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The kickoff tournament was a great success again this year as 10 out of 12 teams brought in a 6 fish limit, and for the first time pike outnumbered pickerel by almost 3 to 1! George Locke and new member, Tony Carden took the first spot with their 6 fish weighing 37.2 lbs. They were followed closely by Al Dickinson and Frank Rossetti in second with 36.07 lbs. Well done and congratulations!
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After a long and tough day of fishing in conditions that can be best described as brutal, we still ended the season on a high note. We toughed it out and still managed to have a good time. Congratulations to Elisha Flint on catching the only limit of the day and bringing home the victory! Coming in second place was Al Dickinson, and rounding out the top three was Steve Broderick. Congratulations to you both as well.
With that finish Steve also finished in the top BOBA spot for the year.
Although the fishing was uneventful, the final weigh-in was a different story. The race for the 2015 Bassman title was tight down to the wire, and the winner wasn't known until the results were tallied up. For 2015 the Bassman title goes to Mr. George Locke. Congratulations George! Remaining so consistent through a very strange season overall was no small feat. Both seasoned members and new consider you one of the best to ever do it, and are happy to see you take the crown. Well done!
There are many words which club members would use to affectionately describe Terry. Any way you sliced it he was a beloved member of the Albany Area Bassmasters and a fierce competitor.
In my first year in the club (2012) I was paired with him officially 2 times. It would have been 4 times if the rules didn’t limit us to those two times. I remember fishing with him and watching him attack those bass with a passion which was hard to describe. He gave me advice that day which stuck with me over the last 3 years. He said you just need to keep throwing it in and it will eventually come to you. That was his philosophy in a nutshell. Keep a line in the water and you will eventually figure things out. In hindsight I am sure that all the “tinkering” I was doing in the back of his boat that day drove him absolutely nuts. I could only imagine what he was thinking about this knucklehead who thinks he is going to catch fish by constantly changing lures and presentations so damn much.
Fast forward to last year at Ticonderoga. One year more mature and with a bit more understanding his advice led to one of my best days on the water. With my Mojo rig I caught plenty of fish that day and kept up with Terry. One moment which we laughed about on the water was when he helped me land a 3 lber and he yells over to Paul Pflieger who was nearby that I was “Kicking his ass with some Mojo shit …”. Now that was not true but our chuckle over it was definitely a testament to his advice. I kept throwing that thing until we had to go and ended up with my best 2 day limit to date.
As fate would have it our last two day at Ti I was paired with Terry once again. After getting lost in the fog not once, but twice we finally made it to the spot where he had been catching them in practice. His day started strong catching fish on one lure. In Terry fashion I watched him catch a 15 lb. limit working that one lure all day. I ended up with my limit being just as persistent with my lure but it was nowhere near the size bag he carried to the scales. We had an absolutely great time together that day.
When I found out Terry had passed away my heart just sunk! He was good for at least one good “one-liner” every time you were around him. Aside from all the other angling advice he has given me this is something that I will miss tremendously. His advice will certainly live on with me and all others who were fortunate enough to share a boat with him.
Rest in Peace buddy!
June 3, 2016
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