Aldrich Wins Bass Fishing LeagueTournament On Lake Champlain

Aldrich Wins Bass Fishing LeagueTournament On Lake Champlain Tim Aldrich won the Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament on Lake Champlain

PLATTSBUGH, N.Y. (Aug. 5, 2013) – Tim Aldrich of Shutesbury, Mass., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 18 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament on Lake Champlain. For his victory, Aldrich earned $3,505.
     Aldrich clinched his first BFL win by taking advantage of a smallmouth sweet spot. “I only had one day of practice, so I stuck to the northern section of the lake,” said Aldrich. “The only fish that I could find were over in the Inland Sea and there really weren’t many.
     “Tournament day, I pulled up on my first spot and my co-angler caught one. Then I caught one and a bunch came up with it. Then we caught fish on almost every cast for two hours straight. The pod of fish was about the size of a truck and I put out a marker buoy and just beat them up.”
     Aldrich said he caught his fish by dragging a green-pumpkin hula grub on a ½-ounce jig head up a drop that had weeds and rocks. “I was using a North Fork Composites rod,” said Aldrich. “That was one of the keys because the bite was very light.”
     On winning his first ever BFL, Aldrich said, “I figured I was going to cut a check but I didn’t think I was going to win. I was shocked. The guys up there are just so good, I feel great when I just do well.”
     Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
            2nd:   Jason Stoddard, St. Albans, Vt., five bass, 18-9, $1,753
            3rd:   Michael Drew, West Burke, Vt., five bass, 17-12, $1,169
            4th:    Doug Wilson, Waterbury Center, Vt., five bass, 17-8, $818
            5th:    Richard McCrory, North Hero, Vt., five bass, 17-5, $701
            6th:    Jamie Hartman, Newport, N.Y., five bass, 17-3, $613 + $300 Evinrude Bonus
            6th:    Ryan Latinville, Plattsburgh, N.Y., five bass, 17-3, $613
            8th:    Joe Lucarelli, Center Harbor, N.H., five bass, 17-0, $526
            9th:    Edwin Fore, Plymouth, Pa., five bass, 16-12, $438
            9th:    J.J. Judd, Sheldon, Vt., five bass, 16-12, $438
     Bill Klaips of Shavertown, Pa., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win $1,753 in the co-angler division.
     Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
            2nd:   John Little, West Bridgewater, Mass., five bass, 16-8, $876  
            3rd:    Eric Ashley, Frankfort, N.Y., five bass, 16-1, $585
            4th:    Jim Beatty, Fayetteville, Pa., five bass, 13-15, $409
            5th:    Craig Dubois, Sprakers, N.Y., five bass, 13-13, $351
            6th:    Troy Todd, Six Mile Run, Pa., five bass, 13-11, $321
            7th:    Mike Czaplinski, Hopatcong, N.J., five bass, 13-9, $292
            8th:    Alex Antipenko, Brooklyn, N.Y., five bass, 12-10, $263
            9th:    Richard Henderson, Honey Brook, Pa., four bass, 12-8, $234
            10th: Jesse Uppstrom, Madrid, N.Y., four bass, 12-6, $204
     The final BFL Northern Division tournament of 2013 is scheduled for September 7-8 at the 1000 Islands in Clayton, N.Y. After that last divisional tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 3-5 Regional Championship on the Chesapeake Bay in North East, Md. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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