West Suburban Bass Angler - Monthly Meeting Minutes

January 2020 Meeting Minutes

Here is the attendance and notes from the January 8th meeting:


Attendees:  Mike R., Mike O., Greg G., Glenn L., Roger F., Mike W., Nate W., Joe G., Adam F., Bill Z.


Guests:  Andrew & Tim


  1.  Mike R. welcomed guests Tim & Andrew.  (Andrew joined WSBA as a Boater at the end of the meeting).

  2. Mike R. gave Joe G. his plaque for his win at Whitewater in 2019.

  3. Mike R. distributed flyers for the annual IBN Texas Hold Em poker tourney on Feb. 15th.  $120 buy in.  $20 for spectators.  Food & drinks are provided.

  4. Mike R. and Adam F. will attend the annual IBN president's conference in Plainfield on Feb. 15th.

  5. The IBN State Qualifier tournament will be held in mid-October at Lake of Egypt.

  6. The IBN is once again hosting a team series of tournaments.

  7. Nate W. distributed flyers for recruiting new members.

  8. There was nothing new to report for the website or conservation project.

  9. Mike O. distributed the 2020 schedule.  Due to logistics, we will draw partners at the Feb. meeting for our first stop at Lake of the Ozarks on April 4-5.

  10. Boaters were reminded to begin sending their 2020 insurance certificates to Mike O.

  11. Greg G. reminded members to check the BASS membership and renew it if needed. 




February 2020 Meeting Minutes


Here are the attendance and notes from our Feb. 12th meeting.


Attendees: Mike O, Greg G, Andrew V, Mike R, Mike W, Ricky L, Frank R, Glenn L, Roger F, Bill Z, Nate W, Lou G, Adam F, Tim G, Joe G.

                     Note: Tim Garner joined at the meeting.

Guest: Kris Klecz

  1.  Mike R. welcomed guest Kris K.

  2. We drew partners for Lake of the Ozarks.  Mike O. will send out more info on the tournament.  He needs to know who is definitely going so he can reserve enough cabins.

  3. Annual Dues need to be paid as rosters must be sent to the IBN and BASS.

  4. Boaters need to send their 2020 insurance info to Mike O.

  5. Pine Lake will be the alternate to Pool 13 if the river is not fishable.

  6. Steve W. will not be able to assist with planning the 2020 Palatine Fishing Derby.  We need members to step up as Roger may be limited too.  We need prize donations.  Frank R. agreed to get rod/reel combos from Ardent and will assist with planning and prep for the event.

  7. Mike R. and Adam F. are attending the IBN President's meeting this weekend.  We will ask what the IBN is doing so that the State Tournament is run better than it was last year.

  8. We held our 50/50 Raffle.  Tickets are now $3 or 2 for $5.

  9. Frank announced that he will be leaving WSBA after this year to focus on fishing as a pro full time.



March 2020 Meeting Minutes


Here's the Attendance and Meeting Notes from last Wednesday's meeting:


ATTENDEES: Greg G., Tim G., Mike R., Lou G., Glenn L., Mike O., Andrew V., Bill O., Frank R., Ralph A., Adam F., Bill Z., Joe G., Nate W.., Kris K. (new member)

  1.  Mike R. welcomed guests Steve S., Petra R., Kris K. (joined at the meeting).  Also welcomed new member Ralph A.

  2.  Todd from the Palatine Park District also attended and brought flyers for the Palatine Fishing Derby.

    1. The Derby will be held on May 16th from 8 - Noon.  Setup will begin at 6:00 am.  We will need people to arrive early to set up.

    2. There will be a Fishing Class on May 15th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  We need guys to show up and assist.

    3. We need funding for and/or prizes to be donated for the Derby.

    4. Frank to order Ardent rods for prizes.  WSBA approved and gave him $250 for them.  Ardent will match our purchase.

    5. Todd reminded us that no kids are allowed to drive the golf carts on the day of the Derby.

    6. We will have a sign up sheet at the April meeting in order to plan on who will do what at the Derby.

    7. Ralph A. agreed to be the MC for the Derby.

    8. We need people to assist Bill Z. in planning and prep for the Derby.  Please contact him.

  3. The Club voted unanimously to refund Roger F's dues as he will not be able to fish with us this year.  We all wish Roger a speedy recovery.

  4. Mike R., Adam F., & Frank R. attended the annual IBN President's meeting in February.

    1. Adam F. distributed MAW tickets to all members present.  Each member is responsible for a minimum of 10 tickets ($2 each).

    2. The State Tournament will be held Oct. 15-16 on Lake of Egypt.  The roster is due in May(?) and payment in June(?).  Mike R. to verify.

    3. Mike R. had to pay $120 toward the State Tournament since no WSBA members signed up for the Poker Tournament that was held after the President's meeting.  This is the IBN fundraiser for the State Team as the IBN was short on money last year.  Mike will be reimbursed when our Team is signed up.

    4. Mike R. has the IBN Financial Report from 2019 for member review.

    5. Each IBN Club President is to cast a vote on whether or not to return to a 6 Man format as was done in the past for the State Tournament.

    6. Frank R. informed the IBN that they were not in compliance with BASS rules as they were using funding and the State tournament inappropriately by qualifying members of their Team Series.  BASS does not sanction team formatted events.  They sanction Boater and Non-Boater formatted events.

  5. Mike O. updated us on our Lake of the Ozarks tournament.

    1. Remember to get a Missouri license if you are going. 

    2. Lou G. will purchase food for cookouts at the Tournament.  Members fishing the tournament will reimburse him.

    3. The Alabama Rig is allowed in Missouri - 3 hooks + 2 dummy baits are permitted.

    4. We drew the take off order for the tournament.



April 2020 Meeting Minutes


Despite some technical difficulties, we were able to hold our meeting on Wednesday via Zoom.  Thanks to Mike R. for putting it together and to Bill O. for getting us all online.  If you attended and were somehow missed, please let me know.


Attendees:  Greg G., Mike R., Mike O., Bill O., Joe G., Mike W., Matt Y., Ralph A., Tim G., Frank R., Kennedy G., Nate W., Lou G.


  1.  We discussed the May 2nd tournament at Pool 13.  Right now, the Savanna Marina is flooded.  The Big Slough ramp is open.  The Spring Lake Campground is closed, but will accommodate us if they are allowed to open.  Non-Boaters will drive themselves to the tournament.  Some Boaters have requested to fish alone due to health concerns.  We will probably not use nets.  Masks are recommended.  Fishing with a partner based on staying at home and social distancing.  Mike O. will draw partners and keep us posted.  Remember to buy your IL fishing license.

  2. We discussed the Palatine Fishing Derby scheduled in mid-May.  Mike Rubino has the rods and reels that Frank ordered from Ardent.  Ardent matched out order!!  Thanks Frank!!  It was ultimately decided by all attendees that we should cancel the derby.  Greg will call Todd Ranum from the Palatine Park District to let him know of our decision.  Greg will email the Club after he speaks to Todd.


March 2021 Meeting Minutes


Below are the notes from our March 20th meeting.  It was great to see everyone again!!

  1.  Mike R. welcomed our guest, Aaron Eddy.  Aaron is interested in joining as a Non=Boater.

  2. Mike R. recapped our 2020 Classic Tournament at Little Bay De Noc.

  3. Mike R. introduced the Club Officers for 2021.

  4. Club dues and lake of the Ozarks entry fees MUST be paid prior to the tournament.  Greg will not handle monies at the ramp.  Contact Greg to pay.

  5. Mike R. discussed the position of Conservation Director and the Conservation Project (Palatine Fishing Derby).  Ricky L. volunteered and was accepted as the Conservation Director for 2021.

  6. We voted on whether to host the Palatine Fishing Derby in May.  The vote was NO as we do not feel that Covid-19 restrictions will allow for adequate participation.  (Greg contacted Todd Ranum of the Palatine Park District on March 11th to inform him of our decision).

  7. Mike R. informed us that the IBN is hosting their own Conservation Project at Mazonia Lakes.  In June, they are looking for volunteers to help construct and install fish attractors.  Contact Mike R. if you are interested.

  8. Mike O. reviewed our first Club tournament on Lake of the Ozarks, April 10-11:

    1. Cabin assignments have been emailed.

    2. Remember to get your Missouri Fishing License if you are going.

    3. A-Rig regulations are 3 hooks only.

    4. We will bbq on Friday & Saturday.  Lou G. volunteered to shop for and bring food and necessities.  Everyone will pay Lou for their portion of the bill.

    5. Take off positions will be random on Day 1.  Leaders will take off first on Day 2.

  9. Boaters need to send their Insurance Certificate to Mike O as soon as possible.

  10. Mike R. reminded all to be safer while running your boat and while on the water.

  11. Mike R. recapped the IBN President's Meeting (prior email sent):

    1. This is the last year for the IBN AOY tournament.

    2. This year's State Qualifier is a 6 Man team format and is being held at Lake Shelbyville on Sept. 17 - 19.  Entry fee is $150 per person (must pay for a 6-member team = $900).  Additional entries will be included in a blind draw.

    3. The IBN has posted their Team Series schedule on their website.

  12. Marc Metallo who fished 2 tournaments as a guest last year, joined as a Non-Boater.  Welcome aboard!!

  13. Adam F. distributed MAW tickets.  Each member must take 10 tickets at $2 each.

  14. We held a 50/50 raffle.