The first PAYCHECK Pro Tour event was held April 12 out of Anchor Marina in North East, Md. The weather was perfect as 13 teams launched their boats and prepared for blast off.
PAYCHECK Pro Tour is a big money team series with a big payout. Payout is based on a 1-in-7 format so you better be on your game. We needed one more team in this tournament to pay an additional place but the first 2 teams out of the money still got a little money back from the Option Pot.
Anchor Marina was a little crowded as 2 other tournaments launched but we still got away at safe light. Reports were that the water was pretty trashed from additional gates being opened at Conowingo Dam.
However, all of our teams returned safely to the ramp although one team received a friendly tow due to some mechanical issues.
A moment of silence was observed just before launch to honor and remember fellow PAYCHECK member Willie Barrett who passed on a couple of months ago. Willie was a regular on all of the PAYCHECK Trails and will be truly missed. His wife, Julie and son, Tyler were on hand at weigh-in, and the tournament staff all wore “Team Barrett” tee shirts in tribute.
JT Lang and Clyde Brown, winners of last years Pro Tour opener finished in 5th place today. One of 7 teams to carry a limit to the scales today, theirs weighed 16.70. Nice job!
Keith Cowan and Zach Cowan claimed 4th place yesterday with 5 that went 17.76 pounds. They received $150 for their finish. Normally we wouldn’t pay back an additional spot with 13 boats but today was an exception because Southern Auto Tech donated 2 Visa gift cards that were awarded to 3rd place.
Mike Sentore and Eric Danner presented 18.30 pounds to the scales and for their efforts received the gift cards totaling $200 and 2 plaques. Great job!
Second place finishers Steve Myers and Chris Lang had the great fortune to weigh in a pair of 6 pounders today. They had 3 other keepers to fill their limit, but none as big as the 7-8 pounder that threw their bait at the boat. Their overall weight of 20.81 pounds gave them plaques and their choice of the gift cards or cash so they chose the $175 in cash. Nice going!
Did you ever see pictures of guys holding bass online or on TV and think, “Those don’t look that big!”? Don’t let these photos of Dave Wilder and John Vanore fool you. You’re only looking at the sides…you’re not seeing the bellies. While only a few fish, such as Steve and Chris’s two 6 pounders were weighed, ALL of Dave’s and John’s bass were filled with eggs and looked like they had swallowed grapefruits. In all, their total weight was an astonishing 27.21 pounds. Resting in their sack of giants was the tournament lunker, a 7.84 pound largemouth. This teams was the beneficiary of being one team away from an additional place to be paid as they were awarded plaques and $2800 for the win and an additional $130 for the Big Bass Award. Congratulations!
$172.25 went into the Top Gun pot that will be awarded to the team with the lowest score (based on position of finish) of your best 4 tournaments.
The next PAYCHECK Pro Tour event will be held on June 7 out of Dundee Creek Marina on the Gunpowder River.