Schneider Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Champlain
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (Aug. 24, 2009) - James Schneider of Watervliet, N.Y., won the Bass Fishing League Empire Division bass fishing tournament on Lake Champlain Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 20 pounds, 10 ounces. The victory earned Schneider $3,505 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Potomac River Regional Championship in Marbury, Md., Oct. 8-10, where he could ultimately win a new Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Schneider said he caught his fish on a jig around shallow wood near shorelines.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Johnpaul Pelletier of Nassau, N.Y. (five bass, 19-13, $1,753); Jamie Hartman of Poland, N.Y. (five bass, 19-8, $1,169); Jim Sweeney of West Dover, Vt. (five bass, 18-8, $818) and Jeff Zakrzewski of Ballston Spa, N.Y. (five bass, 18-2, $701).
William Allie of Wynantskill, N.Y., took home the Boater Division Big Bass award, earning $440 for a 5-pound, 9-ounce bass he caught.
Jerry Knier of Muncy, Pa., earned $1,753 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Michael Carter of Lake Clear, N.Y. (five bass, 14-4, $876); Robert Secrist of Caneadea, N.Y. (five bass, 13-12, $585); William Frey of Bloomfield, N.Y. (five bass, 13-0, $409); and John Buries of Montoursville, Pa. (five bass, 12-9, $351).
Matt Davis of Milford, N.H., earned $220 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 6-pound, 8-ounce bass.
The next Empire Division event will be held on Great Sacandaga Lake in Mayfield, N.Y., Sept. 26-27.