The third PAYCHECK Eastern Shore tournament was held Sunday, May 4th out of Turners Creek Landing on the Sassafras River. Seven teams were ready to launch at safe lite and ready to deal with the results of a tumultuous week of ugly weather dealt by Mother Nature.
Those mid-week record-setting rains had turned the Upper Chesapeake the color of a bottle of Yoo Hoo. The water was high so looking at the tidal predictions was useless. Add to the mix all of the floating debris and these anglers had a challenge on their hands in addition to the finicky bass.
All teams returned to the ramp safely and on time with only 2 teams reporting a limit of 5 bass in their livewells. Still, some nice largemouth were caught and the anglers were happy to be putting some weight on the scales.
Ron Horton and Bob Metzgar weighed in a couple of nice bass in the 4 pound range that totaled 8.56 pounds to finish in 4th place. Good job on a day like this!
Mike Morris and Brian LaClair were our 3rd place finishers today with three bass that weighed 9.07 pounds. They received plaques for finishing 3rd. Nice work!
Jim McGee and Mike McKinney ventured down from New Jersey to gamble on these tricky Upper Bay pre-spawn bass. Weighing in only one of two limits, Jim and Mike put together 5 big bass to achieve a final weight of 19.55 pounds. Their catch was anchored by the tournament lunker, a monster 6.53 lb largemouth. They were awarded 3 plaques and $110 in prize money.
Delaware’s Mark Hogan and Tony Kibler checked in with 5 giant bass in the livewell of their Bass Cat. When the scales settled their final weight of 22.21 pounds was read and they were declared the winners. They also had a big bass over 6 pounds, 6.13 to be exact. With a 1-in-4 payback at the ramp one more team was needed to pay 2 places. Therefore, Mark and Tony were the recipients of a winners-take-all purse today which totaled $1045 with the Option Pot. Congratulations!
With the overall numbers of participating teams much lower than expected this year we need more teams committing to fish the rest of the tournaments in order to keep this trail continuing. We figured we would have no problem averaging at least 15 boats this year but the weather and other contributing factors have prevented us from achieving this goal.
We need 15 entries for the June 1 Choptank River tournament by May 27th or this trail will be canceled. You can send your entries in advance to tournament director JT Lang . Get in touch with JT at 443-695-5965 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your support!