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Porko's Midinight Madness, May 25, 2019 DONE #19614 05/18/19 11:09 PM
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Yes, I do know what weekend this event will be on... Oh well, let's get it on and get it done anyway!! Let the count down begin!

The hours will be 7PM till 2AM, and all events will be held out Bartow County Gatewood Boat Ramp in Cartersville, GA. There will be a $50 entry fee ($10 to the Big Bass pot and $40 to a 1-5 payback, maximum 6 places), and an optional $10 side pot (winner take all on total weight). I have a 49 boat limit to avoid the $1million insurance cost. Even though we've come close a time or two we've never gone over that. I don't reserve spots in advance so get there early because if we ever reach 49 I will have to turn away anyone after that. The park launch fee is unchanged at $5 a launch or $40 annual pass (if you fish most of my Sunday Afternoons and Midnight Madness, the $40 is definitely more economical).
Rules?? yeah we do but only a few:
1. largemouth and spotted bass only, minimum 12", 5 bass limit, one dead fish allowed, but if weighing for Big Bass - Big Bass must be alive
2. Artificial baits only, no live bait (we tried it once and only one guy tried it for one trip, complained about the minnow bucket spilling on his carpet, end of that).
3. no rod length limits and trolling is allowed (not really a rule, I just put this in there because folks invariably ask me about it).
4. No alcohol during any of my events, ever. There is nothing more obnoxious or more dangerous than a drunk fisherman or boater. If I find out that you are doing it I will address it and my decision will be final. We just don't need it.
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

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Re: Porko's Midinight Madness, May 25, 2019 TRACKER [Re: Bob Smith] #19617 05/25/19 01:06 PM
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Tonight's the night!! come on out and join us!!

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Re: Porko's Midinight Madness, May 25, 2019 DONE [Re: Bob Smith] #19618 05/26/19 04:31 PM
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happy2 We hit the maximum number of boats last night!! 49 boats, anymore and I would've had to turn folks away so wouldn't violate my agreement with the Corp of Engineers permit. 50 boats or more would cost me some pretty high insurance premiums for a million dollar liability payable to the CoE (turns my stomach just thinking about paying additional insurance to an entity that earns their living off our tax dollars! It is What it is!) We had some pleasure boaters to deals with, but it wasn't as bad as I have seen it in the past. It was hot though! Very little, to no wind and bright sunny skies is what we started with and water temps between 83 and 85 degrees, and pretty clear water conditions (noticed a lot algae starting to form in the protected areas).
Here are the numbers: 48 paid entries, 49 boats (with mine), 92 signed up anglers, 168 fish total (brought to the scales), 6 large-mouths (including Big Bass), 273.14lbs total weight (1.63lbs average).
The money spots ended up to these fine folks:
6 place was Michel P and Lonnie with 5 fish for 9.30lbs and $96
5th place went to Jacob and Hunter with 5 fish for 9.43lbs and $192
4th place was Ricky Wright (who disappeared before the payout!!) with 5 fish for 9.86lbs and $326 (Ricky I got your envelope!)
3rd place went to Lonnie T. and John "Shrek" with 5 fish for 11.10lbs for $384
2nd place was Joe and David with 5 fish for 12.24lbs for $442 and Big Bass with a 4.42lb LMB for $480
1st place went to Brian B. and "Gambler" Greg with 5 fish for 12.98lbs (so close to 13lbs, so close!) for $480 and the side pot for $490
Total payout last night was $2890!
I also want to thank each and everyone of you for helping us make that a very smooth tournament last night. In spite of the crowded parking lot, you guys made it work very well, the huge blast off going, one at a time, went off very smoothly with no issues or conflicts with the Holiday boaters, and finally the weigh in was smooth and quick with everyone out of the water in an organized fashion and in line to the scales in an orderly process that went very quickly! You set a great example of how tournament anglers should be at the ramp! Well DONE!
Remember to say a prayer and think about the real reason for Memorial Day! It is those who died for us that makes all of this possible!

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