SIMPLY BASSING 2012 It has been an interesting year for Simply Bassing. First I would like to thank all of you that signed up for this annual contest. This year was one of the highest amount of anglers that we have ever registered for this contest at Jingles Bait and Tackle. It was a year were bunker were not in abundance for anglers to snag and fish them live. It was a year to just go fishing. You had to work hard at getting a fish to weigh in because we did not have the abundance of striped bass here this year as in the past few years. It was anybodys' contest to win. It is the first time since 2007 that there is a fish in the 20 pound range that won money. On this list this year you have a few new names which is great to see and there are some name that are usually there that are not. This seems to be a year that a lot of the younger anglers are getting married, buying a house or having babies. I am sure we will be seeing their names showing up again thru the years. It was great to weigh the first place fish for Mark (one of the new names this year. I have known Mark for a few years. Mark had been a walk on at the end of his street and this spring when he returned he had a 4 wheel drive truck. Mark also caught the first bass of the year into the store in March. When it came time for Mark to catch his winning fish there were no trucks on his beach. So guess where he caught it? Yes at the end of his street. Congratulations Mark. Another one of the new name this year is Jason. I have know Jason for a few years and I know he started out a few years ago with hand-me-down/ borrowed equipment and it is great to see that he enjoys fishing so much and he has become quite the fisherman. Looking at the winners this year there is one that has been on this list before and in last years Falls Surf Classic was my pick to win the Ric O'Brien Memorial Award presented to a person that loves to fish. For John it is not about catching big fish it is just about being there and fishing. This year there are a couple of names that have been on there at least 5 times in the last 11 years. Tim has won this tournament with a 50 pounder before and also Dante hbeen a winner. Once again thank you all and I personally love this tournament because it is easy just like its name Simply Bassing.