Mohawk, 9-19-15
 

Place Angler Fish LM SM Released Total Weight (Oz) Total Weight (Dec) Points Picture  Available
1 John Hart  5 0 5 5 8.12 8.770 40 X
2 John Ernest  5 1 4 5 7.10 7.650 39 X
3 John Williams 4 1 3 4 7.09 7.560 38 X
4 Andy Karcich 4 0 4 4 6.14 6.850 37 X
5 Mark Scocco 4 1 3 4 5.15 5.920 36 X
6 Vincent Rossi 4 0 4 4 5.11 5.680 35 X
7 Jason Mordhorst 4 1 3 4 5.07 5.430 34 X
8 Jack Erdei 2 1 1 2 3.06 3.400 33  
9 John Giordano 1 1 0 1 2.16 2.970 32  
10 Bruce MacConchie 3 0 3 3 2.12 2.770 31  
11 Alan Goldman 2 0 2 2 2.12 2.750 30 X
12 Frank Freguletti 3 0 3 2 2.11 2.660 29  
13 Vern Gatson 1 1 0 1 2.07 2.420 28  
14 Kris Lechman 1 1 0 1 2.01 2.080 27 X
15 John Messinger   1 1 0 1 2.00 2.010 26  
16 Robert Curtis  2 0 2 2 1.12 1.770 25  
16 John Hayden  2 0 2 2 1.12 1.770 25  
18 Bill Vella 1 0 1 1 1.03 1.200 23  
19 Mark Fillipini  1 0 1 1 1.03 1.160 22  
20 Greg Trass 1 0 1 1 0.15 0.940 21  
21 Justin Scales 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 4  
21 Nick Albano  0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000 4  
LUNKER Name LM       0      
Totals 51 9 42 50 75.12 75.760

                  

Stingy Mohawk River - unless your name was John, as in Hart, Ernest and Williams, top finishers.

After some big weights were brought to the scales at the club’s August tournament at Lake Champlain,  the 22 club members fishing the Mohawk River at Crescent Pool on September 19th struggled for a few bites. Although water temperatures had cooled in the week prior, they still hovered around 77 degrees and with not as much current due to a lack of rain had given the fish lockjaw. Typically, pool 6 turns out a good share of both largemouth and smallmouth, however the vast abundance of water chestnuts had scattered the fish out and combined with another club tournament and 12 more boats, sharing the pool, the pressure on select areas only added to the difficulty. Now, if your name just so happened to be John, you had a 50/50 chance of cashing a check in this tournament.

It’s been a while since John Hart last won a tournament despite numerous strong finishers. The Mohawk has usually been kind to John in the past to the tune of solid bags of largemouth, however, it was the brown fish that vaulted John into the winners circle this time around. Strangely, these fish were caught in the same shallow 1’ – 4” area that usually produced largemouth. John concentrated around docks and other shallow cover with finesse jigs, imitating the abundant crayfish in the river. With one of only two limits caught in the entire event, John brought in a very respectable 8.77 pounds to the scales.

John, Part II. Holding off on weighing in to bring a little drama to the stage, John Ernest had the only other limit that could have challenged Johnny Hart. His 1 largemouth and 4 smallmouth pushed the scales to 7.65 pounds and while typically small, 19 other anglers were envious of those 5 bass. John prefished the week before and got a few fish but like everyone else, still struggled. Opting to work out along the 12-14’ deep edges of massive weedbeds with chartreuse crankbaits, John found a grouping of fish that produced a runner up finish for him as well as a nice bag fir his partner.

That partner was John, Part III. Johnny Williams continued his very solid season which has him leading in the race to be the Top non boater by placing third at the Mohawk with 4 solid fish totaling 7.56 pounds. His first fish was caught on a popper but then John switched to the crankbait tactic that he has a lot of confidence in, Like his partner, John caught his remaining fish on a chartreuse crankbait.

Another consistent producer on the Mohawk along with other rivers Bergen fishes, Andy Karcich took home fourth place and lunker honors. Andy’s four smallmouth totaled 6.85 pounds and included the 3.59 pound tournament lunker. Like “the John’s”, Andy fished a crankbait for his fish and also added a spinnerbait to his arsenal. Seeing fish busting bait, Andy was in the right place and right time to put a few in the boat. Rounding out the top five and keeping pressure on Vern Gatson for 1st place overall in the club is veteran Mark Scocco. After dropping two quality fish early on, Mark struggled to catch a few 12” smallies before boating a 3+ largemouth in the final 15 minutes to anchor his catch of 5.92 pounds. Mark fish a hellgrammite and 3” senko on a jig head for his fish.

With a catch of only 51 fish for 75 pounds 12 ounces, the stingy Mohawk was one of the lowest tournament totals in recent years.