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Tournament Interview

Mohawk River September 12, 2009


Tournament Interviews
Mohawk River
September 12, 2009

In our second to last tournament of the ’09 season, the club revisited the Mohawk (Crescent Pool) River.  In 2008, we saw the club weigh in seven limits and had a total club weight of 124 pounds.  This year the Mohawk was not as stingy and yielded up eight limits for a total club weight of ~ 152 pounds.  Many of us that practiced for this tournament on Friday were reminded of the infamous practice day on the Connecticut River – the weather was, in a word, lousy;  plenty of rain, breezy and cool.  On tournament day, however, the weather turned nice and wet weather gear was, for the most part, left in the boat’s locker.

Going into the tournament, we had a crowded leader board with three club members – Pat Van Wettering, Bill Vella and John Hayden, vying for the coveted Angler of Year title.  When the dust settled, the AOY race appears to be a two-man race between Pat and Billie.

With a dry spell that dated back to the Greenwood tournament from September, 2007 Richie Kalanz claimed the first place position with a five fish limit of 11 pounds, 4 ounces.  Rich concentrated on throwing senkos around docks and the outside edges of the chestnut fields.  His pattern allowed him to cull two fish.

No stranger to the top five, Pat Van Wettering continued to roll on toward the AOY prize by weighing in a five fish limit of 10 pounds, 6 ounces.  Pat worked the chestnuts using a frog to locate the fish.  When they missed the frog, he pitched a 1 ounce weighted, 4” tube back into the blowup hole.

Claiming third place was the ever-consistent John Hart.  Concentrating on one Marina, John picked the place dry utilizing jigs, spinnerbaits and senkos.  The Mohawk was good to John yielding more than a dozen keepers and John said that he lost another five good fish and his final tally was 10 pounds, 3 ounces.  He also complimented his co-angler (Tom) for a great job netting his fish.

The aforementioned Bill Vella, driving hard to reprise his 2008 Angler of Year win, turned in a five fish limit weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces.  Bill said he worked the chestnuts with a frog (big surprise there!) and caught four of his fish that way and caught another one of his keepers on a Pop R.

Another regular in our top 5, Andy Karcich brought a five fish limit to the scales and weighed in a bag of 9 pounds, 15 ounces.  Karcich worked a spinnerbait and a senko in and around any piece of structure he could find;  docks, fall-downs, outer edges of the chestnuts.