River Ratz Bass Masters

One of the chapter clubs of the MBN, founded in 1993. Eight club tournaments are held annually in the Upper Bay Rivers, some Eastern Shore Rivers, Conowingo Lake and the Potomac River. The Ratz hosts Open Tournaments twice a year, and sends a member to the Mr. Bass Tournament each year.

Presenting the 2019 River Ratz Bassmasters (sorta... Kevin Beaudean went home, but returning member George McBrien stood in for him :) )

The 3rd tournament of the season, Gunpowder River, began with cool temps in the upper 50’s, warming up to 80 degrees under sunny skies. The water temp ranged from 70 to 76 depending on location. The club attendance for this tourney was 101%; former member, George McBrien, joined us for this tough day. Only 7 of those in attendance weighed fish on this last day of the Spring creel length restriction. Paul and his rider, Ken B. found biting bass, with Paul bringing 4 bass to the scale weighing 9.24-lbs, winning the event. Ken B. followed in 2nd place with 2 bass and a 5.19-lb kicker, winning the lunker pool. Third place honors went to Gary with a single bass weighing 2.90#.

[06/13/19]   The Ratz will meet at Mariner Pt this Saturday at 4:30am to battle it out on the Gunpowder River in club tnx #3. The launch order will be:

1. Ken E.
2. Neil
3. Gary
4. Kevin
5. Mike P. - Mike D.
6. Larry - Mark
7. Tom T. - Randy
8. Ron - Tom F.
9. Paul - Ken B.

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After day 1 of the 2018 Mr. Bass Tournament held today 6/8/2019, our very own Tom Todd is in the 1st place position bringing 15.08# to the weigh in. Let's wish Tom the best of luck tomorrow. Bring it home Tom!!!

The River Ratz would like to thank all our competitors who came out to fish our 2019 Spring Open tournament on this beautiful Memorial Saturday!  We were pleasantly surprised that we had 22 teams fishing with us considering the other big tournament going out of Northeast.  The tournament started with partly cloudy skies in the low 60s, warming up to the mid-70s in the afternoon once the sun came out.  Most of the teams came in with a heavy limit of bass.  First place goes to Team Bush – Helmick, who weighed a 21.78-lb bag.  Team Wilder – Duarte takes 2nd place bringing 19.20-lbs to the scale.  The 3rd place money went to Team Goins – Hawthorne with an 18.97-lb sack.  Team Sewell – Berich takes home the big fish money with a 6.70-lb lunker.  
We will be holding our Fall Open on the Conowingo Reservoir on October 5th launching out of the Peachbottom Powerplant / Dorsey Park launch.  Please save the date and join us for this great day on the lake!

Spring Open Bass Tournament - May 25, 2019

Seven boats launched out of Smallwood SP to do battle in this 2nd club tournament of 2019 on the Potomac River.  The event unfolded under cloudy skies and with water temps in the upper 70s.  It was a good day for most as 4 limits made it to the scales.  Paul came out on top with a 16.3-lb bag, anchored by the tournament lunker weighing in at 3.53-lbs.  Frank takes the second-place position, with Paul’s rider, Mark, sitting in third.

Tnx #2 Potomac River, May 11, 2019

[05/09/19]   The Ratz will be meeting this Saturday at 2:45am at the Park-n-Ride at Rt.152 and I-95, south lot. We will start the bass boat caravan to Smallwood SP at 3am. We will launch out of Smallwood to fish the Potomac at safe light. The launch order will be;

1. Paul - Mark
2. Larry
3. Mike P - Kevin
4. Ken E - Ken B
5. Ron - Randy
6. Tom T - Tom F
7. Frank - Mike D

[05/05/19]   Congratulations to our own Paul Badders for finishing 5th out of 92 boats at the ABA Bass Pro Shops Open series on the Potomac, Saturday! He brought in 16.5 lbs to the scale.

[04/28/19]   The River Ratz has added a new member to the club. Welcome aboard Tom Fisher!

The 2019 season opener commenced under heavy rain, later clearing to partly cloudy skies and a south wind 15 to 25 mph.  Air temps were in the 60s to 70s, and the water temp was around 57. The bass weren’t finicky since both slow and moving presentations were accepted. Club prospect Tom Fisher sent the monkey packing catching is first bass in his debut tourney.  It was a punishing day for most, but Paul and Frank were the only ones who found the bass in numbers, each weighing in limits in the 17-lb range.  Paul took a narrow win with 17.77-lbs, with Frank following close behind with a 2/3-lb deficit and a 5.98-lb tournament lunker. Returning member, Larry, rounds the standings at 3rd place.

Tnx #1 Upper Bay - April 20, 2019

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[04/18/19]   The Ratz will be meeting at the Tydings launch (City Yacht Basin) this Saturday at 5:15 am to fish their season opener; Upper Bay. All anglers must be in the water ready to go by 5:45 am!!! The launch order will be;

1. Larry - Kevin
2. Frank
3. Ron - Randy
4. Gary - Mike D.
5. Ken - Mark
6. Paul
7. Tom - Ken B.
8. Mike P. - Tom F.

[01/05/19]   The Ratz welcomes 2 new members; Mike Powers and Larry Kunkel. Welcome aboard!!!

[01/03/19]   Presenting the 2019 club tnx and open tnx schedule!

April 20 - Tnx 1; Upper Bay - Tydings
May 11 - Tnx 2; Potomac - Smallwood
May 25 - Spring Open - Tydings
June 15 - Tnx 3; Gunpowder - Mariner Pt
July 20 - Tnx 4; Bush - Flying Pt
August 17 - Tnx 5; Upper Bay - Tydings
September 7 - Tnx 6; Conowingo - Glen Cove
October 5 - Fall Open - Dorsey Park, Peachbottom Power Plant
October 26 - Tnx 7; Elk/Bohemia/ Sassafras, Elk Neck SP
November 9 - Upper Bay - Tydings

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The finale of the River Ratz 2018 season unfolded on the Upper Chesapeake as six boats launched from Tydings. It was party sunny with winds out of the West blowing 10 to 20 mph. It was a good day for most as seven limits made it to the scale. Tom ended up winning the final tournament with 16.10-lbs and big fish with a 4.13-lbs smallie. Kevin placed 2nd, with Paul ending up in 3rd place.

It was a gallant effort on Tom’s behalf, but was not enough to take the Angler of the Year award. In the narrowest of margins, Paul Badders wins the Angler of the Year award by 0.42-lbs. Paul also made River Ratz history with the heaviest stringer to date on the 1st tournament of 2018 on the Upper Bay, weighing 22.13-lbs. Paul and AoY runner-up, Tom Todd, has earned a place to compete in the 2019 Mr. Bass Tournament; one of the entry points to earn a place on the 2019 Maryland State Team. The Lunker of the Year award goes to Randy Rogers who caught a 6.37-lbs largemouth bass in Tnx #6, Upper Bay.

The cold, wet, and windy grind, also known as Tournament #7 on the Conowingo, launched 6 boats out of Glen Cove.  With the stained water temperature around 50 degrees, there was no particular pattern the bass favored.  Tom was the only angler to fill his limit and won the tourney with a sack just over 10-lbs.  Paul squeezed Ken out of 2nd place by about a third of a pound.  Gary had a morning of problems and didn’t get to launch until noon, but he made the trip worth it by winning the lunker pool with his single 3.74-lbs bass.

The cold, wet, and windy grind, also known as Tournament #7 on the Conowingo, launched 6 boats out of Glen Cove. With the stained water temperature around 50 degrees, there was no particular pattern the bass favored. Tom was the only angler to fill his limit and won the tourney with a sack just over 10-lbs. Paul squeezed Ken out of 2nd place by about a third of a pound. Gary had a morning of problems and didn’t get to launch until noon, but he made the trip worth it by winning the lunker pool with his single 3.74-lbs bass.

[09/28/18]   The open tournament scheduled for tomorrow 9/29 has been cancelled due to unsafe conditions on Conowingo Lake.

The sixth tourney of the River Ratz season was a tough grind in tough conditions.  Wind and chocolate milk water made the lockjaw bass even tougher to catch.  Only Paul was able to pull a limit, but that was only good enough for 2nd place.  Gary won this tournament with only 2 fish tipping the scales at 9.31-lbs.  Randy takes 3rd place and wins the lunker with a G-G-G-GIANT bass weighing in at 6.37-lbs!

The sixth tourney of the River Ratz season was a tough grind in tough conditions. Wind and chocolate milk water made the lockjaw bass even tougher to catch. Only Paul was able to pull a limit, but that was only good enough for 2nd place. Gary won this tournament with only 2 fish tipping the scales at 9.31-lbs. Randy takes 3rd place and wins the lunker with a G-G-G-GIANT bass weighing in at 6.37-lbs!

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[09/20/18]   The Ratz will be launching out of Tydings this Saturday to fish club tnx #6, Upper Bay. Be at the ramp before 6am! The launch order will be:

1 - Ken
2 - Paul / Kevin
3 - Gary / Mark
4 - Tom
5 - George
6 - Randy / Ken B.

River Ratz Tournament #5 opened under partly sunny skies with water temps in the mid 80s.  Eight boats launched out of Smallwood to do battle on this rematch on the Potomac River.  Tom Rufenacht joined in as a guest angler, riding with Gary.  In the end, Gary takes the top spot, winning the tournament with an 11.23-lb sack.  Tom R. won the lunker pool with what looks to be a very colorful 3.46-lb bass, and also squeezed Paul out of second place by a mere one hundredth of a pound!

River Ratz Tournament #5 opened under partly sunny skies with water temps in the mid 80s. Eight boats launched out of Smallwood to do battle on this rematch on the Potomac River. Tom Rufenacht joined in as a guest angler, riding with Gary. In the end, Gary takes the top spot, winning the tournament with an 11.23-lb sack. Tom R. won the lunker pool with what looks to be a very colorful 3.46-lb bass, and also squeezed Paul out of second place by a mere one hundredth of a pound!

[08/16/18]   The Ratz will be fishing Tnx #5, the Potomac River, this Saturday out of Smallwood State Park. Club members to meet at the rte 152/I-95 Park-n-Ride south parking lot at 3:00 am. The bassboat caravan will leave no later than 3:30 am. The launch order will be;

1. Randy - Kevin
2. Ron
3. Frank
4. Ken - Mark
5. Gary
6. George
7. Tom - Mike D.
8. Paul - Ken B.

The morning of the Bush River tournament was cool and breezy with temps in 60s, warming up to the low 80s with 8 boats launching from Flying Pt.  Water temps were in the upper 70s.  The water levels were at their lowest in recent memory, looking shallow by about 2 to 3 feet.  The north wind blew out the tide, greatly hindering the anglers’ movement.  In the end, Tom won the tournament with 13.63-lbs, but he had to share the lunker with Ken E.; each of their kickers weighing in at 3.88-lbs.  Ken had to settle for 3rd place with Gary edging him out of 2nd place.

The morning of the Bush River tournament was cool and breezy with temps in 60s, warming up to the low 80s with 8 boats launching from Flying Pt. Water temps were in the upper 70s. The water levels were at their lowest in recent memory, looking shallow by about 2 to 3 feet. The north wind blew out the tide, greatly hindering the anglers’ movement. In the end, Tom won the tournament with 13.63-lbs, but he had to share the lunker with Ken E.; each of their kickers weighing in at 3.88-lbs. Ken had to settle for 3rd place with Gary edging him out of 2nd place.

[07/06/18]   RRBM tnx #4 will be this Saturday, Bush River out of Flying Pt marina. All boats be in the water by 5:00 am! The launch order will be;

1. Frank - Ken B
2. Neil - Kevin
3. George - Mike D
4. Ken
5. Gary
6. Paul - Mark
7. Randy
8. Tom

[06/17/18]   Good luck to our very own Tom Todd this week as he fishes the B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional at Winyah Bay, SC!!!

The Gunpowder Grind opened with partly cloudy skies and water temps in the upper 60s.  Nine boats partook in this 3rd tournament of the club series, which turned out to be brutal!  Only 6 anglers brought bass to the scale with low numbers.  Frank brought in 2 fish to win the tournament with 7.17-lbs, and also winning the Lunker pool with a 4.81 kicker.  Ken followed close behind to take 2nd, with Paul showing a 3rd place effort.

The Gunpowder Grind opened with partly cloudy skies and water temps in the upper 60s. Nine boats partook in this 3rd tournament of the club series, which turned out to be brutal! Only 6 anglers brought bass to the scale with low numbers. Frank brought in 2 fish to win the tournament with 7.17-lbs, and also winning the Lunker pool with a 4.81 kicker. Ken followed close behind to take 2nd, with Paul showing a 3rd place effort.

[06/07/18]   The Ratz will be fishing tnx #3 on the Gunpowder River out of Mariner Pt this Saturday. All boats be in the water by 5:00 am to launch at safe light. The order will be;

1) Tom - Ken B
2) Frank - Kevin
3) Ken
4) Paul
5) Ron - Mike D
6) George
7) Neil
8) Randy - Mark
9) Gary

The River Ratz Bassmasters thanks everyone for coming out to fish our Spring Open Tournament on this beautiful Saturday.  We had a pretty good turnout with 38 teams coming together to compete for top 5 payout spots.  The winners are:

1st place - Petrisko / Buckland; 24.08-lbs
2nd place - Wilder / Duarte; 21.93-lbs
3rd place - Roberson / Chianese; 21.31-lbs
4th place - Piccolo / Ville; 21.26-lbs
5th place - Sussan / Brockmeyer; 21.13-lbs

Lunker Pool - Roberson / Chainese

We appreciate everyone's participation in today's event.  Mark your calendars for our Fall Open Tournament on the Conowingo out of Peachbottom, happening on September 29th.

Special thanks to our sponsors @reservoirboatworks and Aberdeen Trophy World, and contributions from @asianpersuasionbasslures.

The River Ratz Bassmasters thanks everyone for coming out to fish our Spring Open Tournament on this beautiful Saturday. We had a pretty good turnout with 38 teams coming together to compete for top 5 payout spots. The winners are:

1st place - Petrisko / Buckland; 24.08-lbs
2nd place - Wilder / Duarte; 21.93-lbs
3rd place - Roberson / Chianese; 21.31-lbs
4th place - Piccolo / Ville; 21.26-lbs
5th place - Sussan / Brockmeyer; 21.13-lbs

Lunker Pool - Roberson / Chainese

We appreciate everyone's participation in today's event. Mark your calendars for our Fall Open Tournament on the Conowingo out of Peachbottom, happening on September 29th.

Special thanks to our sponsors @reservoirboatworks and Aberdeen Trophy World, and contributions from @asianpersuasionbasslures.

The second club campaign took place on the mighty Potomac under partly cloudy skies with the water temps in the low 70s.  No goose eggs were laid, and there was an abundance of bass to be caught; just not the right size.  The bass had a smorgasbord with no real favored technique.  Mark and Neil’s day was problematic, but Mark managed to bring 15.55-lbs to the weigh-in, all while sitting in one spot the whole day!  Not even a senko on the “Senko de Mayo”.  Randy brought in the lunker of the day at 4.36-lbs, and follows closely behind Mark placing 2nd, with Ken taking 3rd.  #reservoirboatworks

The second club campaign took place on the mighty Potomac under partly cloudy skies with the water temps in the low 70s. No goose eggs were laid, and there was an abundance of bass to be caught; just not the right size. The bass had a smorgasbord with no real favored technique. Mark and Neil’s day was problematic, but Mark managed to bring 15.55-lbs to the weigh-in, all while sitting in one spot the whole day! Not even a senko on the “Senko de Mayo”. Randy brought in the lunker of the day at 4.36-lbs, and follows closely behind Mark placing 2nd, with Ken taking 3rd. #reservoirboatworks

[05/03/18]   The Ratz will be fishing their 2nd club tourney on the Potomac this Saturday, and meet at the rte 152/I-95 park-n-ride, south lot, at 3:00 am. The bassboat caravan will leave for Smallwood promptly at 3:30 am!!! The launch order will be;

1) Randy
2) Paul
3) Gary
4) Tom - Kevin
5) George - Ken B.
6) Neil - Mark
7) Ron
8) Ken

The River Ratz 2018 club opener unfolded under partly sunny skies in a frigid 35degF morning, warming up to the 60s.  The water temps were 47 going up to 54 degrees.  Eight boats launched from Havre de Grace along with 3 prospective members; Mike Dowdy, Ken Berry, and Kevin Beaudean.  It was a tough bite with the bass favoring moving baits, however Paul was at the right place at the right time and stuffed the live-well of his new boat with 22.13-lbs in a span of 45 minutes!  Paul easily won tnx #1 and lunker with a 5.74-lb kicker. Tom took 2nd place, with Gary showing a 3rd place effort.

The River Ratz 2018 club opener unfolded under partly sunny skies in a frigid 35degF morning, warming up to the 60s. The water temps were 47 going up to 54 degrees. Eight boats launched from Havre de Grace along with 3 prospective members; Mike Dowdy, Ken Berry, and Kevin Beaudean. It was a tough bite with the bass favoring moving baits, however Paul was at the right place at the right time and stuffed the live-well of his new boat with 22.13-lbs in a span of 45 minutes! Paul easily won tnx #1 and lunker with a 5.74-lb kicker. Tom took 2nd place, with Gary showing a 3rd place effort.

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