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Tournament Pathfinder
by John Presley

On September 23-25 the New York Eastern Invitational was held on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton , N Y. This was the first stop on the Eastern Invitational trail. I had what I thought was a good practice and decided to stay in the river. The wind almost always blows hard on the big water of Lake Ontario which makes it tough and dangerous to get to and from your fishing spot. Two years ago I found a winding creek off the river that was good. I decided to try it again, and it was still good during practice but the water level was two feet lower this time. It seemed that I could catch at least 9 to 12 pounds a day there and it was about 7 miles long so I would have a lot of water to cover. The first day of the tournament the wind blew 25-30 mph out of the southwest. The southwest wind made boat handling very difficult on the main lake and even in the river . I was running about 20 miles to the creek and another 3 to 5 miles up the creek to fish. The fish did not bite for me during the tournament. I only caught 4 keepers in three days. The others who fought the dangerous high wind and rain out on the big lake made it back with their catch and did well each day. This just was not a good tournament for me so I will look at it as a learning experience. Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, MI won the tournament with 15 fish that weighed 51-04 good for $42,000. 2nd place was Chip Harrison ,J r. of Breman, IN with 15 fish that weighed 48-06 good for $27,000. And third place was Richard Skelly of Wapokoneta, OH with 15 fish weighing 47-01 good for $25,000. This is a neat place to fish and it has a great small mouth and largemouth population and if you have never caught a pike, its full of those toothy critters. The next Bassmaster tournament I will be in is the Missouri Central Invitational held on November 4-6 on Lake Of The Ozarks, in Osage Beach ,Missouri. In my next article I will give you the results and tell you my out come in the tournament.

Also this is the time to have Sam Rayburn to yourself because deer season has started and the hunters are in the woods. Fishing should stay good with the mild weather we are having.

By the way , when I am not fishing tournaments I am a full-time fishing guide on Lake Sam Rayburn. If you would like to book a trip please call me at 409-698-9713 or Ann's Tackle Shop at 409-384-7685.

Good Luck and Good Fishing.

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