Just one more week left in our Spring virtual tournament. Keep the submittals coming. This past week we had a G-G-G-G-G-G-G GIANT bass submitted! Congratulations to Walker on his catch of a nearly 22″ hawg! He has set a high bar for largest fish but remember what Mike Iakonelli once said, “Never Give Up!” plus there are lots of other prize categories available. Also pretty cool that we had our first couple of smallmouth bass submitted for the tourney! One of the smallmouths looks like it was a river fish from the pictures. One more week to go so get out there and stretch aRead More →

I mistakenly missed a couple entries from over the weekend and also received a couple additional submissions today. One that I missed is our new leader for the High School big fish with a nice 18.5″ fish. Still have plenty of time to get out there. Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather. Tight lines and be safe. Check out the Virtual Tourney page to see all entries.Read More →

We have now completed week 3 of this springs virtual tourney and have new leaders for big fish in both HS and Juniors. The High School big fish is now 17.25″ submitted by Walker and the Junior big fish is 15″ submitted by Landon. You still have two more weeks to get out and participate. The weather is warming up and the bite should be getting better and better. Keep those pictures coming. To see all of the submissions and see where you stand checkout our virtual tournament page.Read More →

We have had additional submittals come in over the last several days and we even had an Eclipse day fish submitted. The Big Fish leader for High School is a 16.5 inch fish while for the Juniors we have a tie with two 14.5 inch fish. Also several entries vying for the other prize winning categories. There are still several weeks to get out and get some catches submitted. To follow along visit our Virtual Tournament Page Below is our current leader in the High School Big Fish Category submitted by Cooper on 4/7/23.Read More →

Our 2024 Spring Virtual Tourney kicked off this weekend and thus far we have had 13 entries in our tournament. After the first weekend we have Asher leading the Juniors with a 14.5″ fish and Ryan leading our High Schoolers with a 13.75″ fish. You still have plenty of time to get out and catch a few fish to enter into this derby. Remember to try and get a picture with the date/time of your catch in the picture but if not we will accept date/time attributes with the picture. The main objective is to get out there and have some fun outside. To seeRead More →

We are starting a Virtual Tournament this coming Saturday (March 30, 2024) thru Sunday, April 28, 2024. We did some of these virtual tournaments back during the COVID time and decided to get another one going for this spring as a fun way to encourage the kids to get outdoors and do a little fishing! Please make sure to checkout our Virtual Tournaments Web page for all of the rules for the tournament. Pay particular attention to how to take your Fish pictures for the tournament to make sure we have no issues getting your entries in. As we start to receive fish catches weRead More →

Club members had a great day on Saturday, March 23rd working with Will and other members of the Columbus Bassmasters to make new plastic baits out of old used plastic baits. This is an awesome hands-on activity for the kids and a great way to recycle old baits and catch more fish on used plastic baits. The new baits came out looking great. The kids walked away with some new baits along with some other great prizes. Check out some of the pictures below. Also, be on the lookout for some more information on an upcoming Virtual Tournament being prepared for the kids. We startedRead More →

Big thanks to Will and Mark for coming in and talking with the kids about molding custom jigs and also custom painting hard baits during our March 17, 2024 meeting! They demonstrated some of the techniques and also talked about safety. Here is a the link to the livestream video from Facebook. Note, not sure how long the livestream video will remain active so check it out soon if interested. Also Mark shared a code for a discount for any of the club members to purchase custom painted baits at a discount. Check out the Custom Bait and Tackle Website below (click on the imageRead More →

Next Sunday, at our Club Meeting, Tyler Berger creator of the Bass Fishing HQ YouTube channel will be speaking to the club. Should be a great session if you are able to attend. The Ohio Fishers of Men High School Bass Fishing Trail Dates and Locations were released. These tournaments are not official club tournaments but each club member will have the necessary memberships to register and participate. Information on most all of the National Championship Tournaments has been released with BassMaster recently releasing the Dates/Locations of the HS and Junior Championships. Both of those tournaments will be held on Lake Chickamauga launching from DaytonRead More →

Congratulations to Hawgs senior Ryan for his recent signing with Adrian College! Great to see the continued growth of High School and College Fishing. Over the last three years the Hartley’s Hawgs have had nine members sign to continue their education and fishing at school around the country. Below are some pictures from the signing. Click on a picture to view a larger image.Read More →