OTHELLO – The Potholes Bass Club held its two-day tournament on Potholes Reservoir over the weekend.
“It was just a great weekend to be out there and fish,” club president Paul Harmon said.
The tournament started early Saturday morning, with anglers taking off from the MarDon Resort and reaching Potholes Reservoir. Twenty-five boats participated in the tournament, which Harmon said was low for typical PBC tournaments.
“We had a lot of cooperation,” Harmon said. “There were only 25 boats – quite a small turnout.”
Anglers found success on the waters of Potholes Reservoir, with the top three teams all finishing with total weights north of 34 pounds.
“It wasn’t bad, we caught a lot of fish,” Harmon said. “There are a lot of big catches. Some good weights.
Harmon said the water level at the reservoir was low, but anglers were able to avoid major blockage issues.
“The water was really low, but nobody really got stuck on a sandbar,” he said. “They were able to push each other and not have to bring in someone to tow them.”
The PBC recently signed two members from Spokane and also has members spread from the Columbia Basin to the coast.
“It really makes me feel good because it tells me that people in our club know we have a good reputation, and you know our payouts are much bigger now because we have a lot more members and a lot more people. that come up,” Harmon says. “Even as the two who come from the coast, I can’t wait to see them. The only time I see them is at tournaments, so it’s always good to see them both show up and their speak a bit.
The tournament had payouts for the top three teams as well as a big fish tournament. First place won $600, second place won $400, and third place won $200. Payment for large fish was $250.
Levi and Mason Mesburg took first place with a total weight of 37.74 pounds; Jr Clark and Michelle Kamstra finished in second place at 36 pounds; Dale Stansbury and Darrin Green finished in third place with a total of 34.07 pounds.
The next PBC tournament is September 10 on the Columbia River near Vantage. Club tournaments are open to club members only and those interested can register until the Wednesday before the tournament.
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