Looking for big bass? Stick to the weeds – New York News

The bass are really biting at Saratoga Lake.

At 5 a.m. on July 4, my son Sean, Hiromi Onozawa of Japan, Neil Hopkins of Sara­toga Springs and I were on the water and began drift-fishing north from the launch in front of South Shore Marina. 

Bass were biting at Snake Hill, Manning’s Cove and just about wherever there was weeds; both along the weeds and in them. As for the lures both wacky worms and jigs were working. Neal, who had never caught a northern, caught his first, a 28-incher in front of Snake Hill.

Around 10 a.m., Hiromi caught the biggest bass of the day (also her first) on a 5 3/8-inch green pumpkin Stik-O-Worm rigged wacky style; the bass weighed in at 3.6 pounds. In the five hours we spent fishing, we caught and released about 25 largemouth bass and lost several others. Take my advice and fish the weeds.

The Saratoga Lake afternoon Bass Challenge again attracted 39 teams and only .5 pounds separated the top two places. The winners, fishing this event for the first time, were the Saratoga Springs team of Jim Mulberger and Dave Gottung, with five bass totaling 13.5 pounds; one of which was the lunker of the tournament, weighing 5.35. They received $878 for the win and $380 for their largemouth lunker. The $1,258 was the biggest payoff ever for the Bass Challenge. Second place ($526) went to Dan Brinsko of Stillwater and Jim Clyne of Clifton Park with 13 pounds; and Mike Jennings of Easton and Art Thivierge of Schuylerville were third ($351) with 12.50 pounds.

Ballston Lake was the recent site of the Mohawk Valley Anglers Club and as expected, there were some big bass that came to the…

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