Toronto Reservoir, October 12th, 2003. 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
1st Bassmasters decided to relocate its first Hudson River tournament of the season to the Toronto Reservoir due to potential overcrowding at the Kingston launch. It was a cool 52 at the 7AM start time, but the day warmed, and the sun was pretty strong at times. The water temperature was down between 62 and 64 degrees, but neither the Smallmouth, or Largemouth were feeding aggressively. The warm, sunny day clouded up around Noon, but even that didn't turn on the bite.
It was very slim pickings for most of the competitors with only 2 anglers presenting limits and only 5 out of 13 anglers weighing in fish. Scott Caravella won his 4th tournament of the year, and increased his lead in the Angler of the Year standings to more than 20lbs over Noam Freedman. There was a tie for Lunker when Scott weighed in a 3lb 10oz Smallmouth, and Rich Kappes weighed in a 3lb 10oz Largemouth. While the numbers were light, the fish were not with average fish weighing nearly 3lbs.
Air Temp: 52 Start - 72 Finish
Water Temp: 62 Start - 64 Finish
Weather: Mostly Sunny, Breezy
Water: High, clear
Scott Caravella - 5 fish - 14lbs 6ozs
Ken Cutler - 5 fish - 10lbs 15ozs
Rich Kappes - 2 fish - 6lbs 2oz
James Mead Sr. - 1 fish - 3lbs 5ozs
Matt Jones - 1 fish - 2lbs 15ozs
Noam Freedman - 0 fish
Aaron Salovin - 0 fish
Keith Muller - 0 fish
JP Mead - 0 fish
Mike Kreloff - 0 fish
Joe Sullivan - 0 fish
Jonathan Sunshine - 0 fish
# of fish caught: 14, 12 SM, 2 LM
Released Alive: 14
Total weight: 37lbs 11ozs
Ave weight: 2lbs 11ozs
Lunker: Scott Caravella - 3lb 10ozs Smallmouth
Rich Kappes - 3lb 10ozs Largemouth
Here are the updated Standings:
1st. Bassmasters 2003 Season Standings After 14 Events:
Position Name Events # Fish Weight Points (Rank) Avg. Fish
1st Place: Scott Caravella (B) 14 50 90lbs 8ozs 761(1) 1.81 lbs.
2nd Place: Noam Freedman (B) 14 41 70lbs 2ozs 732(2) 1.71 lbs.
3rd Place: James Mead, Sr (B) 14 42 67lbs 11ozs 700(3) 1.61 lbs.
4th Place: Mike Kreloff (B) 11 31 57lbs 14ozs 560(5) 1.86 lbs.
5th Place: Matthew P. Jones (N) 10 24 45bs 11ozs 500(6) 1.90 lbs.
6th Place: J.P. Mead (N) 13 26 41lbs 11ozs 643(4) 1.53 lbs.
7th Place: Keith Muller (B) 10 22 33lbs 10ozs 442(7t) 1.53 lbs.
8th Place: Aaron Salovin (B) 7 20 32lbs 4ozs 355(9) 1.61 lbs.
9th Place: Ken Cutler (B) 4 19 32lbs 3ozs 236(10) 1.69 lbs.
10th Place: Bob DePaolo (B) 10 14 26lbs 7ozs 442(7t) 1.89 lbs.
11th Place: Richard Kappes (B) 5 7 13lbs 5ozs 209(11) 1.91 lbs.
12th Place: Bill Benzenberg (G) 1 5 11lbs 4ozs n/a 2.25 lbs.
13th Place: Steve Crawford (N) 3 6 9lbs 14ozs 134(12) 1.64 lbs.
14th Place: Tom Keener (N) 1 5 9lbs 5ozs 54(17) 1.87 lbs.
15th Place: Steve Krause (N) 2 5 8lbs 4ozs 114(13) 1.65 lbs.
16th Place: Dan Coykendall (B) 2 4 5lbs 14ozs 113(14) 1.93 lbs.
17th Place: D.J. DePaolo (G) 2 5 4lbs 12ozs n/a 1.58 lbs.
18th Place: Ralph (G) 1 1 1lbs 3ozs n/a 1.20 lbs.
19th Place: Alex Hecht (N) 1 1 0lbs 15ozs 57(16) 14 ozs.
20th Place: Joseph Sullivan (N) 5 0 0lbs 0ozs 100(15) n/a
20th Place: Ken Hecht (N) 2 0 0lbs 0ozs 40(18) n/a
20th Place: Jonathan Sunshine (G)1 0 0lbs 0ozs n/a n/a
20th Place: Moish (G) 1 0 0lbs 0ozs n/a n/a
(B) - Denotes Boater, (N) - Denotes Non-Boater, (G) - Denotes Guest
* 20 Points for fishing an event.
* +40 for 1st place, +39-2nd, +38-3rd, etc... for anglers presenting fish
* A 1 point bonus is earned for Lunker.
* In the event of a tie for total weight, points standings will act as the tie breaker.
1st. Bassmasters 2003 Lunker Leaders
Lunker Largemouth: 4lbs 14ozs Scott Caravella Peck's Pond, PA 8/17/03
Lunker Smallmouth: 3lbs 10ozs Scott Caravella Toronto Reservoir, NY 10/12/03
1st. Bassmasters 2003 Category Leaders (trail-by amount in parentheses)
Angler of the Year: Scott Caravella - 90lbs 8ozs
Noam Freedman - 70lbs 2ozs (-20lbs 6ozs)
James Mead Sr. - 67lbs 11ozs (-22lbs 13ozs)
Rookie of the Year: Scott Caravella - 90lbs 8ozs
Matt Jones - 45bs 11ozs (-44lbs 13ozs)
Non-Boater of the Year: Matt Jones - 45bs 11ozs
J.P. Mead - 41lbs 11ozs (-4lb)
Jr. Angler of the Year: J.P. Mead - 41lbs 11ozs
Most Improved Angler: Noam Freedman - +28lbs 5ozs
J.P. Mead - +23lbs 2ozs (-5lbs 3ozs)