June Meeting Notes and Potholes Driver’s Meeting Change

On June 28th we had a great club meeting. There was a solid turnout, with several new faces, and although the club didn’t bring in a lot of money, we raised solid funds for Blake Williams, a local contender in the TBF Junior World Championship, which will be taking place at Lake Guntersville. We raffled off a Dobyns Rod to help raise funds for Blake. All in all, the club raised $484….And then when Mel Williams won the rod, he turned right back around and gave it to Blake! Class act! We all wish Blake well on this amazing journey!
Mike Matkowski also gave a great talk on ‘Summertime River Smallmouth Fishing’. Mike Matkowski is on the pro staff for both Dobyns Rods and Realis. Thank you Mike for your time!
Brian Oles won the Mystery Tackle Box door prize, and Dick Coffey won the 50/50 Raffle.
Our next tournament will be on Potholes on July 16-17. The Drivers Meeting for this event will be held on Wednesday, July 13th, 6:00 p.m. at Ranch & Home in Kennewick. There will also be a short ½ hour time period to register on the morning of the tournament at Mar Don Resort. However, we highly encourage early registration.
The format of the Potholes tournament will have three divisions: Family, Team, and Couples. Each division will have a winner (who gets a paycheck) and plaques down to third place. We will payout 4 spots if there’s 15 or more boats, with the 4th check going to whomever has the next highest weight out of all three divisions. There will also be other prizes, so don’t miss out!!
Angler of the Year points for this event will be based on total weight, and each member on any given team will take their points separately after this event is over. The AOY race is getting very tight among a number of different people in all divisions. It’s completely up in the air at this point! Currently, Mel Williams is leading the men’s AOY, Jordan Warren is ahead in the ladies AOY category, and Josiah McConnell is ahead in the Junior Division……Of note, 21 people have already qualified to fish the championship in September!
For Potholes, we are also looking at doing a Potluck OR dinner at Mike’s Place Saturday evening. Jordan Warren posted a survey/poll on our Club Facebook page. Please complete it if you haven’t already.
Thank you to everyone!
Ben Hanes

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