20 teams were in the water and ready to blast off by 5:25AM on June 1 for the PAYCHECK Open team tournament out of Anchor Marina. That’s a great field considering this tournament wasn’t even scheduled until last Tuesday.
Inside the marina the winds were very calm and it looked like a nice day ahead. Once boat numbers were called however and teams began their trek down the North East River strong winds out of the south stopped a few teams in there tracks somewhere around Charlestown and caused them to alter their pre-conceived game plans.
As each team checked in and carried their bags to the scales it was clear that the bass could care less about the wind as they were hungry! 15 out of 20 teams had 5-bass limits and those who elected not to weigh tossed back smaller limits as they assumed they were not in the hunt.
This tournament featured an additional Double Down Option Pot in addition to the regular Option Pot with 100 of that money pool going to the highest finishing team in the Double Down. With just a $90 entry fee a lot of teams decided to enter the Double Down.
Mike Piccolo and Jim Steiner finished just out of the money with a nice post-spawn bag of bass that weighed 20.79 pounds.
Clyde Brown and Corey Ellis finished just ahead of Mike and Jim with a total weight of 21.45 pounds, thanks to the 6.02 pound tournament lunker. They received a total of $360 in prize money.
PAYCHECK Conowingo tournament director Billy Zinkhan and Gene Zinkhan finished in 3rd place with 5 nice fish weighing 21.64 pounds, good for $250.
Ken Wood, Jr and Willie Barrett took second place today with a huge bag of bass that weighed 23.49 pounds. In addition to $400 for 2nd place they pocketed another $120 for second place Option Pot money for a total of $520.
With 2 of their 5 fish weighing close to 6 pounds Joe DellaValle and Dan Hawley finished the tournament in 1st place with 24.84 pounds. What a bag of fish! They received $850 for 1st place, $260 for regular 1st place Option Pot, and a total of $320 in the Double Down option for a total payday of $1430, multiplying their total entry fees times 10! That’s a profitable day of fishing!
The next tournament in the Paycheck Tournament Series if Saturday, June 8th as the 4th Premier Marine tournament launches from Tydings Park in Havre de Grace.