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Candlewood Lake Report

Stober Unstoppable On Candlewood

The second points tournament of the season was held at Candlewood Lake on May 19th. Rapidly changing weather conditions had dropped the water temperatures 9 degrees in one week, pushing many fish off the spawning beds. The calm, warm weather and heavy pressure from other tournaments made for tough fishing. As is always the case, someone finds fish. The 34 members loaded up on smallmouth that were shallow but the bigger largemouth were harder to locate. In total, 113 bass were brought to the scales for a total weight of 201 pounds 13 ounces.

Kirk Stober went against the grain deciding to target pre-spawn bass along deeper, rocky shorelines in the New Milford arm while the majority of the club looked for bass in the coves and on shallow flats. It was a good choice as Kirk brought in a nice creel including 2 largemouth and 3 smallmouth for 11 pounds 12 ounces. His caught fish on Senkos, spinnerbaits, and 1 fish fell for a crankbait.

Making his first trip into the top three was non-boater, Ed Schickman. Eddie's culled up to a 10 pound 11 ounce limit that was anchored by the 5 pound 6 ounce tournament lunker. He caught his first few fish, including the lunker on brown Senko's and switched to Bubble gum senkos to boat 4 more keepers.

Taking third in the event was former club President, Steve Rusert. When the shallow Senko/Jersey Rigg bight is on, Steve is tough to beat. Fishing mostly the south end of the lake, Steve culled up to his 9 pound 13 ounce limit and moved up to third place overall in the year-to-date standings.

Fourth place was captured by the club's weigh-master, Alvin Walters. His five bass limit included 3 largemouth and 2 smallies for a total weight of 9 pounds 12 ounces.

Rounding out the top five was last year's Angler of the Year, John Ernest. Another angler who has become with a Senko, John culled up to a 9 pound 6 ounce limit and moved himself into a top six spot overall.

Honorable mention goes to Eric Lehmann, the winner of the Lillinonah tournament and cresently, the number one angler in the club standing. Eric placed sixth, falling just one ouce short of placing in the event.

All contents created 2001 by Mark B. Scocco.