Cowboy Church Bass Club
2020 Northern Division Tournament Recap
September 19, 2020
By Jon Griffin
JOHN ALLEN BUSTS BELTON FOR THE WIN AND THE AOY
John Allen and Sam Allen fill-in Shane Dupree caught a solid limit of largemouth & smallmouth with 3 @ 9.68 to take the victory on the club’s final points event of the year Saturday on Lake Belton. Going into the season’s final event, John was trailing Team Griffin/Johnston by 4 points, thus needed to beat them by 5 places to secure the Team AOY. With the win, and Griffin/Johnston’s small limit placing them in 16th place, John Allen secured his come from behind victory for the championship in his 5th year with the CCBC. Also this tournament, we welcomed members from the Austin Reel Bass Club to fish the event, and their knowledge of Belton definitely showed. 2nd place went to ARBC Bill Shelnutt solo with 3 @ 9.08 including tournament big bass @ 5.98. 3rd place was ARBC Team Eric Olson/Corey Greenlle with 3 @ 8.43. The 4th place sack was also a ARBC Team of Berkley Griles/Steve Bible with 2 @ 7.38. The 4 place limit was weighed in by Team Rodney & Billy Pickard with 3 @ 7.16.
1st John Allen/Shane Dupree 9.68 $361
2nd Bill Shelnutt 9.08 $210
3rd Eric Olson/Corey Greenlle 8.43 $126
4th Berkley Griles/Steve Bible 7.38 $84
5th Rodney & Billy Pickard 7.16 $60
Big Bass Bill Shelnutt 5.98 $120
Regarding the AOY, it was a battle down to the very last tournament, Brandon Mobley/Derek Rodgers led most of the year but unfortunately could not fish the final event, the Stanfords jumped in 1st with 2 victories and still had a chance, as did Team Allen along with Team Brian Hopkins/Joe Stepp as well as Team Griffin/Johnston, but in the end, it was Team Allen fishing an area very close to Cedar Ridge Ramp for the winning sack…it should be noted that while we are a TEAM CLUB, fill-ins when needed are welcome, the previous tourney Jon Griffin had to miss and our neighbor Tony Saltarski filled in with Pierce Johnston to help the team to a win on Fairfield, and similarly Shane Dupree, who’s has fished our club for several years, filled-in with John Allen to help with the W…It was a perfect weather day for bass fishing, in fact throughout the year we enjoyed wonderful weather conditions…tight, tight, tight is the parking @ Cedar Ridge on Lake Belton, and watch out for deer!...winning baits included flukes, River to Sea glide bait, drop shot, Brushhog watermelon red, chatterbait, square bill & various Texas rigs…for Belton tourneys I would highly recommend the Travelodge off I-35 in Temple, plenty of parking for your rigs, unlike any of the other motels along 35, and @ $59…great to have Austin Reel Bass Club join us for our Belton event, if you live in the central Texas area check them out www.austinreel.com; next up, it’s the rescheduled CCBC Classic on Hubbard Creek Lake Oct 3-4. Hope to see all ELIGIBLE teams in Breckenridge, the official practice day is Friday October 2. See recent email for eligibility.
Air temp 64-81, pc to sunny; winds NE 7-12; water temp 79-81; clear to 20”; .64’ above full.
Jon Griffin shared the devotional pertaining to the recent events in the past few months our country has endured, especially on the subject of riots & crazy acts of violence primarily focused on police and law abiding citizens and their businesses. 2 weeks ago, 2 sheriff deputies were shot point blank as someone video’d and laughed. That got me to thinking about how the bible says “evil will be called good, and good will be called evil.” The fact is, the bible has the answers to everything, especially including the conflict our world has been experiencing for 2020. So, today, I’ll allow scripture, the Word of God, God’s clear communication and instruction for us, to speak of these events.
The following scripture analyzes The Sin, The Sinner, and The Grace-filled Answer.
New International Version
20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
and clever in their own sight.
New International Version
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”[a]
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”[b]
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”[c]
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[d]
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”[e]
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[f]
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in[g] Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement,[h] through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
John Allen closed us in prayer
Joe Pool tournament
By Jon Griffin
STANFORDS CLEAN THE POOL AND TAKE THE LEAD
The father & son duo of Brent & Luke Stanford gutted out a grind of a day by catching a monster 11.85 big bass caught in the tournament’s final 30 minutes to take the Joe Pool tournament win. With 3 small “under” bass in the livewell, father Brent fishing in the back of his boat pitched his 6 inch shaky head worm next to a stickup in 7 feet of water to quickly notice his lure was heading back straight for the boat. Brent reeled up and set the hook to immediately discover he had a giant on the line. By Brent’s own admission, the team decided to quit bringing a net because they feel they lose more in a netting effort. After a couple of jumps son Luke snatched the bucket mouth with both hands to secure the largest bass weighed in since the beginning of the CCBC in 2006. That big bass along with their 2 unders gave them a 12.71 limit for the win, their 2nd of the year and 4th top ten finish, giving them the current AOY lead. 2nd place went to Brandon Wooddell & Keith “Big Fish” McMillian who finally nailed a Cowboy Club big bass that had been so elusive to him. Keith caught the 6.70 on a top water walking bait early. The 3rd place sack was caught by James & Eric Cook with 3 @ 7.40 including their over caught in the tournament’s final 30 minutes. In fact of the 4 “overs” caught, 3 came in the final minutes including Team Brian Hopkins/Joe Stepp with a last minute 6.05 pounder, their only keeper for 4th place. Rounding out the top 5 money spots was Team Mike Thurman/Joe Lee with a solid stringer of unders @ 4.04.
1st Brent & Luke Stanford 12.71 $360
2nd Brandon Wooddell/Keith McMillan 8.35 $220
3rd James & Eric Cook 7.40 $120
4th Brian Hopkins/Joe Stepp 6.05 $80
5th Joe Lee/Mike Thurman 4.04 $60
Big Bass Brent Stanford 11.85 $120
Partly to mostly cloudy 79-91 degrees; Winds ESE 3-10mph; water 86-88 degrees, 8” visibility; lake FULL
First and foremost, giant thanks to JAMES COOK who owns 2 WINGSTOP restaurants including the 360 & Green Oakes store for providing all the wings and sides we could consume-his district manager Inez once again made sure we were all winged up & happy…ALSO THANKS TO STEVE TIGERT, by day Steve is a Police Officer with the Rockwall PD, he stayed behind with tools & parts to assist John Allen fix his boat trailer, Steve is an awesome guy with a servant heart, yet another reason we all should BACK THE BLUE…Joe Pool has now produced 3 double digit bass in CCBC events, and this is the 2nd 11+ pounder from the Pool…the winning lures included shaky heads, c-rigs, 10” Tx rigs, drop shot and topwaters…James Cook thought he had another Joe Pool monster but it turned out to be a 13 pound flat head…props to Blake Walker who’s family owns the Lynn Creek Marina where we launched, Blake made the weigh-in and is really interested in fishing with our club…John Allen managed 6th place AGAIN minus son Sam who is sticking river smallmouth in Indiana, but CCBC alumn Shane Dupree stepped in to fill the back of the boat and the livewell…quite impressed with Lynn Creek Marina, great and convenient place to launch but NO DOUBT it’s busy with pleasure boaters & jet skiers taking their time during the afternoon launch, however all went well without issues…anticipating the heat we left the marina @ 5:15am allowing boats on plane @ 5:30am in the dark which on JP is easily and safely navigatable…YES, David Lewis did weigh in one fish, and YES it did weigh .42 pounds…Kevin Davis did not hear us extend the tourney to 2 from 1, so he showed up early wondering “where is everybody??”…yes there was a rattlesnake sighting as Steve “Snake” Reynolds showed back up…Joe Crouch wasted about 20 minutes retrieving his Whopper-Plopper from a water snake 2 tournaments left in the season and it’s still anyone’s AOY title to win with the top 10 separated by less than 15 points, the 18” rule at Fairfield next month will no doubt create some separation…and speaking of Fairfield, NOW IS THE TIME TO REGISTER YOUR ENTRY INTO THE FAIRFIELD STATE PARK, do it right now https://texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/fairfield-lake-state-park/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=TX&parkId=1200096&_ga=2.41249316.766774216.1595451113-332168844.1581534332
Still in literal awe over his own personal best bass catch of his life, Brent Stanford shared the devotional. And by his own admission, he was going to keep it short and sweet.
Brent shared about the topic “Ready for Battle” as we’re commanded to do via scripture
The Armor of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Without a doubt, the past few months have made us all mindful that we are in a spiritual battle, and we need to recognize that on a daily basis. Brent noted of all the pieces of armor mentioned above, all but one is defensive. The only offensive piece of armor mentioned is the last one, the SWORD. Soldiers in those days were constantly sharpening their sword for maximum offensive efficiency. The SWORD represents the WORD OF GOD. We are commanded to sharpen ourselves daily with the word of God, start each day with His word. We have no excuse. Whether it’s 10 minutes reading your bible, listening to a sermon on your phone or radio driving to work, even the Bible App on your smart phone makes it simple to become sharpened with God’s word. Put on the armor, prepare for battle. God is with you!
Brandon Wooddell closed us in prayer.
By Jon Griffin
TEAM HOWARD HITS A HOMERUN ON SANDLIN
New team and the father & son duo Jim & Hunter Howard hit for the cycle as their 12.71 limit and tourney big bass of 5.94 took the June tournament title on a hazy and muggy Saturday on Lake Bob Sandlin. Father Jim, who lives in Winnsboro, last fished with us on Winnsboro in 2017, making his and his son’s return to CCBC count by throwing Biffle Bugs and squarebills in 10 feet of water for the victory. 2nd place went to another father & son team of Kyle & Bryan Barfield with 3 @ 10.69 throwing flukes in 5 feet of water. 3rd sack went to Rodney & Billy Pickard, a mere .03 ounces behind the Barfields catching their sack on Texas rigs in 2-5’ of water. 4th place was awarded to John Hayden and Jay Alexander with a 9.44 pound limit caught on trick worms in 18’ and a 6XD crankbait. And the final 5th place in the money was James & Eric Cook with an 8.98 limit fooled by a frog shallow and a drop shot in 27’.
1st Jim & Hunter Howard 12.71 $406
2nd Bryan & Kyle Barfield 10.69 $236
3rd Rodney & Billy Pickard 10.66 $141
4th John Hayden/Jay Alexander 9.44 $95
5th James & Eric Cook 8.98 $66
Big Bass Hunter Howard 5.94 $135
Hazy (smokey), cloudy & humid 74-90 degrees; winds S-SW 3-12 mph; water 82-84 degrees w/ 8-10” visibility; .24 feet above full level
African wildfires resulted in a massive smoke cloud to make its way into North America resulting in brown and hazy conditions on an already sultry, humid day in east Texas…great to have a new team fish with us, and then beat us, Jim actually grew up in Irving and road his bike and fished the gravel pits that make up the now developed Lake Vilbig, Jim moved out to Winnsboro, is in the concrete business where he knows Charley David, Jim’s son actually lives in DFW but is working remotely now in Winnsboro because of COVID….in our 3 fish game, it takes a kicker to make the Top Five as shown in this event-the top 3 had the biggest bass in 5.94, 5.79 and the Pickard’s 5.56….4 events with 3 to go and the most consistent team as been current points leaders Brandon Mobley/Dereck Rogers with 3 top 10s…and don’t look now but the Stanfords have put together 3 top 10s in a row to march up to a 3 place tie with Doyle Ray…no doubt it was quite busy @ the Titus Water District public ramp on Sandlin, Bass Tournament Finder showed only CCBC there, but we shared the area with McKinney Bass Club and the Cast Couples Tournament Series-it was a BLESSING that just a hundred yards further south was another large open ramp with graveled parking as we all made it work…next up as of this report, JOE POOL LAKE-stay updated to email & social media if any changes are announced.
Longtime club member Joe Lee shared the devotional beginning with a re-introduction of himself. He accepted Christ at age 9, was then a member of the same church for 30 years, but 9 years ago he and his family changed churches which had a profound effect on his spiritual life. Not that there was anything wrong with his previous church, but occasionally God uses change to help re-focus your spiritual walk.
Joe shared insight he’d learned recently from Jeremiah 17:5-10
This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
Joe shared that “TRUST” is the key word, and our #1 responsibility from this text.
Here is the Bible & the Gospels efficiently summed up: Since Genesis, God has been redeeming his people, we are ALL struggling with sin, and there is NOTHING we can do about it. SIN separates us from a holy & perfect God.
The Old Testament shows us that NO amount of sacrifice will ever bring us closer to God. ONLY the perfect sacrifice of JESUS can save us. JESUS is our only way to overcome sin.
THEREFORE WE MUST TRUST IN HIM, AND SEEK HIM DAILY!
Ask Jesus, then listen-that’s relationship! And that’s all that Jesus asks of us.
Amen & amen.
Jon Griffin closed us in prayer.
May 16, 2020
By Jon Griffin
STANFORDS WHIP A WET WHITNEY FOR THE WIN
The father & son team of Brent & Luke Stanford tossed squarebills & C-rigged flukes for a limit of shad-spawn hungry largemouths to take the win on a rain-soaked Lake Whitney Saturday May 16th. The Stanford’s 3 fish sack @ 12.48 included the tournament big bass @ 5.49 to notch “their” 2nd win since they started fishing the CCBC series in 2013. Note the “their” as father Brent has fished with both sons over the years including Jacob, and now the soon to be Dallas Police Officer Luke. Brent’s 1st win came on a hot July day in 2014 on Lake Fork when they nailed a large over in the final minutes to take the victory. 2nd place went to the new team of Brandon Mobley & Dereck Rogers with their 3 fish limit @ 10.94 caught deep around 20’ on shaky heads. That’s two top five finishes for a team to watch out for as we continue thru 2020. Team John & Sam Allen threw giant swim River-to-Sea swimbaits for their 3rd place sack @ 9.99. 4th place was awarded to Team Jon Griffin/Pierce Johnston with their 3 @ 9.31 caught on chatterbaits, Wopper Plopper, square bills & C-rigged flukes. 5th went to Team Mike Thurman/Joe Lee with 3 @ 9.18 caught primarily on swim baits.
1st Brent & Luke Stanford 12.48 $406
2nd Brandon Mobley/Dereck Rogers 10.94 $236
3rd Sam & John Allen 9.99 $141
4th Jon Griffin/Pierce Johnston 9.31 $94
5th Mike Thurman/Joe Lee 9.18 $66
Big Bass Luke Stanford 5.49 $135
The forecast called for rain, and shortly after takeoff @ 6:25am, the rain started and rarely let up, fortunately not really hard, but steady…rainsuits were a key, Al’s buddy John Yohner forgot his & got completely soaked, Donna David had a rainsuit but spent the final couple of hours in the truck drying out…speaking of John Yohner, he and Al had motor issues, and then his trolling motor started smoking, still they caught a 12th place limit…27 teams & 23 limits means the fishing was good on Whitney, no doubt the shad spawn was on…all species were caught including stripers, hybrids, sandies, gar, drum, and a turtle…Brian Barfield had a reported “first”, he’s fished all his life 50+ years and never buried a hook he couldn’t simply yank out, until Saturday when he got a hook all the way to the bone in his thumb, son Kyle did the “braid method” and fortunately pulled it out in the single tug…big thanks to McCown Valley Park & ramp people for opening the gate PRIOR to their normal 6am time, and because of Covid, it’s free to launch until all this clears up…Matt Love skipped the tournament with his father Albert to celebrate his wife’s birthday, so they rung up Whitney ringer Nick Fletcher to fill-in…and props to the 6th place team just out of the money Brandon Wooddell/Keith McMillan who narrowly missed 5th, and of course, had the winning fish on and almost in the boat…again…next up, it’s a trip out east for a Bobby Sandlin Showdown.
Overcast, steady rain, 66-71 degrees; Winds E-NE 4-7 mph, picking up after noon to 18 mph; water temp 73, stained to 15” visibility; lake level 1.54’ low
Jon Griffin shared the devotional by offering up the opportunity for others to share their own story.
For 1st Peter 3:15 says “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
Jon shared about a recent article he’d read by Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz with the question: Is the Coronovirus a Sign of the End?
Jesus’ disciples ask Jesus himself when the end would be. Jesus replied as recorded in Luke 21:11, 28
11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has created national fear in a way not many of us have not witnessed in our lifetimes. Ball games are being canceled; theaters are shutting down; schools are closing; travel is restricted, and the stock market is on a crazy, wild rollercoaster ride. It’s almost as though our nation is being attacked by an invisible enemy seeking to destroy us.
I am more concerned about the fear the coronavirus has provoked than I am of the virus itself. We seem to be caught up in a national panic.
Jesus warned us that at the end of time there would be pestilences. In the last few years, we have endured SARS, the swine flu, ebola, avian flu, MERS, West Nile virus and now the coronavirus. Could COVID-19 be one more sign that our redemption is drawing near? Is the end in sight? Is Jesus coming … soon? If so, is fear the proper response?
Were you aware “fear not” is mentioned 365 times throughout the Bible, one for every day of the year?
When Isaiah’s life was shaken, he responded by looking up.
Isaiah 6. As a result, he had a fresh vision of the Lord.  This is the time to look up …
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
So what should we do?
#1, Not live in fear.
#2 You and I need to make sure we are right with God so that we are ready to meet Him whenever the time comes.
#3 Help someone else get right with God, as we as Christians are commanded to do.
Let’s pull out all the stops as we tell others that it’s possible to have peace in the midst of the storm and confident hope for tomorrow, claiming Jesus’ promise,
Matthew 28:20 “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.
John Allen closed us in prayer
CEDAR CREEK TOURNAMENT
April 25, 2020
TEAM DAVID DOMINATES AGAIN ON CEDAR CREEK
The husband and wife team Donna & Charley David proved one of two things, when Cedar Creek shows up on the schedule, they’re either really lucky or really good. Undoubtedly it’s both, as the team took their 3rd Cedar Creek win and 5th top 5 since 2013 with a 3 bass limit @ 12.10. With only a single keeper @ 1pm, Charley made a change by tying on an Alabama rig which proved the right move as CC was in the midst of the lake’s typical late April shad spawn. Per Charley, the A-rig thrown “in dirt” was responsible for a limit and culls for the winning sack. 2nd place went to father & son Bryan & Kyle Barfield with a 10.55 limit caught on a poppin perch frog & a fluke. Doug Powell & Charlie Conine caught the 3rd place sack of 9.75 including the tournament’s big bass @ 6.15 shallow with a shaky head & a wacky rig. 4th place went to Doyle Ray & son Noah with 3 @ 8.21 falling to a swim jig & speed craw. Rounding out the top 5 was last year’s AOY team Brian Hopkins & Tommy Hulsey with 3 @ 8.08 with a bladed jig and senko.
1st Charley & Donna David 12.10 $581
2nd Byan & Kyle Barfield 10.55 $280
3rd Doug Powell/Charlie Conine 9.75 $168
4th Doyle & Noah Ray 8.21 $112
5th Brian Hopkins/Tommy Hulsey 8.08 $78
Big Bass 1 Doug Powell 6.15 $120
Big Bass 2 Charley David 5.64 $40
Mostly to partly cloudy, 58-79 degrees; Winds N 6-12mph; Water-heavily stained with less than 6 inch visibility 66-68 degrees, FULL.
Due to the world-wide Cornonavirus pandemic, CCBC leadership was forced to cancel the March Palestine event as well as the postponement of the classic on Hubbard Creek Lake, anglers were ready to get back at it with 32 teams competing @ Cedar Creek…speaking of CC, club leadership was forced to make a late lake change on the Thursday prior-the reason is Lake Fairfield was forcing everyone to pre-book their park entrance, later in the week it was discovered the Fairfield office was limiting the park entrances to a total of 60, thus several club members were denied, thus the venue change….speaking of Fairfield, they informed us the park would not open until 8am, however it was revealed by a club member who fished Fairfield that Saturday that he showed up just prior to 8am and arrived to an already full parking lot…back to Cedar Creek, Media tournament series was going out of Log Cabin at the same time, but park volunteers made sure everything was smooth with entry & parking assistance, much appreciated as there were a combined 80-100 trucks and trailers…a big welcome to new members, including Tanner Stewart, Keith Glasby, Dalton Pratt, Derek Sullivan, Steve Tigert, Jay Alexander, John Hayden, and Dean Case…no doubt the Covid-19 situation has poured anglers to area lakes as this day was definitely busier than normal & recent lake pressure made fishing quite tough…well done by all maintaining social distance, keeping faces covered, and extended weigh-in time along with weigh-in master John Allen preforming admirably helping make this tournament another great CCBC success…one dead fish can truly make a big difference as was the case for Team Joe Lee/Mike Thurman, their single dead fish penalty of ½ a pound slipped them from 4th to 6th, 1st team out of the money…AND FINALLY, when fishing on a large lake like 30,000 acre Cedar Creek and planning to make long runs like Team Brandon & Jordan Clayton, it’s always advisable to make sure your fuel tanks are FULL-and Brandon’s defense, on his recently serviced rig, little did he know the mechanic had drained one of his tanks dry-lucky for Brandon Charley & Donna David saw his phone call of distress & towed him back to Log Cabin…next up Whitney May 16th, details to come.
Jon Griffin shared the devotional with a unique format-instead of AFTER the tourney, we decided to deliver the devo after launch on the water. With over 50 boats from Media, and our 32 boats, there were easily over 160 anglers within ear shot, and it became vividly evident that lake & boat noise became quite calm & quiet as Jon began. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame had recently released a video with a profound statement as it pertains to the Pandemic of 2020 & the existence of God. As Robertson shared, you can’t see Coronavirus, but you know it’s there. Same with God, you can’t see God, but you KNOW He’s there-all you have to do is look at the results. God’s presence was obvious by simply opening one’s eyes and witnessing His creation at that moment.
Jon then shared what God had taught him thru the 1st recorded “sermon” of Jesus ministry in
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
So how do we apply this simply yet perfectly direct sermon to our lives today?
1-“The time has come”. That applies to us today as well. To accept Christ & to follow His plan for your life BEGINNING NOW. That’s right, make your decision right now, while you’re sitting on the front & back deck of your bass boat. Quit waiting, quit delaying, quit trying to improve yourself. God never calls the equipped, but always equips the called. You are called right now.
2-“The Kingdom of God has come near.” Everything the Jewish people had been anticipating , the coming of the Messiah, was coming true right in front of their eyes. God had come, in earthly flesh, in the name of Jesus. Jesus had entered their lives, just as he has come for us. He has come for you, He died for you, and He defeated death for you. He loves you intently, He wants the best for you, He’s here for you, this very moment.
3-“Repent and believe the good news.” No one can work for salvation, there is nothing you can do. Except one for 2 things. Firstly REPENT. That means turning from your way to God’s way. That means following the very clear direction of Christ. If you cannot do that, that is turn from your sinful, prideful ways, you are not making Jesus Christ Lord of your life. Sure, it’s hard. Absolutely you’ll fail. But with God’s help, His mercies, grace & love, you can trust Him to be faithful. And finally, believe the good news. Believe that Jesus is who He said He was. Believe that God raised Christ from the dead, confess that Jesus is the Son of God.
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Jon then prayed, Charley David briefed us, we then put the hammer down.
February 22, 2020
TEAM GRIFFIN/JOHNSTON NAIL BIG OVER FOR BIG ATHENS WIN
Within 15 minutes of the beginning of the CCBC 2020 season & the year’s opening tournament on Lake Athens, Pierce Johnston hung an 8.59 lb largemouth on his 3rd cast to anchor Team Griffin/Johnston’s 9.97 pound bag to take the victory. For the next 7 hours Jon & Pierce caught 10-12 bass without hooking an “under”. Until around 2:30pm when Griffin caught a perfect 13.75 incher on a c-rig in 12 feet of water. Still unable to bag a 3rd keeper, 2 was good enough to hold off the 2nd place team of father/son Brian & Brendan Hopkins with 2@ 9.07, including the tournament’s 2nd biggest bass at 7.81. The 3rd place stringer was caught by new team Brandon Mobley & Derek Rogers with a 3 fish limit @ 8.55 including their 6.47 over. 4th went to Doyle Ray with his single keeper/over of 7.29, and the 5th place team was father/son Brandon & Jordan Clayton with 2 @ 6.57 including their 5.73 over.
Jon Griffin/Pierce Johnston
Brian & Brendan Hopkins
Brandon Mobley/Derek Rogers
Brandon & Jordan Clayton
1st Big Bass
2nd Big Bass
Wow, what a crowd at the ramp and parking lot, at least 3 tournaments were on Athens Saturday which made the parking a premium, but good thing Athens fishes big for 1,799 acre reservoir…After Griffin/Johnston arrived to their 1st spot, Pierce realized he’d left his tackle bag in the truck which was parked waaaaaaay in the back. Jon said we were going to fish this 1st spot before we want back to the ramp, fortunately on Pierce’s 3rd cast the big one was caught…remember, Athens is a slot lake, therefore no bass between 14-21 inches can be retained, and only 1 “over” allowed per boat….typically a solid limit of unders for CCBC tourneys on Athens will get you in the money, not the case this tournament as each of the top 5 teams caught overs, too bad for new team Kyle Williams/Collin Eastham who’s 6th place limit was 4.05 lbs…and for those of you who failed to register fish, keep in mind your lowest of the season’s 8 tournaments will be dropped…great to see new members including Daniel Pool & Nancy Bovee, John Hayden & Jay Alexander, Kyle Williams & Collin Eastham, and Brandon Mobley & Derek Rogers….winning baits included shaky head, c-rig French fry in 8-15’, jig in 20’, crankbait in 6’, blue flek power worm, senko.
This was taken from Brian Hopkin’s fb (2nd place team)…....Brendan Hopkins set the tone early this morning! Our first twenty minutes produced nothing. Our second spot was on fire! Brendan boated two bass over the 21 inch slot limit. I caught one over the 21 inch slot as well. On a slot lake in Texas, you can only keep one over the slot. So we released the other two. We didn’t have a bite from 8:30am to 1:30pm. Finally located some fish but only managed to catch one under the slot limit. We weighed in two bass on a three fish limit. Our total was 9.07 pounds which took 2nd place! Brendan’s 7.81 pounder took 2nd place big bass! As a competitor, I am pleased to fare well! As a father, I am very proud of my son! I love watching Brendan getting excited when catching a big’un! We both are very thankful that the good Lord blesses us all with many wonderful aspects of Mother Nature! We are thankful for the opportunity to create memories! And we are thankful for the friendly competition of many great anglers. I’m out! Literally! Falling asleep as I text this! Hope everyone enjoys the reminder of the weekend!
32 teams fished the season opener, remember, your low weight is dropped, SO FOR ANYONE WHO MISSED ATHENS, YOU’RE STILL IN IT TO WIN IT…next up Palestine 3/28.
Air temp 34-54 degrees, mostly to partly cloudy; Winds NW to SW 2-7mph; water temp 51-53 degrees, clear to 30”, lake level .72’ above full.
Club leader Charley David shared the devo with the opening thought-What is your most valuable asset? Often, we immediately think of material things, but the bible reminds us that it is most definitely our HEART & SOUL. That is what we should spend the majority of our lives pursuing, the hearts & souls of men. By doing just that we glorify God with our time. Charley spent the rest of his devo sharing questions supported by scriptural answers that we all should ask ourselves daily:
1 Corinthians 16-13-14
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous, be strong, and do everything with love”
1 Corinthians 9:22-23
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
Are we on the right path, are we passing the test, are we aware life is a test?
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart..
Are our hearts on the right path, are we including God in everything?
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
Are we in love with the world?
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
Is our heart humble?
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Your heart is your #1 asset, for your heart reveals your eternal soul. Guard it well!
Jon Griffin closed us in prayer.