onondaga lake Results: Jul 21, 2012
July 22, 2012- The third one would not be a charm for Maxwell and Hixson while the Raner's get back in AOY hunt with big win at Onondaga Lake.
The midway tournament of the season for the New York Upstate division took place on Saturday July 21, 2012, at Onondaga Lake near Syracuse, NY. The Friday night meeting was hosted by the Temple Baptist Church of Baldwinsville, NY. The meal for the meating consisting of lasagna, salad, and bread was provided by Franco's Pizzeria in North Utica, NY. We always need to thank the faithful organizations that help us out to make things go round.
Jeff and Julie Raner earned a hard fought win at Onondaga with a good limit of largemouth weighing 16.39 pounds. They anchored their catch with two kicker fish, the bigger of the two was the Big Bass of the tournament and weighed in at 4.58 pounds. A fish that would die just before weigh in cost them .25 pounds making their net weight 16.11. They fished weed edges and deep weed clumps to catch their fish. A wacky rigged senko, a dropshot, and a plastic craw with a big weight in front were their key baits. Jeff said, "we didn't catch a lot of fish, but the fish we caught were good ones." With the win, they pull into a race of 4 teams separated by 4 points in the Divisional AOY race with two tournaments left.
Repeating their performance from last year at Onondaga, Glenn Smiley and Lynda Sheehan took second place with 15.75 pounds of largemouth bass. They focused on two small areas in the northwest corner of the lake and hammered those areas with primarily wacky rigged senkos. Glenn and Lynda lost a big fish early in the day and they were not able to get another big kicker to bite. Their efforts got them with in striking distance of points leader, only trailing by two points now.
Ryan and Frank Frisca complained about having the worst day on Onondaga Lake they have ever had. When the fish hit the scales though, they had 5 fish weighing 15.10 pounds, nearly two pounds heavier then their winning weight here last year. They anchored their catch with the @nd Big Bass of the event, a 4.42 pound fish. They started in the same spot they won on last year then moved around the lake a lot throughout the day. Their primary bait, you guessed it, a wacky rigged senko. They focused on deep weed edges but caught their big fish in 4 feet of water. They are now sitting one point behind Maxwell and Hixson for the AOY title.
Jason Maxwell and Perry Hixson did not have the day they hoped for at Onondaga. They struggled most of the day, but did manage 5 fish weighing 10.55 pounds to take the fourth and final spot. We had a bit of a let down with only 4 boats showing up for this tournament, but the fewer boats may have limited the damage they suffered in the AOY points and allow them to still maintain the lead by one point.
In two weeks the division heads to Black Lake. This will be a brand new lake for the division, although many of the guys, and ladies, have fished it, even those from out of state. The lake should be fishing good and it will be a toss up who will taste victory there and possibly a new team tasting the AOY points lead.
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