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Anthony DeFelice wins on Candlewood Lake
 
ATHENS, Ala. -  Anthony (T.J.) DeFelice won the American Fishing Tour presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held on Candlewood Lake .  
 
Running out of the Squantz Cove ramp near the town of New Fairfield Connecticut, the recently released Marine soldier returned home from North Carolina and now residing in Trumbull Connecticut, caught 5 bass weighing 11.86 pounds.   The fish were in the later stages of the spawn and T.J. targeted mainly smallmouth just outside their spawning coves and in shallow water.  He said he caught the majority of his fish with soft plastics and chatterbaits. For the victory, he took home a check for $401.00
 
In second among the competitors, Pete Byrnes from Long Island New York caught 5 bass weighing 9.98 pounds.  Pete also caught the big bass of the tournament and he pocketed a check for $247.00. 
 
Taking third place was Albert Pallavicini from New Jersey, catching 5 bass weighing in at 9.68 pounds.
 
In fourth place, Tom Sweeney of Glastonbury Connecticut, caught a limit of bass for 9.62 pounds and Tom Dupuis from Terryville Connecticut rounded out the top five competitors with 5 smallmouth weighing 8.49 pounds.
 
These anglers accrued 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 Fish-Off. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.
 
The next divisional tournament will be held June 13, 2015 on Gardner Lake near Salem, Connecticut.
 
For more information, call ABA at (256) 232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
 
The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship.
 

 

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