Outdoor Journal: Fishing tournaments continue

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The area fishing tournaments continue.

Saratoga Tackle held its Tuesday Night Tournament last week. Forty-three boats fished Saratoga Lake.

The team of Rick Simon of Alplaus and Spencer Marzella of Clifton Park finished first and won $875 for the 13.49 pounds they caught. Second place and $570 went to David Munger of Saratoga Springs and John Jenkins Jr. of Stillwater for the 13.22 pounds they caught. Coming in third and earning $300 for the 13.07 pounds they caught were Mike Towner of Galway and Mike Marini of Slingerlands. They also won $430 for the lunkner of 5.67 pounds. Finishing fourth with 12.04 pounds caught and earning $190 was the team of Stan Sala of Schaghticoke, and Greg Paczkowski of Ballston Spa.

The Capital District Bassmasters recently completed its third tournament of the season. It was a two-day, overnight total-weight tournament held on Lake Ontario. The weather was great – sunny and in the low 80s both days.

Now, the wind, was a different story. The weatherman was talking about 5 mph with gusts to 10 mph both days. The “breeze” was more like 8-10 mph at launch and quickly went to 20-25 mph. Rollers and whitecaps all day. But that didn’t bother the fish.

All members found and caught fish; good weights brought in for the Day 1 weigh-in.

The Day 1 leaders were Mike Slowikowski of Ballston Lake (17 pounds, 1 ounce), John Kolach of Latham (16-14), Mike Hendricks of Central Bridge (16-5) and Shawn Lipscomb of Gansevoort (14-14). Lipscomb also had the lunker (5-1).

Day 2 started off with calm winds and glass waters until about 8 a.m., when the winds picked up and totally changed direction. Rollers and whitecaps followed. But the fishing was still good and good weight was brought in, with a huge bag of fish catching everyone’s attention.

The Day 2 leaders were Lipscomb (23-3), Kolach (15-12), Hendricks (12-3) and Slowikowski (12-2). Lipscomb had the lunker (4-13).

The final weights had Lipscomb finishing first (38-12), followed by Kolach (32-10), Slowikowski (29-3) and Hendricks (28-8).

Kudos to Hendricks, who had engine problems and fished both days just on his trolling motor. And a big shout out to Lipscomb, who kept the launching and boat reloading super smooth.

Tournament No. 4 is scheduled for Sunday at Cossayuna Lake.

GREAT HUDSON RIVER FISH COUNT 

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced that the 11th annual Great Hudson River Fish Count will take place at multiple sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson on Saturday.

The annual fish count event provides a great opportunity for New Yorkers and visitors to get outdoors or go online and learn about the many fish species that live and thrive in the Hudson River. The commissioner said, “With sites from New York Harbor to Waterford, there are many places for young and old alike to participate in this year’s event.”

Participating groups share their catch results by posting to the @NYSDEC Twitter feed with the hashtag #hudsonriverfishcount.

A list of participating public and virtual sites can be found on DEC’s website at dec.ny.gov/lands/97891.html.

All fish count programs are family-friendly and free of charge.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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