Dwayne Kelly Wins on Lake Champlain
Dwayne Kelly of Great Bend, New York won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series NE Region tournament, held July 9th on Lake Champlain.
Running out of the DEC Ramp near Ticonderoga, Dwayne caught five bass weighing 21.25 pounds. For the Boater division victory, Kelly took home a check for $5,000.
“I caught all of my fish on a 4 inch weightless senko,” Kelly said. “I fished in 2 and ½ feet of water with a weightless purple Senko. I went south and fished weed lines with a slow retrieve with spider wire line."
In second for the Boaters, Daniel Gonsalves of New Bedford, Massachusetts landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 21.08 pounds with a 4.78-pound kicker. "I ran far south and rotated through 3 areas. I caught probably 50 fish on various soft plastics and chatterbaits. I fished grass in 2 to 8ft of water. All of the baits were in black and I had at least 25 fish over three pounds." Gonsalves said. He collected $1,445 for the effort.
Justin Tralli of Glastonbury, Connecticut took third for the Boaters with five bass weighing 20.08 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.00-pound kicker. “I fished up the lake by the paper mill, on my fist four casts I caught my first 4 fish, all 4 pounders. I used a white and gold spinnerbait and just ripped it threw the grass in about 8 feet of water.” Tralli said. He earned $963 for his efforts.
Finishing fourth, Glen Babineau of Mechanicsville, New York landed a five-bass limit weighing 19.84 pounds.
Tim W. Aldrich of Shutesbury, Massachusetts rounded out the top five Boaters with five bass weighing 19.46 pounds topped by a 4.45-pound kicker.
The biggest bass for the Boaters was caught by Christian Mazzola of Walnut Port, Pennsylvannia that weighed 6.54 pounds. Christian pocketed $680.
In the Co-Angler division, Ryan Kempton of Plymouth, Massachusetts won with three bass weighing 13.30 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.56-pound kicker.
“Today I caught all my fish on a 3/8-ounce jig, in sexy shad color. I was throwing it up on the rock ledges and sliding it off the rocks and they were crushing it.” Kempton said. He pocketed a check for $1,500.
Taking second for the Co-Anglers, David E. Blankenship Jr. of Plattsburgh, New York brought in a three-bass division limit weighing 12.82 pounds including a 4.67-pound kicker. “I caught all my fish by 8:30 this morning, I was flipping a ½ ounce tungsten weight with a black beaver type bait.17 lb. line in about 6 foot of water.” Blankenship said. He collected $502.50 for the effort.
Mark Bilodeau of Burlington Vermont placed third among the Co-Anglers with three bass weighing 12.40 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.47-pound kicker. “I didn’t figure it out until about 8:30 this morning. I used a black top water frog but you had to move it just right. Most of it was in the pause. When I did it right, they just grabbed it.” Bilodeau said. He earned $335.
In fourth place among the Co-Anglers, Todd Brisebois of Granby Massachusetts brought in three bass weighing 12.23 pounds including a 4.86-pound kicker.
Bradley S. Ammerman of Canandaigua, New York finished in fifth place with three bass weighing 11.27 pounds topped by a 5.30 pound kicker for a $201 check. Bradley also the caught the biggest bass for the Co-Anglers to earn an additional $190.
Slated for July 30th, the next divisional tournament will be held on Oneida Lake out of the Oneida Shores Campground ramp, in the town of Brewerton, New York. At the end of the season, the best anglers from across the nation advance the 2017 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN in April of 2017.
For more information on this tournament, call Jeff Randall, tournament manager, at (256)777-6152 or ABA at (256)232-0406. On line, see www.ramopenseries.com.
American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Ram Truck Open Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.