The Hodag Bassmasters marked the close of another fishing year with their annual awards banquet. The banquet was held on December 7th at the Claridge Restaurant inside the Days Inn & Suites of Rhinelander. Many of the members were present as well as club members from the Hodag Bassmasters' sponsor The Bait Shoppe.
Plaques were handed out to those who were at the banquet. Others were recognized for their achievements also. The Top 10 anglers in the club were recognized with a plaque and are as follows: 10th Place - Tara Austin
9th Place - Zach Densow
8th Place - Jean Eades
7th Place - Jim Little
6th Place - Travis DeGolier
5th Place - Beckie Joki
4th Place - Josh Coates
3rd Place - Rod Gaskill
2nd Place - Bob Kerchefski
1st Place - Jim Kerchefski
Jim Kerchefski also received the Mr. Bass Award, a traveling plaque that is given to the top angler in the club each year. Bob Kerchefski was awarded the Big Bass Plaque for 2013 for his 5.94 pound Largemouth from the Post Lake Tournament. He also took home the Top Non-Boater honor. This award is given to the angler who does not own a boat, but who fishes with others in the club out of different boats.
The Hodag Bassmasters also celebrated the return of another traveling trophy, The Challenge Trophy. Each year The Hodag Bassmasters fish against the Shawano Red Nek Bass Busters in a Challenge tournament. The Hodag club lost the challenge last year, so they picked the lake for the August 2013. The Challenge was held on Boom Lake in Rhinelander. Both clubs had a good turnout, but when the weights were averaged, the Hodag Bassmasters were victorious. Club members stated that they were happy to have the trophy back and were looking forward to fishing whatever lake the Shawano Club picked for 2014.
The Hodag Bassmasters will start up their monthly meetings again in March of 2014. The meetings are held on the first Monday of every month from March to December and for 2014 the meetings will be held at The Claridge Restaurant inside the Days Inn & Suites of Rhinelander. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. and anyone interested in fishing with the club is encouraged to attend. More details about the club can be found on their Website. Anglers need not have a boat to join the club, and all skill levels are welcomed.