Rodriguez Wins Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on Chesapeake Bay

Rodriguez Wins Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on Chesapeake Bay Dan Rodriguez won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Chesapeake Bay

NORTH EAST, Md. (May 15, 2017) – Dan Rodriguez of Monkton, Maryland, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Chesapeake Bay Saturday with a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 11 ounces. For his efforts, Rodriguez earned $3,592.


“It was a tough day out there – I only had seven keeper bites,” said Rodriguez, who earned his first career win in FLW competition. “I started in grass but the water was too muddy, so I focused on wood and rocks. They were a little deeper, in 6 to 8 of water.”


Rodriguez said he used a homemade jig with a black and blue-colored Berkley Havoc Skeet’s Pit Boss trailer.


“I did throw a crankbait, but I decided to slow down,” said Rodriguez. “It didn’t seem like the fish were chasing anything. The jig was the deal.”


During practice, Rodriguez said he pinpointed four areas where he knew he could get some quality bites, and decided to run the same route during the event.


“I didn’t catch a lot of bass from each area in practice, but the ones I did were decent-sized,” said Rodriguez. “I figured if I kept moving I could put something together.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Dan Rodriguez, Monkton, Md., five bass, 19-11, $3,592

               2nd:         Randy Bassler, Westminster, Md., five bass, 16-10, $2,456

               3rd:          Randy Caruso, Liberty, N.Y., four bass, 16-4, $1,301

               4th:          Daniel Gray, Butler, Pa., four bass, 14-3, $838

               5th:          Travis Manson, Conshohocken, Pa., four bass, 14-0, $718

               6th:          Nick Ferry, Levittown, Pa., four bass, 13-1, $659

               7th:          John Vanore, Mullica Hill, N.J., three bass, 12-14, $599

               8th:          Wayne Dietz, Carbondale, Pa., four bass, 12-13, $539

               9th:          Joe LaBarbera, Montrose, Pa., three bass, 12-10, $479

               10th:        Ed Casey, Whiteford, Md., three bass, 11-1, $419


Bassler caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $460. Richard O’Brien of Stony Point, New York, won the Co-angler Division and $1,796 Saturday with three bass weighing 10 pounds, 1 ounce.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Richard  O’Brien, Stony Point, N.Y., three bass, 10-1, $1,796

               2nd:         Bill Naron, Beaverdam, Va., three bass, 9-11, $898

               3rd:          Andrew Chianese, North East, Md., three bass, 8-4, $598

               4th:          Greg Rzeplinski, Wellsville, Pa., two bass, 7-10, $419

               5th:          Eric Donnelly, Selinsgrove, Pa., two bass, 5-12, $359

               6th:          Randy Hutchinson, Sewell, N.J., one bass, 5-10, $559

               7th:          Christy Tiano, Hudson, N.Y., one bass, 5-7, $399

               8th:          Tim Berkheimer, Gettysburg, Pa., one bass, 5-3, $269

               9th:          Bryan Folino, Chesire, Mass., one bass, 5-0, $239

               10th:        Matt Hummel, Lancaster, Pa., one bass, 4-14, $260

Hutchinson’s bass was the heaviest caught among Co-angler Division anglers. The fish earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $230.

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