21 teams showed up at the pond on Saturday, July 28th armed with nothing but heavy duty rods, braided line, and a box or two of frog imitations. Boats were thoroughly inspected prior to launching and all teams were in compliance with the rules. Many teams were anxious to see just how fast their boats would go as most of their gear and tackle was temporarily removed from their boats. Agony was also expressed as it’s a tedious process unloading your boat and then reloading after the tournament. More than one angler excitedly mentioned that they discovered some long, lost baits they had been looking for while emptying their boats.
The weather and tide were pretty decent for this type of novelty tournament. We had little wind and a falling tide most of the day…not too bad at all. The biggest challenge was staying focused on throwing frog baits for 9 hours when conditions may warrant another type of bait.
When the party was over at the end of the day there were a lot of nice bags carried to the scales. Frank McCue and Tom Nilan finished just out of the money with 5 nice bass that weighed 19.27 pounds. Good job!
John Shumate and James Bricker finished in fourth place which was the final paying position. They had 5 bass for 19.56 pounds and collected $300 in cash. Nice fishing!
Cashing a check for the second consecutive weekend were Donald Haskins, Jr and Todd Smith. They culled to achieve a final weigh of 19.61 pounds and pocketed $400 prize money. Way to go!
Second place belonged to Mike Gambill and Bill McDermott with 20.16 pounds of bass. Like Donald and Todd they had one of only three bass over 5 lbs. today. Mike and Bill left the tournament with 2 Paycheck plaques, second place Option Pot money worth $95, and $600 in prize money for second place in the tournament. Great work today!
When all was said and done there was only one team left sitting atop the lily pads, Joe Booker and David Greenleaf. This talented team has been on a roll this year…the Paycheck Payroll, that is! They have been the most consistent duo under the Paycheck umbrella this year with numerous wins and top finishes in Premier Marine and Paycheck opens. Toss in a Nauti Goose Open win and you’ll understand what I mean.
Joe and David had a very consistent limit of largemouth bass that totaled 20.81 pounds. That enabled them to be named champions of the first annual Paycheck Frog Tournament.
They received 2 plaques, first place Option Pot bonus money worth $220, and $1100 for finishing on top for a total Paycheck payday of $1320. Congratulations!