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July 19, 2013

Lavictoire leads, Schwenkbeck 2nd at FLW event

PLATTSBURGH — Thomas Lavictoire, Jr. of West Rutland, Vt. hauled in 20 pounds, 4 ounces of bass Thursday to take the lead in the FLW EverStart Series Northern Division event on Lake Champlain.

Keeseville’s Darrin Schwenkbeck caught five bass weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces to take second place in the professional division on Day 1. Chad Gribsby of Maple Grove, Minn. (18 pounds, 3 ounces) rounded out the top three.

The tournament continues today and Saturday with 6 a.m. takeoffs and 2 p.m. weigh-ins at Dock Street Landing.

Plattsburgh’s Jason Gaboriault and Edward Pecore ranked 53rd and 75th, respectively, in the pro division. James Jeffries of Rouses Point currently stands 99th.

In the co-angler division, Robert Giannini of Rochester, Mass. had the biggest haul Thursday with 16 pounds, 8 ounces. Plattsburgh’s Jason Bezio was 12th with a five-fish total of 14 pounds, 5 ounces.

Kevin Mulverhill of Moira finished 55th Thursday, and Tom Callahan of Moriah Center was 96th.

Pros are fishing for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers are casting for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.

The EverStart Series consists of five divisions — Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division includes four tournaments, and competitors vie for valuable points in each division that could earn them the Strike King Angler of the Year title, which allows them to fish the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.

Top 20

Professionals

1, Thomas Lavictoire Jr., West Rutland, Vt., 20-04 (5). 2, Darrin Schwenkbeck, Keeseville,18-06 (5). 3, Chad Grigsby, Maple Grove, Minn., 18-03 (5). 4, Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 17-13 (5). 5, Derick Olson, Coatesville, Pa., 17-08 (5). 5, Joel Parmer , Saint Regis Falls, 17-08 (5). 7, Ryan Powroznik, Prince George, Va., 17-03 (5). 8, Chris Flint, Potsdam, 17-02 (5). 9, Lon Fleming, Piedmont, S.C., 17-01 (5). 10, David Wolak, Wake Forest, N.C., 16-15 (5). 11, Nathan Laskiewicz, Sudbury, Vt., 16-10 (5). 12, Bo Cross, Knoxville, Tenn., 16-08 (5). 12, Dean Meckes, Clayton, 16-08 (5). 14, Aaron Hastings, Middletown, Md., 16-07 (5). 15, Tim Aldrich, Shutesbury, Mass., 16-05 (5). 15, Chris Johnston, Peterborough, Ontario, 16-05 (5). 17, Ken Golub, Pittsford, 16-03 (5). 18, Todd Brunelle, Milton, Vt., 16-02 (5). 19, Rob Digh, Denver, N.C., 16-01 (5). 20, Matt Stasiak, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15-15 (5).

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