Blue, as always , ran a GREAT tournament...
It was so nice to see a turnout with such a caliber of talent.
Better yet was seeing my boyz Blue, PatX, Junior, Nicky and Kenny, JP, MY BERGEN BROTHERS (Congrats again Nick), GaryM , Dom and meeting Skeet and the "Wild Man" 5 bass. (Two really nice guys who I have heard mentioned alot ... regarding their fishing skills
) One of the last people I saw...besides my buds Kenny and Nicholi and "new" bud 5 bass ...was the MAN himself.
Doc...I now hope you can finally set aside some of that "Anti" Tournament sentiment. Yesterday was a showing of camaraderie and talent that is representative of a well run Tournament (Thanks again Blue) and although some people did not fare well...They all had smiles on their faces.
Take into consideration that PatX and MJdel17 ,"Mr. Bailey" , and Terry Baksay were in the lineup ..Blue still had to turn away folks.
THAT IS WHAT IT IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT...CHALLENGE AND F-U-N !!
As Joe stated earlier...After passing "Mr Bailey" and chatting with him...We had two and he had none up to that point...I came across Cub (Paladin) and Nick. They mentioned that they had two.. I said to Joe that I know both of them and if they had two nice fish at that point...The Team of Paladin and Nick would be the team to upset Pat and Blue..
Congrats again to the both of You !!!! Watershed & Bergen !!!!
Watershed continues to be the club to beat !!! Congrats to all the Watershed guys !!! Gary and Gang ....
I am so sorry I missed the weigh-in...There was a mixup and a ramp situation...(I saw my vehicle move...and was one of the last off of the water). I found out later why..as Joe handed me some Andy Jackson's and stated that his fish was 2nd place lunker...
NEED I SAY MORE... Joe was an TRUE partner in every sense of the word.
I had never fished with Joe prior to this outing and Pat gave me the heads up....He is a EXCELLENT ANGLER.
I had a MISERABLE prefish but one of the funniest days on the water with Kenny C so when Joe was on fish in the prefish..We went with his plan.
Now when Joe says 20' he means 20'+. I had a bunch of things tied on thinking we would go shallow at some point...But we caught our fish deep and that was the plan of the day. I threw a tube/Blade/Crank/Jerk/Craw/Hula but the ONLY bait that put fish on my line ...was of course...A PHIL'S HAIR JIG.(My lone fish in practice came on a Phil's creation)
Phil is STILL dealing with the reconstruction of his home in Missouri that he lost to the Tornado...He is living at another residence until his house is rebuilt and wishes everyone here the best.
My partner Joe P was an absolute pleasure to fish with..He is a very methodical fisherman and quite a serious guy when it comes to fishing.
His drop-shot technique is awesome to watch...I would put him up against ANYBODY...He had rods dedicated to drop-shot and was always tinkering with his setups..
I knew he had a nice fish when he called and said he had a nice largemouth on... I saw the rod bend and the fish stay down so I fgured...All right...Were IN...I think we were both surprised when we saw the Smallie come up...Shortly there after I was in... A couple of shorts and we thought all was good...
That first hour was the climax along with seeing a group of guys having fun !!!
Great Job all...
It was a pleasure seeing you all and meeting some new folks..
Joe...Anytime you need a partner...Give me a shout
Cub and Nick....WEEN Champions!!!!
P.S. The Granola Bars and Orange Drink are history...I will give you back your thermos next time I see you .