Well, the first Midnight Madness of 2018 started out hot and sweaty with the lake frothing from pleasure boaters. The day shift had the parking lot pretty full, but we managed to get 32 trucks and trailers in there with them! There were 59 anglers weighing 135 fish for a total weight of 237.29lbs (and average of 1.76lbs per fish). We paid six places, Big Bass and the Side Pot. Here are the money winners:
Fat Rat and Terry with 12.29lbs for 1st $310 and the side pot of $320
Smooth and T had second place with 12.13lbs for $285
Rick and Danny had third with 11.67lbs for $248
Daniel and Trent had fourth with 11.30lbs for $211
Ricky and Braindin had fifth with 10.66lbs and $124
Chris M. and Jeff had sixth with 10.32lbs and $62
Mike M. and Jarred had the big bass with a 3.20lb LMB for $310
Our next event will be on May 26th. Ya'll come and join us. I know, I know, that's Memorial Day weekend!! Yes it is and we'll have fun at the ramp for sure!! AS always, it will work out, fortunately Bartow County will allow us to park in the Gatewood recreation area if we need it.
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!