Saratoga, 10-3-15
 

Place Angler Fish LM SM Released Total Weight (Oz) Total Weight (Dec) Points Picture  Available
1 Greg Trass 5 5 0 5 11.05 11.31 40 X
2 Justin Scales 5 5 0 5 11.05 11.30 39 X
3 John Ernest  5 5 0 5 9.10 9.63 38 X
4 Mark Scocco 5 5 0 5 9.09 9.55 37 X
5 Bill Vella 5 5 0 5 9.00 9.03 36 X
6 John Hart  5 5 0 5 8.14 8.90 35 X
7 Kirk Stober 5 4 1 5 8.10 8.65 34 X
8 Chris Liobis 5 5 0 5 8.08 8.51 33  
9 Nick Albano  5 5 0 5 8.06 8.40 32 X
10 Mark Filippini 5 5 0 5 8.04 8.23 31  
11 John Messinger   4 4 0 4 8.04 8.22 30 X
12 Jack Erdei 5 5 0 5 8.01 8.05 29  
13 Frank Freguletti 5 5 0 5 7.12 7.74 28  
14 John Hayden  5 5 0 5 7.12 7.72 27  
15 Vern Gatson 5 4 1 5 7.07 7.42 26 X
16 Bruce MacConchie 4 4 0 4 6.08 6.52 25 X
17 Doug Giachino  5 5 0 5 6.07 6.46 24  
18 John Williams 4 4 0 4 5.13 5.82 23 X
19 John Giordano 3 3 0 3 5.09 5.55 22  
20 Richard Logan Sr 3 2 1 3 5.06 5.38 21 X
21 Robert Curtis  2 2 0 2 4.10 4.61 20  
22 Richard Congero 2 2 0 2 3.07 3.42 19  
23 Alan Goldman 2 1 1 2 3.04 3.23 18 X
24 Robert Burton 1 1 0 1 2.08 2.48 17  
--  Richard Logan Jr 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 4  
LUNKER Greg Trass 4.06 LM       0      
Totals 100 96 4 100 176.02 176.13

                  

A return to the Winners Circle for Greg Trass at Saratoga Lake

On Saturday, October 3rd, with hurricane Joaquin raging off the Atlantic coast, the Bergen Bassmasters battled strong, gusty, Northeast winds that turned the wide open Saratoga Lake into a mini-ocean.  Frothy waves built across the lake hammered the southern shores making the usual dock pattern rather difficult and essentially cut the fishable areas of the lake in half.  Despite the turbulent conditions, the lake once again produced a large number of limits as well as a couple of decent fish and, as is often the case, those anglers having a kicker would rise to the tops of the leaderboard.

After returning to the club last year and now fishing as a non-boater, Greg Trass returned to the “winners circle” at Saratoga lake with his limit of bass weighing in at 11.31 pounds.  His catch was anchored by the 4.40 pound lunker largemouth.  His winning tactics centered around fishing jigs around weeds and docks.  Greg captured his 7th club victory and first as a non-boater and in consideration of his multi-year absence from the club, has to have the record now for longest time between club wins.  His last 1st place finish was all the back on April 26th, 1997 when he won Candlewood with 18 pounds – that’s 18 years, 5 months, and 7 days. 

Nailing down his first top finish in Bergen and essentially wrapping up the Rookie of the Year title was Justin Scales.  Fishing as a non-boater and paired with the current top ranked angler, Vern Gatson, Justin strung together the only other double digit weight.  His 11.30 pound limit fell  just 1/100ths of a pound short of the winner and was also anchored by a fish close to 4 oounds. Justin fished the windy southern section and caught around 12 keepers on a Keitech Swing Impact and on spinnerbaist fished around the docks.

John Ernest placed in back to back events with his 3rd place finish at Saratoga.  He caught a respectable 9.63 pound limit at Saratoga.  He had found fish rather easily on Friday in practice, catching about 14+ pounds flipping while his partner, Broce McConchie put on a clinic with spinnerbaist and Rico’s.  On Saturday, John found the bite much tougher.  John used an assortment of baits including 3” and 4” senkos and spinnerbaits to catch about 14 keepers.

Mark Scocco placed 4th for his third straight top five finish.  Mark’s primary areas in the southern part of the lake were all blown up and essentially unfishable and he struggled throughout the day to string together his five bass limit that weighed in at 9.55 pounds.  After catching only 1 fish off his better docks, mark moved out to the offshore grassbeds fishing a spinnerbait.  Weeding through a half dozen shorts, he finally nailed his limit in the final 30 minutes. 

 Capping the top five with a 9.03 pound limit was Bill Vella.   Bill also caught loads of fish in practice but mixed things up a bit for his catch on Saturday.  Flipping senkos around any shallow patch of weeds produced the majority of Bill’s fish on the day.  He caught loads of cookie cutter” pound and a half” fish and unfortunately dropped a nice one early in the day that would have really helped.

The 25 anglers managed 15 limits and 100 bass total for just over 176 pounds.  Heading into the final tournament, Vern Gatson holds only a 4 point lead over Mark Scocco (who isn’t fishing the Hudson) for Angler of the Year.  John Hart is still close enough that Vern needs to catch fish at the Hudson.  The top rider has John Willimas with only a 1 point lead over Greg Trass,and Bruce only 4 points back. A handful of guys are still in contention for a top six spots despite two spots already being lockedup by Vern and Mark.  It should make for an exciting finish!.        

 

 

Saratoga 10-3-15 Pictures