Loch Raven is closing at the end of October this year. Some local anglers contacted the right official and have been told if they get enough signatures, the decision to close at the end of October would be overturned. In recent history, Loch Raven has stayed open, on weekends, through the month of November. There is a petition at Anglers Express in Timonium. I have been asked by Tyler Judd (you can find him on facebook, he's leading this effort) to ask for the help of interested parties by making this MRA announcement.
Our 2017 tournament schedule has been approved and Right-of-Entry Permit is in-hand.
The schedule is as follows:
Regular Season Events for 2017:
1) June 18th (Sunday) Prettyboy Reservoir
2) July 8th (Saturday) Loch Raven Reservoir
3) July 29 (Saturday) Liberty Reservoir
4) August 20 (Sunday) Prettyboy Reservoir
5) September 9th (Saturday) Loch Raven Reservoir
6) October 1st (Sunday) Liberty Reservoir
Tournament of Champions:
1) October 21st TOC Loch Raven Reservoir Day 1
2) October 22nd TOC Loch Raven Reservoir Day 2
1) June 28th (Wed.) Liberty Reservoir Weekday Warrior
2) July 19th (Wed.) Prettyboy Reservoir Weekday Warrior
3) Sept 20th (Wed.) Prettyboy Reservoir Weekday Warrior
4) *December 3rd (Sunday) Liberty Reservoir (*Big Fish Tournament)
We have some very big things coming next season. The first is a change to Pay-As-You-Go for tournament fees. While we have always allowed our members to register for as many or as few tournaments as they desire, payment for all regular season tournaments was required in advance of the tournament season. Next year, our members will be able to register and pay for each tournament 10 days in advance of each tournament. This policy change, along with other improvements, will pave the way for the growth of our membership.
More important improvements are coming!
Our friend and competitor Ron Broadwater has announced that the 2016 season is his last season of tournament angling. Ron is, by all measures, one of the finest anglers anyone could hope to meet. Ron has, for several decades, amassed a winning record that is unmatched by any angler that I can name. Closing the 2016 season with a victory at Loch Raven, Ron and his partner of 12 years Rob Bertazon, also claimed the Angler of the year title. This is their 4th year in a row claiming that most difficult AOY championship. I will leave it to Ron's partner Rob to make an appropriate tribute to Ron. I will simply close by saying that it has been a pleasure competing with Ron. He is a brilliant angler and, more importantly, a true gentleman and a fine person.
Read Rob's blog for more... http://www.metroreservoiranglers.com//blogs/rbertazon
Congratulations to the team of Rob Bertazon and Ron Broadwater. Rob and Ron claimed the first place prize with a 23.24 Lb. limit of Loch Raven bass. The team of Gangi and Kosdemba took home second place honors with a catch weighing 22.75 Lbs. The team of Ian Walker and Larry Bertholdt finished strong with 21.53 Lbs, to take third place. The 5.62 Lb. lunker largemouth was brought to the scales by the team of Tommy Kobus and Russel Brown. Ron Wolfe and Waino Anderson weighed the 2.15 Lb. lunker smallmouth. Congratulations to Ron, Rob, Don, Gary, Ian, Larry, Tommy, Russel, Waino and Ron.
My deepest appreciation goes to my fellow members of the board who have worked hard to make this season possible. Chad Wisner, Holden Wolfe, and Bobby Standiford, thank you all for everything you have done. You are the best!
A special thanks goes out to Craig Gordon for all of the excellent work he does with our Web site.
For those of you present at the final regular season tournament of 2016, you heard the announcement that Ron Broadwater, my fishing partner of twelve years, was retiring from tournament fishing after the Tournament of Champions.