As usual this season, the weather during the week leading up to the second PAYCHECK Potomac tournament on May 3rd cast doubt on whether this event would even be held. Wednesday and Thursday’s heavy rains flooded the Potomac and her creeks, turned the water brown, and launched a flotilla of debris heading downriver.
Conditions improved toward the end of the week and our PAYCHECK tournament, along with many others, was held out of Smallwood State Park. Some teams still had their doubts about river conditions and just 6 teams competed in this event but all set their sights on the winner-take-all purse since 8 teams were needed to pay an additional spot.
Ken Wood, Sr and Brian Swall produced one of those limits and finished in 3rd place with 10.20 pounds. They received plaques for their efforts.
Mark Knapp and Lloyd Watkins had a great Potomac limit by today’s standards that weighed an even 13 pounds. They received the second place Option Pot money and 2 plaques.
Tank Mosley and Mike Caffi had the final limit which weighed 15.25 pounds, more than enough to give them the victory. Since we didn’t have 8 boats participating they were awarded 1st place prize money and Option pot loot totaling $870 plus 2 plaques.
Kevin Mahoney and Jerry Connell captured the big bass of the tournament, a beautiful largemouth that weighed 5.68 pounds. This earned them the big bass plaque and $60.
The next PAYCHECK Potomac tournament on June 7 has been moved to Marshall Hall. This is because the entire Smallwood State Park is closed to all boaters due to the big PVA tournament.
The August 17th tournament will also be moved to Marshall Hall because the entire Smallwood State Park will be closed due to the triathalon that is held there each year. Please make these changes on your schedule.
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