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Porko's Midnight Madness, Sep 28, 2019 DONE #19689 09/21/19 11:07 PM
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Another night-fishing season is coming to a close, for the Midnight Madness anyways. Its been fun and set a few new record turn outs a couple of times. Anyway, we would love to see all of you guys at 2 AM one last time this year, so come on out and join us!
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

Last edited by Bob Smith; 09/29/19 03:01 PM.

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Re: Porko's Midnight Madness, Sep 28, 2019 DONE [Re: Bob Smith] #19696 09/29/19 03:47 PM
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Well we had a great summer this year and ended up with some pretty surprising numbers. We'll get to that in a minute. First thing we gotta do is talk about our tournament last night! Weather was nice with some thunderstorms around the area, I didn't get any reports of them actually hitting on the lake but it was definitely a light show for many of us! Very little breeze, a little muggy early then comfortable late. The water was 3-4' visibility and about 82-83 degrees all the places Stan and I fished! Boat traffic was light for the most part, looks like summer is just about over for everyone now.
We had 24 paid entries last night, 48 anglers. We weighed 113 fish with 13 of those being largemouth bass. The total weight was 216.9 for an average of 1.92lbs (another interesting stat is the average weight per angler would come out to 4.5lbs per person!). We paid 5 places, Big Bass and the side pot last night. Here's how that paid out:
Big Bass for $240 went to Waymond and Dwayne with a largejaw for 3.86lbs
5th place was Jeremy and Chris (Till the Last Tear Drop Falls) Mercer with 5 fish for 10.65lbs, good for $96. You saw it right, 10.65lbs to get a money spot!
4th place went to Joe C and Anthony H. with 5 fish for 10.80lbs and $144
3rd place was Brian and Dakota B. with 5 fish for 11.07lbs and $192
2nd place went to Gary Fowler (aka Mr. Allatoona!) with 5 fish for 11.71lbs and $240 (all by his "lonesome"! Bet it was funny to watch him "high five" himself!)
1st place went to Thurman family of Danny (Dad) and Daniel (without Trent), they kicked our booties collectively and royally with 5 fish for 14.05lbs!! Just FREAKIN' WOW! It was a $288 envelope for first and $250 in the Side Pot.

Congrats to the money spots, I am humbled and amazed at the fish that came in last night. When I finally grow up (figuratively speaking of course) and learn how to catch bigger fish on Toona, then I will give you a little more competition! Until then I will certainly admire those who do it on a regular basis!!
"Just for Grins" department: Nick and Zack, no I didn't DQ you guys for coming in "on the buzzer" I know that many time keeping methods can vary a minute or so. Besides, it was fun putting my laser on your boat!

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