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Lillinoah Tournament Interview

May 16, 2009



      Bergen’s 2nd point’s tournament of 2009 was a throwback to the Lilly of the 90’s. That is many bass were caught, but they were on the small side. Indeed no one caught a bass over 4 pounds, no one topped 10 pounds total and tons of shorts were reported. The weather was cloudy and cool with a light breeze. Water temps hovered in the mid sixties and one would think that spawning bass would be in the shallows. They may have been spawning but beds were not visible in shallow water. Most likely due to water level fluctuations, Lilly bass have learned to spawn deeper. What was quite unusual was that unlike Candlewood on April 29th, the Top Five anglers all used different tactics.

Topping the field once again was Bergen veteran Eric Lehman who weighed in a mixed bag at 9-8 for 1st Place. Using small spider grubs, Eric simply covered a lot of water in two arms and found his keepers in 4 to 5 feet depths. With two excellent tournaments to start the year, Eric finds himself in 1st Place overall – Nice Going!

Scott Mitchell pre-fished on Tuesday but could not find much action and did not develop a pattern. Using prior experience, he decided to work over shallow water points with a 3/8 ounce white spinnerbait. Scott’s plan paid off as he boated a nice limit totaling 9-7 and nearly won the tournament. As far as I know, Scott was the only angler to score with spinnerbaits.

A top non-boater, club treasurer Frank Freguletti had the right stuff on Saturday and his 5 bass total of 9 even included the day’s 3-11 lunker. With no luck in boating keeper size bass from shallow water, Frank decided to dead stick 4 inch senkos in deeper, 7 to 8 foot water. His tactics paid off with a nice bag and he will be writing himself two checks.

Coming in 4th and another angler off to a good start is Pat Van Wettering. Without resorting to his previous Lilly spinnerbait winning tactic, Pat utilized a Zara Spook to bag his bass. His 8-12 limit coupled with an excellent Candy tournament places Pat in the “Top Three” year to date.

“Who need’s a new boat” Doug Giachino’ garnished 5th Place with a nice 8-1 limit. Doug had a good day and was culling by 9:30. Dougie’s most successful pattern was in tossing Pop R’s in a few feet of water. And that makes Five Top anglers using Five different patterns.

Honorable mention goes to our long time casual observer, John Hart Sr. who would have easily won it with over 13 pounds of keepers. Too bad none of his magic rubbed off on John Jr (he will probably win the next tournament). Congratulations to all the top anglers and the next stop is Great Sacandaga Reservoir where it is possible for everyone to limit out and where there is plenty of water for everyone to cover.


Nick Albano