PETER KNIGHT – COLUMN #1
M first season as your tournament director has come to an end. It has been a learning experience to say the least. Now I know why Jeff wanted out. The jinx is still in effect. You would think that all the work that you put into something that it would pay off in your benefit not for me this year. The fish did not cooperateat all.
The year started at Cayuga, as you all know that was my first time into to all the internal workings and I thought that I was prepared for it, but I was not at all. The draw was complicated, most of which was my fault. Thank God that Mike and Pam were there to bail me out. We got through it and we had a great weigh-in with no lines at the tanks and all went smooth with the help of a great tournament crew. All in all it was a success for my first tournament as TD.
I would like to say that there is a lot of work that is done that we do not see, because we are out fishing for the day and that is all done by a GREAT tournament crew that take care of all the little things and some big things, too. I would like to take this time to personally thank every one of you on the tournament crew. Each and every tournament it is not possible for us to fish without you and I thank you for that. You all do a great job at what you are asked to do and most times not asked at all – you just know what needs to be done and you get it done.
We then went to Massena to fish the mighty river. I went into this tournament with a lot more confidence that I was ready for the draw and all the issues that come with it. I can tell you that the people from the Massena Chamber of Commerce are great to work with. I wish that they were at every tournament site. All in all, the entire tournament went smoothly with no problems. I just wish that I was able to fish a little more and not answer my phone all day about different rule issues that an angler had or I wish that I had the issues that he did. Some great weights were weighed-in at this tournament. I have never seen so many giant smallies weighed-in, as you might remember I was taking and checking all the bags. We had some great limits brought in, but we also had way too many dead fish. We all have to do a better job at keeping our fish alive until they reach the scale.
We had the CTC up next on Lake Champlain, with some minor issues with the ramp and the Chamber of Commerce at the last minute, that was not our fault and we were able to work through them. We had some complaints about the way that I was trying to get the different issues taken care off and I have to remember that it is not the same group of tournament anglers that are at this event and I have to handle that differently than I do the points tournaments. But all in all, it was a good tournament. This was the only tournament that I was able to catch a limit on both days all year, so it was a personal success for me. They were not the biggest fish but it was a limit. I do know this: at next year’s CTC I don’t have to worry about fishing in the tournament I was not able to make the team in my club so that will help.
Last but not least we went to Oneida Lake for the last points tournament of the year and it was my smoothest tournament yet. I was all set for everything and all went very well with the draw and weigh-in, except the weather didn’t help us out at all at conclusion of the tournament. I won a new rod thanks to our sponsor. And I left my phone in my partner’s boat and it was in Pennsylvania by the time I realized it and had to have it shipped home to me. Thank you Stanley! It was an adventure to say the least. I learned some new techniques this year that I will be using next year for sure.
The partners that I had this year where great and I thank you all for the adventures. I would like to congratulate all the winners this year and wish them good luck next year. Thank you all for a good year and hope to see you all next year.
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