Consistency is an attribute which links championship teams in every sport.
The Six-Man Team of the Northern New York Bassmasters Club II was a model of casting consistency on their home waters Saturday and Sunday as they it away from the field to win the 2014 New York State BASS Federation Club Championship.
Weighing in 98.78 pounds on Sunday after bringing 98.15 pounds to the scale on Saturday, the NNY Bassmasters Club II finished with a 196.93-169.09 poundage margin over 2013 champion Crown City of Cortland.
The Rochester Bassmasters took third at 159.36 pounds and Port City Bassmasters (Fulton-Oswego) and the Southern Tier Bassmasters rounded out the top five with 159.09 and 150.91 pounds.
MANAGING THE GAME
NNYBC II team member Brad Paradis spoke of the skills and poise that his team showed in holding serve on their home waters.
“There are so many good anglers out there in the tournament and there are so many factors which can determine whether you have a good day or not,” said Paradis who landed 36.68 pounds on the weekend to place second on the team to Doug Kirkbride who finished at 40.64 and led all anglers on Sunday with a 22.40-pound bag.
“Everyday you have manage a game within the game especially in this tournament where you are only fishing your spots for half of the time. Today I dropped my trolling motor in the water on first spot and it was dead. For some reason it didn’t charge overnight. So I just had to do what I could do and things turned out as well as I could have hoped.”
By leading the first place team Kirkbride earned a boaters berth in the BASS Federation Divisionals. Chris Killoren, who led Crown City’s Sunday effort which leap-frogged over the Rochester Bassmasters into second place, earned the second trip to the divisionals offered at the tournament.
Corey Palmer collected 35.69 pounds on the weekend and the NNY team’s fourth boater James Moore finished at 31.75 pounds.
Competing as nonboaters Chuck Roach and Fred Morrill contributed 31.02 and 21.15 pounds to the effort which earned $1800 and a $420 calcutta.
Kirkbride encountered a similar problem on Saturday when a cable on his trolling motor failed one hour into the morning.
With all systems a go on Sunday he enjoyed a bountiful day after making the run from Ogdensburg to Massena.
“I had never fished that area until I pre-fished it and caught six pounders on successive casts,” said Kirkbride who reported catching his total by 9 a.m. throwing tube jigs.
“We needed everyone to get the weight they did on both days. Chuck Roach really did well fishing out the back of the boat.”
Kirkbride, Moore and Morrill were also members the NNYBC II team, led by the late Al O’Marah, which placed first in 1996...the last time the state club championship tournament was staged out of Ogdensburg.
NYS BASS PLEASED
“We had a great tournament this weekend and we even had the sun come out today,” said New York State BASS Federation President Fred Blom.
“The Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce was a great host and Laura Pearson (GOCOC Executive Director) did just a great job coordinating the event. Having Patty Ritchie and Addie Russell of the New York State Legislature here today was really nice. They work hard promoting fishing and tourism in this area. That is the reason were are here and that is why we will come back.”
6.05 LB LUNKER
The largest fish of the tournament, a 6.04 pound smallmouth, was landed on Sunday by Greg Menchen of the Watershed Bassmasters.
“I just kept throwing tubes at the end of a tough day and caught my biggest bass ever,” said Menchen who earned $540. “My previous personal best came up here earlier this summer when I practice fished.”
JUNIOR BASSMASTERS EXCEL IN VITAL ROLES
The Northern New York Junior Bassmasters Club also produced a championship performance with the contingent of Nick Snyder, Keegan Sias, Bailey Friot, Jacob Love, Devin Marks, Guy Durant and Cody and Zach Bidwell helping the tournament become very successful.
Club members served as ramp rats cleaning the boats and live wells to make sure no invasive species were transported out of the St. Lawrence River.
Club members also assisted on the NYS BASS Federation release boat which uses specially equipped with tanks to aid the transition of fish back into the river.
“Our ramp rats did just a great job in an effort that is really important,” said NYS BASS Director Fred Blom.
“I want to present the a check for $200, $100 day, to the junior bassmaster club.”
Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce President Laura Pearson was extremely pleased that efforts of many produced such a great event.
“Things went very. The fishing went well, the anglers enjoyed our restaurants and they really enjoyed the city,” said Pearson.
“And economically it was a boost and a great event to show off the city’s greenbelt and waterfront. We gave all the anglers a tourism guide and we hope they will come back.”
The club that travelled the furthest, the North New Jersey Hog Hunters, were among the most enthusiastic here.
“We just love coming up. The fishing is great on the river and the people are just great to us,” said one club member while munching on an ice cream cone.
“We had a great time.”