The second PAYCHECK Oneida Teams tournament of the season got underway on Sunday, July 20th as part of a back-to-back weekend. A total of 18 teams entered this event, all hoping to weigh in the big bag of the tournament.
The weather was decent as the boats took off from Oneida Shores County Park, but some mid-day wind proved to be a little bit of a challenge on the big pond. Knowing these guys, though they were not about to let a little bit of wind get in their way.
All teams were back to the ramp safely by their assigned weigh-in times and all reported having fish. One team pulled out a little early with a malfunctioning livewell pump and released their fish rather than risk having them perish. That’s a great conservation move, guys!
17 teams weighed a limit and all 85 bass were released alive. In fact, all fish on both days are still swimming and healthy thanks to a 100% live release this weekend. The total weight for today’s tournament was 249.92 pounds. That’s an average of just under 3 pounds per bass.
Again, the weights were close, close, close and even a teams near the bottom could have finished in the money if they could have culled one more time.
Harold Wallace and Allen Crutchley finished just out of the money with a nice limit that weighed 15.29 pounds. I don’t care where you live, a 3-pound average is good wherever you are. They received a SPRO prize pack.
Mike Yeager and Chuck Finn paired up to finish in 4th place with 15.31 pounds. They received $200 cash for their efforts.
Finishing in 3rd place were Jon Putman and Jason Putman with 5 for 15.37 lbs. That was good for 2 plaques and $430. Watch out for the next generation of Putman’s as Jason’s son just won a second place award in a Kid’s Fishing Derby and his daughter recently landed a largemouth on Father’s Day on a drop-shot that weighed over 6 pounds!
Claiming second place today were yesterday’s winners, Stay Sypeck and Steve Croll with 18.71 pounds. Their green fish earned them 2 plaques and $740 including Option Pot. They had quite a weekend winning over $2500 and 5 plaques.
Champions of today’s PAYCHECK tournament were Larry Mazur and Ian Renfrew. They skillfully assembled another giant mixed bag of Oneida swamp monsters that totaled 21.01 pounds. They were awarded plaques and a total of $1310 in prize money. Congratulations on a job well done!
Aaron Stone and Bob Kerber fooled the big bass of the tournament into entering their livewell. They carried a beautiful 5.60lb largemouth to weigh-in and in return were handed a nice plaque and $180.
The next 2 PAYCHECK Oneida Teams tournaments will be held consecutively on August 16 and 17.
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