A team of fishermen led by Fulton’s Ken Bracy took second place honors this past weekend in Catskill, NY at the New York BASS Chapter Federation’s team tournament on the Hudson River.
Bracy and fishermen Ron Bracy, Steve Pickard, Gary Day, Steve Hillestad and Chuck Rowlee netted 30.31 pounds of fish during the two-day event. They finished nearly 12 pounds behind the winning crew, a team from Syracuse.
The event focuses on team fishing, unlike most BASS tournaments, which emphasize individual achievement. So teams are spread out on several boats.
Bracy said after the event that his team shared their information about where fish were biting. “It was real tough fishing, so we had to put everything we had together,” he told a tournament official in a video interview.
“We found fish on culverts and concentrated on that,” he said. “We got lucky and caught enough fish to get it done.”
As the captain of the second place crew, Bracy earned a non-boater slot on the 12-man team that will represent the state in the upcoming Eastern regional tournament.
Several members of the Fulton-based team, called the Port City Bassmasters, are among the top 50 fishermen vying for the state’s Angler of the Year honors. Pickard is the highest-ranked member of the team, at 10th place in the state. He won the league’s St. Lawrence River event on July 24, earning $2,500.
Going into the Hudson River event, Port City Bassmasters was the second-ranked team in the state.
Ken Bracy interview with Burnie Haney, NY BASS Chapter Federation: