The Bergen Basmasters continued tournament trail with an event on Lake Lillinonah in Connecticut. lilly had been absent from the schedule for a number of years after a few poor weigh-ins and the 34 members had high hopes that this event would show the lake rebounding. Water temperatures were quickly climbing and ranged from 62-67 degrees and a few bass were even spotted on spawning beds although the deep beds were tough to spot in the off-colored water. Four days of blue skies and high pressure turned out a beautiful day with plenty of fish to be caught.
A perennial top finisher in the club's springtime tournaments, Mark Scocco once again used a soft jerkbait to finesse a total of nine keepers into the boat weighing in 10 pounds 15 ounces. He fished south of the ramp along rocky banks loaded with wood that dropped into deep water. He had located a bunch of fish while pre-fishing and went back on tournament day. The bite was quick as Mark had landed his limit by 8:50am. Mark pointed out that he was raising tremendous amounts of fish on Thursday but they were reluctant to bite until he applied Sav-A-Scent to his lure. The scent immediately produced a 3 pound and was the missing piece to figuring a way to make the fish bite. This was Mark's second Bergen victory on Lillinonah and 8th overall club win.
Finishing in second place was Scott Mitchell. My Yammamoto himself was fishing spawning beds with non other than a pumpkin and chartreuse spider grub. He also landed a few fish on power worms. Scott concentrated on the southern half of the lake and managed three bass throughout the morning losing two fish as well. With a bit of last minute heroics, Scott managed to bag three more to finish off his limit in the final 45 minutes of the tournament.
Placing third and holding onto his lead in first overall Nick Albano. Nick could not pre-fish since he had taken time off for the team tournament. Therefore, he relied on his old confidence spots to amass a limit weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces. He landed two bass on grubs, one on a power worm, and the last day came to the boat as the day was winding down taking a Bill Norman crankbait. Nick's limit fish was caught at 2:19.
Finishing only two ounces back in fourth was Kirk Stober. Kirk also had pre-fished on Thursday and developed his gameplan then. He concentrated in areas around the ramp and near the intersection of the two rivers. His first two bass were caught on a Shad Rap. He then caught two bass in shallow on Jersey Riggs and the last two for the limit were caught by 1pm using a white Luhr Jense Hot Lips crankbait.
Tied for fifth place were Frank Freguletti and Greg Trass, each with 7 pounds 10 ounces. Frank also used soft plastic jerkbaits to quickly bag his limit. He developed his strategy while pre-fishing on Thursday and executed it perfectly catching his first fish 5 minutes into the event. Frank landed most of his fish in the southern half of the lake along shorelines loaded with rock and wood. Greg's catch was made up mostly of the tournament lunker, a 4 pound 10 ounce largemouth. Greg used a fin-s fish to raise his fish before eventually catching them on a Jersey Rigg. He concentrated mainly on wood cover and all four of his bass were largemouths.