Saturday was the first PAYCHECK His and Hers tournament of the year where you could fish with a female or a youth angler. It was a perfect day although hot and breezy. The dock talk in the morning centered around recipes, nails, Brad Pitt, and the latest edition of Cosmopolitan magazine. That was just the men! Then the women came around and the tournament smackdown talk began.
The teams were launched and boats scattered in all directions, all in search of the winning limit of bass that would give them bragging rights until the next His/Hers or Adult/Youth tournament in September. A 2:00PM weigh-in saw the other 2 tournaments weighing in around the same time which was a good thing because no one wanted to be on the water too long with this excessive heat. I will say one thing…not one of our teams checked in early and kudos to the younger competitors for sticking it out the whole day.
The youngest participant in the tournament, Elizabeth Simpson was the first to weigh in fish with her Dad, Kevin. They had 2 nice fish that weighed 7.88 pounds. Elizabeth caught her first-ever fish on a frog and said it was exciting! How true that is because who doesn’t get excited when a bass explodes on a frog? Congratulations to Team Simpson!
Debbie Wickenheiser captained the beautiful Nitro Z8 normally driven by Dave and found 3 willing bass today. Their total weight was 9.10 pounds, a nice 3+ pound average. Nothing wrong with that at all. Nice going!
Nate Brown partnered with Dave Kilby today and had 3 nice fish in the boat before Dave ever woke up. Their 4 bass came in 4 different areas of the Upper Chesapeake and weighed 14.24 pounds. Nate was sure a 7 pounder was going to bit late in the day but he’s still swimming around out there somewhere.
Danny Miller and Jason Barrow carried a real nice limit of bass to the scales that weighed 17.49 pounds. Jason is fresh off a big win of $10,000 with regular partner Tony Osborne and reported that both he and Danny lost a big fish that might have catapulted them into the winner’s circle. Great job, guys!
Finishing in 3rd place were Natalie Dougherty and her Dad, Charlie. Let me point out that Natalie is no rookie when it comes to tournament experience. She currently is the only woman in the Team Outcast Youth Club and sits in 4th place. She bagged 4 of the 5 bass weighed in by Team Dougherty including a nice 5.41 pound largemouth. Thanks to that big bass their overall total was 19.76 pounds. They received 2 Wal Mart gift cards for their 3rd place finish. Outstanding!
The second place finishers today are always a dangerous threat at the His and Hers tournaments with a couple of wins under their belts. Amanda and Clyde Brown reportedly caught bass all day long and weighed the biggest five which totaled 21.21 pounds. Amanda says the fish-catching ratio was about 50/50 as both team members boated fish consistently. They were awarded $160 for their second place finish. Way to go!
Angela and Jerry Ashby eased into victory lane today on the strength of a 5 bass limit weighing 22.96 pounds. That was an astronomical weight that shows how the bass fishing on the Upper Bay continues to thrive. Angela tricked a giant bass into biting her lure which proved to be the big fish of the tournament. Her monster bass weighed 6.76 pounds. She was awarded a plaque for the tournament lunker and Team Ashby received 2 Champions plaques and $680 in prize money. Congratulations!
The next His/Hers or Adult/Youth tournament will be held at Tydings Park in Havre de Grace on September 15th.