Congratulations to Al Maher getting it done from the back of the boat! After our first tournament at Champlain was cancelled earlier this month, Schroon Lake was where our tournament season kicked off. Al managed a big limit of smallmouth weighing 14.11 pounds to take the win. He was followed by two anglers who seem to catch them well every time on this lake. Jim Greeley came in second with a mixed bag totaling 13.78 lbs and Joe Curcurito in third weighing five smallies for 13.13 lbs
On May 1 the officers and tournament committee met via the Internet to discuss our options for this season. (Thank You to Frank Rossetti for chairing that!)
It was agreed by all that it is our intention to adhere to all NY State Executive orders and regulations.
Our meeting included a lot of discussion on options for the season and there was general agreement on how we should proceed with decisions.
At his time no decisions have been to effect any changes to our schedule, (Except for the previously cancelled pike tournament) pending the next round of announcements from the Governor's Office which is expected by May 15. The officers and tournament committee will have another virtual meeting after that announcement and we will get a notice out to all members regarding our the status of our first scheduled event (June 13/14 at Rouses Point). by May 20.
Please keep checking your email to further updates.
At this point there has been no guidance offered by New York Bass Nation, although they have a virtual meeting scheduled for club representatives next Saturday May 9which I plan to log on to.
I want to thank all of the officers and committee members who have worked together during this difficult time.
It is my hope that everyone will continue to be careful and follow all suggested measures to avoid getting the virus.
Be Safe and be hopeful that we will be able to have some events this summer.
Mr. George Locke wins the 2019 Angler of the Year Title and is the 2019 Bassman! This is Geroge's eleventh such title, proving that he is one of, if not the best angler AABM has ever had. It was a close race all year long, but his consistency throughout our six points events put him over the top by 2 points.Congratulations to a job well done, George!
Congratulations to Steve on a close finish on our last tournament of the season. Everyone who had practiced for this event knew that it would be a close tournament and that it would take the right decisions to elevate yourself enough above the herd to secure a win. Steve’s 12.83 lb. bag included the second lunker of the day at 3.46lbs. This was Steve’s second win of the season after opening the season with a win at Champlain North. George Locke was a close second with 12.57lbs and the 3.98 lb. tournament lunker. Finishing in the third position was Al Maher with 11.65 lbs. I am looking forward to hearing from Steve at our meeting how he secured this win.
Our tournament on September 29 was a very tough day of fishing for most of our club members. Bill Piggott was the runaway winner with 14.26 lbs., George Locke showed his prowess by fishing second with 12.29 lbs. I struggled all day just to catch 5 keepers and I was very surprised to learn that my 7.53 lbs. with only four fish was good enough for third place. We did have a nice smallmouth lunker -4.18 lbs. of smallmouth caught by Anthony Curcurito.
Congratulations to Joe Curcurito the winner of our Oneida Lake Tournament on July 27-28. Joe blew away the field with a winning weight of 31.05 lbs. This was Joe’s 7th AAB win, his last win was 2016 at Schroon Lake. Congratulations to Jim Underhill for finishing second at Oneida with 27.26lbs and Steve Broderick who finished third with 26.36 lbs.
Our second tournament went well in that the high winds that were forecast did not materialize to the extent they were predicted. The staff at Mossy Point were there early for us and everyone cooperated with the inspection and tagging process and we got underway in good time. Every member was able to catch a limit of bass! The winning weight for the day was Paul Pflieger with 17.72 lbs. and a 5.42 lunker. Second place was Co-Angler Mike Richard with 16.72 lbs. and winning a plaque for third was George Locke with 15.00 lbs. Congratulations to Paul on his 11th AAB Tournament win, the last one being in 2015!
We opened our season on June 9 on Northern Champlain at Rouses Point and despite high water and murky water members went out and caught some great limits of fish. The day was led by Steve Broderick with 17.44 lbs. and a 3.99 lunker, followed by Dan Munsell with 16.22 lbs. and Al Maher with 14.55lbs. Lunker of the day was 4.21 caught by Frank Polomaine. Day 2 Steve Broderick came back with 18.26 lbs. , Jim Underhill our 2018 Angler of The Year caught 17.14 and Consistent Al Maher had 16.04 lbs. Lunker from day 2 was 4.50 caught by Steve Broderick. Steve Broderick scored his second AA win with a total of 35/70 lbs., Jim Underhill second with 31.58lbs and Al Maher with a plaque for 3rd with 30.59 lbs. Steve’s first win was at the same location in 2017.
On a cold and windy day up north, the club took on the crystal clear waters of Schroon Lake. The fishing was tough for most, but a number of club members found the big ones. Bill Pigott crushed a 16.34 lb mixed bag for the win with a 5.50lb kicker. His co-angler Dan Munsell added a 5.68lb beauty that took second lunker for the year. Rounding out the top three with really nice days were Charlie Curcurito with 15.40 and Al Dickinson with 14.69. Additionally, congrats to Jimmy Underhill who locked down the 2018 Bassman title!
The club fished the Mohawk River in some nasty fast moving muddy water on a nice fall day. The river was largely feast or famine, with eight club members catching one or less fish. On the flip side, Anthony Curcurito was able to put together a massive bag of smallies by any standards, let alone one from the Mohawk. He won the tournament with 19.08lbs! Coming in second was Frank Rossetti with 14.95lbs and Joe Curcurito in third place with 14.94lbs (no benefit of the doubt). Congrats to Anthony on an incredible day!