Buck Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Oneida Lake

Buck Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Oneida Lake Grae Buck won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake

BREWERTON, N.Y. (Aug. 5, 2019) – FLW Tour pro Grae Buck of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 13 ounces. For his win, Buck earned $5,471 and 250 points in the Northeast Division presented by Gajo Baits standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000.


“I was working in 8 to 12 feet of water and targeting areas that had a mix of rock and grass,” said Buck, who earned his fourth career win in BFL competition – second on Oneida Lake. “I ran around and probably hit 20 different spots. I never found a school – I was plucking them off here and there. There are a bunch of small perch fry in those areas right now, so I was looking for the bait and matching the hatch.”


Buck said he used a Tennessee Shad-colored and Purple-colored Cornerstone Baits Shimmy Shot on a drop-shot rig with a No. 2 Hayabusa DSR 132 hook and a ¼-ounce Eco Pro Tungsten Full Contact Drop Shot weight. His line was 18-pound-test Gliss Supersmooth Monotex Yellow Line, with a 12-inch, 8-pound-test Seaguar InvisX fluorocarbon leader. Buck’s setup was rigged on Dobyns DX 703SF Champion Extreme rods and Ardent C-Force 3000 reels.


“I caught all of my fish on the Shimmy Shot – probably 15 or so total. It’s got a piece of foil on the belly which gives it a little extra glimmer,” said Buck. “When I casted out there I’d let it sit on the bottom, and then let the slack out without moving the rig. It was a subtle bite, but I could see the line start moving away. They’re finicky when they are eating perch fry.”


Buck also credited his Lowrance HDS electronics and Navionics chip with helping him identify productive areas around the lake with ease, and said all of the fish he weighed were smallmouth.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Grae Buck, Harleysville, Pa., five bass, 16-13, $5,471

               2nd:         Andrew Heivly, Malvern, Pa., five bass, 16-8, $2,486

               3rd:          Mandel Pettus, Rocky Point, N.Y., five bass, 16-5, $1,424

               4th:          Ed Casey, Whiteford, Md., five bass, 15-12, $997

               5th:          Michael Cooper, Sellersville, Pa., five bass, 15-10, $854

               6th:          Robert Parmer, Linden, Pa., five bass, 15-1, $783

               7th:          Trevor Topken, Warwick, N.Y., five bass, 15-0, $712

               8th:          Joe LaBarbera, Montrose, Pa., five bass, 14-11, $641

               9th:          Chris Caravan, Pottsville, Pa., five bass, 14-6, $569

               10th:        Nick Diamandas Jr., Oak Ridge, N.J., five bass, 14-5, $498 

Tyler Morgan of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $595. Steve Cram of Williamstown, New Jersey, won the Co-angler Division and $2,100 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds even.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Steve Cram, Williamstown, N.J., five bass, 16-0, $2,100

               2nd:         Jeff Straka, Kenmore, N.Y., five bass, 15-7, $1,342

               3rd:          Greg Rzeplinski, Wellsville, Pa., five bass, 15-1, $701

               4th:          Jacob Weisman, Indian Head, Md., five bass, 14-10, $590

               5th:          Michael Duarte, Baltimore, Md., five bass, 14-3, $470

               6th:          Henry McKee, Haddon Heights, N.J., five bass, 14-2, $535

               7th:          Jeff Morton, Baldwinsville, N.Y., five bass, 13-9, $350

               8th:          Dylan Boyle, Coopersburg, Pa., five bass, 13-0, $315

               9th:          Chris Sanno, Shermans Dale, Pa., five bass, 12-12, $280

               10th:        Chad Bushnaq, Buffalo, N.Y., five bass, 12-0, $345

Straka caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $252.

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