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Billy Bass lightning strikes twice

     A Twin Lakes September venue was a first for Bergen and for most Bergen members in general. Normally a spring opener, this tournament proved to be very tough for all but two top anglers. With a few quality bassmasters skunking, anyone who weighed in multiple bass is commended. Only two of the Top Five anglers pre-fished and these two gents had the only limits and finished first and second.

     Bill Vella, who just recently took Hopatcong with lunker to boot, chalks up another win and an even bigger lunker at Twin Lakes. Billy’s five largemouth bass totaled 13-06 and included the Year to Date lunker at 5-08. The big bass and 4 plus pounder were both caught frogging the pads. His other bass fell for Brush Hogs and Senkos. After pre-fishing on Monday, Billy established an accurate game plan and stuck to it. Altogether, Billy caught 7 keepers and with this win, he assumes the Top Spot in the Club and has an excellent shot in winning his 2nd Angler of the Year title. Of course Billy is taking this run seriously and will be pre-fishing the Mohawk at least two times. Good Luck Billy!!

     Club veteran Scott Mitchell, who pre-fished on Monday, elected to go with a shallow water topwater pattern. Fishing within inches of lily pads, Scott was able to draw out active bass.  In his favor was a thick fog and calm winds. Catching his best fish on a spook, Scotty  also had some success with a senko. His largemouth limit weighed in at 9-02 and his 2nd place finish was nearly 4 pounds better than the next round of finishers. Nice going Scotty!!

     Using past experience, all other top finishers worked hard to catch three bass each. John Ernest gained many points with three bass at 5-06 pounds for 3rd Place. John used an assortment of lures including swim baits, small jigs and beavers to catch his bass. Andy Karcich fished skinny water all day and managed to find three keepers at 5-06. Andy targeted any shallow water structure he came across and his efforts were good enough for 4th Place. Robert Burton stuck with his baby brush hog and bagged three bass at 5 even. His 5th place showing placed him is a good spot for non boater Angler of the Year honors. Good Luck Robert!!

     Honorable mention goes out to John Hayden who avoided the skunk by not giving up and landing a nice largemouth with 5 minutes to go.

     With one tournament left, the Mohawk River on October 11th, Angler of the Year, the Top Six and Non Boater Angler of the Year, are still up for grabs. The Mohawk at Crescent can be a killer or a blessing. With a nice current, it is possible to boat dozens of keeper smallies with a few largemouth bass to boot. Conversely, without a steady current, stagnant water can certainly hinder the bassin’ action. Locking through will cost you $10 for two days or $25 for 10 days. For more information contact the nyscanals.gov website.