Well, for the second year in a row, our No Limit tournament turned out to be a lesson in irony. Only one angler caught more than five fish today!

It was a struggle.

Fish under 12 inches were abundant, but finding fish over that was a challenge for all 21 of us. Out of 61 fish submitted, only six were over 14 inches long. Awful.

Four of those six were big ones, though. Michael Andreasen dragged in a 19.50 early. I assumed that would be the lunker for the day—until I caught a 20-inch fatty, which I assumed would hold as the day’s lunker. But then Shawn Renes caught a 21.50! And then Peter Arruda was like, “Pffft,” and hauled in a 21.75, which was the big fish of the day.

Congrats, bud!

Current Angler of the Year leader, Bruce Levy, struggled for most of the day, but he finally landed four in the last two hours, which was enough to secure fifth place with 54.25 inches.

Only four anglers caught more than five fish. One of them was Mark Johnson, who took fourth place with five 12-inch slobs that went 61.25.

I didn’t catch my fifth fish until 2:30, and five was all I caught. Luckily that 20-incher was enough to hoist me into third place.

Shawn Renes has fished with us two times so far, and both times he’s come in second place. He had five fish—four dinks and a beast—that went 71.25.

(Shawn and I also fished the first half of our Knockout Series finale today. Based on each of our three biggest, he is leading me 47.25 to 45.25. We will fish again at our next tournament in two weeks and crown a winner!)

Craig Page hadn’t fished with us yet this year, and hasn’t fished much at all in fact, but that didn’t stop him from getting the “dubya” with six fish totaling 75.50. That sixth fish made all the difference! Congrats, man!

And congrats to everyone else! You had to work hard for this one.


Yeah, I may have Photoshopped my head into the picture
You can see the full results here.

Anyway, great seeing everyone again. Good to meet you, Gerard!

Our next tournament is at Lake Maspenock (aka North Pond) in Hopkinton on October 28. This will be our last regular-season tourney of the year (we’ll do a few more if the weather’s nice enough).

You can register for that one here.

See you in two weeks!