Yeah, we only had 7 boats on hand for the 4th PAYCHECK Pro Tour out of Anchor Marina on Sunday but that doesn’t diminish the efforts of any of the teams that competed.
Yeah, the Upper Bay is fishing very tough right now and it’s not “easy fishing” out there right now. It involves more strategy right now to catch ‘em.
Yeah, we had a PAYCHECK Friday tournament 2 days before on Friday which hurt us twice. It’s a lot of money to spend for 2 tournaments the same weekend and secondly, teams that did not catch them well on Friday weren’t going to plunk down 3 bills again on Sunday.
Still, this tournament should be drawing 40 boats easy given the overall 95% payback and low overhead costs of fishing since they are close to home. There will be a few changes made for next year as I have already had strategic planning meetings with some key personnel and I think everyone will like what we are planning for the Pro Tour in 2015, whether you live below the Baltimore tunnels, the Havre de Grace side of the toll bridges or the Cecil County side of the bridges.
Even with 7 boats someone was in for a stout payday. Clyde Brown and Corey Ellis won second place with a limit that weighed 14.51 pounds, and were awarded plaques and $200 thanks to the option pot.
Joe Booker and Chris Grow had the big bass of the tournament at 4.24 pounds, giving them a plaque and $70 in cash. They also received 2 plaques for 3rd place.
Best on the Bay once again today were Mike Sentore and Eric Danner with 16.34 pounds. Although that doesn’t seem like a lot of weight by the Upper Bay’s standards lately it was certainly enough to win the tournament. Who cares if it wasn’t a 22 pound bag? If I’m not mistaken, if a team has more weight than all of the other teams then they are declared the winners. It doesn’t matter if it was 10 pounds or 25 pounds.
Mike and Eric took home the winners loot which totaled $1650 along with 2 plaques. Congratulations!