Elliott tames Chautauqua!

Prendegast Point , NY, July 11, 2020 - On a day that began quietly but turned into a monster, Bob Elliott returned to the weigh-in site with a 5-fish limit of largemouth bass weighing in at 17.13 lbs., anchored by his largest fish, a 4.55 lb. bass. The win earned him 100 points and the lead in the AOY race.

In second place, with a limit of bass, was Garrett Stuckey. His limit weighed a total of 16.50 lbs. Garrett also has the tournament lunker. It weighed 4.82 lbs. after penalty.

Our third place finisher, Wade McClurg, brought in a limit of bass that tipped the scales at 15.92 lbs. His limit was anchored by a 4.49 largemouth bass.

Finishing in the top four for the second week in a row, was Charlie Prince with five fish going 13.72 lbs.

As mentioned above, the weather turned ugly and downright dangerous, just as boats were beginning their run back up on Chautauqua Lake. I personally witnessed swells 4-6 feet on the north end of the lake as severe thunderstorms rolled through the area with little warning.

Unfortunately, two young anglers competing in our event developed engine trouble and could not restart their ouboard motor. Waves slammed over the helpless boat and filled it with water, eventually flippin it over and sending the anglers into the water. Luckilly they made it to shore, wet and shaken but alive, partially saved by the life preservers they were wearing.

It is a rule in our events that life jackets must be worn whenever the combustion engine is running. A more stark example could not be had. It may very well have saved their lives.