McClurg Wins 2008 Classic with Wire to Wire Tree Fish

The 2008 Southern Tier Bassmaster’s Club Classic was held Saturday and Sunday July 24 & 25 on Cayuga Lake. Strong south winds coupled with a BFL tournament and a few smaller club tournaments made finding unoccupied and calm waters a very difficult task. But as always someone solves the puzzle.On this weekend, Classic champion Wade McClurg did just that, locating his fish in trees.

Making a run each day into the canal separating Cayuga from Seneca Lake he found his fish in and around semi submerged trees in the canal shoreline. His first day 5 fish limit of 13.76 pounds gave him a 3 pound plus lead over second place Noel Good, leaving him to only catch 5 keeper fish the next day to take home the title.

The second day brought more of the same wind and crowded lake sending Wade back to the canal again. This trip brought the only double digit limit of the day weighing 11.03 pounds, giving him a total weight of 24.79 pounds and the 2008 Classic title and $627.50.

Second place went to Joe Abt who move from a first day 3rd place position, with an 18.90 pound two day total. Kerry Rice took 3rd place with 17.42 pounds.

The two day tournament lunker was a 4.16 pound largemouth caught by Noel Good.

The remaining classic participants were Ted Barth, Bob Elliott, Bob Green, Kevin Kuhn and John Siejak.

by Bob Green