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Joseph S Tefft wins Big on Lake Champlain

ATHENS, Ala. –Joseph Tefft of Fort Edward, NY won the American Bass Anglers Open Series NE NY division tournament, held June 15th on Lake Champlain. Running out of Ticonderoga ramp. Joseph caught five bass weighing 19.93 pounds. He anchored his  bag with a 4.99-pound kicker  For the Boater Division victory, Tefft took home a check for $5000.00

“It was a tough day. I fished from the bridge to whitehall throwing a black brush hog and black jig ½ oz. the fishing was slow,” said Tefft.

Tefft also qualifies for Triton Gold , so in addition to his check for $5000.00 He will also receive Triton Gold Contingency Money.

In second for the boaters, Casey J. Casamento of Plattsburgh, NY landed a five-bass tournament limit going 19.30 pounds with a 3.97-pound kicker. He collected $1400.00 for the effort.

“I fished small mouth with a Keitech sight flash swimbait, in 10FT or less,” said Casamento.

John Paul Pelletier of Castleton, NY took third for the boaters with five bass going 19.08-pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.86-pound kicker to earn $950.00

“I used reaction baits,vibrating Jig, and I fished north,” said Pelletier.

Finishing fourth, Mike Grabo of Burnt Hills, NY landed a five-bass limit for 18.54-pounds including a 4.29-pound kicker. Bryan Labelle of Hinesburg, VT rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 17.73-pounds topped by a 4.05-pound kicker.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by Christopher A Ullrich of Picture Rocks, PA that weighed 5.38-pounds and Christopher pocketed $660.00

In the Co-Angler Division, Jason Prentiss of Keeseville, NY won with three-bass going 9.40-pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.05-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1200.00.

“I was North, fishing points, I was dragging a 1/4oz.  4” senko in green pumpkin with a yellow tip,” said Prentiss. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, George King of Highland Falls, NY brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 8.34 pounds. He collected $400.00 for the effort. Mr. King was not available for comment.

Donald VanTassell II of South Egremont, MA  placed third among the co-anglers withthree-bass going 8.14-pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.83-pound kicker to earn $350.00. VanTassel was unavailable for comment.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Chris Sullivan of Voorheesville, NY brought in three-bass for 8.01 pounds including a 3.59-pound kicker. Samuel G. Miller of Connellsville, PA finished in fifth place withthree-bass at 7.78-pounds.

The biggest bass for the co-anglers was caught by: Jason Prentiss of Keeseville, NY that weighed 4.05 and Jason pocketed $180.00

Slated for July 7, 2018, the next divisional tournament will be held on Cayuga Lake out of Union Springs.  At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2018 Ray Scott Championship, slated for the first week of April 2019 on Lake Eufaula, AL.

For more information on this tournament, call Jeff Randall, tournament manager, at 256-777-6152 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.abaopenseries.com .

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing 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, the ABA Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com

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American Fishing Tour Upcoming Events

New Jersey 7/07/2018 Hopatcong
Georgia - Eufaula 7/07/2018 Lake Eufaula
KY Lake 7/07/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - West 7/07/2018 Toho
Kentucky Central 7/07/2018 Barkley
Florida Harris Chain 7/07/2018 Harris Chain
Arkansas River 7/07/2018 Little Rock
Alabama North 7/07/2018 Guntersville
New York North 7/08/2018 Wynetta/Lamoka
North Carolina East 7/14/2018 Neuse/Trent River
Virginia 7/14/2018 Gaston
Kansas - Big Hill 7/14/2018 Bone Creek
Connecticut 7/14/2018 Candlewood
Minnesota 7/14/2018 Koronis
Maryland 7/15/2018 Potomac
Illinois North 7/15/2018 Mississippi River Pool 19
Florida - Toho 7/15/2018 Toho
Minnesota 7/15/2018 Green Lake-Kandiyohi CO
New Hampshire 7/15/2018 Waukewan
New Jersey 7/21/2018 Greenwood
North Carolina Central 7/21/2018 Chowan
Alabama Northwest 7/21/2018 Wilson Lake
Missouri - Stockton 7/21/2018 Stockton
Southeast North Carolina 7/21/2018 Waccamaw River
Kentucky Central 7/21/2018 Kentucky Lake
Georgia - Westpoint 7/21/2018 West Point
Kansas South 7/22/2018 Yates Center
Massachusetts-Central New England 7/22/2018 Quaboag
Massachusetts - Western 7/27/2018 Longpond
North Carolina East 7/28/2018 Tar/Pamlico River
New York North 7/28/2018 Thousand Islands
Missouri 7/28/2018 Truman
Connecticut 7/28/2018 Ct River
Louisiana Central 7/28/2018 Toledo Bend
Ohio-Central 7/28/2018 O'Shaughnessy Reservoir
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 7/28/2018 Smith Mountain
Alabama East Central 7/28/2018 Neely Henry
Oklahoma North 7/28/2018 Sooner Lake
KY Lake 7/28/2018 Kentucky Lake
New Jersey 7/29/2018 Hopatcong
Minnesota 7/29/2018 Forrest Lake
Virginia 8/04/2018 Chickahominy River

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Tennessee Northeast 7/14/2018 Watts Bar
Kentucky 7/15/2018 Kentucky Lake
Alabama North 7/21/2018 Guntersville
Kentucky 8/5/2018 Kentucky Lake
Alabama North 8/11/2018 Guntersville
Oklahoma 8/11/2018 Keystone
Oklahoma 9/8/2018 Hudson


Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

New York 7/07/2018 Cayuga
Ohio 7/14/2018 Ohio River/ Tanner's Creek
New York 7/21/2018 1000 Islands
Kentucky 7/28/2018 Kentucky Lake
Ohio 8/04/2018 Ohio River/Maysville
Virginia 8/11/2018 Gaston
New York 8/18/2018 Lake Champlain
Mississippi 8/18/2018 Pickwick
South Texas 8/25/2018 Lake Conroe
Kentucky 8/25/2018 Kentucky Lake
Area 3 Championship 9/08/2018 Eufaula
East Texas 9/08/2018 Toledo Bend
South East Texas 9/15/2018 Sam Rayburn
Area 8 Championship 9/22/2018 Kerr
Area 9 Championship 9/29/2018 Chautauqua
Area 5 Championship 9/29/2018 Kissimmee Chain
Area 7 Championship 10/06/2018 Lake Texoma
Area 1 Championship 10/06/2018 Pickwick
Area 4 Championship 10/06/2018 Norman
Area 2 Championship 10/13/2018 Kentucky Lake
Area 6 Championship 10/20/2018 Toledo Bend