Fishing tournaments continue – The Daily Gazette


The region’s fishing tournaments continue.

Saratoga Tackle held its Tuesday night tournament last week. Forty-three boats fished Saratoga Lake.

The team of Rick Simon of Alplaus and Spencer Marzella of Clifton Park finished first and took home $875 for the 13.49 pounds caught. Second place and $570 went to David Munger of Saratoga Springs and John Jenkins Jr. of Stillwater for the 13.22 pounds they caught. Mike Towner of Galway and Mike Marini of Slingerlands came in third and won $300 for the 13.07lbs they caught. They also took home $430 for the 5.67-pound lunkner. The team of Stan Sala of Schaghticoke and Greg Paczkowski of Ballston Spa finished fourth with 12.04 lbs. catch and earned $190.

The Capital District Bassmasters recently completed their third tournament of the season. It was a one-night, two-day total weight tournament held on Lake Ontario. The weather was great – sunny and in the 80s both days.

Now the wind was another story. The meteorologist was talking about 5 mph with gusts of 10 mph both days. The “breeze” was more like 8-10 mph at launch and quickly rose to 20-25 mph. Rollerblades and whitecaps all day. But that didn’t bother the fish.

All members found and caught fish; good weights brought for day 1 weigh-in.

Day 1 leaders were Mike Slowikowski of Ballston Lake (17 pounds, 1 ounce), John Kolach of Latham (16-14), Mike Hendricks of Central Bridge (16-5) and Shawn Lipscomb of Gansevoort (14-14). Lipscomb also had the lunker (5-1).

Day 2 started with calm winds and crystal clear waters until about 8am when the winds picked up and totally changed direction. Rolls and whitecaps followed. But the fishing was still good and a good weight was brought in, with a huge bag of fish catching everyone’s attention.

The Day 2 leaders were Lipscomb (23-3), Kolach (15-12), Hendricks (12-3) and Slowikowski (12-2). Lipscomb had the lunker (4-13).

The final weights saw Lipscomb finish first (38-12), followed by Kolach (32-10), Slowikowski (29-3) and Hendricks (28-8).

Kudos to Hendricks, who had engine trouble and fished both days on his trolling motor alone. And a big shout out to Lipscomb, who made launching and reloading the boat smooth.

Tournament No. 4 is scheduled for Sunday at Lake Cossayuna.


DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced that the 11th annual Greater Hudson Fish Count will take place Saturday at multiple sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson.

The annual Fish Counting event offers New Yorkers and visitors a great opportunity to hang out or connect online and learn about the many species of fish that live and thrive in the Hudson River. The Commissioner said: “With venues ranging from New York Harbor to Waterford, there are plenty of places for young and old to take part in this year’s event.”

Participating groups share their catch results by posting to the @NYSDEC Twitter feed with the hashtag #hudsonriverfishcount.

A list of participating public and virtual sites is available on the CED website at

All fish counting programs are family-friendly and free.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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