Fonzi wins on the big water
ATHENS, Ala. – Joe Fonzi headed out to the big water to win the third Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, New York Division 23 tournament, held Aug. 11, 2012, on Lake Ontario.
Running out of Henderson Harbor, the Gasport, N.Y., angler caught five bass weighing 21.55 pounds to win the Boater Division. He anchored his bag and his victory with a 4.96-pound kicker.
In second for the boaters, Neil J. Farlow of Welland, Ontario, brought in a five bass tournament limit for a 19.45-pound tally. Dan Bassett Jr. of Baldwinsville, N.Y., landed in third with five bass and 18.92 pounds, but his 5.44-pounder took the tournament big bass title.
Sean Caswell of Highland, N.Y., took fourth among the boaters with five bass and 18.90 pounds. Frank Guarascio of Whitesboro, N.Y., followed in fifth place with five bass and 18.27 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Keith DiLuzio of North East, Pa., landed a three-bass division limit weighing 13.31 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.46-pound kicker.
Brian E. Depto of Kane, Pa., and Stephen “Safo” Longobardi of Northford, Conn., tied for second among the co-anglers. Each brought in three keepers for 11.85 pounds. Depto anchored his bag with a 4.56-pound kicker.
Kevin J. Phelps of Allentown, Pa., took fourth among the co-anglers with three bass and 11.68 pounds including a 5.19-pound kicker. Jim Cousineau of Westfield, Mass., found three keepers to finish in fifth with 11.67 pounds, but took division lunker honors with a 5.31-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.
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 www.americanbassanglers.com.