It was a busy day at Smallwood on Saturday, April 11th as both Delaware TBF Buddy and Maryland BASS Nation shared the water with PAYCHECK. All tournaments worked together for a smooth operation.
As you know we are trying to grow our Potomac Division, especially since we are giving away a Charger Boat at our Championship on the Potomac in October.
Thirteen of the top teams on the river were on hand looking for their share of the loot to be awarded to the top teams. Any of these teams could have been the winners on any given day.
The winds really picked up mid-morning and reportedly was gusting to 30 MPH by early afternoon. The water was muddying up quickly, and the wind was blowing directly into the docks at Smallwood making for a difficult afternoon mooring at the dock. Not to mention the rough ride back regardless if teams went north or south.
Surprisingly, 5 teams returned to the ramp with a five-fish limit and only 2 teams failed to weigh a keeper bass today. Lots of nice 3 ½-4 ½ lb bass were presented at the scales.
Jerry Grossman and Cal brooks, Jr, fishing for Team Miss Utility finished in 8th place with 3 nice bass weighing 8.08 lbs. Mike Ortel and Greg Wilder finished just ahead of them in 7th place with 3 for 8.33 lbs.
The veteran Potomac team of Greg Hughes and Brian Steinmetz laid 4 bass on the scale for 9.00 pounds even, good for 6th place. Steve Seen and Tony Ebel were the first team in double digits AND a limit as their 12.77 put them in 5th place. Last year’s Potomac Angler’s of the Year Mark Knapp and Lloyd Watkins finished just out of the money with a limit that weighed 13.06 pounds.
PAYCHECK features a 90% payout and a 1-in-4 payback. That means with 13 boats 3 teams would be in the money instead of just 2 like most tournaments. Benefitting from that format was the team of Bill Kramer and Kevin Szot. They wound up in 3rd with a fine limit that totaled 15.36 pounds. They were presented plaques and $245 in prize money.
John Bonn and Mike Brenneman teamed up to stack 5 bass on the scales that weighed 16.55 pounds. This gave them a second place finish and, including 2nd place option pot, gave them $560 in winnings along with 2 plaques.
17.60 pounds is a great weight on the Potomac the past couple of years, and that’s exactly what Dave Barker and Pete O’Connell did to earn their victory crowns on Saturday. They produced a solid limit of keeper largemouth that sealed the deal. Along with plaques Dave and Pete won a total of $1150…$1010 for 1st and another $140 for 1st place Option Pot. That’s a great payout for a 13 boat tournament! Congratulations!
Joe Pullen and Brian Swall only managed 2 bass, but one of them was the tournament lunker. That big bass weighed 4.80 pounds which earned them a plaque and $120 as one team did not enter the Lunker Pot.
Join us next month for tournaments #2 and #3 on May 9th and May 10th, respectively.
FINISH TEAM # BIG TOTAL $
1 Dave Barker-Pete O’Donnell 5 4.27 17.60 $1150
2 John Bonn-Mike Brenneman 5 4.03 16.55 $560
3 Bill Kramer-Kevin Szot 5 4.49 15.36 $1245
4 Mark Knapp-Lloyd Watkins 5 3.27 13.06
5 Steve Seen-Tony Ebel 5 3.23 12.77
6 Greg Hughes-Brian Steinmetz 4 3.32 9.00
7 Mike Ortel-Greg Wilder 3 3.35 8.33
8 Jerry Grossman-Cal Brooks, Jr 3 3.00 8.08
9 Joe Pullen-Brian Swall 2 4.80 6.90 $120
10 Ed Kausmeyer-Mike Godfrey 2 4.28 6.17
11 Dan Eckerd-Chris Huffer 2 2.86 5.17
12 John Robinson-Dennis Minor 0 0 0
13 Robert Halter-Robbie Lewis 0 0 0