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Cayuga Double-Header Shows Out

Northeast Division goes back-to-back over the weekend
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Chris Sperling
July 27, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Union Springs with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Cayuga events.

Boater John Lorenzo of Kane, Pa., brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 21 pounds, 6 ounces to win the first event of the weekend and earn $4,037, while boater Chris Sperling of Cato, N.Y., brought in a limit of bass weighing 21 pounds, 4 ounces, on Sunday to earn the win and the top prize of $11,761, including the lucrative FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award.

John Lorenzo

“I was fishing mostly the mid- to south-lake area, fishing grass with a homemade green-pumpkin-colored jig,” says Lorenzo, who earned the third FLW win of his career. “The key was to keep moving – the fish were widely scattered, and you wouldn’t get more than one or two bites at each spot.

“I spent a week here before the event just marking waypoints,” Lorenzo continues. “Each waypoint that I marked was just one or two bites, and I had to hit all of them.

“I’d been in quite a drought. I won an event in 2005 and again in 2010, but it was a long time coming for this third one,” Lorenzo goes on to say. “It feels awesome to get a win here on of my favorite lakes in the country.”

 

The top five boaters on Saturday:

 1st: John Lorenzo of Kane, Pa., five bass, 21-6, $4,037

 2nd: Mike Shumanis of Bethlehem, Pa., five bass, 20-8, $2,019

 3rd: Tyler Conde of Chepachet, R.I., five bass, 20-6, $1,345

 4th: Joe Labarbera of Montrose, Pa., five bass, 20-2, $1,442

 5th: George Yund of Glenmont, N.Y., five bass, 20-1, $807

Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Clifford Chilson of Liverpool, N.Y., brought a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale to win Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $545.

Labarbera was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

 

Co-angler Tim Nichols

Nichols wins Saturday co-angler title

Tim Nichols of Pittsgrove, N.J., won the Co-angler Division and $2,019 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 15 ounces.

 

The top five co-anglers Saturday:

 1st: Tim Nichols of Pittsgrove, N.J., five bass, 18-15, $2,019

 2nd: Logan Fitzpatrick of Pennsville, N.J., five bass, 18-8, $1,009

 3rd: Chad McDonald of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., five bass, 17-3, $675

 4th: Chris Hurley of Carlisle, Pa., five bass, 16-14, $471

 5th: Bill Spindler of Turnersville, N.J., five bass, 16-5, $370

 5th: Travis Miller of Colchester, Conn., five bass, 16-5, $370

 5th: William Allie of Wynantskill, N.Y., five bass, 16-5, $370

Matthew Karll of Boyertown, Pa., caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division Saturday, weighing in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $272.

 

Chris Sperling

Sperling takes Sunday boater title

On Sunday, anglers competed on the same fishery but with different conditions – a strong wind was now in play for competitors.

“I kind of bounced around throughout the day, mainly on the south end, but I did come back north near the end of the day and caught a couple of key fish in the grass,” says Sperling, who earned his first career FLW victory. “I was fishing in 15-feet-of-water, just deep cranking.

“The key for me Sunday was the wind – on Saturday we didn’t have any and I really struggled – but I knew it was going to blow, so I just put the crankbait in my hand all day,” Sperling says.

Sperling’s crankbait of choice was a ghost shad-colored Spro Little John DD 70.

 

The top five boaters on Sunday:

 1st: Chris Sperling of Cato, N.Y., five bass, 21-4, $11,761

 2nd: Tyler Conde of Chepachet, R.I., five bass, 19-15, $1,529

 3rd: George Kunkel of Bath, Pa., five bass, 19-15, $1,529

 4th: Casey Smith of Macedon, N.Y., five bass, 19-4, $856

 5th: Michael Sentore of Gloucester City, N.J., five bass, 19-0, $934

Complete results for Sunday’s event on Lake Cayuga can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Evan Luta of Bradford, New York, brought a 6-pound, 1-ounce smallmouth bass to the scale Sunday to earn the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $470.

Sperling was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $7,000.

 

Co-angler Mike Wotanowski

Wotanowski wins Sunday co-angler award

Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s Mike Wotanowski won the Co-angler Division and $1,835 Sunday after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces.

 

The top five co-anglers Sunday:

 1st: Mike Wotanowski of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., five bass, 19-10, $1,835

 2nd: Michael Burke of Breinigsville, Pa., five bass, 17-0, $918

 3rd: Thomas Dellinger of Womelsdorf, Pa., five bass, 16-13, $612

 4th: Henry McKee of Haddon Heights, N.J., five bass, 16-10, $428

 4th: Kyle Smith of Williamstown, N.J., five bass, 16-9, $602

Smith caught Sunday’s largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $235.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on Lake Cayuga was hosted by the Village of Union Springs. The events were the first and second of five qualifying events in the Northeast Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Northeast Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.