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Mike Morrin wins on Cayuga Lake

ATHENS, Ala. – Mike Morrin of Waterloo, NY won the American Bass Anglers Open Series NE NY division tournament, held July 7th, 2018 on Cayuga Lake. Running out of Frontenac Park in Union Springs, NY. Mike caught five bass weighing 17.78 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.61-pound kicker. Morrin took home a check for $5000 for the Boater Division victory

“I was all over, it was a mega grind and wicked slow. I was throwing a green pumpkin stick worm and going slow,” said Morrin.

In second for the boaters, Zachariah J. Dunham of Stroudsburg, PA landed 4-bass going 16.80-pounds with a 6.10-pound kicker. He collected $1250. for the effort.

“I was fishing mid lake with a green pumpkin texas rig,” Dunham said. 

Chuck Main of Ellwood City, NY took third for the boaters with five-bass going 16.06-pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.57-pound kicker to earn $900.

“I scrambled around fishing weeds and caught 4 on beds,” said Main.

Finishing fourth, Doug Wilson of Litchfield, NH landed a five-bass limit for 15.83-pounds including a 4.09-pound kicker. Edward Cowan of Greeley, PA rounded out the top five boaters with five-bass at 15.60-pounds topped by a 4.94-pound kicker.

The biggest bass for the boaters was caught by Zachariah J. Dunham that weighed 6.10-pounds.  Zachariah pocketed $680 for his catch.

In the Co-Angler Division, John R. Ciavaglia of Pittsford, NY won with three-bass going 11.46-pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.49-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1200.

“I used a green pumpkin senko 1/16 oz all day long,” Ciavaglia said. 

Taking second for the co-anglers, James Perez Jr. of Rensselaer, NY brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 11.00-pounds including a 4.05-pound kicker. He collected $400. for the effort.

“I used a small green pumpkin Gitzit with a bullet weight in 8-12 ft. of water in the weeds,” said James.

RJ Gehring of Fairport, NY placed third among the co-anglers with three-bass going 8.40-pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.61-pound kicker to earn $350.Gehring was not available for comment.

In fourth place among the co-anglers, Vincent Howels of Beaver Falls, PA brought in three-bass for 8.28 pounds including a 2.83pound kicker. John M Ciavaglia of Pittsford, NY finished in fifth place with three bass at 7.76 pounds.

The biggest bass for the co-anglers was caught by John R. Ciavaglia of Pittsford, NY that weighed 4.49-pounds. John pocketed $175.00 for his catch.

Slated for July 21, 2018, the next divisional tournament will be held on 1000 Islands out of French Creek Marina, Clayton, NY. 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 (2018 Season)


Virginia 8/18/2018 Kerr
New Jersey 8/18/2018 Greenwood/Hopatcong
Missouri 8/18/2018 Lake Ozark/Truman
Southeast North Carolina 8/18/2018 Northeast Cape Fear River
Kentucky Central 8/18/2018 Kentucky Lake
Florida - Toho 8/18/2018 Toho
Alabama East Central 8/18/2018 Neely Henry/Weiss
KY Lake 8/18/2018 Kentucky Lake
Kansas South 8/19/2018 Eureka
Maryland 8/19/2018 Potomac
New York North 8/25/2018 Oneida
Illinois North 8/25/2018 Mississippi River Pool 12
Louisiana Central 8/25/2018 Cross
Ohio-Central 8/25/2018 Delaware Reservoir
Arkansas River 8/25/2018 Maumelle Pool
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 8/25/2018 Smith Mountain
South Louisiana 8/25/2018 Pearl River
Oklahoma North 8/25/2018 TBD
New Hampshire 8/25/2018 Ossipee/Conway
New York North 8/26/2018 Fairhaven
Virginia 9/08/2018 Chickahominy River
Kansas South 9/08/2018 TBA
New Mexico 9/15/2018 Ute
Maryland 9/15/2018 Potomac
South Louisiana 9/15/2018 Blind River
Minnesota 9/15/2018 White Bear/Big Marine
New York North 9/15/2018 Black Lake
New Mexico 9/16/2018 Ute
Massachusetts - New England 9/16/2018 Wequaquet Lake-Centerville
Lynchburg / Roanoke VA 9/22/2018 Smith Mountain
South Louisiana 10/06/2018 Pearl River
Massachusetts - New England 10/14/2018 Long Pond-Harwich

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9/23/2018 Kentucky





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Oklahoma 9/8/2018 Hudson


Open Series 2018 Upcoming Events

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