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~~The Fishers of Men Maryland Division held Tournament #4 of the 2022 season on the Upper Chesapeake Bay out of Elk Neck Marina on the Elk River. A Nor’easter a week ago brought muddy red water to the flats and up to 9 spill gates in addition to the generation gates at Conowingo dam. A prevailing northeast breeze through the week kept tides 2 feet above normal. By tournament time, the river recovered quickly with much of the silt dropping out of the water and leaving it with a heavy stain. Tides were just returning to normal by Saturday morning.
 All 9 teams brought fish to the scales today. Tom and Jimmy Rufenacht picked up win with 22.80lbs. Sean Peddicord and Lonell Merchant brought in 21.47 lbs to take second place and had big fish with a 5.37 lb. LM. Jeffrey Pelkey and son Colton weighed in 19.73 lbs. Colton had a largemouth weighing 5.34 lbs. which missed the big fish prize by .03! Paul Wiley and son Zach (filling in for Jon Crans) brought a solid limit of 15.84 lbs to the scales.
Thank you to Maple View Baptist Church in Joppa, MD for hosting the Friday night meeting and thank you to Pastor Craig Mele for providing a great meal! Jimmy Rufenacht brought the message at the meeting out of John 10:1-14…We are “called by name,” “cared for,” and “close to” the True Shepherd Jesus Christ. We have been blessed with wonderful messages this year that go together perfectly!
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 Fears for coming out to assist with the weigh in process. Thank you to our local sponsors FishermensHeaven.com and Stanford Baits.
Tournament #5 is June 11th and will again be out of Elk Neck State Park on the Elk River. See the details at fomntt.com Maryland division.

Stren Upper Chesapeake Bay - 05/14/22



Place Team Members # Fish Big Fish Gross Penalty Net Wt Points
1 13432 Tom Rufenacht
James Rufenacht
5 5.34 22.8 0 22.8 200

2 28849 Sean Peddicord
Lonell Merchant
5 5.37 21.47 0 21.47 199

3 28969 Jeffrey Pelkey
Colton Pelkey
5 5.34 19.73 0 19.73 148

4 28873 Paul Wiley
Jon Crans
5 0 15.84 0 15.84 197

5 28874 Jeffrey Choi
Matthew Yuengling
4 5.35 13.31 0 13.31 196

6 28970 Mickey McCleary
Butch Brooks
3 5.09 11.41 0 11.41 195

7 28865 Robert Wolf
John Dell
4 0 9.03 0 9.03 194

8 28890 Jim Shinn
Rob Hager
3 0 8.48 0 8.48 193

9 28905 Thomas Turner
George Fortner
2 0 5.18 0 5.18 192

Way to go Colton - 5.34 lb. Largemouth

Tommy with 2 nice ones

Jim and son Colin subbing for Rob!

Bob Wolf with their 4

Check out that 5 lber in Butch's hand!

Matt was all smiles holding that 5.35 LM that missed big fish by .02! Nice job Jeff and Matt

Solid limit by Paul and Zach for 4th place!

Proud Pappa Jeff with Colton and their 19.73 lb. sack!

Sean and Lonell bringing the heat with 21.47 lbs and the 5.37 lb. big fish!

Tom and jimmy had a great day! 22.80lbs for 1st place

Thank you Tim Sherman for bring the custom baits!

"Knowing the Savior's Voice." Excellent message by Jimmy Rufenacht...thank you!