Lately I feel more like a Disc Jockey instead of a Tournament Director because I am compelled to say, “The hits just keep on comin’”. The hits in this case are the 20+ pound bags that are still coming in by our Paycheck and Premier Marine anglers. Almost a third of the field today brought in a bag over 20 pounds! That’s 5 teams out of 16. You can toss in a couple of 19 pound bags for good measure, too.
It was a perfect day to be on the water for a change…cool, sunny, and little wind. The weigh-in was extended until 3:30 today to allow 2 other tournaments to weigh in ahead of us and clear the ramp area. There was one other tournament scheduled to weigh in at 4:00 so it worked out perfect. Three pay spots were up for grabs in this tournament which featured a 90% payback as do all tournaments under the PAYCHECK umbrella. The way things have been going lately you could weigh in 20 pounds and not be certain you were in the money…it’s crazy out there!
Finishing in 5th place today were Bill McDermott and Mike Gambill with a great sack of largemouth that weighed 20.68 pounds. Hard to believe that a weight like that sends you home empty handed. That’s still a fabulous weight.
Just because out 4th place finishers are new to the PAYCHECK Tournament Series they are not novices at the tournament game as they can catch ‘em with the best on the tidal rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. Barry Moore and LaMont Vernon dropped a huge bag on the scales that finally rested at 20.94 pounds. That’s a stellar weight anywhere you go in the country and if you’re around 21 pounds you have something to be proud of. Nice going guys.
Tommy Turner and Danny Vass partnered today to claim the final check for third place. They had one solid limit of largemouth that totaled 22.09 pounds. They pocketed $290 which almost doubled their investment today. Way to go!
Dave Wilder and Brandon Pyles finished in 2nd place today with 22.74 pounds. Their big bag of bass allowed them to take home $500 for second place plus an additional $70 for the 2nd place Option Pot bounty for a total payday of $570. Good work!
Fresh off a 4th place finish in the money at last week’s Premier Marine tournament Joe Booker and David Greenleaf picked up right where they left off as they carefully culled to achieve their final winning weight of 22.98 pounds, barely nudging ahead of Dave and Brandon. They also boasted the big bass of the tournament that weighed a whopping 6.63 pounds! Were Joe and David in the Option Pot? You bet! This gave them the tournament “Grand Slam”…1st place, lunker, and 1st Option Pot. In all they received $1340! That gives them around $2000 in winnings the past 2 Saturdays. Congratulations!
Don’t forget the Nauti Goose Open has been moved from June 23 until June 30th.