River Ratz Bass Masters

River Ratz Bassmasters is a friendly bass fishing club based in Harford County, Maryland. Each year, members compete in an eight tournament trail to see who will win the coveted Mr. Bass title and have bragging rights for the year.​​

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.

Tnx #8 Upper Bay - November 9, 2019

The 2019 season came to a chilly close with temperatures in the 20s at launch time, only warming up in the 40s under sunny skies. Seven boats launched out of Havre de Grace in this 8th and final tournament on the Upper Bay. It was a tough day on the water, but none tougher than Mike P. He decided to go for a swim in the 43 degree water, and being the trooper that he is, he made it back onto the water after going home and changing his clothes. He ended up weighing one bass. Paul wins this tournament with a 17.65-lb sack. Tom T. takes second place honors and won the Lunker money with a 4.92- lb largemouth. Tom’s rider, Mark, rounds out the standings, taking 3rd place.

In a worthy note, Ken E., and his rider, Gary, each weighed the exact same weight of 5.43-lbs. Gary ended up one place higher since he caught 3 bass against Ken’s 2.

In closing the 2019 season, Paul Badders makes club history for the most weight caught in a single year; 93.43-lbs. Paul over rides the former record, set by former member, Frank Arthur, by about 8-lbs. Paul also brought in the heaviest stringer of the year, 17.77-lbs., earned in Tnx #1 on the Upper Bay. The Lunker of the Year award goes to Larry Kunkel who caught a 5.35-lb bass in Tnx#1 on the Upper Bay.

Paul Badders and Tom Todd reserved their places in the Mr. Bass tournament in Spring 2020.

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The 2019 season came to a chilly close with temperatures in the 20s at launch time, only warming up in the 40s under sunny skies. Seven boats launched out of Havre de Grace in this 8th and final tournament on the Upper Bay. It was a tough day on the water, but none tougher than Mike P. He decided to go for a swim in the 43 degree water, and being the trooper that he is, he made it back onto the water after going home and changing his clothes. He ended up weighing one bass. Paul wins this tournament with a 17.65-lb sack. Tom T. takes second place honors and won the Lunker money with a 4.92- lb largemouth. Tom’s rider, Mark, rounds out the standings, taking 3rd place.

In a worthy note, Ken E., and his rider, Gary, each weighed the exact same weight of 5.43-lbs. Gary ended up one place higher since he caught 3 bass against Ken’s 2.

In closing the 2019 season, Paul Badders makes club history for the most weight caught in a single year; 93.43-lbs. Paul over rides the former record, set by former member, Frank Arthur, by about 8-lbs. Paul also brought in the heaviest stringer of the year, 17.77-lbs., earned in Tnx #1 on the Upper Bay. The Lunker of the Year award goes to Larry Kunkel who caught a 5.35-lb bass in Tnx#1 on the Upper Bay.

Paul Badders and Tom Todd reserved their places in the Mr. Bass tournament in Spring 2020.

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[11/07/19]   The Ratz will be fishing their season closer this Saturday on the Upper Bay, out of Tydings. BUNDLE UP!!! Morning temps will be in the 20s, and will warm to the mid 40s. All boats be in the water by 6am, ready to blast off by 6:30am. The launch order will be:

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

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Tnx #7 Elk/Bohemia/Sassafras Rivers - October 26, 2019

The 7th club tournament of 2019 opened under partly cloudy skies, starting out with air temps in the low 50s, maxing out to the high 60s by the 4:00 weigh in. The water temp was about 60 degrees. Seven boats launched out of Elk Neck State Park to do battle on the Elk/Bohemia/Sassafras Rivers. Many made the trip to the Sassafras, however Mike Powers, and his rider, Ken Berry, capitalized on the bass by staying close to the launch, each bringing limits to the scale. Mike wins his first club tournament with 11.58-lbs, while his rider, Ken, takes 2nd place with his first limit in the club. Paul earned a 3rd place finish, and Larry brings in a 3.80-lb bass winning the lunker money.

The 7th club tournament of 2019 opened under partly cloudy skies, starting out with air temps in the low 50s, maxing out to the high 60s by the 4:00 weigh in. The water temp was about 60 degrees. Seven boats launched out of Elk Neck State Park to do battle on the Elk/Bohemia/Sassafras Rivers. Many made the trip to the Sassafras, however Mike Powers, and his rider, Ken Berry, capitalized on the bass by staying close to the launch, each bringing limits to the scale. Mike wins his first club tournament with 11.58-lbs, while his rider, Ken, takes 2nd place with his first limit in the club. Paul earned a 3rd place finish, and Larry brings in a 3.80-lb bass winning the lunker money.

[10/24/19]   The Ratz will meet this Saturday, 5:30am at the Aberdeen Walmart on Rt 40 parking lot to convoy to the Elk Neck SP boat ramp to fish club tnx #7, the Elk/Bohemia/Sassafras Rivers. The convoy will leave Walmart at 5:45am. Those not meeting at Walmart may proceed and meet at the boat ramp by 6:30am. The launch order will be,

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

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River Ratz Bass Masters's cover photo

Congratulations to our own Mike Powers on winning 1st place rider in the Last Chance SQT Tournament on the Potomac! He brought in a rider's limit weighing 6.5#. Mike earned a spot on the MD State Team, fishing the Regionals at Lake Erie in June 2020.

Paul Badders came in 3rd place boater, just missing a spot on the state team.

These two club members have done the River Ratz proud! Way to represent!

The photo shows Mike with 1st place boater, Danny Rodriguez.

Congrats to all who made the state team!

GO MARYLAND!!!

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2019 Fall Open Bass Tournament - October 5, 2019

2019 Fall Open Bass Tournament - October 5, 2019

The River Ratz would like to thank all our competitors who came out to fish our 2019 Fall Open Tournament. It was a chilly start with clear, breezy conditions with air temps in the mid-40s, rising up to the upper 60s under sunny skies by the weigh in. We had 8 teams fish with us today and we paid 1st and 2nd places with the narrowest of margins! Our first-place team was Team Lozer – Baker weighing in 12.25-lbs of smallies, which just edged out Team Setlock – DiPalma by a hundredth of a pound (12.24-lbs). Team Setlock – DiPalma made up for 2nd place deficit by winning the lunker money with a 3.22-lbs smallmouth.

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[10/02/19]   Remember that we have our Fall Bass Open Tournament at the Dorsey Park this Saturday. Check in is at 5:30am. This is the Peachbottom Power Plant launch. See y'all there!

Tnx #6 Conowingo Reservoir - September 7, 2019

Another tough one for the Ratz as they grind it out on the Conowingo for club tournament #6. It was a sunny day with air temps starting in the upper 50s topping out around 80 degrees, and the water temps were around 80. We had 2 guest co-anglers today, Mike Tserkis and Tom Rufenaucht. Tom Todd wins the Lunker money with a 2.58-lb bass, and another tourney with 4 fish weighing in at 7-lbs even. Randy takes second place with his 4 bass, with guest angler Mike T. taking 3rd place. Mike T’s host boater, Larry, takes 4th place.

Another tough one for the Ratz as they grind it out on the Conowingo for club tournament #6. It was a sunny day with air temps starting in the upper 50s topping out around 80 degrees, and the water temps were around 80. We had 2 guest co-anglers today, Mike Tserkis and Tom Rufenaucht. Tom Todd wins the Lunker money with a 2.58-lb bass, and another tourney with 4 fish weighing in at 7-lbs even. Randy takes second place with his 4 bass, with guest angler Mike T. taking 3rd place. Mike T’s host boater, Larry, takes 4th place.

[09/05/19]   The Ratz met tonight at Pat's Pizza & Grill in Bel Air for dinner and to discuss club tnx #6, Conowingo Reservoir. Launching out of Glen Cove Marina, all boats be in the water by 5:30 am since there will be another club tnx launching out of there. The launch order will be;

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

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Tnx #5 Upper Bay - August 17, 2019

It was a tough day on this 5th club tournament of the River Ratz season on the Upper Bay. It was a partly sunny day with air temps in the low 90s and water temps in the low 80s. Only half of the participants weighed any fish and only one full bag of five bass brought to the scale by Tom Todd. Tom easily wins with a 15.11-lb bag and takes the lunker money with a 4.61-lb bass. Paul settles for second place, while Ken rounds the standings in third. #patspizza #maypower #musiclandstore #trophyword #asianpersuationbasslures

It was a tough day on this 5th club tournament of the River Ratz season on the Upper Bay. It was a partly sunny day with air temps in the low 90s and water temps in the low 80s. Only half of the participants weighed any fish and only one full bag of five bass brought to the scale by Tom Todd. Tom easily wins with a 15.11-lb bag and takes the lunker money with a 4.61-lb bass. Paul settles for second place, while Ken rounds the standings in third. #patspizza #maypower #musiclandstore #trophyword #asianpersuationbasslures

[08/15/19]   The Ratz met for dinner and to discuss tnx#5 at Pat's Pizza in Bel Air. I'll tell ya, their pizza slices are YUGE!!! Anyway, the Ratz will be meeting at Tydings this Saturday to do battle on the Upper Bay! All boats be in the water by 5:15 am ready to go at safe light. The launch order will be:

1. Paul - Mike E.
2. Mike P. - Ken B.
3. Ken E. - Tom F.
4. Tom T.
5. George - Gary
6. Kevin
7. Larry

Seven boats launched out of Flying Point Marina in a scorcher of a day to do battle in tournament #4, the Bush River. I was a brutal day with a heat index over 100 deg. Only 2 limits made it to the weigh in. Paul adds another win to his club season with a 14.46-lb stringer anchored with a 3.61-lb bass, winning the lunker pool. Tom was right on Paul’s heels settling for 2nd place, with Larry showing a 3rd place effort.

The Ratz met at Pat's Pizza in Bel Air to have a delicious dinner and discuss the final details for our 4th tnx of the year. Special thanks to Pat's Pizza in Bel Air, and MayPower for their sponsorship. We will meet at the Flying Pt Marina this Saturday to fish the Bush River. All anglers be in the water by 5:00 am. The launch order will be:

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

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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River Ratz Bass Masters's cover photo

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!!!

Spring Open Bass Tournament - May 25, 2019

Spring Open Bass Tournament - May 25, 2019

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!

Tnx #2 Potomac River, May 11, 2019

Tnx #2 Potomac River, May 11, 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.

[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!

Tnx #1 Upper Bay - April 20, 2019

Tnx #1 Upper Bay - April 20, 2019

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.

River Ratz Bass Masters's cover photo

[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

River Ratz Bass Masters's cover photo

River Ratz Bass Masters's cover photo

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.

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