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Den Budzitowski in AOY final round!!!

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.


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Den's Blog

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 we threw.



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.

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Den


October 2, 2010
Den Budzitowski, AOY Final Round

LEADER BOARD
AOY
1Den B558
2R Santos556
3A Reeves544
COY
1Joe C190
2C Schwartz182
2Ray M182

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
   

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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!!!
 
2013 AOY
Rick DiIenno
  2013 COY
Joe Ciamaichela Jr

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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.
 
2012 AOY
Rick DiIenno
  2012 Two Day Champ
Dale Gorrell
   
2012 COY
Randy Iorio
   

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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 this guy?
 
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.
   
2006 AOY
Dave Seemans
   

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