Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Midlands Striper Club Results and Banquet

The Midlands Striper Club held their December Double Points Tournament on December 19th from Lake Murray’s Spinner’s Resort. 26 anglers braved the cold weather as the Angler of the Year (AOTY) points race got a little shook up.

James Lindler won the Double Points Tournament with a combined weight of 18 lbs, 11 ozs, rocketing him from 5th place to 2nd in the AOTY points standings. Tom Gitto was close behind with his 17 lb, 7 oz bag which moved him from 8th place to 3rd for AOTY. Jody Wetzel improved his AOTY position, surging from 14th to 6th place, by taking 3rd in this tournament with a weight of 14 lb, 7 ozs. Wetzel also caught big fish of the tournament.

Entering the event, former Midlands Striper Club president Lee Thomas was sitting in the top AOTY spot, and despite all the leapfrogging that took place, he was able to hold on to the lead, winning his 6th Angler of the Year award, an unprecedented feat in the club’s 30 year history.

The club will be holding their annual awards banquet this Saturday, January 9th beginning at 6 p.m. Bar-b-que, fried chicken, and all the fixings will be served at the Saluda Shoals Park River Center as the 2009 Angler of the Year and 2009 Team of the Year will be crowned. 2010 officers will also be inducted. Like all Midlands Striper Club activities, this will be a family event and some great door prizes will be given out.

Located on Lake Murray, Midlands Striper Club is one of the oldest striped bass organizations in the country, and their goal is to generate the public’s interest in striped bass fishing. For more information on Midlands Striper Club, visit their website at http://www.midlandsstriperclub.org//.

Photos courtesy of Midlands Striper Club. 1st photo-December Double Points tournament award winners, from left to right: James Lindler took 1st place, Van Cook took "smallest legal creel" award, Joby Wetzel finished 3rd and won Big Fish honors, Tom Gitto finished 2nd.
2nd photo-Former Midlands Striper Club president Lee Thomas held the competition off to win his 6th Angler of the Year award.

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