ABA, American Fishing Tour, Pennsylvania Division (D09)
Within this site you will find all the information you will need
about Bass fishing tournaments in Pennsylvania and Maryland, offering
draw tournaments for weekend anglers (individual competition for boaters
and non-boaters) on the Tidal Delaware River and the Susquehanna Flats.
All qualifying tournaments are one day events and have a $70 entry fee,
with the exception of the 2-day State final which has a $140 entry fee.
GUARANTEED BOAT USE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL!
Many thanks to our local sponsor Precision Tackle.
Herb has donated a nice array of baits and gift certificates
to be given away at our 2 day, thank you so much!!!!
Visit his store at 712 S.Main Street, North East, MD 21901
or online at pttackle.com
New Maryland DNR tournaments rules:
Maryland DNR has new rules for tournaments held from June 16 to October 31.
We have selected option 2 which will allow 5 fish over 15 inches, note 12 inches is still the minimum size.
But will impose some additional requirements on us as follows:
The participants of the tournament must possess a copy of a valid Participant Permit signed by the Tournament Director.
Each boat will have one or more functioning aerated live well(s). Anglers not meeting this requirement
may not participate in the tournament. A functioning live well is defined as one that has a working
aeration or oxygenation system or a flow-through system to pump fresh water into the live well. Each
live well shall be inspected by the permittee or a tournament official prior to the tournament's starting
time to ensure they are operating properly.
A culling system must be utilized that reduces fish handling stress and injury (e.g., clips and color coding).
Devices that require punching a hole in the fishĺs mouth are NOT permitted. Fish should not be lifted from a livewell by
culling tubes, ropes, etc.
Bass shall be transported to and from the vessel to the weigh-in site in water-filled containers with
sufficient water to cover the fish, except during the actual measuring/weighing process.
Bass shall not be kept in water-filled containers longer than five (5) minutes prior to, during, and after
weigh-in without supplemental aeration and/or water exchange.
Directors may have anglers quickly weigh bass and return to boat live wells where the fish can recover
before being released to an approved area away from the dock. i.e. Past the no wake zone. (This item came from an email from Joe Love, to Wayne.)
Local Bonus - Any current member that brings someone new (never fished with the aba before) to a tournament
and the new member fishes 4, one day D09 events, and the two day D09 divisional championship will
get $25 a bonus. The new member must fill out the membership application at the ramp.
Note, you can sign up at the ramp for any local tournament, but cash only and a $5 late fee.
If you join at the ramp the late fee is waived.
Competitors are advised they should have both PA and NJ licenses, for all Delaware river tournaments.
2018 State Championship Tournament
Our 2018 local state final will be on June 23rd and 24th
on the North East river, to qualify for this you must fish four,
one day events. The entry fee is $140. Again GUARANTEED BOAT USE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL!
2018 National Championship
• When: October 21-26 2018
• Where: Hartwell, SC
• Entry Fee: $170 (includes polygraph fee) Does not include big bass
• Registration begins: August 1, 2018. Top 250 are invited as boaters. 251 thru 500 are invited as non boaters.
Any remaining slots will be filled from a list of qualified and pre-registered anglers.
Tournament weigh in bags supplied by
Den was 2 points behind Tenags, and Scott was breathing down his neck. He didn't think he had much
of a chance but a good limit on day 1 put him in the lead. That limit was anchored by a 3 pounder
that he literally got on his last cast. Day 2 he thought he had lost at 2pm only had two in the boat.
But same place as the day before. He put 3 more in the boat in the last 10 minutes to seal the win.
Joe Ciamaichela Jr wins COY for the 5th time in row. He held off a late charge by Ray Marcinkiewicz
to continue his non-boater dominance. But I think he maybe hearing footsteps!
2017 AOY Den Budzitowski
2017 COY Joe Ciamaichela Jr
Mike Piccolo took the AOY lead into the 2 day, But after day one, it looked like Mike Tenaglia could pull off
a come from behind win. But Pic brought in a big 17 lb sack on day two to seal the win!
Joe Phillips needed just one more fish, but it was not to be! Joe Ciamaichela Jr wins COY for the 4th year in a row.
Great job Joe!
2016 AOY Mike Piccolo
2016 COY Joe Ciamaichela Jr
Ryan Bauman took a big lead into the 2 day and did not disappoint. His 12 lb sack on day one
sealed the deal for Angler of the year.
Joe Ciamaichela Jr wins COY for the 3rd year in a row. He was behind going into the finals but pulled out
another title on the last event.
2015 AOY Ryan Bauman
2015 COY Joe Ciamaichela Jr
Bill Cowperthwait kicked tail for most of the year, and went into the finals with a good lead
but on saturday he could not manage a fish, leaving the door open for AOY. But Bill is
a tough competitor and locked the deal up with a good sack on sunday.
Robert Winward wins the two day championship. A cold front made the fishing tough but Robert
had them figured out when no one else could.
Joe Ciamaichela Jr wins COY for the 2nd year in a row. He had a big lead going into the finals
and crushed all hope amoung his competitors with a 5 pounder on day one.
2014 AOY Bill Cowperthwait
2014 Two Day Champ Robert Winward
2014 COY Joe Ciamaichela Jr
Win a fishing adventure to Ray Scott's Trophy Bass Retreat.
Ricky D, crushed the field with a 29 lb sack to win the two day and nail down his 3rd AOY
title and his second in a row. Great Job Ricky your the man!!!
Joe Ciamaichela Jr wins the COY title, he was in a tight race with Randy all year but he
came thru big in the 2 day, to nail down the win. Congrats Joe!!!
Ricky DiIenno locks up his 2nd AOY crown. It was a real tight race this year with
three anglers within 2 pts of the lead. Although Ricky could not manage a limit
the fish he did bring were quailty enough to make him our first ever two time winner.
Dale Gorrell wins the two day championship for the second year in a row. He held off
a sunday charge by Mike Piccolo to nail down the win.
Randy Iorio wins COY for the 5th time and 4th straight, the competeition was tough
this year with 4 co-anglers giving Randy a good run.
Mike Piccolo lead much of the year based on 3 early season wins on the flats. But that
did nothing but cause Dale Gorrell to focus. Conditions were tough with high muddy water
But Dale managed the only limit on
the final day to tie Mike for the points lead. Causing a special tie breaker tournament
in which Dale prevaled. Randy Iorio locked up COY for the 3rd straight time, can anybody beat
2011 AOY Dale Gorrell
2011 COY Randy Iorio
Going into the 2 day, four guys within 5 pts of the AOY lead.
Den didn't think he had much of a chance but 2 solid limits
propelled him to win both the Division Championship and AOY.
Randy had a great season, his win on the flats gave him a
commanding lead going into the finals, and a solid limit on
day one sealed the deal for COY.
2010 AOY Den Budzitowski
2010 COY Randy Iorio
Jeff Lead all year but Tim K, Mike T and Chris D closed the gap and gave us all an exciting finsh to the season.
Jeff was trailing after day 1 but brought in a limit on the last day to win both the division championship and AOY.
Randy broke into a good lead after the final one day event, and slamed the door shut with a good limit on day one
of the finals.
2009 AOY Jeff Warner
2009 COY Randy Iorio
Ricky D, and Ralph Ferguson were in a tight race all year, but Rick Hung on to his lead on the last day winning both the
Division championship and nailing down AOY. Ray M pulled a great come from behind
win over defending co-angler champ Randy Iorio during the two day.
2008 AOY Rick DiIenno
2008 COY Ray Marcinkiewicz
Johnny V and Dave Seemans were in the closest AOY race ever, after day 1 of the championship they were separated by only 0.05 lbs.
But John came thru on the last day with a big 13 lb. sack winning both the Division championship and AOY.
The Co-angler race was tight as well with Randy, Rob Santos, Cody Shwartz and Ed Barry all in the running on the last day.
But Randy's experience paid off with a good sack winning COY.
2007 AOY John Vanore
2007 COY Randy Iorio
Dave Seemans dominated in 2006 with 2 wins, 4 seconds and a 3rd place finish. But Trail Oliver deleiverd an
impressive 21 lb sack for the two day edgeing out Dave for the 2 day championship. But Dave's second place
was more than enuough to earn him well deserved AOY honors.