OSWEGO – Maybe they should change the name of the series to Queen of the Lake.
Team A-TOM-MIK Crazy Bitch, comprised of four female anglers, captured the $8,000 top prize Sunday in the Oswego tournament in the King of the Lake Fishing Series.
“Women beating men. It’s an awesome feeling,” said team member Stephanie Brace of Oswego. “All these teams are awesome. They all fished great. We never thought we’d beat all these men.”
Other members of the team were Fulton’s Joanne Demong and Pennsylvania’s Toni Stenger and Ellen Geis. The team’s captain was Werner Stenger of Pennsylvania.
“The girls had it in their minds they were going to pull this off,” he said. “We had a great sponsorship with A-TOM-MIK Trolling Flies. The girls did it all. We just went out there to have a good time, but when push came to shove, they pulled through.”
On Saturday, the first day of the two-day tourney, Team A-TOM-MIK Crazy Bitch weighed a maximum of five fish, including a huge 31.2-pound salmon. Still, the team found itself outside of the top five going into Sunday’s action.
A big box of fish on Sunday would be needed if the team was to take the championship trophy.
“We knew what we had to get in order to be where we are,” Brace said. “We were very excited once we knew what fish everybody had.”
The team again weighed the maximum of five fish on Sunday, and all of them were big. The total weight was 110.20 pounds, and it gave Team A-TOM-MIK Crazy Bitch a total score of 297.45 points.
A team received 10 points per fish, plus a point per pound.
Fish Hawk weighed nine fish over the two days and finished in second place with 290.63 points.
Completing the top five in the final standings were Liquid Plumber (287.34), Trouble Shooter (266.91), and Team Two Fish (264.36).
Sea Devil, an Oswego-based team, led after the first day of fishing with 171.77 points. But the team weighed just three fish on Sunday and wound up with 239.87 points, eighth out of the 34 teams listed in the final standings.
Sea Devil team member Gene Delicati said the fishing was good on Saturday, and his team also had a bit of luck.
“A fresh batch of fish came in toward the river, and we were lucky to be in the right place at the right time,” Delicati said on Saturday. “But it’s a two-day tournament. We’ll see what happens.”
Other members of Sea Devil are Burt Morgan, Brian Castle, and Jeff Hunter. Sea Devil placed second in the Oswego tourney last year. That event was won by Striker with 319.60 points.
The competitors endured a rainy Sunday that wrapped up with the weigh-in and awards ceremony behind the Best Western Captain’s Quarters.
Pandemonium and Last Minute brought in salmon in excess of 30 pounds on Sunday.
The biggest fish in the event were caught on Saturday, led by a 35.74-pound salmon caught by Team Two Fish. The team from Coladen, Ontario includes Steve Craggs, Wayne Hazelwood, Kyle Chmilnitzky, and Karl Chmilnitzky. They caught the fish around 10 a.m. in front of Oswego Harbor.
Some of the other biggest salmon weighed on Saturday included a 31.4-pounder caught by Just Jig ‘N, a 33.2-pounder by Get It Wet, a 31.3 pounder by Thrillseeker, and a 32.2 pounder by Liquid Plumber.
During Big Fish Friday, Striker caught the largest fish, a 31.6-pound salmon.
The Oswego tourney was the fourth in the five-tourney King of the Lake Series. The final event will take place Sept. 3-5 in St. Catherines, Ontario.
For more information about the series, see www.thekingofthelake.com.
To see photos from the Oswego tournament, see www.palltimes.com and click on Photo Galleries, and then on Sports. The tourney photos are in the King of the Lake album.