onieda lake Results: Jun 30, 2012
July 1, 2012-Hixson and Maxwell go on top to claim top spot and open points lead in the New York Upstate division.
Our field would take to Oneida Lake, known as the thumb of the finger lakes, on Saturday June 30. But first, our Friday night meeting was hosted at the Friendship Baptist Church in Rome, NY. Pastor, and my dad, Jeff Carpenter brought an outstanding inspirational speech on Daniel and purposing your heart to serve the Lord. The Lord used the speech, and we had one person recommit his life to the service of the Lord! The meal once again was provided by Franco's Pizzeria of North Utica, NY. Pizza and wings always seems to hit the spot!
Saturday morning greeted us with clear skies and warm temperatures. As the field blasted off, it seemed like the majority would use a topwater in the morning hours with good success. It was the team of Perry Hixson and Jason Maxwell who would ride that topwater bite all day to back up their win at Skaneateles Lake with another strong performance at Oneida.
Hixson and Maxwell started off with zara spooks in the morning and stuck with it all day. They put their focus on areas with vegetation and a hard bottom. Their mixed limit of smallmouth and largemouth bass was the heaviest of the tournament weighing 14.59 pounds. They anchored their catch with the Big Bass of the tournament, a largemouth weighing 3.80. With the win the extend their AOY lead over the rest of field looking to head back to the National Championship next April.
Repeating their second place finish from Skaneateles, Frank and Ryan Frisca also brought in a mixed limit of fish but just didn't have quite enough to over take Maxwell/Hixson. They also started off the morning throwing spooks and then adjusted later in the day fishing a drop shot and Keitech jig in and near the grass at Oneida Lake. Four smallmouth and one largemouth weighing 13.79 pounds was good enough for them to capture second place and stay close behind in the AOY race.
Glenn Smiley and Lynda Sheehan once again had to make tournament day adjustments and move to catching smallmouth bass to salvage a decent finish. They put together a 5 fish limit weighing 13.35 pounds. They followed the birds to locate schooling fish and then caught them with topwaters and tubes. We need to say thank you to Glenn and Lynda and Smiley's Too Antique and Collectables Auction for supplying raffles prizes for the Friday night meeting.
Rounding out the field in fourth was the team of David Provost and his junior partner McKenzie Mazor. Dave and McKenzie brought in a mixed limit of fish weighing 13.32 pounds. A dead fish cost them a 3rd place finish but they did anchor their catch with the Second Big Bass of the tournament, a 3.32 pound largemouth.
5th goes to Jeff and Julie Raner with 13.07
6th place was Bill Pennington and Scott Sternberg with 11.26
Rounding out the field was the team of Bob and Rob Waller with 11.02 pounds.
A Special Thanks goes to all of the sponsors and people who work to make Fishers of Men Possible. Skeeter Boats, Yahama Outboards, Power Pole, Strike King, Stren, Nester Hosiery, Pflueger, and Markel Boat Insurance. Smiley's Too Antique and Collectible Auction, Friendship Baptist Church, and Franco's Pizzeria.