Bay Bash Recap: A Fun Day of Fishing and an Evening of Blues – All For a Good Cause

Nearly 200 anglers competed in the 3rd Annual Bay Bash Family Fishing Tournament, followed by a Benefit Concert Saturday August 11, 2018 at Ingram Bay Marina in Wicomico Church. Although thunderstorms had been forecasted, the attendees experienced only a brief afternoon squall. The tournament awarded over $3,000 in prizes. Ingram Bay Marina and NAPS (Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship) partnered to produce the event this year to raise money for families in the Northern Neck who have children with special needs.

The evening festivities included the tournament awards ceremony, a raffle, a “moon bounce” for the kids, and a concert by an award-winning blues band with local roots – the Tom Euler Trio. “The music was excellent,” said NAPS president Mike Ahart. “It’s amazing that we had such great talent at this event.”

NAPS volunteers staffed the food and drink concessions, which featured a reusable grocery bag display, a paper straw dispenser/display, and other posters and materials to promote good stewardship of the community’s land and water. NAPS provided recycling bins for the event and afterward transported the empty cans and bottles to a recycling center.

The fishing tournament was open to boats, kayak/canoe and shore/pier anglers. Bay Bash organizer Capt. Billy Pipkin said, “From Contenders with triple 300hp engines to pier fishermen, everyone had a blast and prize money was shared among a diversity of anglers.”

Unlike traditional tournaments, fish are measured by length not weight. Anglers are allowed to s-t-r-e-t-c-h their fish to maximum length at check-in. Adults and kids alike had fun tugging the tails to reach maximum length.

In the Seigler Reels Grand Prize Division, Pete Conway of Team Chesapeake Bank aboard the ‘Ghost Bite’amassed a whopping 79.38 inches of total aggregate length from six different fish species including; Spanish mackerel, bluefish, spot, croaker, speckled trout, and whiting. He picked up key wins in whiting and speckled trout, placed 2nd in bluefish and 3rd in both the mackerel and croaker divisions.