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Syracuse angler Randy Lamanche goes wire to wire in leading New York to a solid third place finish at the Eastern Divisional Championships


Sebago Lake Resort Casco, Maine—The New York B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation (NYBCF) Divisional Team took to the waters of Sebago Lake this morning after a two hour fog delay. Tournament Director Jon Stewart held the anxious anglers until he could safely see the lake conditions. The skies cleared and the national anthems were played for the teams from Canada, Spain and the United States. The first real cold weather of Fall has created freeze warnings the past two days and high winds on Monday made practice conditions extremely difficult.

At the 2:15 weighin, it became evident from the first angler that conditions were extremely tough. Out of the 108 anglers, 28 weighed no fish and 30 weighed one fish. Leading the New York team is Randy Lamanche with four fish for 7 pounds 12 ounces putting him in 9th place overall. He was followed by Frank Giner with 5 pounds 1 ounce. All twelve New York anglers weighed a fish. The remaining Team standings were Chris Killoren, Steve Pickard, Dave Morrissette, Chris Obrien, Mark Batur, John Stoughtenger, Tim Thompson, Corey Palmer, George Yund, and Mike Cusano. New York was the ONLY TEAM that all twelve anglers weighed a fish!!!

In the Team standings, Connecticut leads with 60 lbs, 14 oz, followed by Maine with 48 lbs 13 oz, then Massachusetts with 34 lbs, New York with 30 lbs, New Hampshire with 25 lbs 9 oz, Vermont with 23 lbs 5 oz, Ontario with 21 lbs 2 oz, Spain with 20 lbs 12 oz and Rhode Island with 18 lbs and 8 oz.


The New York B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation (NYBCF) Divisional Team looks to improve their current fourth place standing on moving day two of the BASS Eastern Divisional Championship. Tournament Director Jon Stewart let the anglers go exactly on time as conditions were excellent. With milder temperatures, a slight breeze, the anglers anticipate that day two will yield some better sacks of smallmouth bass. First day team leaders Connecticut seemed to be concentrated in one small bay that saw a lot of anglers. Heavy pressure on day one may lead to a drop off of largemouth on day two. The New York team is currently in fourth place in a very tight team race. They met Monday after the weighin and have a solid strategy in place.

At the 2:15 weighin, the weights were a little more but only a little. Still half the field had zero or one fish. As in day one, everyone on the New York team was the only team to weigh at least one fish. Chris O’brien narrowly missed big bag of the day with 11 lbs 11 oz. Randy Lamanche continued to be consistant and weighed in a solid 8lbs 13 oz to hold his team lead of 16lbs 9 oz for two days. Dave Morrissette had a five fish limit to move him into third on the team and Corey Palmer had a limit as well. Team spirits are high going into the final day.

Junior anglers Wyatt Morris and Travis Franclemont will join the team for the final day on Friday. Both Juniors are vying for a spot at the Junior World Championship in October.


Another fog delay held the anglers for forty five minutes but Tournament Director Jon Stewart released the anglers once he was sure the main lake was safe. Day two say New York anglers continue their consistency as every angler again weighed in a fish which moved the team into third place. As a gesture of team cooperation, several of the adults took the junior anglers out to dinner on Thursday evening. The juniors had a good practice day with their boat captain Todd Covert and are ready to go.

At 2:15, the initial weights indicated that Lake Sebago was not going to give up its catch easily. In total, there were sixty one anglers weighing in zero or one fish. The weighin is more exciting as BASS does not announce team standings on day three. When the scales closed, Syracuse, New York angler Randy Lamanche had secured the top spot for New York. Randy brought in four fish each day for a total of 23 lbs 10 oz. A past two time angler of the year competing in his third divisional indicated that his experience in past championships helped him focus on a winning pattern and to have the confidence to stick with it for the three days. Randy will represent New York State at the BASS Nation Championships in late October on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas.

Finishing second for New York was Chris O’brien of Rochester who had a solid third day and finished 11th overall. He was followed by Frank Giner, Dave Morrissette, Corey Palmer, Mike Cusano, Chris Killoren, Steve Pickard, George Yund, Mark Batur, John Stoughtenger, and Tim Thompson. Both Junior anglers, Wyatt Morris and Travis Franklemont brought a fish to the scales which helped the team solidify the third place finish.
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