By DAVID GRAVELY
SWT Sports Editior
This month saw the official start of the tournament fishing season, and the first contest of each week takes place each and every Tuesday night at the Rockhouse Marina.
The first tournament of the season was held on Tuesday, May 7, and just like last season the fish are active and ready to bite.
First place honors went to Jason Adams and Eric Friend, who weighed in a five fish limit of 17.48 pounds. The big largemouth prize went to Chance Ratcliff and Jason Clark for their 3.81 pound catch. Big smallmouth honors went Adams and Friend for their 4.37 pounder.
The tournaments run from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a entry fee of $35 per boat per tournament. There is also an optional big fish contest.
Only artificial lures are allowed, and only largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass will be weighed. There is an 8 ounce penalty per dead fish at weigh-in. There is a five fish per team limit each night, and there is a 12 inch size limit. Any boat that brings in more than five fish to the scales will result in the culling of the largest fish first. There is also a two pound penalty for bringing in a fish shorter than twelve inches. All boats who enter must go through a boat safety check, and only two anglers are allowed per boat.
A complete list of rules and more information is available by contacting Mike Burchette at 540-980-1488, or by visiting their website at www.rockhousemarina.com.