Izumi Wins Everstart Series on 1,000 Islands

Bob Izumi of Milton, Ontario, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds, 1 ounce










Bob

Izumi of Milton, Ontario, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 21 pounds,

1 ounce Saturday to win the EverStart Series Northern Division event on

1000 Islands with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 58 pounds, 1

ounce. For his victory, Izumi earned $27,278 and a 198VX Ranger boat

with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor.





“It’s been a long time coming to win on (the United States) side,”

said Izumi. “I think I’ve fished about 50 tournaments in the U.S., and

my goal before I died was to win one. I finally got that done and I feel

good.”





Izumi said he fished among a lot of competitor boat traffic the first

day of competition but still managed to boat a good limit. On the second

day of competition he aimed his boat for new water in search of

isolated fish.





“I tried to get away from the crowd today and yesterday and just do my thing, and luckily I got the right bites,” Izumi said.





Izumi said he caught all of his tournament fish in 24 to 42 feet of

water using a drop-shot rig tipped with a 3-inch watermelon pearl Gulp!

Minnow or a 3-inch green pumpkin Gulp! Fry. His rig consisted of a ½- to

5/8-ounce weight on 10-pound-test Trilene Fluorocarbon and either a G.

Loomis or Shimano Crucial drop-shot rod.





“The key was the heavier weight to get down deep,” Izumi said. “I was

looking on my graph 98 percent of the day. I was looking for hooks, and

when I would mark fish I would sit on them and try to catch them. I

didn’t catch everything I saw, but it worked out.”





Rounding out the top 10 pros were:





              2nd:    John McGoey, Omemee, Ontario, 15 bass, 57-1, $9,353


              3rd:     Cory Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, 15 bass, 56-8, $7,794


              4th:     Gregg Seal, Eldred, Pa., 15 bass, 56-5, $7,014


              5th:     Eric Foltin, Lebanon, Pa., 15 bass, 55-12, $6,235


              6th:     Jeff Hippert, Hamburg, N.Y., 15 bass, 55-10, $5,456


              7th:     Chris Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, 15 bass, 54-14, $4,676


              8th:     Thomas Lavictoire Jr., West Rutland, Vt., 15 bass, 53-5, $3,897


              9th:     Kevin Short, Mayflower, Ark., 15 bass, 52-15, $3,118


              10th:   Jason Putman, Cicero, N.Y., 15 bass, 51-10, $2,338





Mike Desforges of Burlington, Ontario, caught the biggest bass of the

tournament in the Pro Division Friday – a 6-pound, 11-ounce bass – that

earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of

$206.               





Casey Magargle of Turbotville, Pa., won the Co-angler Division and a

Ranger boat with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day

total of 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 7 ounces.





 Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:





              2nd:    Ken Golub, Pittsford, N.Y., 15 bass, 48-2, $3,711


              3rd:     Larry Lafaver, Watertown, N.Y., 15 bass, 46-8, $3,299


              4th:     Anthony Savino, Marlboro, N.Y., 14 bass, 44-9, $2,887


              5th:     Nathan Knapp, Brooktondale, N.Y., 15 bass, 44-6, $2,474


              6th:     David Kelly, Goose Creek, S.C., 15 bass, 41-15, $2,062


              7th:     Gary Knight, Magnolia, Del., 15 bass, 41-8, $1,649


              8th:     Kevin Hesson, Polk, Pa., 15 bass, 39-13, $1,237


              9th:     Michael Bahnweg, Union Dale, Pa., 15 bass, 36-15, $825


              10th:   Doug Caldwell, Kane, Pa., 15 bass, 36-12, $660





Stephen Semelsberger Jr. of Mt. Airy, Md., caught the biggest bass of

the tournament in the Co-angler Division Friday – a 6-pound, 12-ounce

bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of

$137.


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