Well, we didn't go out with a bang, but we still had a decent turnout with 23 paid entries. The weather was nice and the lake was too after the pleasure boater crowd quieted down. The hard part of fishing last night was being at the end of September and the water temps were still in the low 80s! I sure hope we see some cooling soon. I don't even think the lake is near a turnover yet! The lake drawdown is underway and you can see a significant drop already, be careful out there because the reef markers in some places are going to soon be marking "islands".
Anyway, There will always be someone to take the money home and here's the winners from last night:
5th place went to David and Kevin with 5 fish for 7.94lbs and $92
4th place was Chris and Brian with 5 fish for 8.42bs and $138lbs
3rd place went to Dane and Antonio with 5 fish for 8.62lbs for $184
2nd place went to Terry W. (minus Fatrat) with 5 fish for 9.16lbs and $230
1st place, Big Bass and the side Pot was a clean sweep for Gary F. with 5 fish for 11.48lbs and BB was 3.63lb spotted bass. Gary got $276 for First, $230 for Big Bass and $240 for the side pot!! WTG, Mr. Retiree!
I will be goofing off and fishing one club tournament in October. Then in November we kick it off with the "Toys for Tots Tournament" on November 5th (at Gatewood) and then start the Sunday Afternoon events on November 6. We'll go every Sunday through the end of March!
We finished up the Sunday Afternoons, and we are ready to start up the night-time tournaments! I am ready and hope that you are too!! The fees, rules and process is exactly like it was last year, no change. Here's a quick run down of the event:
We start at 7PM and run to 2AM
Blast off is one at a time, your boat number is in the order that you sign up. the last one signed in is the blast-off guy (gets to call out the numbers and get everyone out of there!)
There is a $40 entry for a 1:5 payback (1 place for every 5 entries up to 30 entries and it's 6 places regardless after that)
Big Bass is $10 and the Big Bass MUST be alive
There is also an optional side pot of $10, Winner take all based on total creel weight (this pot is usually the biggest payback!)
For everything, the total amount of cash required is $60.
Rules are that we do not allow live bait and there is only one dead fish allowed (no penalty). No more than one dead fish will be weighed per angler.
We will have a good schedule this year with two tournaments per month May through September, here are the dates:
May 14, 2016 and May 28, 2016
June 11, 2016 and June 25, 2016
July 9, 2016 and July 23, 2016
August 13, 2016 and August 27, 2016
September 10, and September 24, 2016
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. We usually collect money at the top of the parking lot near the restrooms.
We do allow folks to come to the event by water, if someone request to look at your livewell do not be offended. It is not a requirement, but a courtesy if someone should be concerned. In the history of my events I have never had one single complaint about folks cheating.
Tracker topics will be posted the week prior to each event in the tournament sections of www.georgiafishingforum.com and www.allatoonabass.proboards.com and on Facebook on the Allatoona Tournament Group page
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!