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!
With a near record setting five fish limit weighing 20.79 pounds (21.04 without penalty), Jim Underhill blows away the rest of the club with a resounding win! Jim had a 6.32 pound kicker to boot and is at the top of the list for lunker of the year. Congrats Jim! Finishing in second was Anthony Curcurito with 16.20lbs and George Locke in third with 15.41lbs. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Matt Zapala for his win on Northern Champlain July 28 and 29. Matt bested the field with a 2-day weight of 27.79lbs (day 1 11.45, day 2 16.44), including a 4.19lb smallmouth lunker on day 2. I am looking forward to his presentation Friday night on how he accomplished this win. It is not easy to get a win in this club with the quality of the anglers we have.
Also, Congratulations to Joe Curcurito who finished second with 27.07 lbs. and Frank Polomaine who finished third with 26.36lbs. All in all, fishing was pretty good considering the large number of boats on the lake practicing for the BASS Northern Open. There are many stories of big fish that were lost during this tournament. Once again, we were subject to some tricky winds during some parts of both days. Thanks to everyone who made this event successful.