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2009 National Championship

From Pickwick Lake Alabama... Oct 2, 2009... Dale Gorrell takes 19th place with his 3 day total of 30.52 lbs. Dale also took 2nd place on the Navy Team.

Wayne Alker, despite boat problems managed 14.89 lbs and 2nd place on the USA Union team

Den Budzitowski came back from a first day skunk with a 3 day total of 16.64 lbs


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Den's Blog

WOW!!!! What a great event! If you have never gone to a national you have to go. I know alot of guys worry about not being able to use there boat. Well i got to use mine 2 out of the 3 days. The best thing that happened to me was not using my boat on day 2. I got paired with a local that lives 5 miles from the ramp, and won there on 1992. He taught me a whole new way of fishing and it worked for me when i did use my boat again on day 3. As for locals dominating i know Dale has cashed checks the last two nationals in a row. And of course Jeff was oh so close to winning the AOY boat.

You would not believe the prizes! They gave away 167,000.00 dollars worth of stuff. Wayne won a brand new power pole. I won a really nice fishing rod. They had a stack of about 10 power poles they gave away, plus must have been about 200 rods, tons of royal purple oil. Not to mention 3 bass boats.

Practice... Wayne and I found the acorn pattern working in the creeks. Fish a bluff wall with acorns falling like depth charges beside the boat in 10 to 13 feet of water, with a little current. One acorn hit my deck and must have bounced 5 feet. Have to remember to bring hard hat next time. The pattern held up on two creeks so I though it would work. We also did good fishing the canal going up to the locks.

Day 1... I drew a young guy from mississippi (young Ray) but he had not brought his boat. Unfortunately my acorn pattern did not produce. I lost one small keeper next to the boat and Ray got one. But that was all we got after sepnding half a day on the creek. So we tried the canal with no luck there. I took him up to the dam. He hooked something big, he tought for sure it was a new state record sm. But turned out to be a nice size drum.

Day 2... I got paired with (Old Ray) who lives 5 miles from the ramp and he is in 3rd place. So of course we use his boat and he had his limit by 8am. He must have caught 15 keepers and ended up in 4th or 5th place at the end of the day. He taught me how to fish one ounce football jigs in about 20 feet and current. I got 4 that day for 7 something. But I lost 3 at the boat before I realized you cant give those fish an inch. All they have to do is shake there head once and that heavy jig is coming out. One of the 3 was a good fish so I should have had more like 9 - 10 lbs. Spent most of thursday night running around town looking for football jigs. haha..

Day 3... Got paired with Troy from texas he didnt bring his boat either. BTW all 3 of the guys I went out with were great. I would fish with any of them again. Troy had a bluff on the main lake which produced well for him the day before, and I managed to find a spot like Ray had shown me. First 5 minutes on the deep water spot I nail a 4 lb 5 oz lm on the 1 oz football jig. Thats it I am a happy camper, boat could have sunk after that and would still have been happy. Then we went to Troys spot, and fished fenese worms and 1/8 oz jigs. Troy got a small keeper on a bungee rig and I got a decent keeper on a fw. We bounced back and forth between the two spots most of the day. My Spot produced 3 good fish and at least I didnt miss any this time. Troy had a few bites on my spot but could not hook up. His spot only produced dinks after that first pass. For the day I ended up with 4 for 9+.

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Den


October 2, 2009
Dale Gorrell 30.52 lbs


Dale Gorrell 19th


Dale Gorrell 2nd, Navy team


Wayne Alker, 14.89 lbs


Wayne Alker, 2nd Union team


Den Budzitowski, 16.64 lbs

LEADER BOARD
AOY
1R Santos369
1Den B369
3A Reeves362
COY
1Ray M182
1C Schwartz182
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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. details...

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

Over $1,000 of Paid Entry Fees. details...

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
   

Triton Gold. details...

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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