Cloudy, windy and with the threat of rain all day was the theme for this years’ 29th Annual Paul Jadro Memorial Bass Tournament hosted by Company 2 of the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department (technically the 28th having missed 2020 due to Covid). All in all fishing was good with slightly lower than average weights being brought to the scales. Of the 140 fish that were weighed in, all but two were released alive and well.
For the eighth time since the first annual in 1994, could be the 9th as we are unable to account for 2010, the duo of Brian Barthman and Tom Helberg claimed the winners circle with a total weight of 19.44 lbs. Their winnings included the $1,000.00 for 1st place, hats and plaques as well as 3rd big fish money.
Finishing in 2nd place and with the 2nd big fish of the tournament was the team of Trevor Thrash and Thad Rutledge weighing in a very close to 1st place weight of 19.24 lbs. They received 2nd place plaques and hats and $400.00 plus the payout for 2nd big fish.
In 3rd place with a total weight of 15.96 lbs. was the team of Sam Humphrey and Tom Bruce. The pair earned $300.00 for 3rd place in addition to the payout for the big fish of the event (5.32 lbs.) along with 3rd place plaques and hats.
It was a very tight race between the three competitors in the youth angler division with Romen Pedrotti edging out the others for first place with a team weight of 8.90 lbs. Hunter Sutton finished a close 2nd with 8.31 and sister Abbie Sutton rounded out the youth division with 7.77 lbs. A special thanks to Rod and Jan from S & H Auto Machine, Redwood Capital Bank, Englund Marine and Grundman’s Sporting Goods for supporting this years’ youth angler division.
Fortuna Fire Co. 2 would like to give a shout out to RMI OUTDOORS for all the rod and reel combos donated to our raffle as well as all of our great sponsors. Also a thanks to Jared and Melissa for donating their winnings back in exchange for a free entry voucher for next year – considering they won $200.00, we came out on the best end of that one.