Finn Takes The Division Championship At Oneida
ATHENS, AL – Finn takes the win for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, New York Division 23 tournament, held Sept 22-23, 2012, on Lake Oneida.
Running out of Oneida Shores County Park Landing near Cicero, Charles Finn, 38, of Dallas, PA, had the ten-fish limit and the lead on both days with 16.09 pounds on day one and 14.70 pounds on day two for a total of 30.79 pounds. He received a check for $2,610 and secured his first place finish in the New York division point standing.
“I have a house here on the lake that I use about every other weekend so I consider this my home lake. I took my vacation this week and practiced all week. The wind blew every day miserably but what I realized was it was blowing a lot of bait fish up into either ends of the lake because the wind couldn’t make up its mind if it wanted to blow to the east end or the west end of the lake. We found shad schooling up on some main lake points and we stayed really tight on those and kind of mimicked the shad with a crankbait or a small rubber swimbait. I caught my fish by staying in places where people didn’t want to get beat up. The wind is going to blow here and this time of year you have to go after small-mouth if you’re going to win the tournament and I knew that so I just stayed on things.”
In second, Brain Kelly of Liverpool, NY, cashed in for his two-day total of 27.83 pounds and pocketed a check for $1,305. He finished day one in second with 15.19 pounds and brought in 12.64 pounds to hold his second place spot on day two and he finishes the season in seventeenth place in points.
In third place of the boaters, Tim Gavek of Sayre, PA, finished just .4 ounces away from second with 27.43 pounds including his big fish of 4.12 pounds. He had a five-fish limit both days for 12.95 pounds on the first day and finished the second day with 14.48 pounds for $870.
Emery Peine of Newton, NJ, finished in seventh place but caught the big fish title with his 4.87 pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, third trip was a charm for Kevin Phelps of Allentown, PA, taking the win for his two-day total of 18.68 pounds. He had identical days with 9.29 pounds on day one and 9.39 pounds on day two for a payday of $1,305.
“I fished this lake last year for the first time with ABA and the BASS Open and finished second in both tournaments. I came up on Wednesday and practiced full days on Thursday and Friday. The lake didn’t fish like it did last year but we found some good schools and they were a lot deeper this year. We were fishing on the grass-lines and I was using a ¾ ounce spinnerbait.”
In second, Lamar Spade of Brodheadsville, PA, caught the six-fish limit for 17.77 pounds and brings home $653. Day one he caught 8.69 pounds and wrapped up day two with 9.08 pounds.
Finishing in third of the co-anglers, Michael Saganich of Lincoln University, PA, caught 7.04 pounds on day one and 8.89 pounds on day two for a total 15.93 pounds for his six bass. Rebecca DiLuzio of North East, PA, finished in twelfth but managed to catch the big fish for the co-anglers with a 4.84 pounder for the title.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (256) 232-0406. 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.