TFO Pro Staffer Burnie Haney at Oneida Lake Tourney

Release courtesy of Burnie Haney, PR Director for NYTBF

TFO pro-staffer Burnie Haney, claimed third place this past weekend at the New York Bass Federation tournament, on Oneida Lake, N.Y.

Only three events into the season, the tournament saw the top three anglers finish with limits of nearly 15-pounds apiece.

John Siejak, Williamsville NY, captured his first NY TBF winner’s trophy with a weight of 15.00 lbs. Taking second place with 14.70- pounjds was Chris Benninger, Grand Island NY. Benninger caught his winning fish through a variety of techniques, top water, drop- shotting and a slammer bait.

Burnie Haney with two keepers from this past weekends Oneida Lake tournament.  Photo courtesy Burnie Haney.

Burnie Haney with two keepers from this past weekends Oneida Lake tournament.
Photo courtesy Burnie Haney.

Haney reported using Keitech 3.8-inch Swing Impact Fat and 4-inch Berkley Hollow Belly minnows rigged on ¼ and 3/16 oz. jig heads to catch roaming fish during the early morning period. As the bite slowed Haney reported using a drop shot rig to present 4-inch plastics.

Haney used a TFO GTS 735-1, 7’3” medium heavy power fast action rod for the swimbaits and the TFO GTS 734-1, 7’3”  medium power fast action rod for his drop shot fishing.

Oneida Lake is located approximately 15 miles north of Syracuse off interstate 81. The lake hosts a great population of smallmouth and largemouth bass with walleye and pickerel and the occasional drum thrown in for good measure.  And while the lake’s been producing some great limits for this time of year (14 – 16 lb average), it was unknown what impact the week of extremely hot weather would have leading up to tournament day.

TFO is a proud sponsor of the NYTBF and proudly donates a rod to each tournament stop.

For additional information on the NYTBF tournaments contact President Ben Wright at 518.593.5681 or or go to


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