Indian Lake anglers' long haul was worth it – New York News

The afternoon bass bite at Saratoga Lake was hot and heavy at the Saratoga Bass Challenge last Tuesday, with 46 of the 48 teams weighing in a five-bass limit. 


The winners — Matthew Belmore and Tim Paraso of Indian Lake — tipped the scales at 13.95 pounds which they anchored with a 5.64 pound largemouth. First place returned $1,080 and big bass was $480. I guess that 70-mile ride was well worth it.

Second place ($648) went to Saratoga Springs anglers Todd Brown and Chad Brown with 13 pounds and third ($432) was the Stillwater team of Will Deck and Eric VanAerum with 12.40 pounds. 

I spoke with several of the anglers and asked about what lures, how deep and where they were fishing. Most answers were plastic bait, jigs and crank baits “in the water.” My suggestion — which should not be a surprise to those of you that know me — is a wacky worm around the grass.

The Greenbush Bass open on the Great Sacandaga Lake attracted 33 teams, and the fishing was tough. The winners, with 11.98 pounds, were Ed Kausmeyer and Mike Godfrey of Pennsyylvania, who received $850. Second place and $590 went to the Voorheesville team of Mike Sullivan and Gene Sullivan with 11.35 pounds; third ($420) was the Schodack team of Bob Pel­letier and John Paul Pelletier with 10.51 pounds; fourth ($330) were Voorheesville anglers Chris Sullivan and Justin Trail with 10.30 pounds and low to cash ($260), was the Clifton Park team of Robert Batchelder Jr. and Robert Batchelder Sr. with 10.19 pounds. Lunker cash of $330 went to the Sullivan team with a 3.41 pound bass.

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