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Porko's Midnight Madness July 6, 2019 DONE #19634 06/30/19 08:06 PM
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I know it's on another Holiday weekend, but we'll do it anyway. On Memorial Day it turned out that the lake wasn't that crowded at all! With the actual Holiday being on Thursday I am hoping most of the folks will be spend by Saturday Night! Regardless, I will be there and look forward to seeing most of you there as well.
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 Midnight Madness July 6, 2019 DONE [Re: Bob Smith] #19640 07/07/19 03:34 PM
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We had a full field last night. In fact I had to turn away four boats (you have no idea how I hate to tell my friends that I cannot let them fish because we are at our limit!!), This COE insurance thing is just wrong in my opinion, but it's something I have no control over. If I knew that we would frequently have that kind of turnout, I guess I would have to raise the entry fee to cover it. As of right now it has only happened twice (both times this summer) so I am betting that the turnout is more of an exception than the rule.
It was hot at the start of the event and the weekend boating crowd were pretty evident. It did finally cool down that the boat traffic finally died down making for a really nice evening/night to be on the water!
here are some numbers from last night: 97 anglers weighed 141 fish for a total of 238.22lbs (average was 1.69lbs per fish, down a little from the last tournament!). Of that total there were 13 Largemouth bass weighed in, including the Big Bass. 22 entries did not weigh any fish in (I suspect they had fish and just didn't think they could compete with the weight). Anyway, here is the part you are most interested in:
6th place for $100 went to Nick T. and Nick with 5 fish for 10.62lbs
5th place for $200 was Jimmy C. and Brian C. with 5 fish for 10.81lbs
4th place for $340 went to Jeff G. and Thad with 5 fish for 11.05lbs
3rd place for $400 went to Monty and Kris with 5 fish for 11.07lbs (sorry for the confusion last night!)
2nd place for $460 went to Corey and Wayne with 5 fish for 12.47lbs
1st place for $500, the Side Pot of $490, and Big Bass for $500 (5.55lb Largemouth) with a total weight of 17.26lbs (extremely humbling!) went to Danny and Daniel Thurman. What a show!

It was great seeing all of you out there last night, and I regret having to turn away my friends at the ramp, I really do. The next one is on July 27th, 2019 out of Gatewood. Please try to make it out to Gatewood on July 13th for the Jacob Cline charity event put on by Matt Martin on behalf of the High School Bass Fishing group (that Jacob is a member of). $60 entry fee with half of that going to the family to offset accumulating medical cost associated with Jacob's recovery. There will be some Bar B Que or something prior to the tournament start so try to make it out there (I plan on fishing it as well, it's for a great cause!).

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