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      The Maryland Division held Tournament #2 for the 2022 season on the Upper Chesapeake Bay out of Anchor Marina at the top of the North East River. The weather has been holding the fish back as water temps are hovering in the low 50’s after several warming trends a month ago. Although the weather was stable, water levels were low and the sun didn’t make an appearance during the tournament hours preventing a more active bite.
      All 12 teams brought fish to the scales today. Jim Shinn and Rob Hager dropped 20.88 lbs. on the scales to take home the win! Tom and Jimmy Rufenacht brought in 18.43 lbs. to finish in second place. Jeff Choi and Matt Yuengling brought in a solid limit of 14.36 to edge out Tommy Turner and George Fortner’s limit (14.28 lbs.) for 3rd place. Daniel Brockmeyer and Ken Molz Jr. weighed in a solid limit of 12.65 for 5th place. Paul Wiley took big bass honors with a 5.66 largemouth.
     Thank you to Victorious Faith Fellowship in Forest Hill, MD for hosting the Friday night meeting and thank you to the Billings Family for pulling off a great spread! Paul Wiley brought the message at the meeting out of I Peter 2:21 – 25 and after delivering the gospel message, went on to show us that not only does God save us, but He has called us…each one of us with a unique calling. There are few greater joys in life than identifying God’s calling for your life and serving Him with the spiritual gifts He has given you! (Sorry guys…catching bass is a passion not a calling!)
      Thank you to all who helped at the dinner and at the weigh in. A special thank you goes to Ted Quatman who hauls and sets up equipment and Joseph and Nancy Fears for coming out to assist with the weigh in process. Thank you to the sponsors for the local Marland division FishermensHeaven.com and Stanford Baits.
       Tournament #3 is April 30th out of Dundee Creek Marina on the Gunpowder River. The Fridy night meeting will be at the pavilion at Trinity Lutheran Church. See the details at fomntt.com Maryland division.

Stren Upper Chesapeake Bay - 04/23/22


Place Team Members # Fish Big Fish Gross Penalty Net Wt Points
1 28890 Jim Shinn
Rob Hager
5 5.38 20.88 0 20.88 200

2 13432 Tom Rufenacht
James Rufenacht
5 4.81 18.43 0 18.43 199

3 28874 Jeffrey Choi
Matthew Yuengling
5 0 14.36 0 14.36 198

4 28905 Thomas Turner
George Fortner
5 0 14.28 0 14.28 197

5 28971 Daniel Brockmeyer
Kenneth Molz Jr
5 0 12.65 0 12.65 146

6 28849 Sean Peddicord
Lonell Merchant
4 3.73 12.44 0 12.44 195

7 28850 Buz Billings Jr.
Buzzy Billings III
4 0 11.98 0 11.98 194

8 28969 Jeffrey Pelkey
Colton Pelkey
2 3.72 6.71 0 6.71 143

9 28970 Mickey McCleary
Butch Brooks
2 3.56 6.49 0 6.49 192

10 28873 Paul Wiley
Jon Crans
1 5.66 5.66 0 5.66 191

11 14172 Elvin Martes
William Gartner
2 0 5.13 0 5.13 140

12 28865 Robert Wolf
John Dell
2 0 4.97 0 4.97 189

Blessed with a Beautiful Start to the day!

The Perfect Spread!

Thank you to Ginny and Marie!

Paul at the pulpit!

All teams caught fish!

The Happy Winners!

Jim Shinn and Rob Hager with the winning bag

2nd place Tom and Jimmy Rufenacht

Jeff Choi and Matt Yuengling 3rd place

George Fortner and Tommy Turner with a limit for 4th place.

Daniel Brockmeyer and Ken Molz Jr. 5th Place limit

Paul Wiley Big Fish 5.66 lbs.

Our Kiss and Release Program!

Sean Peddicord and Lonnell Merchant found some nice brown as usual!

Butch Brooks and Mick McCleary with a few nice ones

Bob with a couple nice ones for team Wolf/Dell for TX #2

Team Buzz and Buzz with their catch!

Welcome back Bill Gartner and Elvin Martes!

Jr. Team Jeff Pelky and son Colton had 2 fish for the day!