Gorrell Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Champlain

Gorrell Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Champlain Dale Gorrell won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Lake Champlain

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (Aug. 7, 2017) – Dale Gorrell of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 4 ounces, Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Lake Champlain. Gorrell pocketed $6,852 for his catch. Gorrell said he spent his day fishing a region of Lake Champlain known as The Narrows.


“I ran some patterns early in the day that I had found in practice, but couldn’t really get anything going,” said Gorrell, who earned his second-career victory in BFL competition. “I switched to a smaller lure in black and blue and really started catching them. The water was a bit muddier than it was in practice, so I think that was the key adjustment.”


Gorrell said he caught everything he brought to the weigh-in scale using a Black and Blue Flake-colored Z-Man Finesse T.R.D. on a Ned rig.


“I worked through a 200-yard stretch of backwater that had a cliff and a 10 to 12 foot hole,” said Gorrell. “There was also a grass flat between where I was fishing and the main-river channel. The bigger fish related to a couple trees that had fallen from the cliff into the water, while the smaller fish were up next to the cliff in chunk rock.”


Around 11 a.m., Gorrell said he caught the largest bass of the event – a 6-pound, 10-ouncer – as well as two 5-pounders on a single pass through the stretch.


“When the water is changing color, it was best to hit the brakes and slow down,” said Gorrell. “It’s hard to do sometimes, but it paid off for me.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Dale Gorrell, Hatfield, Pa., five bass, 21-4, $4,852 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         John Paul Pelletier, Nassau, N.Y., five bass, 19-8, $1,921

               3rd:          Michael Grabo, Burnt Hills, N.Y., five bass, 19-2, $1,282

               4th:          Bryan Labelle, Hinesburg, Vt., five bass, 18-13, $896

               5th:          Michael Marini, Slingerlands, N.Y., five bass, 17-13, $736

               5th:          Joe Labarbera, Montrose, Pa., five bass, 17-13, $736

               7th:          Tom Callahan, Moriah Center, N.Y., five bass, 17-9, $640

               8th:          Shaun Kucharski, Pittston, Pa., five bass, 17-7, $676

               9th:          Andrew Kartesz, Ludlow, Pa., five bass, 17-5, $480

               9th:          Anthony Lorefice, Johnson City, N.Y., five bass, 17-5, $480


Gorrell’s 6-pound, 10-ounce bass also earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $510. Ronald Tracy of Marlton, New Jersey, caught a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,083.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Ronald Tracy, Marlton, N.J., five bass, 17-4, $2,083

               2nd:         Nelson Hares, Millville, N.J., five bass, 16-13, $942

               3rd:          David Sokolowski, Brewerton, N.Y., five bass, 15-14, $627

               4th:          Sal Messina, Wolcott, Conn., five bass, 15-8, $439

               5th:          Steve Cram, Williamstown, N.J., five bass, 15-3, $377

               6th:          Travis Gilberti, La Grange, N.Y., five bass, 15-0, $345

               7th:          Mark Gebbia, Fair Lawn, N.J., five bass, 14-15, $314

               8th:          Jason Pierson, Gaithersburg, Md., five bass, 14-14, $282

               9th:          Neil Thomas, Scarborough, Maine, five bass, 14-8, $251

               10th:        Kenneth Martin Dixon, Newcastle, Del., five bass, 13-13, $459

               10th:        William Allie, Wynantskill, N.Y., five bass, 13-13, $209

Dixon caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $250.

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