Kirkland opens up lead in New York
ATHENS, Ala. – Jeffrey Kirkland took the early lead after one day of competition in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, New York Division 23 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 21, 2013, on Oneida Lake.
Running out of Oneida Shores County Park in Brewerton, N.Y., the Dryden, N.Y., angler caught five bass weighing 19.20 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.26-pound kicker that set the Day 1 tournament lunker standard.
Holding second for the boaters, Jamie Hartman of Newport, N.Y., landed a five-bass daily tournament limit going 17.94 pounds. He capped his catch with a 3.84-pound kicker.
Michael H. Pikulinski of Syracuse, N.Y., sits in third for the boaters with five bass going 17.42 pounds including a 3.71-pound kicker. Bill Lortz of Rochester, N.Y., holds fourth place with a five and 16.90 pounds including a 3.29-pound kicker. Drew Dupre of Clinton, Conn., rounds out the top five boaters on the first day with five bass and 16.60 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Kevin J. Phelps of Syracuse, N.Y., leads with three bass going 10.78 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.89-pound kicker that tied with one caught by Jason Grey of Buffalo, N.Y., for the largest bass caught by any co-angler on Day 1.
In second for the co-anglers, Michael E. Pikulinski of Syracuse, N.Y., brought in a three-bass daily division limit for 10.64 pounds including a 3.71-pound kicker. Brian Sitkowski of Tunkhannock, Pa., holds third with three bass going 9.89 pounds with a 3.49 -pound kicker. Dan Bassett Sr. of Liverpool, N.Y., sits in fourth place with three bass for 9.74 pounds including a 3.40-pound kicker. Ian W. Hodgkins of Ontario, Canada, wraps up the top five co-anglers after the first day with three bass at 9.71 pounds.
The action continues through Sept. 22, 2013. The top anglers from this division, plus those from the Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio divisions advance to the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 11-12, 2013, on the James River out of Chickahominy Riverfront Park near Williamsburg, Va.
After the four regional tournaments, the top anglers from those events will compete in the BWS National Championship tournament, scheduled for Nov. 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
For more information on this tournament, call Joe Angelone, tournament manager, at 256-777-6152 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide 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, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.