Adams opens New York season with victory
ATHENS, Ala. – Chris M. Adams opened the season with a win during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, New York Division 23 tournament, held June 16, 2012, on Lake Champlain.
Running out of Dock Street Ramp in Plattsburgh, the Rutland, Vt., angler caught five bass weighing 18.91 pounds with a 4.37-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Adams took home a check for $2,002.
“This is my home lake,” Adams said. “I’ve fished it my whole life. I started about 70 miles south. I caught the big one early on a crankbait and then we had a lull. They started biting again near the end of the day. All of my fish came off grass. My main baits were jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. I culled six times.”
In second for the boaters, Henry Fristik of Chester, Mass., found a five-bass tournament limit of keepers. He brought in 17.72 pounds with a 3.98-pound kicker.
John A. Dellacamera of North Branford, Conn., landed five bass for 16.44 pounds, including a 4.39-pound kicker. Taking fourth place, James Kane of Hadley, Mass., landed a five-bass limit weighing 15.65 pounds. Adam J. Singer of Brookfield, Conn., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass for 15.03 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.61-pounder that took division lunker honors.
In the Co-Angler Division, Ronald J. Bagozzi, 37, of Syracuse, N.Y., won with three bass going 9.88 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.16-pounder to take home a check for $947.
“This was the first time I had ever fished Lake Champlain,” Bagozzi said. “I didn’t even get in any practice. I caught nine fish and culled three times. I lost one good fish. I caught one on a lizard and some on wacky style senkos.”
James Perez Jr. of Rensselaer, N.Y., took second among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit for 9.63 pounds. Mike W. Flynn of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., finished third with three keepers and 9.43 pounds, followed by Stephen “Safo” Longobardi of Northford, Conn., with three bass and 9.28 pounds including a 3.60-pound kicker. Dan Bassett Sr. of Liverpool, N.Y., completed the top five co-anglers with three bass going 9.25 pounds including one 3.39-pounder. Didier Papagouras of Quebec, Canada, found the biggest bass of the day, a 4.48-pounder.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.