|Place||Angler||Fish||LM||SM||Released||Total Weight||Points||Picture Available|
|7||Richard Logan (SR)||4||1||3||4||14.61||34||VIEW|
|LUNKER||RICH LOGAN (SR)||6LB 3 OZ LM|
CANDLEWOOD LAKE OPENER April 19, 2017
TOUGH FOR SOME – GREAT FOR OTHERS
After a long winter, a full field of Bergen Bassmasters enjoyed their first tournament of the year on beautiful Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. Although the rain held off until the drive home, the weather was kind of nasty with a steady cold wind from the east. Air temps at around 48-49 degrees matched the water temps and this was pre-spawn bassin’ at its finest….and as the only tournament on the lake, we had Candlewood all to ourselves – and with no jet skiers, it doesn’t get any better. In the 30 year existence of the Bergen Bassmasters, only one 5 pound smallie plus was caught in a regular points tournament, a 5.25 lunker by John ‘Woody’ Glaser from Lake Lillinonah. However, in our 4-19 opener, 3 smallies topped 5 pounds and two largemouth topped 6 pounds!
First Place goes to the Spider Man Vern Gatson. Using spider grubs he nailed a bunch of giant smallies totaling 21.83 pounds. His two biggest smallies weighed in at 5.19 and 5.08! Vern fished in a previous weekend tournament Open and used his experience to hon in on schools of smallies in 10 to 15 feet. Nice going Vern and a good start to another Angler of the Year Award!
Second Place goes to Bergen’s Greg Trass, one of our founding members who is a very good fisherman. Greg pre-fished once and culled 4 times to bag a mixed limit of smallies and largemouth at 18.39 pounds. Using Jerk Baits, Greg primarily worked points to nail his bass…Nice job!
Taking home Third Place honors goes to John Giordano. Using 3.5 inch swim baits, John worked 6-10 foot depths for a mixed bag of bass weighing a hefty 17.31 pounds. Johnny came close to winning the six pound lunker pool with a 6.05 lb largemouth. Nice Going Johnny G!
Military vet Justin Scales used Jerkbaits and net rigs to bag up a nice limit of smallies going 16.86 pounds. For the Fourth Place finish, Justin also worked the 10 foot depths and culled twice.
Rounding out the last pay out of Fifth Place was Nick Albano with smallies and largemouth going 16.74 pounds. The 16.74 pound bag of bass were all fooled by jerkbaits in 6 to 8 feet deep range.
Honorable mention goes out to Jason Mordhorst who without a trolling motor still managed to bag up over 16 pounds for Sixth Place.
Two Lunker Awards, a first time occurrence in a regular point’s tournament, very unusual:
· Rich Logan Sr, fishing as a rider with Nick Albano, nailed the regular tournament lunker, a fat 6.22 pound largemouth bass. It was caught at 7:20AM on a perch colored jerkbait. Nice bass Rich!
· New Bergen member Ken Walters, using a white Shadow Rap jerkbait, nailed a 5.31 pound smallie in the same spot where Rich earlier caught the lunker largemouth. By virtue of our progressive Six Pound Pool rules, the rarity of a 5 pound smallie gives it a one pound spot. Therefore the 5.31 smallie edges out the 6.22 largemouth by .11 pounds. Nice going Ken!
Although many big bass were hauled in, the number of keeper size bass was below par and many excellent bass anglers had a hard time in catching a decent limit. They will surely rebound in the tournaments ahead. Another well run tournament c/o Mark Filippini and as far as I know the bass survival rate was 100%. Next up – Lake Zoar May 6.