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Avon Anglers 2nd annual "Smallmouth Bonanza" on Conesus Lake is in the books. This is also the 2nd of three "Iron Man Tournaments" they hold in the fall. And the "Iron Man" part lived up it's name today!!

After last weeks tropical upper 60 degree temps at Honeoye, this week it was a tad different. At blast off today, they said it was 22 degrees, combined with flurries in the air and a stiff north west breeze, it was downright brisk!!! I am not sure what the wind chill is at 63 mph, but I am sure I don't want to know :D

Water temp was 49 degrees.

My dad and I started on a point in the southern half of the lake working the 10-15 foot depths just off the deep weedline. I was dragging tubes , while he was casting and working the tube. After a few drifts, we each had a fish or two in the boat, and a couple other missed bites. That action slowed on us, so we ventured (drifted) to a traditionally more productive stretch. It took nealry an hour to drift to this area, hoping to pick up fish along the way, but it didn't happen. We were a little worried the fish didn't want to play with us. But once we got to the "good" area, we put some mighty fine smallmouth in the boat in short order. We drifted this stretch several times before the fish seemed to shut down on us there. About 2 1/2 hours into the day, and we had most of our eventual weight.

As the day went on, the sun decided to pop out now and then, making the near freezing temps somewhat more tolerable. But the nicer it got out, the less the fish bit. We caught several more smallies throughout the day, and may have culled once or twice more.

We did not weigh a single fish during the day (used a balance beam) so we really had no idea what kind of total weight we had. I knew I had one smallie that was between 4 1/2 and 5, but thought we'd be lucky if our total was pushing 19 pounds or so for our 5 fish limit. Well, the big one was just where I thought it was, at 4.89 pounds, but our guess on the total was slightly off at 21.38 pounds!! WOW!! My dad and I took 1st place and lunker honors.
 

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Just up the lake

Andy and I fished, just a bit north of Noel and his dad. The best decision we made today was to start there, instead of across the lake where I normally start. Almost all the action happened in the first couple hours. Had we started elsewhere, we may likely not have caught the fish we did. We weren't 15 minutes into the drift across the point and had a 5-fish limit in the boat. On the second drift, we culled out two of our smaller fish. My usual starting spot yielded only one cull fish and that was about it. The last 3 hours of the tournament were just about dead.

We weighed 16.60 lbs. of all smallmouth, good enough for a 3rd place finish. The day started with a bang, but fizzled quickly. It seemed that if you started on the right spot, you got some nice fish, but culling got tough as the day wore on. Most of our smallmouth came from 20-22 ft., dragging tubes (Gee.... what a surprise!:D ).

C'ya on the water,
Ted
 

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Wow! Great job Noel and Ted. Seems you guys are always in the hunt.

Out of curiosity, do either of you know how many boats braved the cold?
 

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This tournament fielded 14 teams. Not too awful bad for the weather. I wish that more people would just get bundled up and take advantage of some of this fabulous fishing. It ain't over 'till she freezes over! :D

C'ya on the water,
Ted
 

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excellent job, Guys....Congrats, Noel and Dad....brrrrrr...23 degrees?....toooooo coooold.....LOL....:beerchug: :beerchug:

looks like the fish were biting good today....all around the area.....check out 5bass Hudson report...

joe
 

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brrrrrr...23 degrees?....toooooo coooold.....LOL...
This morning was cold, but tomorrow morning will be colder. Rob J and I plan a trip to Canadice Lake for a shot at November smallies there. Tonights lows are forcatsed at 13 degrees!!! Fortunately, Rob's "Micro Bass" doesn't do 63 mph LOL!! Stayed tuned for a report.....

(BTW A picture of todays Conesus bag will be posted as soon as I get it)
 

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Great job Larry, Noel and Ted. love those slob smallies.
Gary
 

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Well done Noel! Charlie and I were fishing just north of Ted, who was apparantly just north of you. We started on that shoreline, and had 5 on our first drift. We continued to shorten the drift, to just zero in on the most productive area. We eneded up repeatedly drifting a 50 yard stretch, and it produced between 1 and 3 fish, every time until about 11:30. We were able to get 2 just under 4 lbs, but then we stagnated at the 2 3/4 lb size, not able to upgrade. Early in the afternoon, we went hunting for something new. Upgraded once and broke one off, but that was it for the day. Ended up 15.04 lbs, 6th place.

Overall, it was a good day for NYBasser's. Out of 14 boats, "NYBASS" took 1st (Noel & Larry), 3rd (Ted & Andy), 5th (Gregg and Zach) and 6th (Seth & Charlie).

Seth V
 

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Congratulations Noel, Larry, Ted, Andy, Gregg, Zach, Seth and Charlie-great job! Noel, did you take that bribe from Sue and drop Laryy just short of the dock?!:D Ted, can I assume you did not have any tire or plug issues?!!
 

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Like everyone else, Zack and I caught a limit right away, but it went down hill from there. We were unable to get a bigger bite, and were stuck in that 15 lb area. Usually, I would be slightly delighted with that, but not this time of year, and not against the teams we were fishing against.

I did find it amazing how fast the water froze on the deck after netting a fish. I told Zack to hurry up and get them in the livewell so the fish didn't get hypothermia!!! :)
 

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Speaking of "tire issues"...

Just bought a new set of "sneakers" for the truck, today, and was told that each of my front tires had three screws embedded in them. Amazingly, they were still holding air!:confused: No wonder I blew a trailer tire that morning. Another guy, that was following a bit behind me, had a tire go on his trailer, too. We had to have run over a bunch of stuff in the road, without knowing it.

C'ya on the water,
Ted
 

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Photos

Here are some NYBASSer's at Conesus:


My dad and I with the 21.38 pound winning bag



Ted and Andy with the 16.60 pound 3rd place bag


Gregg and Zack with a nice 15+ pound bag


Seth and Charlie with another nice 15+ pound bag
 
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