Special to The Daily News
Thirteen turned out to be a lucky number for a father-and-son team in the Ed Broadwood Memorial Bass Tournament Saturday at Mitchell’s Bay.
Cliff Roebuck of Chatham and his 14-year old son Brenton may have been entered as the 13th team in the tourney, but they finished at the top of the leader board after a long day on the water.
Their five-fish limit tipped the scales at 19.85 pounds, good enough for first place and a prize of $1,700.
The tournament marks the opening day of bass fishing season in the area.
Cliff, 40, said the rough conditions made for a “slower” opening than usual.
“Fortunately, we got our fish early. By nine o’clock, we were sitting on 19 pounds,” said Roebuck. “It was good; it’s always nice fishing with the boy.”
While the Roebucks were the overall winners, Chris Gebal, 33, of Chatham, landed the heaviest fish of the day.
Fishing with teammate Marty Hottot, also of Chatham, Gebal caught a fish that weighed 4.65 pounds.
“The conditions were really hard; it was a big grind,” said Gebal. “We had to be persistent and patient.”
Twenty-seven teams – each consisting of two anglers – vied for the top prizes in this year’s tourney, which was the 10th-annual edition of the event.
Tournament director Bill Hamilton was hoping for a larger turnout, but said the threat of severe weather earlier in the day reduced the field of potential teams.
“The die-hards went out and the fair-weather fishermen left,” said Hamilton.
Since the competition was not a qualifying event for other fishing tournaments, Hamilton said some competitors opted not to fish in the rough conditions.
While the number of participants may have been down, Hamilton was still pleased with the turnout.
Noting that 20 of the 27 teams have participated in each year of the event, Hamilton said fishing in the Ed Broadwood Memorial has become an opening day tradition for most of the anglers.