Bylotas Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on 1000 Islands

Bylotas Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on 1000 Islands Brian Bylotas won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on 1000 Islands

CLAYTON, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2018) – Boater Brian Bylotas of Scott Township, Pennsylvania, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on 1000 Islands Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 48 pounds, 3 ounces. For his win, Bylotas pocketed $6,886.


“I started in the river Saturday and caught a few small fish before running out to Lake Ontario about 8 (a.m.),” said Bylotas, who also clinched the BFL Northeast Division Angler of the Year (AOY) points title with his win. “There were some shoals out there and by 10 or 10:30 (a.m.) I got on a school that I had all to myself. I stayed there all day and my co-angler and I caught them pretty well.”


Bylotas said he focused on a ledge off of a shoal near Galloo Island. He said the baitfish were stacked up along a ¼-mile stretch in 25 to 30 feet of water and bass were schooling around them.


“On Sunday I started on a few rock piles in the river and caught a big one – about 5½ pounds – on a (4.5-inch Quick Limit Baits) motor oil-colored Dropshot Worm, which I had used Saturday morning in the river as well,” said Bylotas. “By 9 (a.m.), I went out to the same ledge and school on Lake Ontario, but the bite was a little bit slower. I probably caught around 35 fish Sunday compared to 50 fish Saturday.”


Bylotas said he used a 3.8-inch green pumpkin-colored Keitech Sexy Impact on a drop-shot rig on the ledge each day. He added that a Sexy Impact in Silver Flash color was also productive.


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:           Brian Bylotas, Scott Township, Pa., 10 bass, 48-3, $6,886

               2nd:         John Vanore, Mullica Hill, N.J., 10 bass, 46-6, $3,493

               3rd:          Jason Shipton, Muncy, Pa., 10 bass, 44-8, $2,195

               4th:          Ken Golub, Pittsford, N.Y., 10 bass, 42-12, $1,637

               5th:          Dennis Carnahan, Cazenovia, N.Y., 10 bass, 42-9, $1,317

               6th:          Joe Zombek II, Scranton, Pa., 10 bass, 42-6, $1,207

               7th:          Travis Manson, Conshohocken, Pa., 10 bass, 41-14, $1,098

               8th:          Matt Becker, Finleyville, Pa., 10 bass, 41-11, $988

               9th:          Joseph Fonzi, Gasport, N.Y., 10 bass, 40-6, $878

               10th:        Frank Arthur, Fallston, Md., 10 bass, 39-12, $768

Dale Gorrell of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $945. Joseph Amberg Jr. of Hawley, Pennsylvania, caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 43 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $3,529.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Joseph Amberg Jr., Hawley, Pa., 10 bass, 43-12, $3,529

               2nd:         Richard Jordan, Muncy Valley, Pa., 10 bass, 42-4, $1,746

               3rd:          Cherif Zaher, Orangeville, Pa., 10 bass, 40-7, $1,148

               4th:          Jim Buehler, Montoursville, Pa., 10 bass, 40-4, $768

               5th:          Doug Cameron, Belchertown, Mass., 10 bass, 37-0, $659

               6th:          Michael Duarte, Baltimore, Md., 10 bass, 35-11, $604

               7th:          Christy Tiano, Hudson, N.Y., nine bass, 34-6, $549

               8th:          Ryan Buttermore, Leetsdale, Pa., 10 bass, 33-14, $730

               9th:          Jeff Mellott, Warfordsburg, Pa., 10 bass, 32-7, $439

               10th:        Jack Wolf, Chesapeake City, Md., 10 bass, 32-4, $384

Amberg also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $236.

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