Hell’s Gate Bass Club Meeting November 9, 2015

Present: Barry Smith, Johnny Hicks, Bobby Koncak, Bruce Ray, Mike Hallford, Don Welch, Steve McCain, Ric Hayward, Tony Wallace, Eddie McCracken, Pal Newsom, Bill Pillans, Wil Seaberry & John McCracken.


President Bruce opened the meeting at 7.00 pm.


Bruce announced that the weigh in for the November Tournament would be at A.J’s, there will be a $10.00 jackpot on Saturday for the biggest fish,  must have a weight & a picture ( Barry said he understood) to win. It was mentioned that Ric was the winner last year since he was the only entrant to show a picture. Congratulation again, Ric. Eddie announce that he has booked 11 rooms for 22 fisherman, a room assignment sheet was passed around. The motel owners, Bill & Joyce have offered to cook supper for the club members on Saturday night, after some discussion, it was decided that members should bring their own meat and Eddie would ask  B & J to supply beans & slaw.


Eddie voice opposition to having the 2016 Open Tournament the day before Easter Sunday. The subject was tabled until after the 1st of the year.

Ric asked if the membership would be interested in advertising in the Chamber magazine. Without a vote the membership decided not to place an ad. Barry has received material from the Friend of the Reservoir, it was decided without a vote that the club membership should be renewed. Barry to supply more details at the next meeting. Ric gave the financial report.  The 6 lb pot now stands at $220.00 with a 9 lb catch required to claim the pot. It was pointed out that the fish must also be 24 inches in length at Lake Fork, to be eligible. (unlike the Saturday Jackpot).


The December Tournament will be fished on the 20th and P.K. was the only lake nominated. Weigh in to be at the temporary ramp at The Harbor. Ric announced that he would not be attending the December meeting or tournament. Someone, please take pictures at the tournament.  The December results and yearly totals will be handled by the directors. (please ensure that your points are correct, up to now, and let Ric know before Dec. 1st, otherwise we will go with what we have.


Bruce reminded members that changes to the club constitution could be addressed at the December meeting. Any member may offer a change to be ratified by the membership. Officers for 2016 will be voted in at the December meeting. The Awards Banquet which will be held at the chamber on Friday January 15th, 2016 with the January Tournament being fished on the 17th at a lake to be determined.


Bruce closed the meeting at 7.21 pm after a motion by Bill and 2nd by Bobby.


Barry won the raffle which produced $76.00.

Bruce Ray