Judd wins New York division opener
ATHENS, Ala. J. J. Judd opened a new season with a win during the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, New York Division 23 tournament, held June 15, 2013, on Lake Champlain.
Running out of Plattsburgh Dock Street Ramp in Plattsburgh, N.Y. to fish the 490-square-mile lake on the New York-Vermont border, the Sheldon, Vt., angler caught five bass weighing 18.24 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.03-pound kicker.
I thought this tournament would be won on the main lake by looking for bedding smallmouth that had just moved up, Judd revealed. I found some bedded fish up north, but by 9 a.m. I only had one fish in the boat. I changed game plans and fished smallmouth in about 30 feet of water with a drop shot. Then, I finished my limit by ticking the tops of weeds with a crankbait to catch some largemouth.
In second for the boaters, Jason Stoddard of St. Albans, Vt., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 17.92 pounds. He fished the mid-lake area, targeting bedding fish.
I ran about 19 miles and only caught about eight fish, Stoddard advised. I fished in seven to nine feet of water and culled twice. The water muddied up quite a bit.
Henry Fristik of Chester, Mass., took third among the boaters with five bass weighing 17.09 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.67-pounder that won the tournament big bass title.
I ran down the lake, Fristik advised. The water was like chocolate milk and the fish were off the beds. It was a struggle. I caught about 20 fish and culled four times.
Robert S. LaMoy of Chazy, N.Y., and Darrin J. Schwenkbeck of Keeseville, N.Y., tied for fourth place.
Each angler caught five-bass tournament limits weighing 16.89 pounds. Schwenkbeck anchored his bag with a 3.66-pounder. Jason M. Dattilio of Milton, Vt., finished in sixth place among the boaters with five bass and 16.66 pounds including a 3.93-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Randy E. Depto of Kane, Pa., won with three bass going 11.91 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.50-pound kicker that won the Co-Angler Division lunker contest.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Jason J. Gaboriault of Plattsburgh, N.Y., brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.76 pounds. His biggest fish weighed 3.06 pounds.
Amber L. Randall of Luzerne, N.Y., took third with three bass going 9.67 pounds including one 3.35-pounder. As the highest finishing Royal Purple Royal Rewards participant co-angler) in the event, he won a generous prize package from Royal Purple. As a Royal Purple Level 4 participant, he won a case of Royal Purple oil, a Royal Purple hat, a quart of Royal Purple Max Gear Lube, a year extension to his ABA membership, a Freedom Pass and one entry to the BWS event of her choice.
Ronald J. Bagozzi of Syracuse, N.Y., finished fourth with three bass and 9.46 pounds anchored by a 4.42-pound kicker. Stephen J. Estes of Plympton, Mass., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass and 9.36 pounds topped by a 3.29-pound kicker.
The next divisional tournament will be held June 29, 2013, out of Henderson Harbor near Henderson, N.Y. to fish Lake Ontario. At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
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: The Toyota 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 Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.