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Porko's Midnight Madness July 28, 2018 DONE #19341 07/22/18 03:08 PM
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The end of July is here already!! Just Wow!! Time is moving way too fast! Well we will be at Gatewood next Saturday doing the Midnight Madness and you guys are cordially invited to join us. There are still some nice fish being brought to the scales. Top honors have been going to the 11lb to 13-14lb sacks with 10lbs or better to get an envelope! so come on out get you some of it!
Remember you are not limited to two people, you determine how many people you want in your boat. one entry fee equals one limit of fish. you are allowed only one dead fish per limit (Big Bass must be alive). So if you want to load up the wife and kids, that's fine. Grandpa and the grandkids is fine too. Your regular fishing partner or solo, makes no difference to me. All I ask is that you be careful, safe, respectful and courteous.
We will be blasting off in order of sign up, remember not to jump the gun, go when your number is called. Try to position your boat to the side in which you intend to go (left, center or right). If a boat is entering the cove, let them in before you go.
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

Last edited by Bob Smith; 07/29/18 04:11 PM.

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Re: Porko's Midnight Madness July 28, 2018 DONE [Re: Bob Smith] #19351 07/29/18 04:29 PM
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The weather was really nice last night, even a little bit cool for the end of July. The pleasure boat traffic picked up right at dark but quickly settled down as the night wore on. The fishing was good to really good for some, some of us had to grind it out for a limit, others (17 entries) did not bring fish to the scales at all.
WE had 37 paid entries last night, a total of 74 anglers (38 boats including mine). There were 104 fish weighed for a total of 187.02lbs (avg 1.80lbs per fish), and 5 largemouth bass. Big Bass was a 4.25lb spotted bass (what a beast!). I have a feeling that the 17 entries that did not weigh fish probably caught fish and simply felt that the odds of getting paid was not very good and just released them. I sure would like to know what our totals looked like if they did weigh the fish?
There were some good fish and sacks brought to the scales, here's the top six money spots:
6th place went to Jarrod and Mike M. with 5 fish for 10.07lbs and $74
5th place was Scott B. and Derreck with 5 fish for 10.20lbs and $148
4th place was Ryan B. and Lauren with 5 fish for 10.38lbs and $252
3rd place was Nick T. and Drew with 5 fish for 10.40lbs and $296
2nd place was Mister Gary Fowler and his side kick, Mark the Man with 5 fish for 11.86lbs and $340
1st place and Side Pot was Lonnie T. and John with 5 fish for 12.88lbs, $370 for 1st and $280 for Side Pot
Nick T and Drew had Big Bass with a 4.25lb spot for $370
The total pay-out last night was $2230!! not shabby!

All hail the winners!! You guys humble me with those fish! Job Well done!
See you in a couple of weeks!!

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