ATHENS, Ala. – Larry won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Massachusetts Division 97 tournament held on May, 19 2012, at Buffumville Lake.
The Brimfield, MA angler caught 5 bass weighing 13 pounds with a 6.62-pound kicker. For the victory, Larry took home a check for $447, which included $65 for big bass. Larry caught his fish mostly bed fishing with finesse baits.
In second among the competitors, Sean Lloyd of Springfield, Ma, caught 5 bass weighing 12.59 pounds with a 5.33 pound kicker.
ATHENS, AL – Mike Blaesi won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Iowa East, Division 73 tournament, held May 12, 2013, on Lake Geode.
Running out of Lake Geode, the Dixon angler caught a three bass limit weighing 16.46 pounds with an 8.27-pound kicker. For the victory, Mike took home a check for $299. Blaesi caught his fish on spinner baits and plastics.
In second among the competitors, Bob Peck, of Montpelier, caught three bass weighing 13.64 pounds with a 6.14-pound kicker. Peck caught his fish on spinnerbaits and pocketed a check for $93.
Taking third place, Shawn Carter, of Muscatine, caught three bass weighing 10.57 pounds.
ATHENS, AL – Todd Rose won the American Fishing Tour, presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held May, 18, 2013, on Lake Lillinonah.
Running out of the State landing near Bridgewater, the Stafford Springs, Connecticut, angler caught 5 bass weighing 11.23 pounds with a 3.03-pound kicker. For the victory, Todd took home a check for $264. Todd caught his fish on topwater presentations early in the morning and then changed to hair jigs and bedding fish later on in the day.
In second among the competitors, Tom Dupuis of Terryville, Connecticut, caught 5 bass weighing 10.47 pounds with a 3.17-pound kicker. He caught his fish on topwaters and crankbaits.
Tying for second place was Jason Martinelli of Roxbury, Connecticut who caught 5 bass weighing 10.47 pounds.
Tom Dupuis won the big bass contest with a 3.17-pound largemouth. Tom caught his big fish on a topwater lure.
From Pennsylvania Division 9, May 19, 2013 - Mike Piccolo wins Division 9 AFT tournament again on the North East River. Running out of Anchor Marina in Maryland, he caught five bass weighing 21.19 pounds.
In second among these AFT competitors, Wayne Alker caught five bass weighing 19.31 pounds. Taking third place, Scott McDonough caught five bass weighing 19.01 pounds. In fourth place, Rick DiIenno caught five bass weighing 18.71 pounds. Rich Przybyl rounded out the top five competitors with five bass weighing 15.81 pounds. The Big Bass award went to Mike Piccolo with a 6.11 pound largemouth.
Many thanks to our local sponsor Blackwater Sports Center. Jeff, Sr. and Jeff, Jr. of the Blackwater Pro Staff donated an awesome array of baits. Thank you so much!
From AFT Division 122 Oklahoma, May 18, 2013 – Ti Le won this division one-day event on Keystone Lake, running out of Prairie Creek Landing near Tulsa. The Broken Arrow angler brought in a five fish limit weighing 14.73 pounds with a 3.95 pound kicker. For the victory, Ti Le took home a check for $405. Ti caught his fish on finesse baits.
In second among the competitors, Division 122 Angler-of-the-Year points leader Bryan Klinger caught 14 pounds, including the Big Bass of the day of 4.48 pounds. Bryan caught his fish drop-shotting pre-spawn bass and pocketed a check for $308.
Taking third place was Steve Larue of El Dorado, Kansas with 12.89 pounds which netted him a check of $71.00. In fourth place was Derrick Fagg, of Pawnee, Ok with a five fish limit that weighed 10.37 pounds.
Some of the area’s best bass fishermen gathered at Stockton Lake’s Old State Park May 19 to test their skills against each other and the bass. Changing weather patterns coupled with the changing lake level gave the fishermen a challenge. Aldrich angler, Carl Cox topped the leader board with a five fish limit the weighed 10.91lbs anchored with Big Fish of the day, a 3.78 lb largemouth. Jay Carter of Springfield was a close 2nd with 10.55 lbs, followed by 3rd place winner, Austin Morris of Joplin with 10.05 lbs.
Anglers reported using a variety of baits, including crank baits, spinnerbaits, and soft plastic. According to one angler, “Everything I had planned on doing just completely changed after the first hour of fishing. Things were just so different from yesterday.”