UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Renfrew Fished to Win

Renfrew Fished to Win
Ian Renfrew of Phoenix, New York, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Renfrew earned $4,695.

Ian Renfrew of Phoenix, New York, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the third Walmart Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake presented by Navionics. For his victory, Renfrew earned $4,695.

“I consider myself a fairly conservative fisherman,” said Renfrew, who earned his first win after three previous top-10 finishes in BFL competition. “But on Saturday I went for the win and it ended up going well.”

Renfrew said he caught most of his fish by targeting isolated grass patches in 8- to 10-feet of water.

“I probably hit around nine different patches of grass,” said Renfrew. “With those patches, it’s all about timing – like tidal water fishing. I would return to a certain patch if I didn’t find bass early and they would be there. A lot of anglers wouldn’t return at all.”

Renfrew said he used a 4-inch green-pumpkin-colored Jackall Cover Craw to catch the majority of his fish, while his kicker came on a black frog.

“I had a limit by 7:30 a.m. – including two smallmouths,” said Renfrew. “They were roaming around in grass that had coontail in it and broken-up rock on the bottom.”

Renfrew said it was his G. Loomis GLX rod that helped him edge the competition.

“I was able to really lean on it and pull the fish out of those patches,” said Renfrew. “They didn’t stand a chance.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Ian Renfrew, Phoenix, N.Y., five bass, 16-11, $4,695

2nd:         Bob Brody, Avoca, Pa., five bass, 16-8, $2,348

3rd:          Travis Manson, Conshohocken, Pa., five bass, 16-7, $1,565

4th:          Harold Miller Jr., Washington, Pa., five bass, 16-5, $1,096

5th:          Ernie Freeman, Broad Run, Va., five bass, 16-4, $900

5th:          Evan Luta, Bradford, N.Y., five bass, 16-4, $900

7th:          Stanley Sypeck Jr., Sugarloaf, Pa., five bass, 16-2, $783

8th:          John Lorenzo, Kane, Pa., five bass, 16-1, $704

9th:          Michael Duell, Bridgeport, N.Y., five bass, 15-15, $626

10th:        Matt Martin, Chittenango, N.Y., five bass, 15-13, $548              

Complete results can be found here.

Jerry Knier of Muncy, Pennsylvania, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $700.

Ashley wins co-angler division

Eric Ashley of Little Falls, New York, weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win $2,348 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Eric Ashley, Little Falls, N.Y., five bass, 17-6, $2,348

2nd:         Charles Melnick, Holland Patent, N.Y., five bass, 16-4, $1,174

3rd:          Fred Lentz, Pittsgrove, N.J., five bass, 15-14, $781

4th:          Kevin Mothersell, Henrietta, N.Y., five bass, 15-12, $548

5th:          Neil Thomas, Scarborough, Maine., five bass, 15-10, $470

6th:          Jeff Warren, Lansdale, Pa., five bass, 15-9, $430

7th:          Evan Cobb, Frankfort, N.Y., five bass, 15-8, $391

8th:          Robert Hockley, Annville, Pa., five bass, 15-4, $352

9th:          Michael Barton, Endicott, N.Y., five bass, 15-2, $293

9th:          James Wood, Bloomsburg, Pa., five bass, 15-2, $293

Mothersell caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $175.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 8-10 Regional Championship on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. 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.

 

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