HERSEY \u2014 Tim Johns, Castaways, bass fishing tournament. Those three names just seem to fall together. Johns of Hersey\u00a0 is one of the co-founders of the Castaways Bass Fishing club, active in the area during the summer. Mitch Harrell of Paris started the club with Johns. They started it in Jan. 2009. \u201cWe used to fish (tournaments) up in Cadillac,\u201d he said. \u201cWe used to fish those for years. That was back when gas prices were going up. We decided we needed a bass club around here so we could save on gas money.\u201d About 30 percent of the club consists of Osceola County residents, Johns indicated. Since then, the club has been going strong. They\u2019ve had tournaments starting in June. There was one tourney at the Muskegon River, with 34 boats. First prize was $1,800. \u201cWe fish every Thursday night,\u201d Johns said. \u201cI like to think of it as a fishing league. You have your golf leagues and bowing league. We have a fishing league.\u201d Spots include the Martiny Chair\u00a0 of Lakes, Chippewa Lake, the Tri-Lakes of Round, Blue and Lake Mecosta, the river and Hardy Pond. \u201cThe club\u2019s grown so we had to cut out a few of our smaller lakes out,\u201d Johns said. \u201cSince 2011, we\u2019ve had 30 boats every year. This year, we\u2019ve had 33 boats. At Chippewa Lake (recently), 30 boats came.\u201d They\u2019ve expanded to having a Castaways Club in the Cadillac area. There\u2019s also one in Lake. \u201cWe\u2019ve turned boats away so we decided to have different divisions,\u201d Johns said. \u201cPoundage is the main thing, We have a three-fish limit, so everything is done on poundage.\u201d Fishing has been slow, Johns noted a week ago. \u201cWe\u2019ve been having cold weather and rain,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s supposed to warm up and we hope it picks up for us.\u201d Tournaments go until the end of August. The tournament has proven to be very successful, which motivates organizers to have more divisions. \u201cWe\u2019re doing some weekend tournaments this year,\u201d he said. \u201cOn weekdays, we get together and fish three hours. On weekends, it\u2019s an eight-hour tournament. \u201cIt\u2019s more like a semipro event. We\u2019d like to do a weekend series next years; still do the weekdays, we\u2019re not giving that up.\u201d People that fish these tourneys love the outdoors and were competitive in high school, Johns indicated. \u201cPeople love just that little extra competition. They\u2019re fishing against people and with people, he said. \u201cOur club is very competitive but everyone is so friendly. That\u2019s what makes it a success. We try to keep it that way.\u201d Johns obviously loves fishing overall and has loved the sport since he was a youngster. \u201cI\u2019ve fished South Carolina, Kentucky Texas, all bass fishing,\u201d he said. \u201cI started out fishing for everything but once I got into bass fishing, I got hooked. I don\u2019t know what to tell you. It\u2019s something I love to do. \u201cI like the catch-and-release, You catch the fish, and let them go and go back and catch them tomorrow if you want.\u201d All tournaments are catch and release. Johns fishes more than he hunts. \u201cI think it\u2019s an age thing. I just turned 40 and I love the relaxation of fishing and being on the water,\u201d he said. \u201cI\u2019ll take fishing over hunting any day.\u201d It\u2019s not that he doesn\u2019t enjoy hunting. Johns likes deer, turkey and small game. He especially likes bow hunting.