Tassi Wins Big At D126 Championship
You could say the fish were biting this week-end on Stockton Lake! Division 126 had their final 2019 season tournament which was the 2-dayD126 Championship. All 23 anglers weighed fish on day 1. Lucas Fornelli was leading with 18.51 anchored with 6.28 big bass. Not to be outdone, Scott Tassi caught a 7.58 big bass on day 2 and 22.37 for the day. Tassi's 2-day total was 38.23 giving him the win.
Angler of the Year went to Eric Craft and Champion of the Year was Mike Dill. Big Bass of the Year was caught by Scott Tassi.
Awards were presented after the Sunday weigh-in including gift certificates to Albers Marine of Arma, Ken’s Kafe of Arcola and Moody Reel Cleaning Service of Girard, KS. Plaques were given to tournament winner, 2nd place, 3rd place and Big Bass as well as plaques for D126 Champion of the Year, D126 Angler of the Year and D126 Big Bass of the Year.
The weather was cloudy with light winds on Saturday and sunny with light winds on Sunday. The lake water level had dropped to only 7-8’ high from a record of 17-18’ high a couple of months age. Most anglers reported catching their fish with soft plastic, flipping the bushes. Some top water fish were also weighed in.
All of the 2-day tournament anglers are now qualified to fish the ABA National Championship scheduled for October 16-18 on Lake Eufaula, AL. Winner of the National Championship will win a fully rigged TR21. The highest finishing AOY at the Nationals will also win a fully rigged TR21. D126 has two anglers qualified for the AOY competition. They are Eric Craft And Justin Angel.
D126 will begin their 2020 season September 21, 2019 on Stockton Lake using Old State Park as launch site. Mark Moody and Becky Minor will be the directors for the 2020 season. The fall schedule will be posted on facebook and on the centralmidwestbass website.
D126 is one Division in the Bass Pro Shop Fishing Tour. There are 40 Divisions across the country. The circuit uses a draw format meaning anglers from age 14 can compete as boater or non-boater. Partners are drawn just before tournament take-off. Entry fee is $70 with a $10 Big Bass option pot. ABA membership is $35/year. Call Becky with any questions at 316 644-1454.
These anglers accrue valuable points toward the Divisional Angler of the Year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day Bass Pro AFT National Championship tournament at Lake Eufaula, Alabama in October.
American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the Bass Pro Shops Fishing Tour, the Bass Pro Shops Open Series, the Bass Pro Shops Team Tournament or the Bass Pro Shops Couples Series visitwww.americanbassanglers.com.
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