Rick Hite is Bass Master’s Angler of Year

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth-based MARCO Bass Masters recently recognized the accomplishments of the 2011 members at the annual awards banquet held at the Brass Rail Bar and Grill.
Plymouth resident Rick Hite claimed his third straight Angler of the Year award after dominating the 2011 season by accumulating 55.61 points with three victories, two seconds and three thirds in eight events.
Shawn Mark of Bourbon was the runner up with 42.71 points. He had two wins and a second place. Brian McNeal of Fort Wayne had 40.86 points to finish third with one win, a second and a third.
Rounding out the top nine were Plymouth’s Josh Yeazel in fourth, Bruce Pearson of Argos in fifth, Marcus Courtney of Rochester in sixth, Mike Goins of Bremen, who captured one tournament win on his way to finish seventh for the year, Gene Hundt of Plymouth in eighth, and Jim Gray of Fulton, who won one event and also had the Big Bass of the Year, a 5.43-pound largemouth caught at Mill Pond, en route to finishing ninth in the season standings.
The 2012 season will start March 25 with a tournament at Lake of the Woods. The club is open to anyone interested in bass fishing, whether a seasoned angler or someone that just wants to learn about bass fishing. Owning a boat is not required as non-boaters will be paired with boat owners.
Anyone interested in learning more about the club may attend a monthly meeting held the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Collins and Company Realtors located at 1435 N. Michigan