Night Fishing Contest
16 July 2011Text and Photos by Tom “Cutter” Yonskie
What a glorious day for a fishing Tourney. July 16th 2011, 4:00 pm starting time and the sun is shining bright. A constant southeast breeze kept everyone from cooking. It blew light and steady 'til dusk, then it was flat calm. We had 14 boats register and fish hard into the night. The old adage, “Never Fish a Full Moon,” bit some of the anglers. Others just proved the old adage wrong. That’s why it’s called “Fishing” and not “Catching”!! If it was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn’t be as much fun.
Walt was early on the board with a 2 pound 14 ounce water Wolf. It stood as biggest fish for most of the afternoon. Tommy and Louie made their presence known by bringing a five-fish stringer to the scales. The two biggest were a Bass and a Pickerel that both weighed in at 2 pounds 8 ounces, for an even 5 pounds. They remained top boat for a couple of hours "til Kevin and Paul floated up to the scales.
Kevin jumped to the lead with a 6 pound 2 ounce Bass. A real lunker, and a beauty of a fish. His partner Paul added a 2 pound 10 ounce Bass to put them at the top with a total of 8 pounds 12 ounces. That total would stand for the rest of the night, but not for lack of trying by the other participants.
Louie brought in a 3 pound 11 ounce Catfish, kicking his and Tommy’s total up to 6 pounds 3 ounces. Perry and Tony made a mighty run at 1st, bringing in a 4 pound 12 ounce and 3 pound 5 ounce pair of Bass, for a total of 8 pounds 2 ounces. Tim and Dan brought in a pair of nice Pickerel for a two-fish total of 5 pounds 10 ounces. Walt came back in during the waning minutes with a couple more fish to weigh. Their 2 pound 2 ounce Bass brought his and his partner Chris’ total up to an even 5 pounds. Teresa and “Kite Flyer” Mary were our only women’s team. Teresa’s happy as long as she out fishes Bill. Bill and Nick were unusually quiet this tournament. Hank and Elwood took a few minutes to catch up, but had a tough day finding any big ones.
The Judge's “Heart Award” goes out to 11 year old Shawn, who rowed out alone to register, and fished hard. I watched him for awhile with my binoculars. This young angler picked excellent locations and had great presentations. He just had trouble connecting with the biggies. Good job Shawn! And look out guys. He did it all without a motor. It won’t be long before he’ll be pressing you for the win.
Our angler teams were not the only ones enjoying the great weather on the best lake in Sullivan County. I counted 22 other pleasure craft out during the afternoon hours. We were all treated to a spectacular sunset, then an awesome moonrise. I think everyone had a good time and the activity around the shore line was vigorous with folks swimming, barbequing, swimming and just enjoying the wonderful day. Get out and enjoy the lake!