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2011-06-19 12:38:13

Kartesz wins West New York season opener

ATHENS, Ala. – Kevin K. Kartesz won the 2011 season opener for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, New York West Division 22 tournament, held June 18, 2011, on Chautauqua Lake near Jamestown.

Running out of Mayville Lake Town Park Landing to fish the 13,000-acre lake, the angler from Jamestown, N.Y., landed five good smallmouth weighing 19.78 pounds to seal the Boater Division victory. Kartesz anchored his bag with a 4.48-pounder.

“I fished all over the place and caught seven fish,” Kartesz said. “I caught them on three different baits. I caught most on a tube, one on a crankbait and one on a jig. It really didn’t matter what lure I was throwing. What mattered was putting the bait where the fish were. They came from about 10 feet of water.”

In second for the boaters, Randy J. Dustin of Jamestown, N.Y., brought in five bass for 18.95 pounds with a 4.80-pound kicker. Charles J. Love of Franklinville, N.Y., caught a five-bass tournament limit for 18.01 pounds including a 4.56-pounder. Tim M. Gavek of Sayre, Pa., followed with five bass going 17.23 pounds with one 3.91-pounder.

Rounding out the top five boaters, Danny R. Jones of North East, Pa., dropped five bass weighing 17.01 pounds onto the scales. His biggest, a 5.17-pounder, took tournament lunker honors.

In the Co-Angler Division, Rebecca DiLuzio of North East, Pa., showed the guys how to do it. She brought in three bass at 12.25 pounds for a 4.08-pound average. She increased her average by landing a 4.38-pound largemouth.

“We fished on the south end of the lake in the morning and then we started having boat problems so we came to the north end of the lake,” DiLuzio said. “We wanted to make sure we got back in time. I caught all my fish on a senko. I caught about eight keepers and culled a couple times.”

Kenneth M. Christie of West Seneca, N.Y., took second with a three-bass division limit weighing 11.21 pounds including a 4.42-pounder that took the division big bass title. In third, Adam Montie of Erie, Pa., landed three bass for 8.33 pounds with a 3.57-pound kicker. Kurtis E. Breese of Duke Center, Pa., brought in three bass for 8.30 pounds with one 2.79-pounder. Michael R. Woelfle of Batavia, N.Y., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass at 7.89 pounds.

For more information on this tournament, call Joe Angelone, tournament manager, at (256) 777-6152 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see

About American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. 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 and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit

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