The second tournament of the 2005 season was held on Lake Lillinonah on May 21st. The morning air was a cool 40 degrees but with water temps holding in the low to mid 60s fish would be in several different stages of the spawning season. With Lillys excellent smallmouth population on the tail end of there spawn and plenty of largemouth getting ready to spawn, finding and catching the bigger fish would prove to be tough. Thirty three members caught 133 lbs. of fish, 49 largemouth and 40 smallmouth, lunker was an impressive 5.05 lb. largemouth. Although seven limits were caught, half the field could only manage to catch 2 or 3 fish each.

1st place honors go to Jason Mordhorst who brought in 4 largemouth and 1 smallmouth weighing in 11.15 oz. Jason had a good start catching a keeper in the first 10 minutes of the tournament. He spent most of the day dead-sticking a 4” green watermelon Senko in the 6-7 foot range. Shade was also a key factor in his success stating that most all his fish came off shady banks. Jason was running and gunning opting to cover multiple fishing areas throughout the day. He caught a nice smallie with only 20 minutes left in the tournament and was able to cull out a dink from his livewell.

Rookie John Hayden had a great day on the water catching nine keepers in all and culling up to a total weight of 11.01 oz., good enough for 2nd. Place. Off to a good start John caught a fish right off the bat, the chunky largemouth came off a tree pushed up along the bank. Two things helped John place in this tournament, 1- he has been fishing almost everyday since pre-fishing for Twin Lakes, keeping his instincts sharp and 2- a gut feeling to stick with one lure and one color [an amber-pumpkin Senko using a red hook] ALL DAY LONG. Fishing in two areas just north of the dam, John threw his Senko around rocks and stumps in 4-8 foot of water. John said “the guys in the club are great, I have learned so much in the last few years from them, I appreciate all there help”. John brought in 2 largemouth and 3 smallmouth bass.

John Hart takes third place with a limit of 3 largemouth and 2 smallmouth weighing in at 8.03 oz. John fished the Shepaug arm and just north of the dam area using senkos and spinnerbaits. Fishing mostly around rocks, John and his partner caught fish all day long, but keepers were hard to come by. The bigger fish started biting after switching to a larger senko and fishing a little deeper. His limit fish also hit a senko with only 10 minutes left in the tournament. John said “I had a nice day, I didn’t see many other boats in the area I was fishing and that let me work the area thoroughly”.

After a third place finish on Twin Lakes Scott Mitchell came up strong again with a fourth place finish with 7.10 oz. Scott caught his fish north of the bridge and also up the Shepaug arm bringing in 4 smallmouth and 1 largemouth. His biggest smallmouth hit a green and white jerkbait early in the morning in a rocky area on the north end of the lake. In fact all his fish came on the jerkbait except for one senko fish in about 6-10 feet of water and around rocks. Scott was able to cull two fish but also lost two nice fish at the boat on crankbaits.

Terry Eckle maintains a stronghold on 5th place this year. Terry claims to have caught fish throughout the day fishing rocks in about 10-12 foot of water. Fishing spider grubs in crawfish colors and dead-sticking senkos on a mushroom head was what he did for most of the day. Terry’s limit of 3 largemouth and 2 smallmouth weighed in at 6.09 oz. Terry said that his partner Frank Freguletti said “that terry lost the biggest fish he has ever seen or will ever see on lilly”.

Doug Giachino caught the tournament lunker for the day. The big fish hit a smoke-red fleck tube late in the day. His 5.05 oz. largemouth [his only fish] was good enough for a 10th. Place finish. Once again limits were tough to come by and a lot of smaller fish were caught. There were several fish caught in the last half hour of the tournament so you should never give up! Senkos fished slow around submerged boulders seemed to produce the best results.

By Kirk Stober