A tad bit warm at blast off, but settled into a very comfortable evening on Toona. We had a humongus turn out last evening with 46 paid entries. The last team that signed up was the blast off meister. He did a wonderful job and got everyone off safely and efficiently. You guys deserve a part of the credit for that as well. It makes me proud when it's done right!
We had 112 fish brought to the scales for a total of 195.38lbs (average of 1.74lbs per fish), with a total of 6 Largemouth. Big Bass was a largemouth for 4.12lbs. I shudder to think what numbers would look like if everyone who caught fish, brought them to the scales. Unfortunately, 23 boats didn't weigh anything at all. I would like to think they had fish but just didn't think they would win anything, so they released them and got off the lake a little early or went straight to the house after loading up.
Anyway, it is what it is. There are always going to some money winners, however, and here they are!
6th place went to Scott and Jeff G. with 5 fish for 10.37lbs and $92
5th place was Vence and Jarrod with 5 fish for 10.41lbs and $184
4th place was Chris and Janey with 5 fish for 10.54lbs and $313
3rd place went to Jeff S. and Chris M with 5 fish for 10.86lbs and $368
2nd place and Big Bass went to Chad and Craig with 12.37lbs for $423 and Big Bass with 4.12lbs for $460
1st place went to two cantankerous old coots, Fatrat and Terry with 5 fish for 12.44lbs for $460 1st place and $470 Side Pot
That total pot came to $2770.00 last night, I hope you folks had fun and we will be back out there again on Aug 25, 2018.
The summer season is upon us again!! That means the night fishing begins (and the pleasure boaters take over the daylight time on the water!)! We will be having two night events a month from May through September:
May 12, and 26, 2018
June 9, and 30, 2018
July 14, and 28, 2018
Aug 11, and 25, 2018
Sep 8, and 29, 2018
Tournaments start at 7PM on Saturday evening and end at 2AM Sunday morning.
The rules are simple: 5 fish limit, minimum 12", 1 dead fish allowed, Big Bass must be alive. no live bait and no cast or gill nets (all fish caught on hook). no rod length limits and trolling is allowed. You determine if you are a team or fishing individual (you can only weight 5 fish per entry). Common courtesy and sportsmanship are fully expected, and no mind altering substances are allowed (alcohol or drugs) during the tournament (I didn't want to impose this rule but I have heard rumors and wanted to squelch any notion that I condone consumption during the tournaments).
The Entry fee is $50 ($10 to Big Bass, and $40 to a 1-5 payback, we pay 6 places from 25 entries to 49 entries, I cannot have more than 49 entries due to a $1million insurance requirement by the CoE).
I will normally be up by the restrooms at the top of the parking lot, if not, then look for me in the handicap parking by the ramp.
All tournaments are held out of Bartow County Gatewood Park: Exit GA-20 exit on I-75 and turn east, Turn south at the light (right from I-75, left from Canton) next to Wendy's onto Spur 20. Go about 2 miles and turn left on Jim Knight Rd., Turn left when it dead ends at the Bartow Beach Rd. (right in front of the COE maintenance yard). Stay on the Beach road and stay to the left past the park Manager's house and follow the signs to the left to the boat ramp
If the lot is full or the pay-box has no envelopes, just let me know and I will give you directions
For those of you who don't already know, our Sunday Afternoon Tournaments are already underway, in fact we are half way through the winter season. These tournaments will continue through the last Sunday in March (march 26, 2017).
In April we will have our Annual Porko's Spring Day on Saturday April 8, 2017. This event will run from safe light till 3:30PM
Then in May we fire back up with our Midnight Madness Tournaments, all of these events run from 7PM on Saturday till 2AM Sunday Morning. The dates for these events are as follows:
May 13, 2017 and May 27, 2017
June 10, 2017, and June 24, 2017
July 8, 2017 and July 22, 2017
August 12, 2017 and August26, 2017
September 9, 2017 and September 23, 2017
Then we come back in November for the Toys for Tots event on November 4, 2017 safe light till 3:30PM
The right back into our Porko's Sunday Afternoon that runs from 1PM till 5PM each and every Sunday right on through the end of the year with the last one on New Year's Eve on December 31, 2017
There you have the whole year in one simple message!
All of our events are held out of the Gatewood Boat Ramp in Bartow County. Exit GA-20 exit on I-75 and turn east, Turn south at the light (right from I-75, left from Canton) next to Wendy's onto Spur 20. Go about 2 miles and turn left on Jim Knight Rd., Turn left when it dead ends at the Bartow Beach Rd. (right in front of the COE maintenance yard). Stay on the Beach road and stay to the left past the park Manager's house and follow the signs to the left to the boat ramp. We usually collect money at the top of the parking lot near the restrooms, but if I'm not up there, I will be down by the boat ramp in one of the handicap spaces.
My real name is Bob Smith. I am 63 years old and been bass fishing since I was about 9 years old. Both of my parents loved fishing (all kinds, but especially Bass), Mom still does but those golden years have pretty much ended the opportunities to fish. My dad died went on to Heaven, on April 29, 2013. where he can fish with the Good Lord and Play Bluegrass Music for him!
Where a lot of guys have tried to find their niche in competitive fishing from an individual perspective (and I have done my share of that too), I find my real enjoyment is organizing events and clubs that make it affordable for everyone to enjoy competitive fishing. That is the goal behind this adventure. Please read the topics for the Sunday Afternoon and the Midnight Madness for more details. My rules are simple, by design. If you are legal in the state of Georgia you are legal with me. We do not allow live bait and big bass must be alive to count for the Big Bass Pot. No rod length limits, trolling is allowed, etc.
How did we come up with "Porko"? Back in the late 80s and early 90s Strike King Bait Co. came out with a cured pork strip that you fished much like you would a super fluke, except you used a weedless hook. I fell in love with that danged bait so much so that my buddies "tagged" me with the moniker of Porko on our CB radios. It stuck, right on into the internet age! It doesn't bother me that some folks who haven't met me think that it is because of my larger stature (215lbs). Anyway, now you know a little more about me. To really get to know me you're just going to have to come on out and meet me in person!