Carnright Wins New York Opener On Lake Champlain
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. – Brett G. Carnright started the new season the right way by winning the Boater Division in the American Bass Anglers Open Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, New York Division 23 season opener, held June 11, 2022 at Lake Champlain near Ticonderoga, N.Y.
Launching at the Ticonderoga Ferry ramp, the angler from Plattsburgh, N.Y. brought in a 5-bass tournament limit for 21.10 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 4.19 pounds.
In second among the 70 boaters, Chris M. Adams of Shrewsbury, Vt. also landed his 5-bass limit to finish with 20.52 pounds. One of three people to exceed 20 pounds, he capped his catch with a 4.10-pounder.
Ryan T. Latinville from Plattsburgh, N.Y. also broke the 20-pound barrier with five bass going 20.16 pounds. He placed a 4.15-pound kicker on the scale.
Taking fourth place, Joseph S. Tefft from Fort Edward N.Y. brought in a limit for 19.50 pounds. He anchored that sack with a 5.89-pounder that won the tournament lunker contest. Jody D. White of Shastsbury, Vt. rounded out the top five boaters with a 5-bass limit at 18.63 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Chris L. Fonda of Pembroke, N.H. landed a 3-bass division limit weighing 11.90 pounds. He included a 4.39-pound kicker to give him the victory.
Jeff J. Kenney from Franklin, Mass. took second for the co-anglers. He found three keeper bass for 10.23 pounds. Keith W. Edwards came up from Belvidere, N.J. to finish third with three bass at 10.07 pounds topped by a 4.03-pound kicker.
In fourth place for the co-anglers, Chuck J. Vacant of Penn Yan N.Y. found three good keepers for a total of 9.39 pounds. John J. Brzozowski from Plymouth, Penn. Landed in fifth place with three bass at 9.20 with a 3.03-pound kicker.
Timothy C. Rougier from Plattsburgh, N.Y. took the seventh spot with three bass weighing 8.97 pounds. However, he filled that sack with a 4.41-pounder that took the division lunker title.
The division returns to Lake Champlain on June 25. That tournament launches out of Dock Street Marina, located at 5 Dock Street in Plattsburgh, N.Y. To register for that tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14763.
Each ABA Open Series division offers four one-day qualifying events in a boater/co-angler format. Boaters pay an entry fee of $210 for each event while co-anglers pay $105. The top 20 percent of registered anglers in each tournament receive cash payouts based on the total number of entries. If at least 60 boaters enter the tournament, the Boater Division winner will receive a minimum of $5,000.
In addition, anglers may qualify for bonus money offered by such tournament sponsors as Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, the T-H Marine Atlas Awards program, MotorGuide, and Power Pole. Anyone who qualifies for Caymas Cash rewards could receive up to $7,000 for winning any ABA Open Series event. If the winning boat carries a Mercury motor, the angler could receive an extra $1,000 in cash from Mercury Marine. If that boat comes with a MotorGuide Trolling Motor, the angler could win an additional $500.
See each manufacturer’s website for details, rules, and qualifications for more information on their contingency programs.
The top anglers could also earn invitations to fish area championship tournaments with a guaranteed $6,000 to the winning boater for a field of at least 60 boats. If 100 or more boaters participate, the winning boater in a championship event will take home a guaranteed minimum of $10,000.
For more information about this tournament, call Tournament Director Jeff Randall at (256)777-6152. For more information about any American Bass Anglers tournament series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, T-H Marine, Garmin Electronics, Power Pole, Lucas Oil, RT Outdoors, Sportsman Card, Optima Batteries, Hotel Planner.com, and LurePartsOnline.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, offering each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression.
For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Open Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the annual Military Team Bass Tournament, and the Top 150 Solo Tour, all presented by Caymas Boats, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406
This story was written by ABA staff writer John N. Felsher. To submit articles of interest email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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