The 2015 Paycheck Tournament Series Championship was held October 16 and 17 on the Potomac River out of Smallwood State Park. A total of 82 teams qualified to compete in this event although less than half chose to fish. The grand prize was a brand new Charger boat equipped with a Mercury outboard, Motorguide trolling motor, and Lowrance electronics.
Day one began with mostly sunny skies and a bit cool, but certainly tolerable for this time of year. The wind decided to kick up pretty strong in the afternoon, though. At least there was no precipitation to deal with.
Fourteen limits of bass were carried to the scales, with one team weighing in 3 nice smallmouth. Although no 5 pounders were seen at weigh-in several bass over 3 pounds were caught. Ken Klinedinst and Darin Doll captured the big bass on Friday with a nice largemouth weighing 4.46, good for $170 PLUS an additional $100 from Paycheck sponsor “Reelsnot”, the best line lube and conditioner on the market (www.reelsnot.com).
Rich and Richie vonNordeck held a slim lead after the first day of competition with 15.58 pounds. Nipping at their heels, however was another father/son duo, Rick and Ricky Windsor with 15.32 pounds.
Rounding out the top 5 were Jack Rinkers and Travis Manson (14.60) in 3rd, John Robinson and Dennis Minor (13.65) in 4th, and Peter Yanni and Dave Barker (12.99) in 5th. Any of the teams with double-digit weights were within striking distance, especially with a windy day predicted for Saturday.
Only a handful of teams did not return for the second day of competition assuming they were out of the running. As per the weather forecast, the wind blew early and strong all day, most likely reaching the 25-28MPH gusts they were calling for.
Most of the teams returned a little early as they allowed themselves plenty of time to return to the ramp on time due to the nasty water conditions. Remarkably, nine teams returned with over 13 pounds and fourteen teams improved over their first day performance.
Day one leaders, the vonNordecks weighed their catch of 5 bass for 14.60 pounds for a total weight of 30.24 pounds. The next team at the scales were the Windsors, and as they emptied their bag into the dink tank everyone knew it was going to be close…and it was! The scales settled at 14.66 giving them a two-day total of 29.82 pounds. But wait…there were other quality bags of bass in line.
John Robinson and Dennis Minor weighed the heaviest bag on the second day of competition. Their 15.57 pounds gave them a tournament total of 29.22 pounds. Aaron Hastings and Kevin Waterman also had an awesome bag on Saturday that weighed 15.38 pounds bring their total weight to 28.13 .
Mike Sentore and Sean McKee have a knack for catching big bass wherever they fish and this tournament was no exception. Their tournament total was 25.56 pounds with consistent weights of 12.47 and 13.09 pounds.
That, my friends is the top 5 finishing teams. Also cashing checks were Rick Ungham and Rob Steiner with 25.43 pounds for 6th place and Duane Essick and Jay Pirollo finishing in 7th place with 25.40.0
Kevin Simpson and Sam Rineer were the first team out of the money with 23.88 pounds, thanks to a strong second day of 14.60 pounds.
In addition to winning a new Charger boat, Rich and Richie also had big bass on Day Two which proved to be the winning margin. Their first fish of the day weighed 4.84 pounds also giving them a total of $270 including the Reelsnot Bonus Bucks. Ironically, the winners are on the Reelsnot Pro Staff. They also claimed the 1st place option pot cash of $400.
Rick and Ricky Windsor received over $2200 for their finish which included the second place Option Pot.
Congratulations to all of the teams who competed in this event and the top finishers!
In addition to Charger Boats and Reelsnot Line Conditioner, other Paycheck sponsors include Foxtail Custom Cabinetry, Rhino Linings of Delaware, North Harford Collision Center, Aamco of Parkville, Cecil County Tourism, Gambler Lures, Sunnydell Foods, Southern Auto Tech, Premier Marine, Pirate Services, and Cornerstone Recruiting.
1-vonN ordeck/vonNordeck, 30.24, Charger 176
2-Windsor/Windsor, 29.92, $2280
4-Hastings/Waterman, 28.13, $820
5-Sentore/McKee, 25.56, $620
6-Ungham/Pirollo, 25.56, $420
7-Essick/Pirollo, 25.56, $220
14-Doll, Klinedinst, 14.82, $270
29-Grossman/Brooks, Jr, 4.90