Tournament Fishing: Russell, Dwyer top field of 71 teams

Weekend tournament anglers once again proved that there are plenty of big bass in local waters.


Weekend tournament anglers once again proved that there are plenty of big bass in local waters.

The Northeast Team Bass partners’ second open event of the season on the Great Sacandaga Lake attracted a field of 71 teams, all hoping to earn a share of the $9,230 purse.

Leading the way was last year’s NTB Anglers of the Year team of Jeff Russell of Malta and Dan Dwyer of Saratoga Springs. Their six-smallmouth bass limit totaling 13.15 pounds earned them first-place cash of $2,550.

Finishing a close second was the team of Jim Wilson of Troy and Bob Tricozzi of Albany with 12.14 pounds. They won $1,660.

Rounding out the top five cash positions were John Korzeniecki II of Salem and Frank Heibler Jr. of Hudson, 11.60 pounds; Jeremy Lawrence of Mayfield and Chris Cooke of Petersburg, 11.40 pounds; and the Amsterdam combination of Bob and Brian Bez, 11.23 pounds. Third through fifth places returned $1,175, $860 and $750, respectively.

Tournament lunker honors and a $710 prize were won by the Johns­town team of John Damphier and Dale Hughes for their 3.22-pound largemouth.

Lure choices were varied. Many were successful with surface baits like the Pop-r and soft plastic jerk baits early in the day, but as the sun came up, the bass moved deeper, and most switched to drop shotting plastics, twister tails and spider grubs on quarter-ounce jig heads.

The lower Mohawk River’s Crescent Pool between locks 6 and 7 gave up some hefty largemouth and smallmouth bass to the 29 teams competing in the Schenectady Elite’s second tournament of the season.

Twenty-six team limits of six bass came to the scales, and the

total catch of 161 bass had a combined weight of 311.08 pounds.

Leading the way with a three-pound-per-bass average, was the Broadalbin team of Wayne Gotobed and J.J. Sitterly with 18.01 pounds. Second with 17.05 pounds were Pat Lenny of Westerlo and Scott Madcharo of Schenectady. Rounding out the top five positions were the Bezes, 16.10 pounds; Gerry Rosenbarker of Scotia, and Bruce Jeram of Rexford, 16.05 pounds; and the Schenectady team of Jason Lane and Tim Longo, 13.07 pounds. The payout for first through fifth places was $765, $575, $385, $190 and $100, respectively.

The big bass award and $145 went to the Clifton Park team of Roger Zalucky and Rich Moot for their 4.10-pound largemouth. There were two bass weighing over four pounds and 12 over three brought to the scales.

Obviously, the weedbeds that line much of this section of the river are holding bass of significant numbers and quality. And from what I was told, the secret was Texas- and wacky-rigged worms.

The Mohawk Masters also chose the Crescent Pool between locks 6 and 7 for its first Singleman Tournament of the season.

This trail, in which each contestant fishes alone in his own boat, is in its 19th year, which I believe is the longest-running bass tourn­ament trail in the area. This event, with its take-off and weigh-ins at the AlCathy launch site, attracted 21 anglers. And they, too, had an impressive weigh-in.

Leading the way was Jeram with a five-bass limit totaling 14.11 pounds, for which he received $350. Second ($230) was Rosenbarker with a limit totaling 12 pounds, 13 ounces. Third ($150) went to Glenville angler Jim Cantamessa with 11 pounds, 13 ounces. He anchored his five-bass catch with a 4.07-pound largemouth worth an additional $105.

The Lake Lonely Boat Livery’s Tuesday evening one man/one bass tournament attracted a record field of 33 anglers. And the weigh-in was unusual, with ties for both first and second places.

The first-place finishers, both from Saratoga Springs, were Arron Richardson and Gary Thompson, who each received $112 for their

4.5-pound bass. The runners-up, Skip Allan of Corinth and Wes Montgomery of Saratoga Springs, both weighed in a 3.10-pound bass, and received $42.50.

The late bite at Saratoga Lake was excellent one week ago Wednesday evening when 37 two-person teams competed in the South Shore Mar­ina’s three-bass tournament. It was a contest that took a three-pound average to cash and a 4.7-pound average to win.

Highlighted by their 5.55-pound tournament lunker largemouth, the Corinth team of Dave Munger and Mike Laubach tipped the scales with three bass totaling 14.23 pounds. First place returned $360, and lunker was worth an additional $180. Second with 10.05 pounds and receiving $210 was the Clifton Park team of Sean Messier and Mark Pollack.

Rounding out the top five cash positions were the Saratoga team of Tad Senecal and Mike Schlieser, 9.19 pounds; Jim McHale of Ballston Spa and Gary Rhodes of Saratoga Springs, 9.16; and Tom Kail of Burnt Hills and Paul Norton of Waterford, 9.04 pounds. Third through fifth places returned $130, $100 and $80, respectively.

There were two five-pound bass, five four-pound bass and a number of three-pounders caught, weighed and released.

this weekend

Saturday, the Mohawk Masters will host a singleman contest on the Mohawk River from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., with take-off and weigh-in at Mohawk Valley Marine. Entry fee, including lunker, is $40. You can enter at the launch site.

Sunday, the Greenbush Bass Assoc­iation will host a tournament on Saratoga Lake with take-off and weigh-in at the state launch site, Route 9P, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $70, and because there is a five-bass limit, anglers may fish this event with or without a partner. You can enter at the launch site.

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