Tripoli Takes Chautauqua Win
BEMUS POINT, N.Y. – Donald S. Tripoli finished out his divisional regular season in style by winning the Boater Division in the American Bass Anglers Open Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, New York Division 23 regular season-ender, held Aug. 27, 2022, at Chautauqua Lake.
Launching at Long Point State Park in Bemus Point, N.Y. to fish the 13,000-acre lake near the town of Jamestown, the angler from Webster, N.Y., brought in a 5-bass tournament limit tallying 18.62 pounds. He anchored that bag with a 4.22-pounder to give himself an average of 3.72 pounds.
“I fished grass lines all day with a black and blue 1/2-ounce jig with a crawfish trailer,” Tripoli remarked. “I just kept going back and forth in this little section of the lake. I was just around a point from the marina and on the other side of the lake. I caught about 12 keepers.”
In second among the boaters, Noah Raymond of Lockport N.Y. also landed his 5-bass limit. He brought in 18.59 pounds topped by a 4.16-pounder.
“I threw topwater poppers early in the morning and had a limit weighing about 15 pounds in 30 minutes,” Raymond revealed. “After that, I flipped the grass and threw a dark Ned rig a little bit. At the end of the day, I hit a couple of docks and caught a decent bag.”
In the third spot for the boaters, Jesse E. Jodon from Windber, Pa. found five keepers for 16.03 pounds including a 4.55-pound kicker, the second largest bass caught by a boater.
“I started really close trying to take advantage of the early morning bite,” Jodon stated. “I caught two smallmouth on a ChatterBait. Then I went north but came back later in the day. I started flipping grass and caught two 4-pounders, one on a swim jig. I caught a couple more keepers.”
Placing fourth for the boaters, Jody D. White from Shaftsbury, Vt. caught a tournament limit weighing 15.31 pounds with a 4.19-pounder on top to win $400. Randy J. Dustin of Falconer, N.Y. found five good bass for 13.72 pounds and fifth place.
In the Co-Angler Division, John M. CIavaglia of Pittsford, N.Y. led the pace with a 3-bass division limit weighing 11.83 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.55-pounder, the third biggest bass caught by a co-angler, and tied for the third largest bass seen in the tournament. That gave him a 3.94-pound average.
“We went a few miles down on the east side of the lake,” CIavaglia commented. “I fished a 1/4-ounce Strike King Bitsy jig tipped with a 3-inch black and blue Berkley Power Bait Chigger Bug. We were blind casting and caught all our fish by 7:30 a.m. I only caught three, but that was enough. I caught the right ones.”
In second for the co-anglers, Mark “Buzz” A. Marini from New Holland, Pa. brought in three good keepers for 11.49 pounds. He topped that sack with 4.62-pounder, the second largest bass caught in the division.
“I was using a magic craw on a jig, working it slowly around the grass clumps,” Marini said. “I caught nine keepers.”
Finishing in the “show” spot, Andrew R. Pruitt from Utica, N.Y. caught a 3-bass limit for 10.49 pounds with a 4.19-pound kicker.
“I caught my fish on top early in the morning,” Pruitt said. “I was throwing a white Whopper Plopper. I only got four bites all day, but brought in a limit.”
John J. Brzozowski of Plymouth, Pa. placed fourth among the co-anglers with three bass at 10.44 pounds with one going 3.79 pounds. Rudy J. Staab from Roxbury, N.Y. caught three keepers for 8.90 pounds with one 3.32-pounder to finish in fifth place for the co-anglers.
Scott D. Lafaver from Auburn, N.Y. finished sixth among the co-anglers with three bass and 8.20 pounds. However, one of them weighed 4.70 pounds, the biggest caught by a co-angler and the second largest bass of the tournament.
The division will conclude its season by fishing a 2-day area championship tournament, slated for Sept. 24-25, 2022, at Oneida Lake. That tournament will run out of Oneida Shores Park, located at 9400 Bartell Road in Brewerton, N.Y. To register for the 2-day tournament, CLICK HERE .
For more information about this tournament, call Tournament Director Jeff Randall at (256) 777-6152.
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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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