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Tom Means
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« on: July 26, 2010, 08:29:18 AM »

Weather fronts, high winds, and a sudden water change test the adaptability of anglers during the event.

Lake Erie is well known for it's large eyes and large waves, and this past event showed anglers that both were still living up to it's reputation.

Fishing has been nothing short of outstanding out of North East Pa for the past 6 weeks, with large schools of eye's that have been averaging 6 pounds plus, and being caught in water as close as a 1/2 mile from the ramp. Tournament Director Tom Means was extremely excited about this event for the last few weeks, "we have timed the event perfect, the fish are right in front of the ramp, and several pods of 8 plus pound fish are their as well, we have a field that is about 3/4 filled, the only thing that could hurt this event from being our biggest ever is the weather."

Well leave it to mother nature to do everything she could to shut down the event. Anglers pre fishing Thursday were treated to an enjoyable day, and the fish were co-operating with reports of 40 plus pound baskets being caught. Friday morning, ma nature decided to join the party, with gusty winds and rain storms in the morning, most anglers decided to stay in, teams that did venture out reported that fish were still willing to co-operate.

Friday evening after the registration meeting Tom had been monitoring the ever changing weather forecasts for the following two days, with forecasts changing every two hours from good to bad to good. We held a brief meeting at the motel with the teams that were staying there to discuss the options, and even with (at that time) a nice day forecasted for Sunday, and possible bad weather rolling in on Saturday afternoon, teams unanimously agreed that if it was fish able weather in the morning that every one wanted to proceed with the event on Saturday.

Saturday morning the weather was good, but possible storms might be coming in about 5 hours. We had about 18 teams decide not to fish, and for the teams that had pre registered for the event, a full refund was given to them.

27 teams, including some that never even pre fished left in every different direction after the monster eyes of Lake Erie. Teams ran 20 - 30 miles West, 15 - 18 miles East, while half the field stayed within site of the ramp, some as close as a 1/2 mile.

Mother Nature decided to be nice to the teams during the event, blowing the major storm away from the lake into Canada in the morning, and allowing the bigger waves that were off shore to downsize.

Teams were able to fish all day, but even with the better weather, the storms from the previous night had played havoc on the water conditions and the fish.

Teams reported the thermocline that was set up at 55' had disappeared, and one team ventured out to 110' of water and dropped their temp probe, reporting a constant 75 degree surface temp, and remaining 75 degrees all the way down to 85'.

At the weigh in it quickly became apparent which teams made the necessary changes to put fish in the box. Fish had been caught pre fishing 25 - 35 ft down in the water column, but the day of the event Teams reported the fish were down 60 - 90 ft.

A few of the top teams reported catching 15 - 30 fish once they got dialed in.

For one team, Larry Johnson - Rob Oram, they reported they never had a fish at 10:00 am, and knew it was time to change things up. The two started to change presentation and depth till they caught a fish, and from there Rob stated they had a starting point. They had caught 13 fish at 1:30 pm, and were really getting dialled in, fishing in the same area as 4 other teams. In the last 1 1/2 hours they managed to put 17 more fish in the boat, while other teams struggled to get a bite.

At the weigh ins the sun was shining with a light breeze until about the last eight teams were in line ready to weigh. Suddenly with only a couple minutes warning a severe storm came through, with hard rains and high winds. We had teams and spectators holding down tents as we watched a possible tornado form off in the distance. A black cloud started swirling in a counter clockwise direction for a minute. Tom was just about to announce the postponement of the rest of the weigh ins and suggest every one gather inside the Marina Restaurant till the storm past when the tornado disappeared moving East.

At the conclusion of the weigh ins the Team of Larry Johnson - Rob Oram weighing a 34.92 basket of eyes, anchored with a 10.21 pound eye nudged out the Team of Francis (Punky) Ball - Charlie (big fish) Robinson with a basket of eyes weighing 34.32 pounds.

Top 5:
1. Larry Johnson - Rob Oram -34.92
2. Francis Ball - Charlie Robinson - 34.32
3. Chuck Sabatose - John Pendleton - 33.93
4. Rich Fike - Ryan Rieger - 33.59
5. Kevin Omalley - Mike Holtsmaster - 32.93

Big Fish:
Larry Johnson - Rob Oram - 10.21

While tearing down to head home a major storm came through again with several tornado warnings.

As I headed home Sue and I actually drove right into a major tornado, and was forced to stop and turn around in Randolph N.Y.. We headed away from the area till the highway was opened up. We hope no one was hurt in the town of Randolph N.Y., and the surrounding areas. There was significant damage that we could see.

Our championship will be held on Oneida Lake this year on Saturday & Sunday, September 11Th - 12Th.

This is an open championship, any teams wishing to compete may due so. The winner of the event if eligible will receive an invitation to next years Cabelas NTC. This event has added money to the pay outs, and should be our largest pay out event.

For more information, or to check out the full results go to www.neweasternwalleyecircuit.com
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