The Smith Mountain Striper Club will be hosting an Open tournament on October 3rd, 2015.
Format will be Catch / Photo / Release, with a Boat-entry - $75/boat. Payout of 4 places. Cash raffle for non-placing participants present at check-in. $25 Big fish with 100% payout
Lines in at 6:45am on Saturday, 10/3. Check-in opens at 3:30pm. Closes at 4pm (must be in line)
Best 2 fish - combined total length. Measured on provided measuring device, or pre-approved device.
There will be a mandatory Captain's Meeting as a part of the SMSC meeting the evening before - Friday evening, 10/2 at 7pm at the Moneta Community Center of Rucker Rd ( north of the rail-road tracks past Moneta Town Center) when token-cards & measuring devices will be distributed.
Check-in location at Captain's Quarters - 3:30 - 4pm
Post by formula180 on Sept 9, 2015 21:44:55 GMT -5
Bill Cochran Field Reports: Smith Mountain Striper Club sets Oct. 3 open fishing tournament
Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 7:30 am
By Bill Cochran | Special to The Roanoke Times
Come early October, the striped bass in Smith Mountain Lake are likely to be found most anywhere. Many will be moving up both arms of the lake and others will continue to hold to the deep water in the lower lake.
“By the first of October, it can be anyone’s game,” said Mike Ward, president of the Smith Mountain Striper Club.
So what better time to hold an open tournament, which the club plans to do Oct. 3.
“It has been several years since we have held an open format tournament,” said Ward.
“Open” means the tournament welcomes all participants, not just club members.
This is a catch-photograph-release team tournament with a $75 per team/boat entry fee.
The winner will be determined by which team has the longest combined length when its top two fish are measured.
“I would expect that the winning team would need to have at least one fish in the high 30-inch range and then one in the 28- to 32-inch range,” Ward said.
The top four teams will earn cash prizes. Teams can be composed of from one to four fishermen. There is an optional $25 big-fish pot.
As for the diversity of the fishing in early October, Ward had this to say: “Some surface feeding can be common first thing in the morning, so casting top-water plugs could produce a nice fish or two. Pulling live bait with a mix of planer boards, light lines and downlines will certainly be a go-to technique.”
The tournament headquarters is Captain’s Quarters near Hales Ford Bridge. Entries from Leesville Lake will be accepted.
John Crews, professional bass fisherman and lure maker, expects to move into his new Salem headquarters early October. Crews said he is shooting for a grand opening in mid-October. The 8,000-square foot building is located in West Salem near Wal-Mart.
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Renowned fly-casting instructor Dusty Sprague is scheduled to conduct a “Teach a Man to Fish” program Sept. 26, at the Boys Home in Covington. It is designed to introduce residents of the home to fly fishing and the disciplines it involves. Sprague will be assisted by Jacob Ott, director of outdoor pursuits at the Greenbrier Resort and members of the local Trout Unlimited Chapter. The fishing will be held at a pond stocked with bass and panfish. Information from www.boyshomeofva.org. For more information on Sprague, go to www.dustysprague.com.
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Basic hunter education course, Sept. 12, 9:15-5 p.m., Sportsman’s Warehouse, instructor Ralph Graybill, 540-427-5125, register at www.huntfishva.com.
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Triangle Archers 3D shoot Sept 20, at 25-target club range in Blacksburg, registration 9 a.m.-noon, $12, $25 families, $6 kids, trophies or money, information from Jim Overfelt, 540-552-8023 or email@example.com.
The H.C. Edwards Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society banquet, Sept. 26, Expoland, Fisherville, more information from Kenny Wilkinson at 540-255-2433, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia State Big Game Contest, Sept. 26-27, Hampton Roads Convention Center, $10, $7 youngsters 13-17, sponsored by Virginia Peninsula Sportsman’s Association. This show will judge deer, bear and turkey taken east of Blue Ridge then will combine those with winners from the west in state competition. Information from www.vpsa.org.
Post by mwardncsu on Sept 30, 2015 12:00:44 GMT -5
Tourney for this Saturday (10/3) is still on for now. We're watching the weather closely and will make a determination on Friday if we need to do something. If there are dangerous/hazardous conditions then we'll look at options - but if its just rain, we'll fish on.
The Fall Open Tournament scheduled for this Saturday, 10/3 has been postponed - we will look at options to reschedule it combine with another event as we see how the lake fares from this weekend's rain.
As Striper fisherman / women welcome fishing in the rain but conditions are shaping up with potential for high winds and down trees that make it not safe for those that trailer, coupled with lots of debris on the lake already - hence we will err on the side of caution.
Check back here and the Club Website or FB page for further updates.
Hope you'll still come out to our meeting on Friday however - Capt. Dewayne Lamb from Captains Quarters will be speaking to the Club on Bay and SML fishing.
Unfortunately another good option in October could not be found - so the SMSC is going to join forces with the Striper Mafia tournament in November - adding to their Silver-level sponsorship by providing food & beverage for the post-tournament event. Hope we'll see you all there.....