OGs Back on Top
by: David Coulson 9/8/2013
The fishing is done and once again the Old Guys have clearly demonstrated they still have it. Now if they can only remember where they left it!
Saturday fifteen anglers met at Boyd to fish, to visit, to do some friendly trash talk, to have a bit to eat, and to just have a good time. Oh, and to find out who’d get the boot, a less than coveted prize awarded to the side whose fishing performance wasn’t quite all it might have been. This year, outnumbered two to one the OGs prevailed (after two years of losses) and once again gave the youngsters the “Boot.”
It was important to me that the OG’s win this year, as this was only the third time fishing this friendly competition and with the OG’s suffering losses both the prior times, which included me being awarded the boot. Thus, I had an incentive to see it passed back to its rightful owners, the YGs. To that end I set up the event on my backyard water, Boyd, and wrote a set of rules that, while fair, definitely played to my fishing style. No apologies, as the YGs now have the opportunity to select the game and location they feel will maximize their chances of success. Good Luck with that.
Some quick notes on the results. Remember each angler was allowed to report their best fish for each species caught. Points were awarded as the ratio for fish length divided by MA length for the species times 30. Thus, bigger fish, and more species meant more points. Finally, equal numbers of anglers were matched, so as there were five OGs, the top five point gathers of the YGs were tallied.
The most species caught by any angler were four, by Fisherman1 (rainbow, walleye, white bass, crappie) and Flyrodn (rainbow, crappie, bluegill, white bass), both OGs, four had three species and everyone else two or less. Catching several species in a day isn’t easy, even though I was hoping to pick up five to seven. For me the black bass were nowhere to be found, and I missed picking up a carp.
The OG’s had 328 points, and the top five YG’s 235 points. To their credit, the total YG point count was 338. Eleven total species were caught and the top lengths are shown, rainbow (24), cutbow (18), walleye (15), yellow perch (5), largemouth (15), smallmouth (5.5), white bass (15.5), bluegill (9), crappie (11.25), channel catfish (19), and common carp (28). Top point count from an OG and overall was yours truly with 88. Best point count by a YG was Mac Attack with 63.
I find it interesting that all the OGs were off the water by 12-1, in time for a game of horseshoes, a cold drink, and maybe a nap, whereas the YGs, with good reason, found it necessary to fish to the last second.
By the days end I think I can safely say, a good time was had by all who participated, young and old alike. I look forward to next year when I’m sure the OGs will once again prevail.
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FISHRANGLER, CO 9/8/2013 4:35:04 PM
Im sorry i could not make it guys I had big fish calling my name, with only a few days to Get ur done and had to go play someplace else. Sounds like good times as these events always are and many good people too.
fom, CO 9/8/2013 5:37:04 PM
must have been a good time , glad the og did not need me.
opencage, CO 9/8/2013 7:06:30 PM
It was definitely a good time, and it was great meeting everyone. Enjoy it while you can OG's, this boot is already missing ya. It even has the "mature aroma" of an OG :-)
And trust me, we'll be having another face-off sooner than later so you all can have back what's rightfully yours.
JOHN_COSprings, CO 9/8/2013 9:54:57 PM
I truly enjoyed fishing in this event and many thanks for setting this up and to all those who participated. Though we YG's may have been "schooled" this time, and awarded the "boot", I am sure we will return in force to return the footwear to it's rightful OG owner next time out.
Sadly this carp fisherman was only able to catch carp (x4), though I sure as heck tried to catch something else. Yes, I know - a one trick pony here ! Rumor has it I even had a spinning rod & reel in my hands flailing away with lures from the muddy shoreline (the sheer horror of it for me!) Worms even replaced flavored corn & pack for many hours on my hook though those other "species" proved too elusive.
To the OGs, enjoy this victory, it was well deserved....
alanlf5280, CO 9/9/2013 8:31:54 AM
Wish I could have made it as well. Who is the new proud keeper of the boot?
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 9/9/2013 9:14:06 AM
Opencage (aka Tom) our News Editor, River/Lake editor, and blogger. It was decided that YG (by the youngsters) with the least point count would take the boot this go. I've fished with Tom and he just had a rough day, starting with trailer problems so he hit the water late. I've no doubt he'll have others assist to pass the boot the next go.
Tbubb, CO 9/9/2013 9:22:34 AM
That's a nice white bass and a nice crappie.
But did the catcher keep the perch for bait?
Sorry I didn't make it - A friend of mine had her father pass away recently and I was occupied that day.
lewdog, CO 9/9/2013 9:37:44 AM
That perch catcher was me. Mr coulson was being generous with the five inch. And yes it went on a bigger hook for bait. Had a good time. Wish the fish would have been more cooperative though. Didnt get anything big.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO 9/9/2013 9:52:49 AM
There were some very nice fish caught, and a great mix of what the reservoir has to offer. Fishing was a bit tough, as I had expected someone to catch at least 5, maybe 7 or so species. Boyd is one of the easiest waters to have multi-species days on, with a real shot at a 10 species day, which I've done once here.
JKaboom, CO 9/10/2013 12:42:27 PM
Looks like good times :)
fishman1, CO 9/10/2013 10:19:49 PM
I had alot of fun! I thought catching the same number of species as Dave was rewarding in itself. I too have caught more species on Boyd. Nice putting a face to the screen names. This was the first time my schedule has allowed me to participate in one of these. I'm glad I could help the OG's!