3rd Annual Chittenden County Bass Masters Open Bass TournamentThe following are the final standings of the 13th Annual Chittenden County Bass Masters Open Bass Tournament, held September 13, 1998 at the Malletts Bay fishing access.
|Rank||Weight||Number of Fish||Team||Payout|
|1||26.22||8 Smallmouth||St.Marie/St Marie||$2,000|
|3||25.58||7 Small 1 Large||Labell/Burdick||$800|
|6||23.83||5 Small 3 Large||LaVictorie/LaVictorie||$250|
|7||23.78||3 Small 5 Large||Gratton/Heminway||$200|
|8||23.57||6 Small 2 Large||Johnson/Hickery||$175|
|10||22.84||3 Small 4 Large||Coloutti/Phillips||$125|
|11||22.8||1 Small 7 Large||Conger/Mareau||$100|
A total of 56 teams competed on a fantastic fall day with partly cloudy skies, 10-mph winds and water and air temperatures in the upper 60’s. The weigh-in statistics again reflected what a great Fishery Lake Champlain is. A total of 308 bass were weighed, 180 Smallmouth and 128 Largemouth and only 2 dead fish were brought to the scales, the other 306 were returned tot he lake and releases. An incredible 99% catch & release ratio! A total of 771.52 pounds of bass were brougth to the scales for an average weight of 2.5 pounds.
Smallmouth bass dominated the day in both numbers and weight with a 3 pound plus average in the top 5 places. Some of the teams that were interviewed said they caught 20 to 30 smallies between them before having to return for the weigh-in.
As always, anyone interested in bass fishing is encouraged to apply for membership. For more information contact Joe Kenyon, President 802-434-3714.