Giant last day limit secures win.
BASS PRESS RELEASE
Canadian Mark Cavanaugh caught his winning catch of largemouth within
the first half hour of fishing this morning to win the Academy Sports +
Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional presented by Magellan
Cavanaugh, of Port Perry, Ontario, won the tournament
after three days with a total weight of 45 pounds, 3 ounces. A 5-bass
limit weighing 19-7 anchored his Day 3 catch.
"They were feeding
fast and furious soon as I arrived," said Cavanaugh, a member of the
Port Perry Bassmasters. "It didn't slow down until after I caught my
limit and then the fish just shut down."
William Lortz II of
Rochester N.Y., finished second with 41-7. Jason Vaughn of Bridgeville,
Del., took third with 40-12. Casey Smith of Macdeon, N.Y., was fourth
with 40-7. Mike Wolfenden of Warwick, R.I., was fifth with 39-11.
|Fishing deep and shallow sets Mark up for success. (Photo BASS)|
exception of Smith those anglers also caught the heaviest individual
weights for their states. Each top placing boater and non-boater from
the 17 states and Ontario competing in the tournament advanced to the
Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by
Magellan Outdoors. Date and location of the championship will be
Jon Robia of Norawood, N.Y., won the non-boater
division with a total weight of 25-10. John Bernard of McKees Rocks,
Pa., took second with 25-3 and Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pa., was
third with 25-2.
Cavanaugh's fishing area improved daily as
evidenced by his scorecard. On Day 1 the Canadian returned to the scales
with a limit weighing 10-8 to put him in 52nd place. The next day he
moved to 10th based on the lift provided by a limit weighing 15-4. He
finished the tournament with the limit weighing 19-4.