From the response during the week we were all expecting around 15 teams for the PAYCHECK Conowingo Open out of Glen Cove on September 28.. Only a third of that total showed up.
Despite the turnout all 5 teams were there with an hour to go before safe lite so it was everyone had funs standing around the ramp getting to know each other a little better and even doing a little smack-talking. One thing about talking smack…when the tournament was over only one team can get away with it. It was all in good fun.
With the lower-than-expected payout the prize money was paid back 100% instead of 95% as advertised. That’s a 1-in-5 chance of walking away with $400 not counting lunker.
Each team was back at the ramp by 3:00PM. What a beautiful day! Warm, calm, sunny to cloudy to sunny…and very little boat traffic.
Dennis Deahl and Mike Rhodes had such a big bag of bass that they didn’t want to embarrass the rest of the field so they released them just before weigh-in (LOL)!
Butch Thomson loaned Dave Kilby a couple of spinning rods for the tournament and they weighed in 4 smallmouth that weighed 9.32 pounds after a penalty for a dead bass. They hooked a bass deep on a Senko and Butch’s Bass Cat looked like a war zone after that. We tried everything to keep it alive but we knew right after it came on board that the chances of survival were slim. Man, I hate that. They finished 4th.
Ed Steffy and Scott Johnston also weighed in 4 bass but they had a real nice smallmouth just under 4 pounds giving them a total weight of 11.19. That’s a great weight for 4 fish! They finished 3rd.
Tommy Turner and Andy Smith were the first team to weigh in with a total of 41.85 pounds. The only problem was 30 of those pounds was a giant catfish! They settled for 5 bass that weighed 11.852 pounds giving them second place.
Winning the tournament was Sean Peddicord and Greg Burdick with a giant mixed bag that weighed 15.58 pounds. They also reeled in Big Bass honors with a largemouth that weighed 4.49 pounds. That gave them a clean sweep for the tournament with First Place and Lunker. That was a $500 payday quadrupling the return on their entry. Congratulations!
Remember the final PAYCHECK Conowingo tournament of the season launches on Saturday, October 5th from Glen Cove Marina.