BassWestUSA - November/December, 2009, Page 97

17.44 pounds. Rounding out the top five Place angler 1 angler 2 Day 1 BB Day2 BB total $$$ on Day 1 were Upper Susquehanna’s Mi- 1 Jim Buehler Brent Wilson 18.69 3.87 17.85 4.23 36.54 *$42,725 chael Cole and Alan Jenks (17.18) and 2 Ed Riley Justin Riley 16.83 3.65 19.12 4.87 35.75 $2,900 the Potomac Winter Pro Teams Ed Riley 3 Stan Sypeck Bob Makerewicz 16.58 3.65 17.39 4.08 33.97 $2,100 and Justin Riley with 16.63. 4 Jamie Hartman Derek Bigford 15.87 3.79 17.66 4.87 33.53 *$3,925 Day 2 again began dry but rain was forecast for the afternoon. As mentioned 5 Matt Martin Mike Cusano 17.6 3.83 15.36 3.99 32.96 *$2,725 earlier, boats electing to venture to the 6 J.T. Matthews Wayne Bristol 15.85 3.59 16.68 4.03 32.53 $900 east end of the lake encountered some 7 Jason Putman Jon Putman 16.25 3.97 16.19 4.26 32.44 $800 large swells form a direct wind out of the 8 Larry Mazur Andy Hammond 15.91 3.4 16.14 3.97 32.05 $700 east. As this day progressed the winds 9 Alan Hench Ryan Park 14.42 3.41 16.85 4.47 31.27 $600 subsided and the smallmouth turned on! Friday’s weigh-in produced only 3 bass 10 Michael Cole Alan Jenks 17.18 4.1 13.81 3.26 30.99 $500 over 4 pounds. Saturday was a different 11 Rick Gulla Bill Alexander 15.02 3.74 15.84 4.03 30.86 $350 story as team after team reported a fan- 12 Dean Pacella Marc Heivley 15.28 3.7 15.52 4.47 30.8 $330 tastic afternoon smallmouth bite. 13 Aaron Hastings Jeremy Birmingham 17.44 3.63 13.27 3.31 30.71 $300 Saturday saw 15 bass over four pounds, 14 Jason Shipton Bill Wood 13.68 3.22 15.69 4.41 29.37 $280 not to mention a few teams with multiple 15 Brett Milliken Jeff Edgarton 14.05 3.16 15.31 3.98 29.36 $250 4-pounders in their creels. A Heddon Zara Spook cast to breaking schools of small- 16 Rex Magargle Casey Magargle 15.73 3.92 13.58 0 29.31 $230 mouth seemed to be the big P .M. producer. 17 Joe Thompson Jerry Gerlach 13.69 2.95 15.48 4.33 29.17 $0 Ed Riley and Justin Riley took the 18 Nathan Lancaster Chad Lancaster 16.24 3.91 12.73 3.21 28.97 $0 early lead with the heaviest bag of the 19 Ken Wood Brian Swall 13.8 3.47 14.55 4.41 28.35 $0 tournament…19.12 pounds to give 20 Josh Laudenslager Eric Showers 15.98 4.22 11.86 0 27.84 $0 them a two-day total of 35.75 pounds. They anxiously watched as several teams * Includes AOY Awards Pkg bearing big sacks of bass weighed in. Would their weight be enough to win the grand prize of a Legend Bass Boat/Mer- mouth anglers put in the required practice time it takes to succeed and cury Outboard combination? were able to figure these quality Oneida smallmouth out. In addition to As the fourth and final flight of teams passed through the their 35.75 pounds they also tied for the Day 2 lunker with Jamie and weigh-in line the scales were pronounced officially closed and the Derek, each with a 4.87 pound smallie. Each team received $200 for calculations began to determine the 2009 champions. their big bass. Ed and Justin received engraved silver trays and $2900. Finishing in 5th place and receiving $2725, which includes Way to go, guys! Winners of the 2009 Region 4 Tournament of Cham- the 3rd place Angler’s of the Year award were Matt Martin and pions were Jim Buehler and Brett Wilson from the Upper Susque- Mike Cusano from the Oneida Pro Teams division. They focused on hanna Pro Teams division. They backed up their first day weight with a Oneida’s smallmouth and had a great tournament despite a minor solid bag on Saturday that totaled 17.85 pounds. In all, Jim and Brent breakdown on Saturday. Their overall weight was 32.96 pounds. had 36.54 pounds to lock up the victory by the narrowest of margins. Hailing from the Central New York Pro Teams, last years’ While Jim fished Oneida for the first time this June as a co- champions Jamie Hartman and Derek Bigford had another fan- angler in another tournament Brent had never seen the lake before tastic season-ending tournament finishing 4th with 33.53 pounds. this week. Jim had picked up on a few things during his earlier visit They were presented plaques and cash and prizes totaling $3925 and he and Brent made good use of this preparation. that includes the second place AOY prize package. Nice going! They concentrated on plastic baits during this tournament. Their Third place was claimed by Stan Sypeck and Bob Makerewicz from primary weapon of choice was a time-tested favorite…a green pump- the Oneida Pro Teams division. They amassed a total of 33.97 pounds kin tube. Jim and Brent stuck to the basics with a simple presenta- over two days and won plaques and $2100 in prize money. Great job! tion and retrieve. They obviously made all of the right choices as they The Potomac Winter Pro Teams’ Ed Riley and Justin Riley fell just culled their way into the victory circle. In addition to the Legend Boat/ shy of the victory but had a great tournament. These traditional large- Mercury Outboard grand prize, they also were awarded the top prize as the highest finishing Angler’s of the Year bringing their total prize winnings to $42,725.Congratulations to these gentlemen on their ac- complishment. Ed Klausmeyer and Mike Godfrey won big bass honors on Friday with a smallmouth weighing 4.28. That was good for $400. Good job! A total of 691 bass were caught during this 2-day event and Angler’s Choice is proud to announce that ALL 691 fish were released alive back into Oneida Lake. Our angler’s did a remarkable job in caring for their catches. This is the second year in a row we have had a 100% live release at our TOC on Oneida Lake! Thanks to all of the Region 4 directors and tournament volun- teers for their incredible assistance that allowed this event to run so flawlessly. It’s great to have so many individuals you can rely on. The 2010 Region 4 TOC will be held on the Potomac River October 21-23. Hope to see you there! 3rd place - Stan Sypeck & Bob Makerewicz

November/December 2009

RegIoN 4 FINAL ResuLts