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The NY BASS Chapter Federation (NYBCF) held its final tournament of the season on Oneida Lake with 160 anglers (80 boat field) competing for their share of the $16,000 prize money. During the week leading into the event anglers reported catching bass in depths of three to 14 ft. using a wide variety of lures; top waters & spinnerbaits, plastic creature baits & Senkos, while others reported using rattle traps, jerk baits, crank baits and swimbaits.
The NYBCF tournament trails seems to get hounded with ever changing weather patterns and this event followed true to form with the wind and sun taking a 1800 swing come tournament morning as anglers launched into heavy overcast skies with N/NE winds and 40-50% chance of afternoon showers. With brisk winds most of the week the lake was covered with loose surface vegetation, but those anglers willing to stick with it and clean the weeds off their horizontal presentations ultimately ruled the day.
Season after season Oneida Lake continues to rank high with national tournament organizations and a quick look at the final weigh-in helps explain why as anglers brought in 434 bass weighing 1,137.43 lbs. with the average fish going 2.6 lbs. We had an opportunity to speak with the top finishers in each division and here's what they had to say about their day.
George Yund, Albany NY brought in the winning limit of 16.55 lbs. earning a check for $2,500. Yund reports using green pumpkin Senkos to locate fish during practice, but the time of year kept telling him to throw chasing baits. Not knowing the lake that well on tournament morning Yund selected an area within sight of the Oneida Shores boat launch and used a Lucky Craft Gun Fish, _ oz. Hildebrandt Spinnerbait and _ oz Excalibur Rattle traps (translucent yellow back) and all other baits in Shad colors to catch his winning fish. Yund targeted subsurface weeds edges in the 10 ft zone and presented his lures on a 7 ft. St. Croix Legend Elite rods matched with Team Diawa reels loaded with 20 lb. seagaur line. Yund recognized Adirondack Reel Service with keeping his Diawa reels in top working condition.
Taking second place with a weight of 16.22 lbs. and scoring his first top five with NYBCF and $1,325 check was Corey Palmer, Ogdensburg, NY. Palmer reports locating his fish along the northern shore within site of the launch and he used a wacky rigged 5? Senko on 12 lb test targeting an 8 ft deep off shore shoal. Palmer reports the key to his success was the slow fall that enticed his fish. Palmer also scored the Boater Division's US Reel Lunker award with a 5.22 lb. smallmouth bass that earned him an additional $400 and an 800 SX Hibdon reel.
Keitech Pro Staffer Randy Lamanche landed in third with a weight of 16.12 lbs. earning a $1,150 check.
Lamanche reports starting his day with top water lures and after a couple of good fish he switched up to a Keitech swim bait and Bass Pro Shops tender tube to close his limit. From their Lamanche ran various spots across the lake hitting a fish here and there. Lamanche used 10 lb braid with fluorocarbon leader for all his presentations targeting primarily the 11-14 ft zone.
Rounding out the top five were Rapsody Rod Pro Staffer Mike Cusano, Clay NY with a weight of 16.11 lbs. earning $1,000 and TJ Valle, Rochester NY with 15.93 lbs. taking home $800.
Dereck Bigford, Cicero NY, took first place with a weight of 19.16 lbs earning $1,500. Bickford's no stranger to Oneida Lake and when asked about his winning techniques he was pretty tight lipped, but we managed to get a couple of useful nuggets out of him. Bickford grinned and said he used a drop shot and swimbait, but didn't want to reveal anything else about his day.
Second place winner Leonard Potts, Syracuse NY, brought in a nice 16.74 lb. limit taking home $730. Potts reports catching his fish in 12 ft. using a Yamamoto Shad Shaped minnow rigged on a drop shot with 8 lb. test and _ oz weight.
Kenny Plotts, Newton NJ, took third place with 16.20 lbs. good for $630. Plotts reports catching his fish using a _ oz. spider jig on 8 lb. test in 6-8 ft.
Rounding out the top five were Pete Borelli, Newburg, NY, with 16.15 lbs. anchored by the US reel Lunker that weighed 4.73 lbs for a total prize package of $930 and Butch Kritsberg, Baldwinsville NY, with a weight of 15.75 lbs. earning $430.
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