Nevada Striper Club
Nevada Striper Monthly
March 2014 · Volume 5 Number 3   


January/February Tournament Recap           
The January tournament was the final contest of the regular season and after the long weekend of hard fishing it was Chip Cimpan (see YTD Standings) who retained his Angler of the Year crown for the second strait time. New President Roger Batson gave Chip a run for his money though and came very close to winning it all himself. In the junior division, it was Cody Steckel that claimed his 2nd strait Junior Angler of the Year crown with Austin Madden placing 2nd in the year end standings! Congrats and great job to all of the fishermen that competed last season! Let’s keep it going strong by getting those kids out fishing with us.

The February Top 10 Fish Off is considered by most the best tournament of the year because it features best and most consistent anglers from the previous season. The top 10’ers lived up to expectations this year with one of the largest total weights (see results) for 10 fishermen on Lake Mead ever! With 227.85 lbs for 40 fish, the average weight per fish was 5.67 lbs per fish. Mr. President Roger Batson’s huge 31.00 lb creel was only good for 4th place. Any other day that probably would have won it all. But that was a fish crazy weekend. Congrats Roger on a great season and amazing finish! Two times Angler of Year Ciprian Cimpan also had a great weekend with four beauties that totaled 36.20 lbs which yielded a 3rd place finish. Nice one dude! The largest fish of the year was caught that weekend by Mike Steckel. His 20.75 lb dandy (see big fish photo) and three other nice fish help propel him into 2nd place (and big fish pot) with a bag that weighed 40.25 lbs. Nice fish Mike! You are a monster magnet dude. Especially in February!

February 2014 Podium

Coming back from a 5 month break in tournament fishing, Former President Mike O’Donnell decided at the last minute to fish in the contest that he earned a spot in. I guess the hiatus did him some good because he came back with a vengeance and won it all. With twin 13’s, a 10 and a 7, his four fish sack weighed just over 43 lbs. And that folks is what they call a comeback! Good Job Mikey! All in all it was a historic top 10 fish-off that we’ll not soon forget. Congrats to all that fished it! Here’s to another great season in the Nevada Striper Club!

Tony (the ghost) Resma

Letter From The Prez            
First I would like to welcome everyone to the 2014 season. I am looking forward to being Your President and getting to know the club a little better. I believe this will be a great year for fishing and for the club. As we have witnessed in the last few months the BIG fish have made the wash their home. There are several ways to catch them trolling, drifting or anchored but the one common theme is live fresh shad!

I would like to congratulate Ciprian Cimpan on back to back Angler of the Year and Mikey O'Donnell for Big Fish of the Year! You both are amazing anglers and I look forward to competing against both of you this season. I will close with this if you don't have bait in the water you can't catch fish!

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work,

Roger Batson

Hook, Line, and Sinker            
*The 2014-2015 tournament series begins on the 14th of this month. Along with annual club dues, fishing license renewals are also required this month. Online renewals for fishing licenses are available at NDOW.org. Club renewals can be done at the next meeting.

*It is also a good time of the year to make sure all of the safety equipment on your boat is in good condition and all accessories such as lights, bilge pumps and horns are operable. Your trailer tires, wiring, and runner boards should be tended to as well. Preventive Maintenance is the key to successful boating and fishing. Be sure to practice good boating and fishing etiquette when on the water as well as at the launch ramp. Common courtesy and the willingness to help strangers that are in need will bring good fishing karma every time.
*The club would like to thank our sponsors; American Angler Guide service, Two Sunsets vacation homes and Striper Hunter Guide service for their awesome donations that we raffled off at our banquet. You can find more info about these sponsors, please visit our website.

*We still have some club t-shirts from our last order that need to be sold. Sizes are limited so get yours early. Once sold, the club will order a fresh batch of shirts and possibly hoodies.

*For more info about the upcoming season and events the club has planned for the year, please come to the next meeting. Along with the wealth of information available, there will also be great raffle prizes to be had. The Nevada Striper Club remains the best fishing club in the Las Vegas area and some would argue the entire southwest as well.

Fishing Report            
The water at the lake rose from the last month but is slowly falling now. The current level is at 1108. Water temps were around 54 degrees. Make sure you have your new fishing license and river endorsements. March is known for windy tournaments so take care when you are out on the water. During the last tournament the bait was very shallow but most of the Gizzard shad were in about 2 foot of water or less. Bait can be caught throughout the day but its better after the water warms a bit.

The morning bite on Saturday was good on cut Shad and Anchovies from 30 to 45 feet deep. The guys that were fishing the top 10 were trolling medium size gizzard Shad with an inline weight and a trap rig in 30 feet of water. While this did not produce a lot of fish, they were big fish with some reaching double digits.

The reports from Echo Bay were slow and the fish were small. With the recent rains and temperature changes anything is possible. The big fish trolling techniques, jigging spoons to cut bait will work. The fish seem to be staging and moving in and around the mouths of coves.

Make sure you tell someone your float plan and contact information when out on the lake. A recent outing to the Echo Bay area ended in tragedy as 3 fishermen capsized their boat. No survivors, two people were never found.

Toby Chandler
 
Jan/Feb Results
Adults
Points
1.Ciprian Cimpan
2. Roger Batson
3. Chris Madden
4. Frank Gonsalves
5. Thomas Lima
6. Tom Lucero
7. Chad Kloeppel
8. Mike Steckel
9. Alex Kazel
10.John Nutting
11.Toby Chandler
12.Josh Holmstrom
13.Warren Wagner
14.Ed Dibble
15.Steve Fry
16.Amy Wagner
17.Becki Fry

Top 10 results

1. Mike O'Donnell
2. Mike Steckel
3. Ciprian Cimpan
4. Roger Batson
5. Chris Madden
6. Thomas Lima
7. Toby Chandler
8. Chad Kloeppel
9. Warren Wagner
10.Tom Lucero
23.55
18.35
12.40
12.35
11.85
11.35
10.40
10.20
9.35
8.10
7.95
4.90
4.05
3.80
3.60
1.50
NWI



43.05
40.25
36.20
31.00
17.70
14.65
13.05
11.10
10.55
10.30

Juniors
Pounds

1. Austin Madden
2. Cole Kazel
3. Allison Holmstrom
4. Austin Madden

9.00
8.90
4.65
2.30

YTD Standings Final
Adults
Points
1. Ciprian Cimpan
2. Roger Batson
3. Thomas Lima
4. Chris Madden
5. Tom Lucero
6. Toby Chandler
7. Chad Kloeppel
8. Mike O'Donnell
9. Mike Steckel
10.Warren Wagner
11.John Nutting
12.Steve Fry
13.Alex Kazel
14.Ken Cliadakis
15.Amy Wagner
163.05
161.55
139.60
117.30
97.95
89.45
88.15
86.25
81.00
79.80
74.65
73.30
65.55
61.10
53.80
Juniors
 
Points
1. Cody Steckel
2. Austin Madden
3. Cole Kazel
4. Julian Romero
5. Allison Holmstrom
6. Chance Aguilar
7. Riley Routree
8. Gabe Lawrence
9. Jayden Warren
10.Kylee Warren
89.60
77.00
49.35
18.95
14.30
11.20
8.10
8.00
7.20
7.15

Big Fish
Big Fish
Mike Steckel
20.75 Pounds
Next Meeting
When and Where

Thursday, March 13
at 7 p.m.

Bass Pro Shops

(Conservation Room)
8200 Dean Martin Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89139
March Tournament
Dates And Times

STARTS:
Friday, The 14th at 5:00 p.m.
ENDS:
Sunday, The 16th at 12:00 p.m.

Weigh-in and picnic from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday
Launch Ramp
Report

Calville Bay
Hemenway Harbor
Boulder Harbor
Echo Bay
South Cover
Temple Bar
Open 4 lanes
Open 6 lanes
Open 6 lanes
Open 4 lanes
Open 4 lanes
Open 4 lanes


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