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Porko's Midnight Madness, September 7, 2019 DONE #19671 09/01/19 02:03 PM
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Wow, this summer went by in a flash! We have this one and one more then we are done with the Midnight Madness until next year! It's been fun and we've had some excellent participation this year. The fishing has been a roller coaster ride for the most part, but I hope these last two will see some good weights. Come on out and help us end the season with a great turnout.

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, September 7, 2019 DONE [Re: Bob Smith] #19674 09/08/19 04:10 PM
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That was one interesting night for sure! The sun went down earlier and made for a comfortable evening on the water. Water temps ranged from around 85 degrees to about 82 degrees (at 2AM this morning), There was very little breeze for most of the night, and lots of bugs for the first couple of hours especially back in the creeks! We started out with 27 paid entries for a total of 48 anglers, weighing 84 fish for a total of139.9lbs (avg 1.67lbs per fish). there 10 largemouth brought to the scales but Big Bass was a spotted bass! Here's how the money paid out:
5th place went to Daniel and Trent with 5 fish for 9.11lbs for $54
4th place tied at 9.53Lbs, Mark and Mike Cheeks got half of the 4th and 5th place money at $146
4th place tied at 9.53Lbs were also Michael K. and Ken H. for $146 and Big Bass for $270 with a 4.22Lb. Spotted bass
3rd place went to Gary Fowler for $216 with 5 fish for 9.66Lbs
2nd place was Scott A. and Jeff for $248 with 5 fish for 10.06Lbs
1st place went to Wesley with 4 fish for 10.62Lbs at $270 and the side pot at $280
Congrats to the money spots and to all who weighed fish, Good Job!!
Last night also cost one of our teams a rough start and bad finish! Jonathan Robinson and Albert Little were fishing out Jonathan's new Pheonix (beautiful rig with all of the bells and whistles!). They were running up Stamps Creek and coming up to the "Haripin" turn (about half way back into the creek). Jonathan had to quickly veer left to avoid hitting a pair of kayaks. The boat hooked a hard left and shot up onto the bolders. They called me immediately and Stan and I went to assist. Both claimed they were ok, beat up a bit and perhaps bruised, but ok. Chris Day and his team came out and assisted with removing the boat from the rocks. The whole ordeal lasted about 2 1/2 hours but seemed a lot longer than that (I'm sure that Jonathan and Albert felt that way). I am not going to speculate as to what caused the boat to catch and run up on the rocks. All I know is that you guys keep your eyes open for kayaks and anything else, wear your life jackets and just be careful. In hindsight this incident could have ended a whole lot more tragically, Thank God it didn't!
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