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FLW Italy Starting Strong

FLW Italy Starting Strong
(photo by Bass Recon)

FLW Italy, one of eight FLW International Division partners, enjoyed solid participation and a successful start to its tournament season, which kicked off in early April at Lago di Bolsena (Lake Bolsena). The Italian contingent fielded 48 teams at the opener, and will resume competition in July.

Here’s a summary of the Bolsena event, as well as the tournament format used by FLW Italy.

 

Lake Bolsena

Lake Bolsena is a crater lake formed by volcanic activity in the central region of the country. Flanked by rolling hills, the lake is oval in shape – longer in the north-south direction – with an outlet at its southern end. The maximum depth is 495 feet.

 

Tournament format and schedule

The FLW Italy Pro Series Tour includes a three-tournament season and a two-day finale, where a maximum of 30 two-angler teams will qualify to compete.

The 2018 season kicked off April 8 at Lake Bolsena in Viterbo. Stop No. 2 will be at Brenta/Piovego River in Padova on July 1. The Tevere River in Rome will host the final regular-season event on Sept. 2.

Qualifiers to the finale will compete at Lago di Garda in Verona on Sept. 29-30.

 

Lake Bolsena standings

Weights were strong at the season opener on Bolsena, even if they were a bit lower than is usual for the fishery.

Tournament winners Jacopo Gallelli and Michele Fanfani weighed in 19 pounds, 6 ounces. Six teams topped 15 pounds, and 18 teams caught at least 12 pounds.

Gallelli and Fanfani dealt with cold water and heavy fishing pressure en route to the win, and they relied on a high-tech approach to find the winning fish. Custom maps that they created with their depth finders, as well as Spot-Lock and other features of their Minn Kota trolling motor were keys to their success.

In the morning, Gallelli and Fanfani targeted shallow water near a drop-off to land a pair of quality keepers with a swim jig and swimbait combo, which they fished very aggressively to trigger reaction strikes. Once the sun reached its apex they moved to deeper water and targeted scattered rocks – transitional areas – where prespawn bass were set up. Long casts and fast retrieves were key to their success.

The champs eventually landed their limit and tried for the final three hours of competition to upgrade, but were unsuccessful. High skies, little wind and inactive fish made it tough to get a big bite, and the only fish they landed late in the day were too small to help their overall weight.

According to Gallelli and Fanfani, Lake Bolsena usually produces multiple bags of more than 20 pounds during the prespawn, and they were surprised at weigh-in to see the weights a little lower than usual. Never mind the struggle, they were able to secure the victory in the first-ever FLW Italy tournament with nearly 19 1/2 pounds of the famous “volcano big bass” of Lake Bolsena.

The complete standings are listed below:

Place

Anglers

Club/City

n.fish

Weight in lbs

Big Bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Gallelli Jacopo -Fanfani Michele

lampi nell'acqua

FI

5

19lb 6oz

 

2

Magni Mattia-Arosio Diego

bass clan

MI

5

17lb 7oz

6lb 4oz

3

Azzini Giani-Bulgari Federico

bass & co

MN

5

16lb 10oz

 

4

Zancanaro Enrico-Palli Mattia

beba

VE

5

16lb 4oz

 

5

Tortoioli Ivan-Tortoioli Paolo

Bass division a.s.d.

PG

5

16lb 1oz

 

6

Bandinelli Tonino -Rezzi Andrea

tiber bass angler

RM

5

15lb 7oz

 

7

Carli Tommaso-Vergnanini Mattia

basser

VI

5

14lb 12oz

 

8

Cassani Mauro -Menoni Nicola

sampei s.c.

BS

5

14lb 8oz

 

9

Minaldoni Nicola-Della Ciana Luca Vittorio

bass division

PG

5

14lb 1oz

 

10

Telese Alessio -Ferroni Samuele

lampi nell'acqua

FI

5

13lb 10oz

 

11

Fornasari Samuele-Mirandola Alessandro

old black

VR

5

13lb 8oz

 

12

Barbuiani Marco-Marzolla Alberto

beba

VE

5

13lb 5oz

 

13

Boggian Mattia -Testoni Simone

flw italy

TV

5

12lb 11oz

 

14

Burighel Marco -Simoni Piergiorgio

beba

VE

5

12lb 7oz

 

15

Benassi Leonardo -Benassi Domenico

s.b. sassuolo

MO

4

12lb 7oz

 

16

Vannoni Simone -Casieri Giuseppe

bass strike

AR

5

12lb 6oz

 

17

Minelli Simone-Artisei Walter

bass division

PG

4

12lb 4oz

 

18

Rizzo Gianni-Scodeggio Stefano

italy bass

FI

5

12lb 2oz

 

19

Bellomarini Luca -Bizzarri Mattia

bass fishing tuscia

 VT

5

11lb 15oz

 

20

Villari Alessandro -Corradi Andrea

emilia bass hunter

MO

4

11lb 13oz

 

21

Ruggi Stefano -Fava Massimiliano

s.b.s. sassuolo

MO

5

11lb 12oz

 

22

Bongiovanni Michele -Fragili Fabio

bba

BO

5

11lb 11oz

 

23

Rossi Fabio-Villi Stefano

carpi bass angler

MO

5

11lb 6oz

 

24

De Simoni Enrico-Marconi Alex

carpi bass angler

MO

5

11lb 2oz

 

25

Santenini Luca- Fossati Nicola

100% spinning

VA

5

11lb 1oz

 

26

Turato Emanuele  -Salvagno Mauro

old black

VR

5

10lb 15oz

 

27

Graziadelli Mauro -Quintavalla Luca

beba

VE

5

10lb 13oz

 

28

Trippanera Marco -Valentini Matteo

bass recon

TR

5

10lb 11oz

 

29

Ashlock Jimmy-Riello Marco

flw italy

TV

5

9lb 14oz

 

30

Panareo Nicola -Bertoncello Roberto

fighting bass

PD

5

9lb 13oz

 

31

Mancuso Leonardo -Cavazzoli Daniele

s.b.s

MO

5

9lb 7oz

 

32

Artanidi Marco -Ballarin Enrico

fighting bass

PD

5

8lb 14oz

 

33

Paris Valentino -Di Niccolò Antonio

tiber bass angler

RM

5

8lb 11oz

 

34

Previero Andrea -Bresciani Alberto

sampei s.c.

BS

5

8lb 10oz

 

35

Marconi Angelo -Napolitano Claudio

tiber bass angler

RM

5

8lb 6oz

 

36

Cocchi Massimo-Bertocchi Antony

magilla bass

BO

5

7lb 11oz

 

37

Peruzzo Eddy-Bevilacqua Damiano

flw italy

TV

4

7lb 4oz

 

38

Venturini Samuele -Galzignato Stefano

beba

VE

4

7lb 1oz

 

39

Casarini Livio-Del Grosso Yuri

carpi bass angler

MO

4

6lb 10oz

 

40

Fusco Michele -Gallucci Michele

b.f. piemonte

TO

2

6lb 6oz

 

41

Girotti Daniele -Damiani Daniele

lenza etrusca

SI

3

5lb 10oz

 

42

Vetralla Diego -Fatichenti Simone

lenza etrusca

SI

2

4lb 2oz

 

43

Malè Matteo -Pettinelli Maurizio

asd lago di vico

VT

2

13lb 1oz

 

44

Toso Andrea-Pugi Federico

bass & co

MN

1

2lb 12oz

 

45

Debbi Alessandro –Dotti Gianluca

carpi bass angler

MO

1

2lb 4oz

 

46

Bozzoli Gianluca -Catini Stefano

s.b.s sassuolo

MO

1

2lb 2oz

 

47

Tempesta Andrea -Evangelisti Marco

tiber bass angler

RM

0

-

 

48

Marosi Roberto -Marosi Matteo

fighting bass

PD

5

Pen.

 

 

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