Yet another memorable Paycheck Open Tournament on the crowded Upper Chesapeake Bay this past Saturday, May 5th. Fifteen of the top teams in the area gathered at Anchor Marina in North East, MD to participate in this month’s Paycheck Open. The Upper Bay was busy with lots of tournaments at virtually every ramp not to mention the huge boat show hosted by Anchor Marine. Teams were launched at safe lite, around 5:50 and the teams were treated to a smooth morning ride but the weather was due to change in the afternoon. Thankfully, the threatening skies only produced some wind and dark clouds but no storms or rain.
All teams returned safely to the ramp and on time and ready for the 3:00 weigh-in. It seemed to be feast or famine as far as quantity and quality of bass. However, as is true in all bass tournaments, some teams will always find them.
Today’s 5th place team was Billy Zinkhan and Gary Bailey who teamed up to bag 5 largemouth that weighed 19.42 pounds. Ken Wood, Jr. and Dave Wilder paired together and recorded a weight of 19.65 pounds to take 4th place.
Jack Rinkers and Bill Gallagher continued to be consistent Paycheck Money Winners with 20.53 pounds to earn third place and $270.
Fresh off a big $10,000 win with Jason Barrow, Tony Osborne fished with Bill Pursley in this tournament and they found a big limit that weighed 21.85 pounds, good enough for second place. Including the second place Option Pot, they won $590.
Collecting yet another Upper Bay victory were John Vanore and Rick DiIenno who did so in style. They filled the weigh-in basket with one giant largemouth that weighed 10.41 pounds. Adding their other 4 keepers gave them an overall weight of 23.69 pounds, more than enough for the win. Their total cash winnings in this tournament were $1355.
The big bass was in beautiful condition as she was put on the scale and for precautionary measures was placed in one of our 100 gallon aerated holding tanks with Rejuvenade added. Prior to he release she was quickly measured in length (24″) and girth (24″) while laying on a cool, wet weigh-in bag under our tent. While in the tank, she was observed by probably 100 spectators from the boat show and participants in other local tournaments. After a few more photos, she was returned to John and Rick’s properly aerated livewell where she was returned to the location where she was caught. Kudo’s to these guys for their care and management of this beautiful fish and their decision to return her to the water.
There is a 90% Friday Paycheck Tournament this week out of Anchor, May 11th and the 3rd 90% Payback Premier Marine Tournament launching from Tydings Park in Havre de Grace this Saturday, May 12th.