From Barkey Lake Tennessse... October 2nd, 2010... Den gave it his best shot
but keepers were hard to come by. Den finished in 19th place with 2.44 lbs
he was competeing for a brand new 21 foot triton valued at over 50 grand.
10/01/2010 Practice Day.....
Wayne and I practiced on friday and we caught fish just about every where we went.
Started get them on buzzbaits first thing. Wayne was killing them all day on a sammy.
We figure between the two of us we had about 50 for the day. probably half were
less then 12 inches, but the other half were 12 to 14 inches, with only 2 keepers
just over 15 inches. We just had a blast getting fish all day, on just about everything
10/01/2010 The night before.....
Just about all the guys called or sent messages wishing me the best of luck.
Thanks guys! But one message stood out. Jeff our 2009 AOY sent one simple
message, "Dont SUCK"!!!! Sorry Jeff but I sucked :)
10/02/2010 AOY Tournament Day.....
Hit the water about 5:30am, floated around in the fog til 9am. When we finally got
started I was boat 39 out of 41 so you know there was already a boat on just about all my spots as I ran up
the lake, The day went pretty much like friday, lots of fish but all short. It must have been 1 or 2 in
the afternoon, fishing a drop shot on a bluff wall got a good bite. Get him in the boat
and he measures 16 - 17 inches, YES!!!! a keeper, but wait this fish looks funny, dam its a sm.
sm have to be 18 inches, I cry and throw him back. But 10 minutes later hook another 17 incher
but this time its a lm. That's all i could manage for the day. But I had a great time.
Would love to fish Barkley again anytime.
Now on the the National Championship on Kentucky Lake.
October 2, 2010
Den Budzitowski, AOY Final Round
Tenags was hearing footsteps Rich Przybyl had won the last two in a row
and was within striking distance. A good limit on day one gave Mike a nice lead. But he was
sweating Sunday morning when he watched two fellow competitors load their boat right in
front of him. Mike only had one fish in the boat at the time. But nerves of steal prevailed!
Mike loaded his boat again and put together the largest winning sack in division history
2018 AOY Mike Tenaglia
2018 COY Ray Marcinkiewicz
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.