Brewerton, NY…September 23rd, 2018
The final stop on the 2018 NY BASS Nation Regional Qualifying Trail, sponsored by Rob and Kim Goffredo and Bartel Road Bait and Tackle was launched out of Oneida Shores Park on Oneida Lake in a light mist and calm waters. The reports from the practice were that fishing was tough and was compounded by a monster cold front on Saturday. Fishing conditions on Sunday were blue bird skies and flat calm. As the first flight arrived at 3pm, the first anglers to the scales confirmed that the fish were not cooperative. This all important last event started with two anglers tied for the Angler of the Year and in the first flight, one of those anglers arrived at the scales with three fish weighing less than five pounds total.
When the scales closed, Chris Sperling had found fish and was able to weigh in five for 16.85 pounds. Runner up George Yund brought in 15.57 pounds and sealed the Angler of the Year title. Rounding out the top five were Stanley Sypeck, TJ Valle and Brett Milliken. Lunker went to Tom Testa who brought in a 4.24 pound smallmouth.
On the Non-Boater side, only three anglers broke the ten pound mark, showing how difficult the fishing was. Leading was Bill Peck with 11.31 pounds followed by Jake Zaremski with 10.82 pounds and Kate Owczarzak with 10.70 pounds. Rounding out the top five were Mike Duell and Doug Linn. Lunker went to Jack Campbell with a 3.94 pound largemouth.
All of the successful anglers reported that they got their fish on a jig, a senko or an Alabama Rig in 6 to 12 feet of water. The key component was grass. However both lunkers were caught in less than two feet of water, one from under a dock and the other on a rocky point.