2014 CCBM Tournament Results and Standings
How fitting is it that the week after the CCBM's Bass Cat Open is held, Bass Cat Boat owners dominate the field of anglers in the CCBM first club tournament of the year.? I would say very!!
Right on cue rough weather comes in for a CCBM event. Winds blowing at a steady 15-20 mph and gusting to 35 gave a packed river full of anglers unwanted headaches.
Sean Geerlof finds himself making the right moves at the right time to put himself in front of quality fish.
Sean puts 4 quality fish in his P4 Bass Cat Boat but spends most of the rest of the day searching for his limit fish. TM batteries drained from fishing in the wind most of the day hampered his search for number 5.
Sean's bag of 4 fish weighed 16.69 lbs giving him the early lead in the AOY standings
Sam Montalto moves to the rider side in this tx due to boat issues and finds 3 good bass to put in a Bass Cat livewell, and puts 2nd place money into his pocket.
His 3 fish weighed 10. 54 lbs just edging out the 3rd place angler. This is his best finish on the upper bay and is looking forward to the next club tx on the Nanticoke River.
Zach Weimar starts his tx career as a boater with a Bang. Zach running his new Bass Cat in less then ideal conditions did a good job getting fish in the boat.
Zach's 2 fish weighed 8.12 lbs and was enough to give him 3rd place and a jump on most of the field in the AOY standings
Last years AOY Mark Ely figures if you can not beat them join them, and he did.
Once again another member fishing out of a Bass Cat Boat takes home a check.
Mark catches the Lunker of the day. This North East River Slob weighs 5.64 lbs and gives him 4th place as well!
Congrats to all!!
Last second catch gives a win to a Nanticoke Veteran, 2013 AOY has his best finish ever, and another member keeps pace with the top 3.
George Waeckel finished strong on this nice day by catching a keeper in the last 5 minutes in front of the rest of the anglers to give him a big win early in the year.
George had mentioned that in his 25 years of tournament fishing that this is the first time he has caught a meaningful fish in the last 5 minutes before check in.
His bag of 4 fish weighed 8.47 lbs which included the days Lunker Bass of 3.37 lbs
Mark Ely takes a 2nd place in the 2nd tournament of the 2014 season.
Having his best ever finish and tournament weight on the Nanticoke River. His bag of 5 fish weighed 7.87 lbs. Mark is looking to be adding more pressure on the other anglers with a strong showing next week on the Potomac River.
Jerry Gerlach is consistently finishing near the top of the leader board through the past couple years and this day is no different.
Jerry weighs in a bag of 4 fish that weigh 5.89 lbs and takes home 3rd place points and loves into the top 3 overall in the AOY race for 2014
Someone Old, Someone New, and Something Big is the theme for CCBM's 3rd tx of the year.
Eli Amilani Being one of the founding members of CCBM's is the "Someone Old" and fishing well on the Potomac river is nothing new. Eli is almost always in the mix at the end of the day while weighing in at the Smallwood Ramp. Coming up just shy of a win here last year was a driving force for Eli to win this time around. Eli was the only one to catch a limit on the post front day following a night of storms that produced over 2" of rain in the area.
His bag of 5 fish weighed 12.88lbs and gives him a win and a spot in the top 6 in the AOY standings.
2nd Place was awarded to "Someone New". New member Ed Reese had a rough day on the water after losing a 5+ lb fish but was able to put enough in the boat to earn 2nd place points. His bag of 2 fish weighed 5.92 lbs and is looking forward to our 4th tx of the season on the North East River.
"Something Big" is the title we are giving to Steve Weimar, Steve took home 3rd place points and Lunker Honors. Steve netted only 1 keeper but it was the right size. His 3.70 Potomac fish was enough to leave him tied for 6th place in the AOY standings.
2012 AOY, 2013 AOY, and future 2014 AOY all take the top 3?We will not know if that is true for another 5 months but what we do know for sure is that CCBM now has a new club record Lunker and almost a new club record bag as well.
Jerry Gerlach starts out quick by getting some good ones in the livewell but runs into some mechanical issues which knocks out all of his livewell controls.
After losing 3 fish due to mechanical issues Jerry makes some adjustments to his livewell setup and fills out his limit and weighs in a club record bag weighing 19.94 but after receiving a 1.5 lb penalty for dead fish Jerry ends up with top 4 bag in CCBM history weighing 18.44 lbs. Was that good enough for a days work for Jerry? I guess not as he also produced a new club record Lunker that weighed 7.18 lbs!!!
Taking 2nd place on the North East River is the CCBM 2012 AOY Stan Horne.
Dealing with some tough conditions Stan grinds out 5 fish all day. His bag weighed a solid 15.67 lbs and and more importantly gives him 2nd place points towards the 2014 AOY race.
2013 AOY Mark Ely puts together a good tournament under muddy conditions.
Marks 4 fish weighing 13 lb helps Mark move into a tie for first place. With a baby on the way the season will not get easier for him but he has shown determation after holding off a hard charging Sean Geerlof in the 2013 AOY race to win the title.
One CCBM on his way up, as one is on his way out. One member proves he is still one to worry about on the North East River as another shows his ability to catch big fish,
Stan Horne moves up the leader board with an impressive bag on the North East River.
Stan gets a big win to keep him in touch with the top group as we make our way into the middle of the CCBM schedule. Stan's limit of fish was plenty to top the field of 14 anglers. Stan's bag weighing 17.43 was more then 2.5 lbs more then 2nd place.
Unfortunately this CCBM member is on his way out. Zach Weimar sets sail for the University of Florida with a bang. One day before hitting the road Zach takes a 2nd place finish while weighing in his largest club tx bag.
Zach's limit of fish weighed 14.83 lbs which included a 5+ lb largemouth.
We wish him the best and reserve the right to invite ourselves down for a club tx on Okeechobee. I hope you have parking for 10 Boats!!
Lou Croce takes a 3rd place finish with a nice bag. His limit of fish weighing 14.64 lbs leaves him just shy of a 2nd place finish. After catching some nice smallies on Oneida Lake recently he feels confident and eager to get to our next tournaments on the Conowingo.
Jimmy Pitcherello has been on a tear lately with big fish and today is no different. Jilly finds himself on the other end of a Personal Best 6.70 largemouth. This also puts him in the top 5 for largest ever caught in a Chester County Bass Masters TX.
Some tough conditions lead to a tough fishing day as the CCBM's brave the wood laden Conowingo Lake in tournament number 6 for the season.
Jerry Gerlach did not catch the most fish but his lunker puts him over the top of the rest of the field.
Jerry adds a soild Largemouth to anchor his 3 fish bag. His 3.68lb Largemouth gets him Lunker honors for the day. He also takes a win on the day weighing in 6.72 lbs. This win puts him firmly atop of the AOY standings but several guys have their eyes set at the top spot once they accumulate the 7 txs entrys that count towards AOY.
Here is one of those guys looking at the top spot in the AOY race. Stan Horne had a very interesting day on the water. Be sure to ask him about it when you see him.
Stan's bag of 4 fish weighed 5.71 lbs.
Coming up on the schedule is a Stan Horne favorite, Nanticoke River.
Sneaking in for 3rd place is an angler that loves this fishery but struggled to find numbers. Sean Geerlof hopes to keep his AOY hopes alive by finishing in the top 3 for the rest of the year. Sean's bag of 3 fish weighing 3.68 lbs starts him off with that.
An event at Blades Marina moves CCBM's to Seaford Ramp, 2012 AOY loads the boat, One member is resurrecting his love for the Nanticoke, and another is trying to make up for lost time.
Stan Horne has a good day on the water. After putting together a few limits he upgrades a few fish with enough weight to take his second win in 2014.
Stan's bag of 5 fish weighed 9.20 lbs and moves him closer to the top in the AOY standings to the current leader Jerry Gerlach..
Working from the back of the AOY standings due to missed txs, Sean Geerlof is wasting no time putting up solid points towards AOY. Finishing in 2nd place today and in the top 5 in 4 of the last 5 txs, he plans to be near the leaders once he gets his 7 counted txs in the books. His weight of 8.05 lbs was just enough for 2nd place.
Coming in for 3rd place by more then a pound is an angler that at one point was less then thrilled about this fishery, but after winning our first trip here and coming in 3rd today maybe he has changed his mind. His limit of fish weighed 7.76 lbs and most likely looking forward to our return to the Nanticoke on September 13th
Bill "Big Fish" Allison does it again... Had a good day on the water and managed to land the lunker for the day. His big fish weighed 3.51 lbs
Surprisingly tough pre-front day on the Nanticoke produces a new leader in the AOY race, CCBM Tournament Director finishes strong, and a member who has missed most of the season due to work schedule reminds club members he can catch a fish or two.
Sean Geerlof has won his 2nd tournament this year and helps him make a move from 8th place to 1st in the 2014 AOY race. Sean weighed in 3 bass for 7.20 lbs which included a Nanticoke Pig that weighed 4.32 lbs.
While having a hard time finding bites like most of the CCBM anglers, Steve Weimar catches a few good fish to help him lock down 2nd place and a spot firmly in the top 6 in the AOY race. His 3 fish weighed 4.48 lbs.
Paul Kimball comes in and shows no rust after missing all but only one other tx. Paul's bag of 3 fish weighed 3.41 lbs and hopes to use this as momentum for the last 3 tournaments in 2014
2013 AOY returns with a vengeance, one of the clubs most consistent members this year cracks the top 3, and another member grinds out another top 5.
After taking some time off after the birth of his healthy son, Mark Ely returned on a mission. That mission was to show his fellow anglers that he still has it.
Mark shows up at weigh in with a strong limit of Smallies weighing 8.26 lbs which included the days Lunker Bass that weighed in at 2.83 lbs.
New member Steve Murphy who is new to tournament fishing has been very consistent by weighing in fish in all but 1 tx this year.
For the 2nd time this year he takes 2nd place. Steve's limit of bass weighed 6.03 lbs
Coming in for 3rd place is Sean Geerlof. This marks the 4th time in 6 tournaments that he has finished in the top 3.
Seans bag of 3 fish weighed 3.02 lbs and is looking forward to our next tx on the Nanticoke river
Chester county Bass Masters is thinking of changing their name to Storm Front Bass Masters as another tx falls around a weather front. Air temps fell nearly 20 degrees causing a 6-8 degree water temp drop in 1 day putting the fish in a negative mood.
After finding himself coming up short in earlier North East River txs Lou Croce chalks up a impressive win as the seasons nears its end. With 2 more txs left Lou makes a move up the standings to 8th place with eyes on the top 6. His bag of Largemouth weighed 11.75 lbs.
Sean Geerlof falls just shy of first place after failing to land his 5th fish. Sean's bag weighed 11.12 lbs and included the Lunker for the day which weighed 4.87 lbs.
This finish strengthens his lead in the AOY race but 3 others still have a shot to take him down with 2 more tournaments to go.
Tom Best was not "the best" on this day but had a very good day on the water by landing 4 keepers and a 3rd place finish.
Tom 4 fish bag weighed 9.03 lbs. the next closest angler was over 5 lbs away. A strong finish on a tough day for sure.
Chester county Bass Masters continues their trend of fishing under tough conditions. We switched our tx from Conowingo Lake to the North East River due to a wind forecast of 20-25 mph with gusts close to 40.
With AOY narrowed down to 4 anglers, the angler with the toughest road to the title helps himself in a big way.
Mark Ely needed to win the last 2 txs which would put him in a tie for AOY and then tie breakers would be used to crown the AOY .
Well..... Part one of that scenario is in the books. Mark wins with a late day flurry. After having a single fish in the livewell for most of the day Mark pulls up on a spot and proceeds to boat 4 keepers in a short period of time. Mark weighs in 5 fish for 14. 41 lbs for the win and claims Lunker at the same time with a 4.86 lb Largemouth.
Afte catching 4 fish early Steve Weimar has a tough time finding his fifth. Like most of our guys he had a hard time finding bites after 8am.
Even though Steve could not find that fifth fish, he did find himself in the top 3 for the 3rd time this year. His 4 fish weighed 8.56 lbs.
Jerry Gerlach finds some keepers that gives him a respectable 3rd place finish on this windy day.
His finish locks him in as a top 6 finisher in the AOY race with a shot at the top 3 with one tx to go.
Jerry weight is a respectable 8.13 lbs for 4 fish .
Chester county Bass Masters cancels Day 2 of it's Classic Tx, TD shows up big for 2011 AOY(and himself), While 2013 AOY charges hard to repeat. Another member makes it 2 years in a row for a top 3 finish in the year ending Classic.
With the AOY race narrowed down to 3 anglers Steve Weimar takes the opportunity to steal the spot light with a strong day on the water
Steve adds a big win to his strong season giving him 4 top 3 finishes. A cold and windy day was not enough to blow him of his spots where he got 5 bites and 5 fish in the boat that weighed 14.96 lbs. His bag had a 4+ lb kicker and was not only enough to give him the championship but help out one of his anglers lock up AOY. Steve makes the top 6 team and is looking forward to starting it back up again in the spring.
Mark Ely was on a mission with 2 tx's left. He needed to win the last 2 tx's to lock up AOY for the 2nd time in a row.
He got the first win he needed easily last tx by more the 6 lbs but falls just shy of the 2nd win he needed to become the Classic Champ and Angler of the Year. This is the 3rd out of 4 years Mark has finished in the top 3 in the AOY standings.
Marks bag weighed 14.45 lbs which included a 4.69 lb kicker fish and 2nd Lunker for the Classic.
Jerry Gerlach takes 3rd place for the 2nd tx in a row and a 4th place overall in the AOY race.
Jerry's bag of largemouth were all solid fish but falls just shy of 2nd place points. His fish weighed 14.24 lbs. Jerry was also in the running for AOY until the last tx but vows to take that spot from the seemingly untouchable Sean Geerlof in 2015
Nick Biondi finds himself at the operators and of a hooked North East River SLOB. He finds a way to get this thrashing Largemouth in the boat and Classic Lunker winnings into his pocket.