The PAYCHECK Potomac Teams Division opened its season on April 5th at a very busy Smallwood State Park as at least 5 other tournaments were being held there.
Although probably the warmest weekend day since last fall, the high winds had to be dealt with along with the crowded river. Regardless, the eight teams participating in this tournament were in the water and ready to weave their way through the masses by safe light.
This field included some extremely talented anglers, and with a 90% payout and 1-in-4 payback there was a lot of cash at stake even with 8 boats.
John Bonn and Mike Brenneman brought 3 fish to the scales weighing 9.29 pounds. That was a great weight for 3 fish, especially the way the Potomac has been pretty stingy lately.
Ken Wood, Sr and Brian Swall finished just out of the money with 4 largemouth bass weighing 10.59 pounds. They were awarded 2 pairs of Solar Bat sunglasses for their efforts along with 3 plaques.
Steve Seen and Tony Ebel carried the first limit of the year to the scales. They had a fantastic weight of 14.41 pounds, good for second place. Nestled in their sack of fish was the tournament lunker, a hefty 5.80 largemouth that would make any angler proud! Including second place option pot money and lunker cash Steve and Tony pocketed $470 along with 3 plaques. Not bad for an 8 boat tournament!
The first PAYCHECK Potomac champions of the 2014 season were Mark Knapp and Lloyd Watkins, who proved to ve a more than capable substitute for Mark’s regular partner, Frank Karl. Mark and Lloyd fine-tuned their game plan and culled to their winning limit of 16.58 pounds which awarded them $830 including 1st place option pot loot. They were also presented with 2 plaques. Congratulations!
Jim Tyson and Darren Stine didn’t weigh any fish, but no doubt had the biggest catch of the day. While running to a spot up north they encountered a sailboat that had capsized in the high winds and all of the family members were in the water. Jim and Darren rescued each family member individually from the water and took them to shore near their vehicle. I don’t know what your definition of “hero” is but in my book that is a proper title for Jim and Darren as they sacrificed over an hour of fishing time to save lives. Nice job, guys.
The next PAYCHECK Potomac Teams tournament will be held May 3 out of Smallwood State Park.
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