5 Finishers,Left to Right,1st to 5th place:
Jim Missel, Tony Gallelli, Burnell Haney,
Joe Angelone , Carl Nasello
morning we arrived at the ramp, This was our last tournament for the
2003 season. The point standings in our divisional race for Angler
of the Year (this is for New York Northwest division only) has become
a very close race. It is going to be decided at this 2 day tournament,
the weigh in was held at the State ramp on Route 14.
This is New York Northwest’s Finals for the 2003 season…All
the competitors fishing have had to qualify to fish this event. We
had several contestants that did qualify, but could not make this
The forecasted conditions called for a good weekend, sunny and clear
with scattered clouds. Temperature was in the mid to high 80’s,
water temperatures, depending on where you fished, ranged anywhere
from 68 to 76 degrees. With the 68 degrees being in Lake Ontario.
Sodus Bay does connect directly to the Lake. So anglers had a multitude
of fishing options.
In District #4 we have our own Angler of the Year competition. This
year, as last year, it came down to this tournament as the deciding
factor. The two main contestants that were battling back and forth
with a one point difference either way were Jim Missel and Tony Gallelli.
However, depending on the results of this tournament there were 6
others that could steal the title away! It did come down to the final
weigh in on the final day.
on the first day brought in over 15lbs of fish and his partner Lin
Poray brought in over 13lbs. Now folks that’s 29lbs of fish
in one boat! Needless to say they were on a pattern. Tony Gallelli
came in with almost 12lbs. With a few others close by and still in
the running, but Jim really put the pressure on with his first day’s
catch and setting in first place for the time being.
changed somewhat….winds picked up greatly and venturing in to
the lake made some contestants very cautious. The lake had 4 to 5
foot rollers and some of us did in fact go out into the lake for those
bronze back fish (smallmouth bass) That bite was HOT. At the weigh
in, word had spread that Tony had a big bag of fish…Jim had
struggled to find big fish most of the day. Jim came in and weighed
in just over 9lbs. Tony struggled to make it back to the weigh in
on time…he was having motor troubles and he was in the Lake,
however he did make it in on time. He brought in over 13lbs. Now folks
take a look at the final standing of the top 5 and how close the weigh
Jim Missel 25.66lbs
2ndPlace Tony Gallelli 25.65lbs
3rdPlace Burnell Haney 20.59lbs
4thPlace Joe Angelone 20.20lbs
5thPlace Carl Nasello 15.61lbs
are the final standings for Angler of the Year in District #4 only.
For your National standing go to www.americanbassangler.com and locate
your name listed under Points dropdown menu.
tournament Butterfield Lake Town Ramp and this is the start of a NEW
See you on the water, and Thank You for your Participation this year