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Guarascio Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division At 1000 Islands

Davis wins co-angler title

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Frank Guarascio of Whitesboro, N.Y., won the Aug. 25 Northeast Division event on 1000 Islands with a total catch of 23 pounds, 3 ounces.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Aug. 28, 2012 - CLAYTON, N.Y.)

Frank Guarascio of Whitesboro, N.Y., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division event at 1000 Islands. For his victory, Guarascio earned $2,985.

"I fished in the EverStart series event up here last weekend," said Guarascio."I had found an area that was producing the quality needed to win a tournament, however due to the strong winds on day two I was not able to fish it and had a disappointing finish. I knew that if the weather cooperated for me during this event, I'd have a good shot."

The weather did cooperate for the most part, and Guarascio was able to make the 40-mile run from Clayton to mid-lake on Lake Ontario. Guarascio fished isolated boulders and pea-gravel runs along the flats in 12- to 15-feet of water using a 3 1/2 inch Strike King Coffee Tube.

"The majority of my fish came on the Coffee Tube, but I got the big 5-pound, 2-ounce smallie by drop-shotting," Guarascio said.

"The fish were not grouped up like they are traditionally at this time of year up here," Guarascio went on to say."I had to hit a lot of waypoints. I would pull up, catch one or two, and then move on. I had around 20 different waypoints that I was checking. My Phoenix boat was crucial for me out there. I had great ride time and it made the run with ease."

Rounding out the top 10 pros were:

2nd: Kevin Bishop Hilton, N.Y. five bass 21-14 $1,493
3rd: Joe Zombek Scranton, Pa. five bass 21-9 $994
4th: Dean Meckes Clayton, N.Y. five bass 20-14 $697
5th: Mark Schafer Williamstown, N.J. five bass 19-0 $597
6th: Howard Hammonds Westport, N.Y. five bass 17-13 $522
6th: Jamie Hartman Newport, N.Y. five bass 17-13 $522
8th: James Kloos Monroe Township, N.Y. five bass 17-3 $448
9th: John Lorenzo Kane, Pa. five bass 16-15 $373
9th: Matthew Martin Chittenango, N.Y. five bass 16-15 $373

Jordon Davis of De Kalb Junction, N.Y., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win $1,493 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd: Joseph Zapf Whippany, N.J. five bass 18-15 $746
3rd: Michael Bahnweg Union Dale, Pa. five bass 17-4 $497
4th: William Maynard Whitesboro, N.Y. five bass 17-2 $348
5th: Dane Anderson Newburgh, N.Y. five bass 16-5 $299
6th: Matthew Hedges Rome, N.Y. five bass 16-0 $274
7th: Jody Werner Tatamy, Pa. five bass 15-11 $249
8th: Destin DeMarion Erie, Pa. five bass 14-14 $224
9th: George Barnes Hughesville, Pa. five bass 14-9 $199
10th: James Root Greene, N.Y. five bass 14-4 $174

The final BFL Northeast Division tournament is scheduled for Sept. 15-16 on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y. After that tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Kerr Lake in Henderson, N.C. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing - the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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