Grae Buck caught a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds even Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake. For his win, Buck pocketed $5,303.
“I fished in 9 to 12 feet of water around grass and rock that were mixed together,” says Buck, an FLW Tour rookie who logged his third career-victory in BFL competition. “I rotated through seven areas and hit each one twice, focusing on individual fish that were cruising by themselves. Other anglers were catching them from schools, but I couldn’t get them going.”
Buck says he utilized a Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm on a drop-shot as his key bait. He preferred 7.3-pound test Seaguar Finesse Fluorocarbon line because it eliminated some of the twisting that comes with fishing a drop-shot.
“I did my best to make contact with the rock between the grass patches,” says Buck. “I was dragging the rig more than anything. If you weren’t dragging it, you weren’t getting bit. I’m pretty sure they were feeding on perch down there.
“I caught my heaviest fish with 20 minutes left in the day,” Buck went on to say. “It culled out a 2½-pounder, so it basically won me the tournament.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Grae Buck, Harleysville, Pa., five bass, 18-0, $5,303
2nd: Kevin Park, Waymart, Pa., five bass, 17-9, $2,232
3rd: Ian Renfrew, Phoenix, N.Y., five bass, 17-6, $1,589
4th: Tyler Sheppard, Hermitage, Pa., five bass, 16-6, $1,041
5th: Tyler Morgan, Pine Grove, Pa., five bass, 16-3, $893
6th: Paul Kimball, Glastonbury, Conn., five bass, 16-1, $818
7th: Brandon Esterly, Forest, Va., five bass, 15-15, $744
8th: Jeremy Douglas, Rochester, N.Y., five bass, 15-10, $669
9th: Jason Shipton, Muncy, Pa., five bass, 15-8, $595
10th: Shaun Kucharski, Pittston, Pa., five bass, 15-5, $521
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Buck’s 4-pound, 11-ounce fish was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division, and also earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $640.
Dubernas wins co-angler title
Jason Dubernas of Old Forge, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,232 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Jason Dubernas, Old Forge, Pa., five bass, 18-6, $2,232
2nd: Henry McKee, Haddon Heights, N.J., five bass, 16-1, $1,116
3rd: Matt Maze, Johnsonburg, Pa., five bass, 14-5, $743
4th: Robby Zellers, Philadelphia, Pa., five bass, 13-11, $521
5th: William Allie, Wynantskill, N.Y., five bass, 13-10, $446
6th: Roy Bilby, Richmondville, N.Y., five bass, 13-8, $409
7th: Peter Longo, Neptune, N.J., five bass, 13-5, $372
8th: Thomas Dellinger, Myerstown, Pa., five bass, 13-2, $335
9th: Shawn Flynn, Dexter, N.Y., five bass, 12-15, $298
10th: Bryan Folino, Cheshire, Mass., four bass, 12-11, $460
Rick Hahn of Fulton, New York, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $320.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on the James River in Williamsburg, Virginia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.