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Hudson River Interview

Karcich Wraps up the Hudson!

The Bergen Bassmasters concluded their 2003 tournament season with a visit to the southern part of the Hudson River. On October 4th, 30 club anglers launched out of Ulster and faced steady rains and gusty winds that turned the river to a rough chop. Although the top non-boater position was locked up, there were still races going on for the Top Overall Angler, top boater, top six, and top twelve finishers.

Andy Karcich had already wrapped up yet another Angler of the Year non-boater and was looking to challenge Scott Mitchell and Bill Vella for the first overall spot. Anchored by the huge 5 pound 10 ounce tournament lunker, Andy added 3 other smallmouth for a total weight of 11 pounds 8 ounces and first place in the event. He fished culverts in the North and South Bay areas on the falling tide with a chartreuse/blue back bandit crankbait.

Finishing strong with back to back wins in the past two events, Scott Mitchell claimed his first ever Angler of the Year title with his 2nd place finish on the Hudson. Scott fell just two ounces short of his record tying 3rd victory of the season and third straight win. His five largemouth that totaled 11 pounds 6 ounces included a fish over four pounds and were all caught from a deep channel near the Port Ewing barges on crankbaits and Senkos.

Placing third and also finishing strong with back to back top five finishes was Pat Van Wettering. Pat> '> s limit weighed in at 8 pounds 14 ounces and included 2 largemouth and 3 smallies. Pat fished a Pop-R early and then switched to a spinnerbait to catch his fish. After placing at Saratoga and then again at the Hudson, pat claimed the final spot in this year> '> s top six, edging out Jim Hallihan by only one point.

Fourth place was taken by John Ernest, who had placed at Saratoga and was moving up in the standings after missing the Connecticut River. John> '> s limit weighed in at 8 pounds 7 ounces and was enough to move John into the top twelve finishers for the year. He had already gained an automatic invitation to next year> '> s Top Gun Championship shootout by virtue of winning the 2003 event at Candlewood.

Jack Erdei also made a strong bid to move up in the standings after placing fifth at the Hudson with a limit weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces. Jack> '> s fish were caught nearly 24 miles apart as he fished a pearl/chartreuse back crankbait on main river points around Rondout and Catskill creeks.

In total, the 30 club anglers brought in 79 fish for an even 144 pounds of bass.

All contents created 2002 by Mark B. Scocco.