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2019 Bay Bash Pre-Tourney Press Release
For those who saw the report in the RRecord and other papers, here is the full release (unfortunately, only one of the pictures submitted of the youth anglers was posted):
The Bay Bash Foundation is set to launch it’s 4th edition of the Ingram Bay Marina “Bay Bash” Family Fishing Tournament. The tournament will feature some of the top local fishing talent and many out of towners vying for top Mid-Atlantic angler honors. The family friendly rule set not only provides novel scoring for Lady, Special Angler, and Youth Divisions, but also ferrets out the top overall angler competing in the Grand Prize Division based on scoring of ten possible fish species. The top angler is tested in all phases of fishing that includes trolling for Macks and blues, bottom fishing, and shallow water targeting for trout and drum.
Local hope Pete Conroy sponsored by Chesapeake Bank will attempt to defend his mid-Atlantic title on Saturday. During the 2018 tournament, Conroy beat out all comers with a 79.8” aggregrate score with catches of six different species. Perennial favorites Team Finsanity, captained by Keith Morauske, fishing with his son Jason and three grandsons, Maddox, Trason, and Easton, are expected to keep up the heat on Conroy. The team took 2nd overall in the Grand Prize Division last year. The dark horse for this year’s tourney is team “Top SEACRET” (who are no secret), captained by Ron Perry with his wife Sharon. Eyes will also be on the Goldvein Gunslingers out Alexandria captained by Colin Saunders which had quite a breakout in their first attempt last year.
With the Spanish Mack bite so hot this year, this year’s match up is expected to be mostly a mental shootout and test of fortitude as anglers will need to go out of there way to avoid the populous Spanish Mack schools.
In the Ladies Division, local favorite Maggie Hall on board Paper Doll is expected to run the tables in both the division and the Open Division. Katelyn Ruiz aboard “Team Triton” captained by her father Sean Ruiz is expected to keep ample pressure on Hall.
In the Special Angler Division, Jeff Cogswell of Falls Church, last year’s freshmen darling, will by plying his trade and attempting build points for a National Championship. Although he made big scores last year at both Bay Bash and Dreamfields, he was not able to overcome the big leads by other Special Anglers in the National point series. The good news for Virginia is that the National Championship trophy was taken back from the Californians in 2018 by Herndon/White Stone native Travis Smith. Cogswell is currently leading the rankings coming into Bay Bash having worked the waters of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore this season, with a rare catches including gag grouper, northern stargazer, and a dogfish shark. Cogswell and Smith will go head to head at Bay Bash aboard the Main Street Pharmacy/Bay Restorations sponsored LA-II boat. As of this writing, the boat is still available to accommodate other Special Anglers and their charges during the tourney.
Last year’s darling, Madelyn McMichen, fishing aboard “Lil Bill”, is expected to defend the grandest title of them all, the “Queen of the Bay”, which goes to the top female of the tournament. She will be tested by the 2018 Eastern Shore “Queen of the Bay”, Christine Simon, of Reston, who will be fishing aboard LA-II. This will be the first time in the history of the series that two reigning Queens will compete in a head to head competition. Team “Lil Bill” posted several other strong contenders in the Ladies Division last year that included Tina Foster (2nd), Gwen Boykin (6th), and Angela McMichen (9th). They come into 2019 tourney with the strongest pit crew of any team.
In the Youth Division, Max Bowen of Lancaster will be out prowling the waters with his dad Terry for his final attempt in his 4th try at Bay Bash to take the Youth Division. Paparazzi (mother Therese) will be stalking with the camera in a separate kayak.
Online registration is still available via the BayBash.com website as well as late registration at the Friday, August 9th, Captain’s Meeting, beginning at 6:00 PM at Ingram Bay Marina. The tournament features a live up to date online leaderboard provided by Fish Dispatch, USA for those who want to monitor the clash from afar or via their smartphones.
Last edited by joeAtSpecialAngler; 08-08-2019 at 06:39 PM.