Henderson Harbor Championship

Sponsored by:

BS OutdoorsWestview Lodge and Marina

Henderson Harbor, NY


The time was here, the final tournament to end the 2013 season; the club classic; and what a season it’s been. A variety of lakes and bays to challenge everyone in the club. A variety of winners showing off their skills and simply having fun; and that’s what it’s all about.

Day One on Henderson Harbor brought gusty winds and rough water. Temperatures were chilly, starting off in the mid 40s. But then again, it’s fall in Central New York.


A sign of the times. Changing leaves surround the bay as we prepare to launch.


Duane Poole prepares to launch on day one.


Fred Blom and Don Bell get ready for the day.


Dick Hyde was the first guy to get the scales wet on day one. Two great largemouth for Dick.


Jeff Botting with two great smallmouth bass. Jeff had about 15lbs on the first day.


Duane Poole with two great largemouth bass on the first day of the championship


Joe Valerio takes the day one lead with 23.4lbs. A giant bag, and the fish in Joe’s right hand went 5.6lbs


TJ Church sits in second place after day with a bag over 20lbs.

IMG_1242Tom Church comes in with ANOTHER 20lbs+ bag. He sits in 3rd place.

IMG_1243Don Bell with a great first day. The smallmouth in Don’s left hand goes for 5.31lbs.

IMG_1244Mathew Overton starts the tournament off great with a nice bag of smallmouth bass.

IMG_1245Anthony Talarico only had one fish on day one, but it was a huge smallmouth. The bass weighed 5.51lbs

IMG_1275Joe Valerio takes the Bass Pro Shop Big Bass award on day one with a GIANT 5.61lbs smallmouth.  Part of Joe’s winnings was a gift card from Bass Pro Shop of Auburn, NY


Day two brought rain on Henderson Bay. The weather called for rough waters and rainy skies. However, the water was flat calm all day and the rain came and went all day long.

IMG_1255Jake Wilson prepares his equipment for day two.

IMG_1259Kevin Schneider thinks about his day two plan.

Day two is complete and weigh in is about to begin.

IMG_1262Mathew Overton s the first one to hit the scales today. Matt follows up a great day one with a great day two. Matt brings in some largemouth today.

IMG_1263Dick Hyde is hard to miss in that bright orange shirt! He brings in a mixed bag and finishes high in the standings.

IMG_1264TJ was in 2nd place after day one, and brings in another great bag. With consistency like this, TJ would stay right at the top of the leaderboard.

IMG_1265Co-angler Jeff Botting brings in another great bag to follow up his day one catch.

IMG_1266JJ Elmer with two nice smallmouth bass on day two

IMG_1267Another great day for Don Bell!

IMG_1268A smallmouth in one hand and a Rapsody rod in the other for Fred Blom.

IMG_1270Just out of the money was Jeff Botting. The price for just out the money is provided by Bass Pro shops of Auburn. Standing next to Jeff is Bill Saiff. Bill Saiff Outdoors is our sposnor for our two day classic.

IMG_12714th place was Duane Poole. Bill Saiff hands him the price.

IMG_1272JJ Elmer has a great few days and moves into third place for the tournament.

IMG_1273Day one leader Joe Valerio slips a little after day 2 but finishes in 2nd place for the tournament.

IMG_1274Tj Church follows up a great day one with a great day two. He breaks the 40lbs mark and becomes this years champion.

IMG_1276TJ also had Bass Pro Shops Big Bass on day two with a 5lbs smallmouth! Great job, TJ and congratulations on your win.  TJ received a gift card compliments of Bass Pro Shops of Auburn, NY

A special thank you goes out to Bill Saiff and the west view lodge. We cannot thank Bill enough for everything he did for us the two days we were up there. We really appreciate what you did for our club and we hope to see you again soon!

BS Outdoors