Triton Angler Sorrell Wins Champlain Tour Event!
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Edging out CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series pro Kotaro Kiriyama by a mere ounce, Stokesdale, N.C., resident Rodney Sorrell earned his first BASS win Saturday on Lake Champlain in the CITGO Bassmaster Northern Tour.
Sorrell's three-day total was 53 pounds, 2 ounces. Kiriyama took second place with 53 pounds, 1 ounce. Day 2 leader James Charlesworth of St. Cloud, Fla., fell to third with 52 pounds, 14 ounces; Chris Daves of Hopewell, Va., jumped from 14th to finish fourth with 50-10; and Rodney Hardwick fell from second to fifth with his three-day total of 49-15.
Sorrell climbed steadily to his first BASS career win. He started out in 31st place after Day 1, finished Day 2 in seventh place and then moved in on the win Saturday. He said he targeted smallmouth all three days, almost exclusively with a Yum Dinger rigged wacky-style on a drop-shot rig.
"The reason I got the bites was because I was dead-sticking it," said Sorrell. "I just let it drift and they would hit it. The natural pull of the lake gave it action."
Sorrell, 38, who works for a construction company that specializes in waterproofing, earned $23,100 in cash and a Triton boat rig with Mercury outboard worth $45,000.
"It's just unbelievable. It's a dream I've had since I started fishing as a little kid," said Sorrell. He said he plans to use his cash winnings toward a home for his mother.
In the co-angler division, the top prize of a Triton boat package valued at $30,000 was won by Jim McDevitt of Eldon, Mo., a retired Air Force master sergeant who served in the Missouri Air National Guard for 22 years. His Lake Champlain victory marked his first BASS win. McDevitt, 55, built a three-day total of 29-13.
Placing second in the co-angler division was Dave Waldron of Burnsville, W.Va., with 28 pounds, 7 ounces. Rounding out the top five were John Alber of Worcester, Vt., with 27 pounds, 12 ounces; Bob Lett of Allentown, Pa., with 27-10; and Jack Palmer of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Craig Gipe of Lancaster, Ky., who tied for fifth with 26-5.
The next stop on the CITGO Bassmaster Northern Tour circuit is Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, Oct. 2-4. The event will be the fourth of five for the Northern Tour.