Mike Rinaldi wins on Candlewood
ATHENS, Ala. – Mike Rinaldi from North Haledon, New Jersey won the American Fishing Tour presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held on Candlewood Lake. Running out of Lattins Cove landing near the town of Danbury Ct, Mike caught 5 bass weighing an impressive 18.75 pounds. Mike said he caught the majority of his fish by fishing a Keitech spider on a bass cave tackle 3/8 ounce jig head in 7 to 10 feet of water. For the victory, he took home $451.00 in cash.
In second place Rick Holmberg from Bay Port, New York caught a limit of smallmouth bass weighing 17.67 pounds. Rick caught his fish on a ¼ ounce jig head with an attached3.5 inch fat keitech swimbait in 20 feet of water. He pocketed cash for $254.00.
Taking third place, from Totowa, New Jersey Vern Gatson caught his limit of bass weighing 17.20 pounds which included a beautiful5.06 pound smallmouth for the lunker of the day. Vern said he caught his fish on a 3/8 ounce football head spider jig in 10 to15 feet of water and went home with $159.00 for both awards.
The next division 6 tournament will be held on May 5th, 2018 at Gardner Lake, Connecticut. For more information about this Division and future events visit www.americanbassanglers.com or contact the local Director for Connecticut, Tom Dupuis at 860-987-7371 or Assistant Director Gary McClarran at 203-578-5012.
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 at the AFT Championship. 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 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 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 this fall on Lake Hartwell near Anderson SC.
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