Leon Dykas won the first American Fishing Tour for 20104, presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held April, 26, 2014, on Highland Lake.
Running out of the State ramp landing near Winchester, the Torrington, Connecticut, angler caught five bass weighing 10.69 pounds. For the victory, Leon took home a check for $293. Leon indicated he caught the majority of his fish on small finesse plastics.
In second among the competitors, Todd Rose of Stafford Springs, Connecticut, caught five bass weighing 8.92 pounds with a 3.18-pound kicker. He caught his fish mainly using small crank baits and plastics around docks. That 3.18 kicker smallmouth also turned out to be the lunker of the day and he pocketed a check for $133.00 for both awards.
Taking third place, Tom Dupuis of Terryville, Connecticut, caught five bass weighing 8.65 pounds. Tom caught his fish on jerk baits and crank baits
In fourth place and fishing from in back of the boat, Frank Pollifrone, Jr, of Trumbull, Connecticut, caught five bass weighing 7.32 pounds. Tom Sweeney, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, rounded out the top five competitors with two bass weighing 3.30 pounds.
These anglers accrued valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round Fish-Off. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.
The next divisional tournament will be held May 3, 2014 on Candlewood Lake near Danbury, Connecticut.
The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information, call ABA at (256) 232-0406 or check out www.americanbassanglers.com.