third place finisher, Wade McClurg, brought in a limit of
bass that tipped the scales at 15.92 lbs. His limit was anchored
by a 4.49 largemouth bass.
Finishing in the top four for the second
week in a row, was Charlie Prince with five fish going 13.72
As mentioned above, the weather turned
ugly and downright dangerous, just as boats were beginning
their run back up on Chautauqua Lake. I personally witnessed
swells 4-6 feet on the north end of the lake as severe thunderstorms
rolled through the area with little warning.
Unfortunately, two young anglers competing
in our event developed engine trouble and could not restart
their ouboard motor. Waves slammed over the helpless boat
and filled it with water, eventually flippin it over and sending
the anglers into the water. Luckilly they made it to shore,
wet and shaken but alive, partially saved by the life preservers
they were wearing.
It is a rule in our events that life
jackets must be worn whenever the combustion engine is running.
A more stark example could not be had. It may very well have
saved their lives.