Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 25, 2014

On the Hook with the Pan Fish Club

CROSSVILLE — Hook, line and sinker, the Lake Tansi Pan Fish Anglers Club has enjoyed the first half of its fishing season.

In the April 22 tournament, first place went to Ron Pulley and Patt Sawchuk with 18 lbs. and 2 oz. Ron Pulley had Tournament 2 Big Fish with a shellcracker weighing in at 11 oz. Ron Brown and Bruce Wood took second with 5 lbs. 13 oz. Third place was awarded to Jerry and Michelle Vaughn with 2 lbs. Overall, it was a very good day for fishing.

The Pan Club’s third tournament took place on May 6. Eight boats went out to fish Lake Tansi, and although it was a bit of slow fishing for some, other teams raked in a decent batch of fish. First place was won by Don Moore and Paul Gardner with 12 lbs. 8 oz. Paul Gardner won Big Fish with a nice shellcracker weighing 1 lb. 4 oz. Ron Brown and Bruce Wood took second place with 4 lbs. 12 oz. Ron Pulley and Patt Sawchuk came in third place with their catch weighing 2lbs. 6 oz.

The Lake Tansi Pan Fish Club held its fourth tournament on May 20. Don Moore and Paul Gardner won first with 3 lbs. 5 oz. Paul Gardner won Big Fish again with a shellcracker weighing 10 oz. Second place was secured by Denver Hogston and Dennis Wunder with 1 lb. 10 oz. That day was a difficult day for fishing as the teams encountered strong winds and rough waters.

The club’s fifth tournament, held June 3, began the new start time with a launch at 7 a.m. and weigh-in at 11 a.m. First place went to Glenn Strunk who teamed up with his daughter, Jennifer Strunk, with a catch weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz. William Kirkpatrick and Darrell Harden came in second place with 6 lbs. 11 oz. William Kirkpatrick caught the Big Fish with a 1 lb. shellcracker. It was a beautiful day for fishing. Glenn and Jennifer Strunk had boat trouble from the onset of the launch. Needless to say, that didn’t stop them from fishing- or coming in first place. In spite of their vessel being disabled, the father-daughter duo paddled their boat to their fishing spots and still won the tournament leading to the correct conclusion that when there is a will there is a way.

“As usual, it is always fun to be doing something we love and be in such good company,” stated Sawchuk. “There’s nothing like fishing with friends.”

June 10 marked the Pan Club’s First Rodeo Tournament of the season. Anglers gathered at the marina for a 7 a.m. launch when the weather was still quite chilly. As the day progressed it got warmer and windier.

First place went to Larry Light and Glenn Strunk with a catch of 5 lb. 8 oz. Second place was won by Ron Pulley and Patt Sawchuk with a 4 lb. 11 oz. catch. Third place went to Dennis Wunder and Fred Jacobs with 4 lb. 3 oz. Fourth place was taken by William Kirkpatrick and Darrell Hardman who caught 3 lb. 10 oz.

“It was a hard day to fish with the waves and wind. Of course, when we were about done the wind calmed down and the day turned beautiful,” Sawchuk said.

Teams fishing for about the last three or four tournaments have had to fish hard for what they caught. “We just can’t figure them out this year,” said Sawchuk. “No matter what, we all had a great time sharing the lake and good friendships!”

The Pan Fish Club did well enough at least to gear up for its first fish fry of the season held on June 17. The Hiawatha Pavilion served as a shady shelter during the hot afternoon. Anglers and their guests plated up with some of the best lasagna, pasta salad, slaw, beans, macaroni salad, corn casserole, pie, and much more. Not to mention the star of the show, the exceptional fried fish. Ed Sawchuk and Larry Light kept the deep fryer going while patrons visited and dined.

“This is not a meal you want to be late for,” said Fran Kirkpatrick. And she was exactly right. Every dish was too wonderful, hearty and delicious to pass up. 

The Pan Fish Club would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the Lake Tansi POA for sponsoring the club.

The Lake Tansi Pan Fish Anglers Club is open to new members and would like to invite any and all POA members in good standing to join the club and participate in the tournaments, rodeos and fish fries. The club fishes every other Tuesday until October, launching from Lake Tansi Marina at 7 a.m. and weighing-in at 11 a.m.

Plan to join in the fishing fun for their regular tournaments scheduled for July 1, July 15 and July 29. For more information contact Patt Sawchuk at 788-2486 or visit for a detailed schedule.

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