|Place||Angler||Fish||LM||SM||Released||Total Weight (Oz)||Total Weight (Dec)||Points||Picture Available|
|22||Richard Logan Sr||1||1||0||1||2.10||2.640||19||X|
|DNP||Richard Logan Jr||0||0||0||0||0.00||0.000||0|
Gatson Breaks Through At Ticonderoga
On August 8th, the club traveled way north to Lake Champlain at Ticonderoga for its 4th points tournament of the Year. Crossing the midpoint in the season, anglers are jockeying for position in a tight race for the “Top Six” with only a handful of points separating 4th and 10th places. Another location with the potential for some huge bags of fish, Champlain was likely to require limits well into the teens in order to have any hope of cashing a check and those anglers practicing a day or two before were proving that suspicion with many 15-20 pound limits being reportedly caught.
On tournament day, those big limits were not as commonplace yet there were still some nice bags brought in and 4 or 5 largemouth in the five pound category showed up at the scales.
After missing his first club win by a mere .01 last month, Vern Gatson came back strong and broke through with a huge limit to capture his first Bergen tournament win and widen his growing lead for 1st place overall. Vern nailed 18.34 pounds of largemouth, a bag made up of five very solid 3.5 to 4 pound fish. Vern practiced two days and each day he found quality fish in shallow water, 6’ of less. Although staying in the Ticonderoga area, he also ventured to a few spots north of Ti and repeated his pattern of hitting any shallow targets he could including weeds, wood and rock. His baits of choice were a 5” unweighted Senko and a Robo Worm fished on a drop shot. After limiting in the first 30 minutes of the event, he caught fish all day to cull up.
Runner up at Ticonderoga was club veteran and the angler chasing Vern for 1st overall, Mark Scocco. After landing a 5 pound largemouth on a shaky head in the first 10 minutes of the tourney, Mark made a run north of the Crown Point bridge to land a few more solid fish and wrapping up his day with 3 and 4 pounders caught in the final minutes to cull up to an eventual 16.67 pounds of fish. Mark opted to fish a power tactic of fishing a heavy jig on Daiwa Samurai braid flipped right into the thick milfoil, after homing into that pattern the prior day in practice.
Placing Third and also capturing the tournament lunker was the founding member of the Bergen Bassmasters, Greg Trass. Now fishing as a non-boater, Greg teamed up with Vern Gatson for Champlain and culled through 9 keepers up to an eventual limit weighing 15.90 pounds. His lunker weighed in at 5.34 and anchored his catch. Greg opted for a 6” watermelon/red flake Senko to catch his fish.
After a few huge practice days, Jason Mordhorst was on some big fish and expected to bring 18-20 pounds to the scales but instead had to “settle” on 4th place with his limit weighing 14.87 pounds. Jason admitted he was disappointed in dropping three 4 pound+ fish which could have had him in contention but nonetheless, he still caught a very solid bag of fish anchored by a five pounder. Jason caught about 20 fish during the tournament on a white spinnerbait fished along shallow but defined weedlines.
Capping the top five quietly with a very respectable 14.69 pound limit containing 4 largemouth and 1 smallie was Doug Giachino. He caught his limit largely through a “hunt and peck” approach leveraging a few different baits fished around sparse weeds in 4-8’ of water including senkos, worms and a beaver.
Honorable mention goes out to club rookie, Justin Scales who just missed his first Bergen check placing 6th with his 14.69 pound limit.