My Grandfather who was 83 at the time!
                                                                                                      July 30, 1979
Dear member,                                    
Previous to this year's competition, if my memory serves me, the largest bass ever entered in this club's competition was Bob ##iser's 57 lb boat caught fish. What the chances of an 83 year old member who fishes off of a dock would be to better 57 lbs would have been astronomical. That however, is exactly what has happened. It seems that the ink praising for Russ for his earlier catch of 48lb. bass had hardly dried when he proceeded to catch a 58 lb. fish. Yes that's right 58lbs!!

There isn't much else that can be said in commending Russ Troy's accomplishment except that experience, patience, and skill must be mixed well to not only hook but land a fish anywhere near that size. Russ wants to win the Jerry Sylvester award badly and has certainly staked his claim to it. Joe Goodness who has won that award for the past two years for having the largest shore caught bass clear has his work set out for him.
CONGRATULATIONS!! again must go out to Russ Troy.
Another one of our members broke the magic fifty pound mark recently. Billy Allen who is one of the fine boat fishermen in the club did it with a fish that weighed in at a even 50lbs. WELL DONE Billy.......

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