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Ontario’s Tarasoff Wins FLW Bass Fishing League Northeast Division Finale on 1000 Islands

Ashley wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Tom Tarasoff of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, weighed a 5-bass limit totaling 19 lbs, 1 oz, to win the (BFL) Northeast Division Super Tournament on 1000 Islands, with a 2-day total of 10 bass weighing 44 lbs, 4 ozs.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Sep 27, 2016 - CLAYTON, N.Y.)

 Tom Tarasoff of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 1 ounce, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division Super Tournament on 1000 Islands, with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 44 pounds, 4 ounces. Tarasoff took home $6,367 for his win.
According to post-tournament reports, Tarasoff targeted humps, flats and drops with tubes fishing near Wolfe Island.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          Tom Tarasoff, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 10 bass, 44-4, $6,367
               2nd:         Kraig Kettelkamp, Clifton Springs, N.Y., 10 bass, 43-12, $2,816
               3rd:          Jamie Hartman, Bridgeport, N.Y., 10 bass, 43-9, $2,077
               4th:          Curtis Richardson, Belleville, Ontario, Canada, 10 bass, 42-0, $1,614
               5th:          Dane Anderson, Copake, N.Y., 10 bass, 39-12, $1,126
               6th:          Chris Blanc, Riverside, Conn., 10 bass, 39-5, $1,033
               7th:          Kyle Metzger, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 10 bass, 39-4, $939
               8th:          Joseph Fonzi, Gasport, N.Y., 10 bass, 38-13, $845
               9th:          Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., 10 bass, 35-4, $751
               10th:        Frank Guarascio, Marcy, N.Y., 10 bass, 33-9, $657

Tarasoff also caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $735.

Eric Ashley of Little Falls, New York, won the co-angler division and earned $2,816 with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 34 pounds, 15 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers were:
               1st:          Eric Ashley, Little Falls, N.Y., 10 bass, 34-15, $2,816
               2nd:         Graydon Bonser, Keyser, W. Va., nine bass, 34-14, $1,408
               3rd:          Henry McKee, Haddon Heights, N.J., 10 bass, 32-11, $941
               4th:          Chad Dorney, Macungie, Pa., eight bass, 28-14, $657
               5th:          Brandon Esterly, Forest, Va., 10 bass, 28-13, $1,030
               6th:          Conner Petropoulos, Portland, Maine, 10 bass, 28-2, $566
               7th:          Christy Tiano, Hudson, N.Y., eight bass, 26-2, $469
               8th:          Andrew Bechard, Champlain, N.Y., 10 bass, 25-0, $422
               9th:          Terry Beck, Lock Haven, Pa., nine bass, 24-15, $375
               10th:        Bryan Cumbo, West Wyoming, Pa., eight bass, 24-10, $329

Esterly caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $367.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 6-8 Regional Championship on Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 50 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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