Pustizzi Takes the ABA win on the Chesapeake with over 19 pounds!
ATHENS, Ala. – Vincent Pustizzi of Pittsgrove, NJ won the Bass Pro Shops Open Series event held on the Chesapeake Bay on 6/1/19. Running out of Anchor Boats Marina in North East MD, Pustizzi weighed in a five bass limit weighing 19.97 pounds. His limit was anchored by a bass weighing 5.77 pounds. He took home a check for $2500.00 for the win.
“I caught my fish pretty much like everyone did. I was flipping grass with a jig and I had 8 bites but they were the right ones,” said Pustizzi.
In second place for the boaters Andrew Heivly of Malvern, PA, weighed in a five bass limit weighing 19.01 pounds.
“I was fishing the outside of flats with a trap and a jig,” said Heivly. “I caught a lot of fish today, they were really chewing. I just needed one more good bite.”
Taking third for the boaters David Wilder of Middle River, MD, weighed in a five bass limit weighing 17.90 pounds.
“I was fishing grass on the flats with a brush hog and a chatterbait,” said Wilder.
In fourth place, Gregory Zinni of Bridgeton, NJ weighed in a five bass limit weighing 17.65 pounds. Rounding out the top five, Ryan Smith of Galloway, NJ weighed in five bass for 16.73 pounds.
Taking boater big bass honors, Thomas Turner of Kingsville, MD weighed in a bass that tipped the scales at 5.88 pounds. Turner collected $500.00 for the bass.
In the co-angler division Michael Duarte of Middle River, MD weighed in three bass that weighed an impressive 15.08 pounds. Duarte’s catch was anchored by a bass weighing 5.50 pounds which was the biggest bass weighed in by a co-angler. Duarte collected $1500.00 for his catch.
“I caught all of my fish today fishing grass with a homemade swim jig,” said Duarte.
In second place for the co-anglers James Easley of Middletown, DE weighed in three bass for 12.91 pounds. His limit was anchored by a bass weighing 4.84 pounds.
“I was fishing grass today with a chatterbait,” said Easley. “They were really biting. I was culling out 4 pounders.”
Taking third for the co-anglers Paul Kimball Jr. of Philadelphia PA, weighed in a three bass limit weighing 11.37 pounds.
“I actually caught my three keepers today on a crankbait,” said Kimball.
In fourth place for the co-anglers, Roland Gittings of Perryville, MD weighed in three bass for 10.42 pounds. Rounding out the top five, William Robins of Aston, PA weighed in three bass for 10.03 pounds.
The next event for the Maryland Division will be the area championship on the Hudson River launching from Catskill Ramps on 9/28-9/29 2019.
About American Bass Anglers – American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and all their bass tournament trails visit www.americanbassanglers.com.Pustizzi Takes the win on the Chesapeake