On June 12 the club held their first bass tournament of the year at Lake Bomoseen VT. 18 anglers were faced with constantly changing sky conditions on a small lake that had been the location of another tournament the day before. While the overall weights were disappointing, as always somebody finds them and catches them! Jim Greeley led the field with a 14.28 lb. limit with Paul Pflieger second with 12.88 lbs. and Briar Murtlow 3rd with 11.87 lbs. Mike Plonka weighed in a beautiful 5.82 lb. lunker to seize the day!
Congratulations to Elisha Flint who wrapped up the tournament season with a win on Schroon and put him in 1st place for our angler of the year title we call Bassman! Elisha came in with the only limit of fish out of the whole group which weighed in at 11.91 lbs. Coming in second was Al Maher with 9.29 lbs and in third was Briar Martlow with 4.7 pounds. Way to tough out a grinder gentlemen!
The President and VP get it done at Cossayuna! Congratulations to Paul Pflieger and Frank Rossetti on an impressive win weighing in at 16.36 lbs. Congratulations to the team of Charlie and Joe Curcurito and the team of Mike and Bob Plonka earning the 2nd and 3rd positions with 11.87 and 11.43 lbs respectively.
On September 19 David Black again demonstrated his mastery of Lake Champlain South with his second win of the year on that body of water. On what would prove to be a very tough day of fishing David blew the field away with a winning bag of 18.13 pounds! Second place was taken by Bob Richard with 13.39 pounds and third was Joe Curcurito with 11.22 pounds-enough to put him in the lead in the Angler of the Year Race. To Show how tough fishing conditions were, there were only 4 limits caught and out of 19 anglers, 6 of us were not even able to catch a single keeper. While the weather was good and mother nature cooperated by not giving us the expected fog delay, the fish continued their refusal to cooperate with us.
DayCongratulations to David Black on his first Club Win!
At our third points tournament of the year at Ticonderoga David scored his first club win under tough fishing conditions with a 2-day total of 35.10 lbs. David went out on day one and returned an impressive 21.17 lbs. to the scale including a 5.36 smallmouth lunker. On day two he repeated with another limit of 13.93 lbs. to take the win over Al Maher whose 2 -day total was 31.26 lbs. -a great catch also. Finishing in the last plaque position was Elisha Flint with 25.75 lbs. Overall fishing was tough for the club-on day one there were only 4 limits weighed and on day 2 10 limits were weighed. On day 2 Nick Sarchioto fished with me and scored a 5.20 Largemouth for daily lunker and his personal best fish. Nice job Nick!
Results Day 1
Results Day 2
For our second tournament of the year we hit our "home water" Saratoga lake. The conditions were windy, but the fish we biting as usual on this lake with almost everyone catching their limit. As usual the weights were tight with a couple people catching the higher quality fish giving them the edge. Congratulations to Briar Murtlow on his win with 12.82 lbs of largemouth. This was Briar's first win in the club and first event using his own boat fishing from the front. That's the way to start! Congratulations also go to George Locke coming in second with 12.45 lb and Matt Zapala coming in third with 11.38 lbs.
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!
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