We had a beautiful day for the Orange Club’s Club Classic on Pine Lake in Waukesha County, WI. 17 out of the 27 qualified members assembled in the dark at 4:30 AM to get checked in and ready to go for their last chance at making the top 10 cut to advance to the KBL Club Classic Tour championship in September.
Pine Lake is a 700 acre lake with a max depth of almost 100 feet that supports both largemouth and smallmouth bass and is known for its clear water due to the population of zebra mussels. It definitely was a change from the dirtier water lakes that we fished the rest of the season, so a lot of us had to adjust to the conditions. It was a partly sunny day with a max of 8 mph winds so the conditions for kayaking couldn’t have made it any easier for us.
A total of 26 fish were caught between the 17 competitors along with a big largemouth bass coming in at 19.5 inches. It was obvious once the anglers started coming in that the day overall was tough. 1 or 2 fish was the norm with a couple 3 fish limits and one 4 fish limit. Smallmouth dominated the weigh-in as well which was a great change of pace from prior events!
On to the results…
With the big bass of the day first thing in the morning was Matt “Clark Griswold” Muscarello with a solid 19.5 inch largemouth! Matt walked away with $80 for his catch!
In 2nd place with 49 inches of bass was Shaun “All Smiles“ Flanagan. Shaun walks away with $192 for his three fish limit!
In 1st place, with the only limit of the day and 68.25 inches of smallmouth was Alan “Fluke” Wiedmeyer. Alan walks away with $288 for his nice limit!
Rounding out the top five included…
3rd Place: Andy “Rock Bass” Hopp with 48.25 inches for 3 fish
4th Place: Don “The Magic Juan” Thompson with 34 inches for 2 fish
5th Place: Joe “The Beard” Palmer with 31.75 inches for 2 fish
A big thank you for a heck of a season from all of the Orange club members and a big congrats to those who held on and climbed the totem pole to make it to the final 10 cut. Without you guys this season it wouldn’t have been this fun and exciting and we look forward to all of you joining us next year!
We also want to say thank you to our sponsors for their generous donations and their continued support throughout the season. Your involvement helped make this season the best yet!