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Rich Falcon Wins New York AOY and Divisional Title

Rich Falcon dominated the competition at the New York 2-day Divisional on Lakes Wynetta and Lamoka. Averaging 3 pounds a fish, Rich bested his closest competitor by over 17 pounds.

This decisive win earned Rich 2014 Angler of the Year Honors. Going into the event Rich was tied in the overall AOY points with Don Tripoli. Both needing a great finish to win the AOY honors, each one fished different techniques and water depths. Rich fished a dock pattern where he located larger fish which replenished throughout the competition.

Don, finishing in second place with 18.77 pounds, fished the outside edge of weed lines. The first day of the competition ended with Rich in first place with a total of over 14 pounds anchored by a 3.77 lb largemouth. This placed him 2 lbs ahead of eventual 3rd place winner Mike Higgins and 6 lbs ahead of Don.

The second day found two other tournaments being held on the very limited water. Rich excelled through the congested docks and weighed an outstanding limit of 16.62 with a 4.66 lunker. All the competitors knew the lure Rich used for the win (a Jig). Rich said it was the way he fished it that made the difference in the size of his limits. This completes the 2014 New York Division 4 schedule. 

Top 5 Anglers

Pl Name Fish Total Points
1 Richard M. Falcon 10 30.69 376
2 Donald Tripoli 10 18.77 374
3 Michael H. Higgins 8 18.22 372
4 Cass M. Falcon 10 16.86 370
5 Mark A. Mothersell 10 15.44 368

Big Bass winner: Richard Falcon took home big bass with his 4.66 largemouth.

The next tournament is on Sodus Bay 13 sept 2014. The ramp is located at Bay Bridge Sport Shop on ridge road at the southernmost end of the Bay.

For information about this division and future events visit or contact the local director for South Carolina - Greenwood - Phil Morris at (864)993-0346

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.

The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship for this fall on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN.

The 2015 season starts with an early bird tornament at Sodus Bay on September 13, 2014. The ramp is located at Bay Bridge Sports Shop on ridge road at the southernmost end of the bay.

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