St. Johns River Results: Feb 4, 2012
We began the North Florida division FOMNTT tournament season on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida where there are always some big fish and heavy weights in February. (We were not disappointed.)
We had a great Friday night meeting sponsored by the Cross Road Community Church. Pastor Tim Hall and staff served us absolutely the best BBQ in North Florida. (By the way, Pastor Tim has blessed us by agreeing to be our Chaplain again this year. Thank you, Tim.) Fisher of Men National Director, Al Odom was our guest speaker. Al used John 15:4 as the basis of his moving story of how his faith in God sustained him when he and his family tragically lost their son Sam on the 8th day of August, 2008. During the meeting, the Holy Spirit moved two members to renew their commitment to the Lord.
Florida North would like to welcome back 9 of our teams from last year as well as 2 new teams and 3 teams with new partners.
Lee Stalvey and Jason Caldwell
Glen Lewis and Curtis Lowe
Returning with new partners:
Zack Smith and Wayne Geiger
Aaron Bell and John Cowart
Stanley Williams and Robert Bell
Saturday started off with the weather in the low 60’s at blast off and warmed throughout the day to the high 70’s by weigh-in. Lee Stalvey and Jason Caldwell took 1st place honors as they brought their “A” game on Saturday with 31.33 lbs. , 1st big fish of 9.41 lbs., and 1st bonus bucks. 2nd place went to Allen Hoper and Mike Jackson with 15.62 lbs. and 2nd bonus bucks. Rounding out the top three were Andy Smith and Joe Whiteside with 14.32 lbs., 2nd big fish of 6.16 lbs., and 3rd bonus bucks. (Since I am serving as interim director, I am allowed to fish with the division.)
Florida North Division says get well soon to Dan Mosley, a member of this division who is recovering from surgery at home and could not fish this tournament. Our prayers are with you Dan. See you at the next tournament.
THANKS to our local sponsors and those who helped to make the 1st tournament of 2012 a success:
Cross Road Community Church
Charlie’s Fishin Hole
R & J Bait and Tackle
Governors Creek Marine
Best Western Inn of Palatka
TD Bank, Lake Butler / Zack Smith for the dry erase board
M & M Signs and Graphics for lettering the leader board
David and Martha Smith for their help with setup of both the meeting and the weigh-in
David-- bump tank; Martha-- photos
NEFEC Print Shop, Palatka, marketing cards and fliers
Weigh-in Help and setup:
And last but not least, my partner, Andy Smith, for his help with all aspects of this first tournament.
Also, Thanks to Carol Mosley
We would also like to thank our national sponsors who make the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail possible: Skeeter Boats, Yamaha, Stren, Pflueger, Strike King Lure Company, Nester Hosiery, Markel American Insurance, Marshall’s Marine, Power-Pole, Duckett Fishing, Buckeye Lures, Keelshield, Solar Bat, Jacobs Glass, Helly Hansen Workwear, and Rejuvenade
Joe Whiteside Florida North Director