Scott Wins on Sacandaga Lake
Robert D. Scott of Rutland, Vermont won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series NE tournament, held August 20th on Sacandaga Lake.
Running out of the Dec ramp, Robert caught five bass weighing 13.71 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.32-pound kicker. For the Boater division victory, Scott took home a check for $5,000 and $340 for the Kicker as Big Bass for the anglers. It was also the big bass for the tournament and was caught on an Abu Garcia Revo reel.
“We fished two main areas all day,” Scott said. “We ran to the north end of the lake to the Sacandaga River. I threw a top water called a whopper flopper in 3 to 5 feet of water. It was clear and yellow color. Then it got rough so I switched to a Booya buzzbait. Then we ran to the south end of the lake for a kicker large mouth and I GOT ONE! A five pounder! We ran back and forth several times to build our limits.”
In second for the Boaters, William M. Barrett of Bridgewater, Massachusetts landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 13.27 pounds with a 3.90-pound kicker. He collected $1,078 for the effort.
Barrett said, “I used a megabass pop R in yellow and clear in the early morning and the I went to a Daddy Mac lures viper series 5” swim bait, that’s what I caught my two nice smallies on.”
Brian Squires of Schenectady, New York took third for the Boaters with five bass weighing 10.52 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 2.14-pound kicker to earn $719.
Squires said, “It was tough out there, but with my own brand of jigs, money maker jigs in green pumpkin, I fished rock sholes in 3 to 5 feet of water. I had other anglers all around me.”
Finishing fourth, Robert LaMoy of Chazy, New York landed a five-bass limit for 10.03 pounds.
Robert Bez of Amsterdam, New York rounded out the top five Boaters with five bass weighing 10.02 pounds.
In the Co-Angler division, Johnathan Wentworth of Clifton Park, New York won with three bass weighing 7.06 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 3.16-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,110. He also received $125 for his kicker as it was the Big Bass for the Co-Anglers.
Wentworth said, “I fish with Robert Scott. We found the green fish schooling, I caught my 3-pounder on a brown and black jig. We stayed in 6 to 7 feet of water.”
Taking second for the Co-Anglers, Nathan R. Christian of Moriah, New York brought in a three-bass limit weighing 6.50 pounds including a 2.70-pound kicker. He collected $398.50 for the effort.
Christian said, “we fished the mouth of Hans creek in 5 to 10 feet of water. We dropshot all day with a KVD dream shot peach color and a cross tailed shad in green pumpkin color. I got my largemouth on a Missel Bait, D bomb in the grass.”
Ray Conley of Albany, New York placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass weighing 6.07 pounds.to earn $265.50.
Conley said, “we were fishing the main lake, in 20 to 30 feet. We targeted schooling bass when we saw them. I dropshot with a ½ oz weight all day with a peach colored shad shaped worm.”
In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Danny Bush of Peekskill, New York brought in three bass weighing 6.05 pounds including a 3.08-pound kicker.
David E Blankenship of Plattsburgh, New York finished in fifth place with three bass weighing 5.81 pounds topped by a 2.04-pound kicker.
Slated for September 10th and 11th the next divisional tournament will be held on Raystown Lake out of Seven Points marina near Huntingdon, Pennsylvannia. This will be the two day Area Championship where the top 20 Boaters and Co-Anglers, by place of finish, will advance to the 2017 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN in April of 2017.
For more information on this tournament, go online to www.ramopenseries.com call ABA at (256)232-0406, or call Jeff Randall, tournament manager, at (256)777-6152
American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Ram Truck Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.