The Brownwood Bass Club held its annual awards banquet, Saturday, at the Brown County Fair Barn. 43 attended and were treated to a meal of fish, with side dishes furnished by members. The banquet closes out the 2013 season and the first tournament of 2014 was held in January.
First on the list of honorees was Junior Angler of the Year, 10 year old Charlie Smith, the son of Charlie and Remy Smith, of Lake Brownwood. Charlie is in 5th grade at Bangs Middle School and has fished in the junior division for the past two years. In 2012, Charlie missed the title by only one-half pound, but committed to capturing the prize in 2013. Charlie weighed in a total of 13.23 pounds, to secure the win. For his efforts, Charlie received a plaque from the club, a personalized jacket from Willie's Ts, and bragging rights for the year. Of course, the title comes with being the target for the other junior anglers, who will do their best to topple him in 2014.
Andy Campbell, the club secretary, conquered the field of fisherman and received the title of 2013 Angler of the Year, Open Division. Campbell, also from Lake Brownwood, weighed in a total of 73.38 pounds, for the year.
The Lady Angler of the Year Award went to Jennetta Toeppich, also of Lake Brownwood, with 13.37 pounds.
The Big Bass of the Year was caught by Mitchell Doremus, in the March tournament on O.H. Ivie Lake. That fish shored up his and his father's win in the Team Stringer of the Year, totaling 34.06 pounds.
Robert Brown, Brownwood, had a stringer of five fish with a total weight of 22.03 pounds, caught in the May tournament on O.H. Ivie Lake, to earn the award for Individual Stringer of the Year.
Open Division runners up, in order, were Steve Butler, Mark Doremus, Robert Brown, Tony Sanchez, Danny Webb, Brandon Anglin, Bruce Toeppich, Stephen Armstrong, and Danny Armstrong.
Club officers expressed their appreciation for the support received from area businesses and individuals.
The Brownwood Bass Club welcomes new members, with an annual membership fee of only $20 for an individual or the whole family. Each monthly tournament includes an open division, a ladies' division, and a junior division. Tournament entry fees are $15, but juniors compete for free, when accompanied by a guardian. The next tournament will be held on Lake Leon in Eastland County, Feb. 23.
For more information on the Brownwood Bass Club contact Bruce Toeppich at (325)642-3146 or Andy Campbell at (325)784-5104.