After a long day of fishing Saturday on Lake Ferguson, fishermen from the Delta Anglers returned to the city front to meet with their fellow club members.
These men did not just share fish stories. Each contestant brought their bass to the scale to see who won the day. Both bragging rights, a few hundred dollars and a first-place plaque were on the line.
Saturday’s winner was John Polasini who caught five bass which weighed a total of 13.98 pounds.
“The secret was to stay patient and stick with my plan,” said Polasini, a Leland resident. “I reached my limit of five fish, and it looks like it was good enough to get the victory.”
Winning bass tournaments is nothing new for Polasini. On Monday Polasini announced that he has joined the National Professional League. As a league member, Polasini will compete in six events next year that will pay $500,000 per event.
“I love to fish, and I love to compete,” Polasini said. Polasni said having his son, Reeves, compete in the club makes it even more special to be a member.
Polasini, however, isn’t the only member of the Delta Anglers who takes the sport seriously.
Keith Kendall, the secretary and president of the club, said most club members are serious competitors.
“We do take it serious,” Kendall said. “But, we are really here for the fellowship. We are just a bunch of guys who enjoy the fun you can get from the sport of fishing.”
After the day of fishing ends, club members get together and vote on where they want to have their next fishing contest. With so many great bass fishing lakes in the area, each fisherman has his favorite lake where he might already know certain secrets to catching bigger fish.