Nationwide Insurance and local agent and Maryland Bass Nation member Dick Brown hosted the 2015 Mr Bass qualifying tournament this weekend out of Dundee Creek Marina on the Upper Bay.
Greg Hall with MR Bass produced two solid bags, 15.53 and 19.71, to capture the Boater title with a final weight of 35.24 lb. Tiderunner Bassmasters Tom Welsh was equally productive with weights of 15.52 and 19.22 taking second with a total of 34.74 lb. Rider and young gun Justin Bronson with Hub City Bassmasters combined bags of 11.65 and 9.88 to capture the Co-Angler title with a weight of 21.53 lb. Captain’s Choice Mark Pryal was not far behind showing up with 10.40 and 11.01 to capture second place with a total of 21.41 lb. All four of these gentleman have now secured spots on the 2016 Maryland Bass Nation State Team.
Al Fiorille captured first day lunker monies with a 5.23 lb. beauty. Ed Riley’s 7.48 bass was the big fish of the weekend but Ed was not entered into the optional lunker pot. Second day lunker prize monies went to Greg Hall and his 5.56 lb fish that anchored his close to twenty pound bag.
While tournament director Don Bronson along with our appointed secretary for both Saturday and Sunday Mike Lutz worked on the final numbers the rest of us had fun giving away prizes. Again, ten lucky anglers walked away with super crankbaits from Livingston Lures while Kevin McGinnis and Lionell Merchant each picked up a SavePhace mask courtesy of Team Electric. The Maryland Bass Nation also gave away two gallons of oil.
Dick Brown and Nationwide collected information cards from anglers and volunteers and once collected drew two winners of a beautiful camo finished spinning rod and reel from Ardent.
Nationwide also awarded four premium Ardent baitcasting and spinning reels to the four top finishers.
I want to thank not just all the volunteers that made themselves available for both morning and afternoon duties but to the friends and family that showed up, especially on the final day, to support and root for their favourite competitors. It sure is nice to hear those hearty and well deserved applauses.