Mike Rinaldi wins on Candlewood Lake
Mike Rinaldi won the RAM American Fishing Tour presented by American Bass Anglers, Connecticut Division 6 tournament, held on Candlewood Lake April 23rd. The North Haledon, New Jersey angler caught five bass weighing 15.95 pounds. Mike really earned the win as the day proved to be a challenge with rain in the morning followed by white capped windy lake conditions in the afternoon. Mike said he caught his fish with three different lures and presentations. Two keepers came on a jerkbait, one on a crankbait and the other two on a jig. For the victory Mike took home a check for $543.
In second among the competitors, last year’s reining Division 6 AOY John Ogolik caught his limit of five bass weighing 12.74 pounds. He pocketed a check for $329.
Taking third place, Vern Gatston from Totowa, New Jersey caught four bass weighing 12.60 pounds.
Fishing from the back of the boat, non-boater Gerald Paben took home the Big Fish honors with a beautiful 6.81 pound largemouth.
The next division 6 tournament will be held May 14th at Lake Zoar near Southbury, Connecticut. For more information about this Division and future events visit www.americanbassanglers.com or contact the local Director for Connecticut, Tom Dupuis at 860-987-7371.
These anglers are earning valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual Ram American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of the Year Final Round at the Ram American Fishing Tour National Championship.
Membership - $35 Annually
Divisional One-Day: $70
Divisional Two-Day Championship: $140
National Championship: $170
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