Thanks to Daniel and Trent for taking care of business for me last night. The word I got was nothing but good things!!
From the looks of the results, it appears that was a great event. The average weight per fish was up substantially at 1.95lbs per fish! Only two largemouth weighed in that I could see on the sheet (maybe more but just not recorded?). There were 67 anglers on the sign up sheet for 34 paid entries, 35 boats with Daniel and Trent. There were 120 fish for a total of 234.41lbs. Really good numbers for a lake that has the moniker of the "Dead Sea".
Here are the money spots:
6th place went to John (Shrek) and Lonnie with 5 fish for 10.98lbs good for $68
5th place was Chris M. and Jeff S. with 5 fish for 11.17lbs and $136
4th place went to Ryan and Chandler with 5 fish for 11.56lbs and $231
3rd place went to Derrick and and Eli (I hope I got that right, Boat #8?) with 5 fish for 12.16lbs for $272 and Big BAss with a 4.81lb (spot or largemouth?) for $340. NICE PAYDAY!
2nd place was Monty and Kris with 5 fish for 12.66lbS AND $313. (The word I got was you guys held the lead right up to the very last minute!)
1st place went to Daniel and Trent with 5 fish for 13.44lbs (weighed in the "very last minute"!) for $340 and side pot for 340. congrats to you guys and thank you again
Guys I have to express a few concerns about the blast off. I stood up there on the hill at the ramp and watched this one. The first thing I saw that bothered me was a family pulling an innertube trying to get in the cove and you guys proceeded to blast off all around them. The driver of the boat and the kids were terrified!! If that happens again, we wait until they are safely past all of the bass boats and out of harms way!
AT the same time there was tiny little aluminum boat with a small outboard attempting to get out of the cove on the right side, you folks nearly swamped him. Maybe you saw him or maybe you didn't, but please idle past these people before trying to get on plane - your initial wake is much larger than when you are on plane and can really cause a boat that size to capsize.
Finally, I saw two or three boats going at the same time, in fact it was pretty chaotic, folks going from the right crossing to the left and vice versa. We have blasted off for years in the order you sign up. I know that was Smooth's first time blasting off this crowd and probably wasn't easy to hear, or maybe he did it a little different. Regardless of what happened, it's time we recalibrate and start practicing a little more safety. I will be trying to get something a little more visual for the future, but for now: Whoever is blasting off needs to pull up by the buoy in the center of the cove, if you are going left then get on the left side of the buoy, straight in the middle by the buoy, right obviously on the right side of the buoy. DO NOT START UNTIL YOU HEAR YOUR NUMBER CALLED OUT! If there are people coming into the cove, yield to them, if there are small boats, be mindful of them. I am not bashing you guys, just trying to get this under control so that we do not hurt someone or bring adverse publicity to these tournaments.
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!