The 2021 season began on the Potomac River this year. 2020 Mr Bass champ Dave Enderlein took 1st place on the Potomac with 10 lbs 14 oz. Matt followed with a strong 2nd place finish. Joe Montoya, John Richick, and Troy Duff rounded out the top 5. Fishing was good on the Potomac this year.
The Susquehanna hosted the 2nd tournament of the year and Joe Montoya dominated this day of fishing. Joe weighed in the biggest bass in club weigh-in history at 7 lbs 3 oz and a 3 fish bag that went a whopping 15 lbs 13 oz!! Ken, Dave, John, and Matt all finished in the top 5 today. Joe took the lead in the Mr bass points race.
Tydings also hosted tournament #3. It was Tom Casteel pulling out a win in tough conditions with 8 1/2 lbs. Joe had another strong finish coming in 2nd today followed by John, Matt and Dave making up the top 5.The club found its way to Deep Creek and hard fishing was the way it went in 3 days of heavy wind.
Troy took the Deep Creek Tournament win on a early morning bass.
Joppatowne hosted the early October tournament and some nice stringers came to the scales with a win by Matt, a 2nd place finish by Ken Eng and a 3rd place by John Richick filled out the top 3 on tightened-up the points race with one regular season tournament to go,
The club then fished its last regular season tournament out of Tydings. Joe Williams took 1st place honors with a strong 3 fish limit of 9 lbs 10 oz just edging out Joe Montoya with his 9 lbs 7 oz 2nd place bag on just 2 fish! Ken, Troy, and John rounded out this days tournament and set up the CLASSIC TOURNAMENT coming on Nov 11th, 2021.
Joe Montoya takes a 10 pint lead into the double points CLASSIC. John sits in 2nd place currently just 2 points ahead of Matt in 3rd place. Ken Eng and Dave Enderlein are just a few points behind Matt. So while Joe Montoya holds a commanding lead, no lead is truly safe as we know.
2021 Club Classic Tournament story & results
The club hit the water today at first light and hopes were high that today would be an all day fish-catching bonanza. As it turned out, the tide was down on a weak high tide and the water was falling fast.
The action came early for a few of the anglers with a quick morning bite then nothing except for a fish here and there, and most of them were small fish. Then the tide turned and came in hard and a late flurry of fishing was on deck for those in the right place.
Ultimately, and to no one's surprise, Matt Houtz got into a run of fish that averaged over 4 lbs by coming to the scales with a 3 fish bag of 12 lbs 07 oz to run away with the Classic win fished out of the Blue Blur with Troy. Congrats to Matt for another strong fishing season as a Co-angler! Matt will walk away with 2nd Place for the year and his 2nd Classic win in 3 years. Great job Matt! Troy had a strong classic finish today with a 3rd Place finish coming from 2 bass that went 6 lbs 5 oz.
John Richick came to the scales today with 3 nice bass of his own. With a total of 9 lbs 13 oz, John took 2nd place today in the Classic. John and Matt tied for the year in total points for 2021 and John will receive the 3rd Place trophy this year as Matt's 4.12 biggest edged his 4.04 out in the bigger bass tie breaker. Joe William's fished with John today and Joe caught a beautiful 4 lb 01 oz bass on the 3rd cast of the day and helped Joe secure a 5th place classic finish.
It is with great honor that we congratulate JOE MONTOYA for winning the 2021 MR BASS for Hazzard County Bassmasters! Joe did exactly what he needed to do today to win the title. And it was no easy task with a very unpredictable bite that the club was facing today. Joe weighed-in with 5 lbs 7 oz today with a 3 lb 7 oz kicker. That kicker ensured Joe the win! With four 2nd place finishes in the past, Joe breaks out with a tremendous 2021 season and a well-earned 2021 Mr Bass. Joe's year also includes a 7 lb 03 oz hog which takes Lunker of the year AND is now the #1 biggest bass in club history. Great Job Buddy! Tom casteel fished with Joe today and came in with a single bass that went 2 lbs 6 oz on a tough day.
Dave Enderlein and Ken Eng both came in with 2 fish today but didn't get into the size bass needed today to get to the top of the board. Ken, Dave, and Troy all finished the year within just one point of each other to round out 4th, 5th and 6th place for the year. And we would like to thank our guests Mark from River Ratz and former HCB charter member and 7 time Mr Bass winner Dave Crocken for coming out to fish with the club today.
Joe Montoya : '21 Mr Bass, '21 best stringer, '21 Lunker of the Year
Joe has added a Mr Bass to his impressive club accomplishments. With is 2021 Mr Bass win, Joe Montoya joins John Richick and Dave Crocken to have the club career GRAND SLAM with all 4 major accomplishments: MR BASS, CLASSIC CHAMPION, LUNKER of the YEAR, and STRINGER of the YEAR. Joe now has 6 top 3 Mr bass finishes an his 2nd lunker of the year.
Matt Houtz: '21 Classic Champion & 2nd Place overall (Mr Bass 2nd)
Matt now has 6 Co-angler of the year titles with the 2021 Co-angler title. Matt also now has 3 top 3 Mr Bass finishes and this was his 2nd Classic victory.
John Richick: '21 - 3rd place overall
This will give John 11 top 3 finishes in the club's 15 year history.