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Twin Lakes Report

Mahoney Breaks Through With Win at Twin

The Bergen Bassmasters kicked off their 2000 tournament trail with an event at Twin Lakes on May 6th. The unusually warm weather had many fish shallow and the Bergen members were quick to pick up this fact as the 35 club anglers brought 91 bass to the scales for a total weight of 202 pounds 3 ounces. It was one of the club's most successful opening tournaments.

Perennial top five finisher, Brian Mahoney, broke through to capture the overall victory. While Brian has had numerous top 3 finishes over the past few years, it had been exactly 10 years to the day since Brian's first and only regular club tournament victory. Brian also won the Classic on Ticonderoga in 1997. At Twin Lakes, Brian had located a number of fish on West Twin Lake that were bedding. The water temps there were nearing the 70 degree mark in the much shallower half of Twin Lakes. He utilized hair jigs pitched to shallow beds in merely 6" of water to amass his limit which weighed in at 13 pounds 10 ounces.

Finishing second by only an ounce was Jim Hallihan. Jim struggled a bit early but also decided to fish in West Twin Lake. His first fish was caught around 11am and his 4 fish catch totaled 13 pounds 9 ounces. Jim's creel was anchored by the 6 pound 2 ounce largemouth that not only took lunker for the event but also broke the six pound pool. Jim's pattern involved sightfishing to isolated weed clumps along a sandy bank with Senkos.

Fishing his first tournament as a boater, John Ernest garnished enough weight to take third place. John concentrated on a small area between the lakes and managed his limit by 11am. He used a variety of baits and caught fish throughout the day culling up to a total weight of 13 pounds even.

Steve Rusert also chose to fish in West Twin Lake and it paid off with a limit of bass weighing 11 pounds 15 ounces and fourth place in the event. Steve fished his strength by concentrating on shallow fish with both Senkos and Jersey Riggs.

Charlie Spindelman finished in 5h and was also the top non boater in the event. His 10 pound 15 ounce limit was caught primarily on jigs and spinnerbaits fished on East Twin Lakes around scattered weed pockets.

The top observer in the event was Darryl Barrett who brought a 3 pound 13 ounce smallmouth to the scales.

All contents created 1998 by Mark B. Scocco.