver of moon the night before. There was not much happening with the barometric pressure. It started out at 30.01 climbing to 30.04 by 11:00 then fell down to 29.98. The skies were sunny. The water clarity was very clear. Grass and pads all over the lake. Good ramp, great marina, restaurant, store, campground, and shaded weigh-in site. This has to be one of the best places to hold a bass tournament because it's almost a guarantee that you will catch fish. The lake is a bass haven.
35 teams fished
16 limits were caught (a limit is 3 bass outside the 14-21” slot. Only 1 over 21 per team)
09 teams zeroed
66 fish were weighed in with a weight of 73.50 pounds
1.11 pounds was the average fish weight
1st Big Bass: Al Kohutek............................... 8.28-lbs $131.25
2nd Big Bass: Danny Childress........................6.18-lbs $43.74
1st place: Jon Griffin / Al Kohutek...........................10.22-lbs $526.75
2nd place: Pat McCaskil / Hubert Smith....................7.45-lbs $306.25
3rd place: Doug Powell /Charles Conie......................6.32-lbs $183.75
4th place: Brian Hopkins / Danny Childress...............6.18-lbs $122.50
5th place: Randal Collins /Kel Collins..........................3.11-lbs $85.75
http://www.cowboychurchbassclub.org/ccpoints14.htm (see the Athens tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet)
Also see the pictures on our facebook page.