With the 2021 fishing season behind us, it was time to retreat to the inviting wine cellar at Middleburg Steakhouse in Middleburg, NC. This place is a real treat, with excellent steaks and a true steakhouse feel. We love it and we can’t get enough of it.
This season posed epic challenges for all anglers. It seemed every tournament a cold front came through and shut down the fish (in fact it was 11 of 12 tournaments). One tournament saw only ONE fish caught by 11 anglers, yielding 1st and 2nd place money, along with big fish for that one fish. Other tournament were tough as well, but of course we pushed through and had a great season. We had as many as 20 anglers in a single tournament, which is the best turn out in a decade. We are growing – come fish with us.
The first award of the evening was for the largest stringer. Greg once again took this award home, this time with 17.54 lbs caught in the Roanoke River in April.
That same weekend Troy caught the biggest fish of the year. This lunker was his personal best, 8.50 lbs out of the Chowan River. That fish wrapped himself up in logs and the trolling motor, but still managed to jump in the boat.
We had another big catch on the year that we felt also deserved recognition. Nolan reeled in a Big Chungus on Falls in September that tipped the scales at 8.08 lbs.
Third place for the year was won by David, despite missing a couple tournaments and struggling in others. He mounted a furious rally in October and November to climb back and take this plaque home with 822 points (80.06 lbs). He was too fast for the camera.
2nd place again for Greg. After a couple years on top he had to again settle for 2nd. Not a bad season by any stretch with 3 wins and 3 2nd place finishes. He ended up with 932 points (115.73 lbs)
We have a new name at the top for 2021. Damon takes the club championship with an impressive season that included 5 wins. He finished well in the lead with 1135 points (115.78 lbs) and is a very deserving champion.
The last award of the evening went to the “Most Dedicated” angler, the guy that shows up all the time, has a positive attitude, and just makes the day more enjoyable. This year’s champ even had a fan club at the final tourney weigh in. The members voted. The fans voted. Congrats Troy!
And that’s a wrap for 2021. Next up – the annual meeting to plan the schedule for 2022. January 8 at 1p at George’s bar. See you then.