Mohawk River Report

Mitchell Wins on the Muddy Mohawk!

On June 20th, the Bergen Bassmasters held their third points tournament of the year, returning to the Mohawk River at Crescent Pool. The river has a reputation for producing good numbers of fish but there were some difficult conditions to deal with this time around. Heavy rains throughout the week leading up to the event had made the river high and muddy. Water clarity left visibility at under a foot and the current was ripping through many areas of the river.

Scott Mitchell claimed the victory in the muddy water with a limit of bass including 3 largemouth and 2 smallmouth that weighed a total of 11 pounds 4 ounces. Locating largemouth on the river is ofter the key to winning there. While pre-fishing on Friday, Scott located a small, isolated, rocky area that was holding some quality fish, both largemouth and smallmouth. He fished a Bomber 7A crankbait with a stop and go retrieve in 12-14' of water. His two keys were keeping the bait in contact with the bottom and fishing current. Scott also fished a 4" power worm and a clown colored husky jerk to catch nearly 4 limits of bass throughout the day.

Mark Scocco placed in second, finishing with a limit of 1 largemouth and 4 smallies for a total weight of 10 pounds 6 ounces. Mark concentrated on deep rock shorelines adjacent to main river flats. He also fished the current and utilized a Luhr Jensen crankbait and a 4" power worm. Mark had his limit by 8:30am and culled two more fish throughout the day. Mark stated "My first spot paid off with 5 &Mac189; pounds for 2 fish in the first 10 minutes of the tournament. Since many areas were getting hit pretty hard, it was important to get the quality bites early in the event."

Perhaps no other member has had as much success on the Mohawk as Frank Freguletti. Once again, Frank claims a top spot by taking third place. Frank's limit of smallmouth totaled 9 pounds 8 ounces and included one weighing 3 pounds 8 ounces. While he caught his first fish early on a buzzbait, the remainder of his 8 keepers were caught on either black or brown hair jig matched with a 101 pork frog. Frank had his limit by 10am and concentrated on fishing bluff banks and steep shorelines.

In fourth place was Alvin Walters with a limit weighing 9 pounds 4 ounces. Alvin concentrated on fishing holes in the water chestnuts and it paid off with 3 largemouth and 2 smallmouth. He credits his partner, Jim Logan, for suggesting the weeds. Alvin caught his first fish on a Lucky Craft popper. The remainder were caught on a 4" power worm retrieved over the chestnuts and allowed to drop on the edges. He stated the key area of the weeds were the points on both the upriver and downriver corners of the weedbeds.

Fifth place was nailed down by Greg Trass. Although he did not pre-fish, Greg managed to catch a limit of smallmouth weighing a total of 9 pounds 3 ounces. He utilized a number of baits including a spinnerbait fished around the chestnuts, a 4" power worm around blowdowns and a spider grub along river bends with current. Greg had his limit by 8:30 and culled 2 fish during the remainder of the day.

Lunker for the tournament was caught by Pat Van Wettering who weighed in a 4 pound 15 ounce largemouth. It was caught along a stretch of rip-rap on a chartreuse and white spinnerbait. On the Mohawk, where the average lunker at most Bergen events has been about 3 &Mac189; pounds, Pat's fish was a real lunker.

In total, 9 limits were weighed in for a total of 104 fish and 170 pounds, 14 ounces. Only 19 largemouth were brought to the scales compared to 85 smallies.

All contents created 1996 by Mark B. Scocco.