Gagliarducci Wins 2-day on Lake Champlain
Al Gagliarducci of West Suffield, Connecticut won the AFT D97 2-day Divisional Championship held August 13th and 14th on Lake Champlain in Port Henry, New York. Al decided early on to take the long ride to the Ticonderoga area and it paid off with a 2-day limit of largemouths weighing 32.76 pounds. Big Fish also went to Al for bringing in a 5.62-pound largemouth on Day-2 beating the mark he set on day one when he brought in one weighing 4.74 pounds. For his win, Al took home a check for $752 as well as the title of Division 97 AOY.
In 2nd, Dan Rose brought in a total weight of 31.10 pounds winning him a check for $326.
Conditions for the tournament varied greatly. The day prior to the tournament was over 90 degrees and sunny with light winds. On day one it decided to rain heavily for most of the day, stopping for short periods and starting back up. Luckily it ended just prior to weigh-in. Day two brought heavy winds making fishing up north difficult to impossible depending on how far north you went but like day one, the wind died down and the sun came out for our weigh-in.
Top Five Finishers
1. Al Gagliarducci 32.76 lbs
2. Dan Rose 31.10 lbs
3. Jesse Via 28.54 lbs
4. BP Hurding 22.66 lbs
5. Mark Schultz 20.41 lbs
This tournament ended the division 97 tournament year for 2016. We will be kicking off the 2017 season with earlybird tournaments sometime this fall.
These anglers are earning valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Ram American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.
The Ram 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 Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers please visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256)232-0406.
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