MASSENA, NY (WWTI) – A North Country boater won top prize at a recent fishing tournament in Massena.
The Major League Fishing Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super Tournament presented by TH Marine on the St. Lawrence River wrapped up its two-day event on Monday, and Matthew Grant of Norwood, New York claimed his victory. This event was one of 128 tournaments held throughout the season and is aimed at weekend anglers.
According to MLF, to win the tournament, Grant brought in ten basses in two days with a total weight of 41 pounds, 14 ounces. He won $ 5,137.
Boaters could earn up to an additional $ 7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League if all requirements are met. Emergency bonuses were awarded to three other boaters. This included James Ciferni of Hammond who received the Boater Big Bass, Brian Snowman of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, who received the Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass, and Johnathan Robla of Waddington who won the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus.
The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine is a 24 division circuit with five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters, Strike King co-anglers from each division and five qualifying event winners will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League regional championships. The top six from each region will then advance to the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American, one of the longest-serving bass fishing championships in competition.
The ten best results of the Masséna tournament are listed below:
|Name of boater / hometown||Low||Weight||Price|
|1||Matthew Grant, Norwood, New York||ten||41-14||$ 5,137|
|2||Douglas Reed, Bridgeton, New Jersey||ten||41-6||$ 2,569|
|3||Jason Burger, Bridgeton, New Jersey||ten||39-7||$ 1,712|
|4||Michael A. Sentore, Gloucester City, New Jersey||ten||38-5||$ 1,199|
|5||James Ciferni, Hammond, New York||ten||38-2||$ 1,672|
|6||Gerald Rosenbarker, Galway, New York||ten||38-2||$ 942|
|7||Jonathan Robla, Waddington, New York||ten||36-10||$ 1,356|
|8||David Wilder, Middle River, MD||9||35-7||$ 771|
|9||Clifford Chilson, Cicero, New York State||ten||34-9||$ 685|
|ten||Jeffrey Ware, Warrenton, Virginia||9||31-11||$ 599|
The top ten Strike King co-anglers from the Massena tournament are also listed below:
|Strike King Co-Angler / Hometown||Low||Weight||Price|
|1||Dominic Pellegrino, Torrington, Connecticut||ten||35-15||$ 2,569|
|2||Paul Melo, Hudson, MA||9||32-9||$ 1,284|
|3||Roberto Laboy, Geigertown, Pennsylvania||ten||32-5||$ 858|
|4||David Paszkiewicz, Kearny, New Jersey||9||31-12||$ 599|
|5||Nicholas Dellaporta, Pequannock, New Jersey||ten||31-4||$ 514|
|6||Brian Snowman, Pompton Plains, NJ||8||27-15||$ 793|
|7||Joseph Merker, Pittsgrove, New Jersey||7||25-15||$ 428|
|8||Brooks Parker, Bridgeville, DE||7||24-0||$ 385|
|9||Samuel Jenesky, Cecil, Pennsylvania||6||21-13||$ 342|
|ten||Danny Walters, Abingdon, MD||7||20-13||$ 300|