PLATTSBURGH — Edward Pecore of Plattsburgh won the co-angler division and a Ranger 177TR boat Saturday at the FLW EverStart Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain. Pecore caught a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 43 pounds, 5 ounces.
Pecore was in ninth place after Day 2, but he hauled in a catch of 14-6 Saturday to move up.
J.T. Kenney of Palm Bay, Fla. won the professional division with a total of 15 bass weighing 56-12.
Kenney, who weighed a five-bass limit totaling 20-6 Saturday, earned $32,189 and a Ranger Z518.
“It feels pretty good to break that Florida bubble,” said Kenney, who surpassed the million-dollar mark in career FLW earnings. “I’ve won a few of these, but never one out of Florida. I’d been close quite a bit, and I knew that I was going to eventually win one away from Florida.
“The bite was pretty steady all day long. I actually caught my biggest fish (Saturday) about 30 minutes before I had to make the trip back. I knew that the winning fish were down at (Ticonderoga) and I really just had to figure them out.”
Kenney caught most of his fish this week on three main baits — a ghost shad-colored Gambler Big EZ swimbait, a chatterbait and a Gambler Ugly Otter. He also weighed in a few fish Saturday on a frog.
“When I first started fishing, I never would have believed that I would win a million dollars with a fishing rod in my hand,” Kenney said. “I was just some kid from Maryland who loved to go fishing. Somewhere along the way someone suggested that we fish a tournament. Fifteen years later, here I am.”
Ron Wolfarth caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Thursday — a 6-1 bass — that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $264.
Stephen Kocell caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division Friday (5-15) that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $176.
The EverStart Series consists of five divisions — Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments, and competitors vie for valuable points that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title along with $5,000 for the pros and $2,000 for the co-angler. The top 40 pros and co-anglers from each division will qualify for the EverStart Series Championship on the Ouachita River in Monroe, La., Nov. 1 to 4.
The next EverStart Series Northern Division tournament will be Aug. 16 to 18 at 1,000 Islands in Clayton.
FLW EverStart Series on Lake Champlain
1, Straight Talk pro J.T. Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla., 15 bass, 56-12, $32,189 + Ranger Z518 w/200 HP outboard
2, Bryan Labelle, Hinesburg, Vt., 15 bass, 56-9, $11,036
3, Joseph Thompson, Landenburg, Pa., 15 bass, 55-15, $9,197
4, Joe Lucarelli, Center Harbor, N.H., 15 bass, 55-3, $8,277
5, Matt Greenblatt, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 15 bass, 55-0, $7,357
6, Thomas Waltz, Fairfax, Vt., 15 bass, 53-6, $6,438
7, Tom Belinda, Holidaysburg, Pa., 15 bass, 53-1, $5,518
8, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 15 bass, 52-7, $4,598
9, George Lambeth, Thomasville, N.C., 15 bass, 49-9, $3,679
10, Glenn Babineau, Mechanicville, 12 bass, 41-8, $2,759
1, Edward Pecore, Plattsburgh, 15 bass, 43-5, Ranger 177TR w/90 HP outboard +$5,000 Ranger Cup
2, Carl Alexander, Hampton, 15 bass, 41-0, $4,214
3, Billy Carroll, Fayetteville, N.C., 15 bass, 40-7, $3,746
4, Brian Alspaugh, Manchester, Vt., 12 bass, 40-2, $3,278
5, Dan Tesch, Elkton, Md., 14 bass, 39-2, $2,809
6, Derek Bigford, Cicero, 13 bass, 38-3, $2,341
7, Matt Randles, Gallipolis, Ohio, 15 bass, 37-0, $1,873
8, Kenneth Roderick Jr., Putnam, Conn., 11 bass, 34-2, $1,405
9, Cecil Wolfe, Cross, S.C., 11 bass, 34-1, $936
10, Stephen Kocell, Waxhaw, N.C., 10 bass, 29-3, $749
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.