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Michael Sopocy leads Co-Anglers Wire to Wire on Lake Erie


Athens, Al - Michael Sopocy of Evanston, Il weighed in Six fish that weighed 25.78 pounds. to win the Co-Angler division of the Weekend Bass Series Ohio event on 2014-08-16 on Erie.

" I was fortunate to draw two boaters that know how to navigate Lake Erie.  All of my fish came on a drop shot pattern.  The combination of Shur Set weights and a non conventional drop shot rig allowed me to get the big bites.  My anchor fish of 4.88 came on the same rig.  I used to live in Cleveland so I am familiar with Lake Erie and had a good idea what I needed to do."  Indeed he did, bringing in the leading weight of 14.32 pounds on day one of the event and securing the victory with an additional 11.46 pounds on the final day of the event. 

Rounding out the top 10 Co-Anglers were:

1 Michael M. Sopocy 6 25.78 500 $ 907
2 Frederick Spencer Requarth 6 23.55 498 $ 375
3 Shane Carlton 6 20.43 496 $ 245
4 Heath A. Rogers 6 16.08 494 $ 188
5 Mike England 4 16.02 492 $ 0
6 Nick Leonard 6 14.54 490 $ 0
7 Brett W. Warrick 4 14.49 488 $ 0
8 Dan A. Minor 4 13.53 486 $ 0
9 Dennis N. Murphy 4 10.35 484 $ 0
10 Brian G. Kich 3 10.01 482 $ 0

The Co-Angler Big Bass was caught by: Michael Sopocy 4.88 pounds

For more information about this event or other Ohio events visit or contact the tournament manger Gary Conner at 256-230-5617.

At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 12-18.

As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.

At WBS events throughout the season, boater and co-angler competitors may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit

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