Phillips Jumps Into Lead at Eastern Divisonal
Russell Phillips of Connecticut surged to the top of the 94 angler field, on Day 1 of the Eastern Divisional being held at Kingston, Ontario Canada. His bag of five smallmouth tipped the scales at 21-08 pounds. Nipping at his heels with 21-05 pounds is Curtis Richardson, of Canada, in second place. In third place is the New Hampshire angler, Garry Woodruff with a big sack that weighed 19-06 pounds. In fourth place sits Matt Thoin of New Hampshire with a limit weighing 18-14 pounds. THe final spot in the top five goes to David Barnes Sr, of Maine, who turned in 18-10 pounds today.
The big bass pot for Wednesday went to Maine angler, Jason Kervin with a beautiful 6.00 pound lunker smallmouth. A total of 90 out of 94 anglers weighed at least one fish on Wednesday which totaled 972-04 pounds. There were a total of 48 limits brought to the scales today.
The team from Vermont jumped out to the early lead in the state to state competition. Their team weighed in 158-11 pounds on Wednesday among the twelve man team. Massachusetts sits in second place with 144-03 pounds for their team. Connecticut stands in third place with 140-01 pounds. The remainder of the states look like this. New York 121-05 pounds. Ontario, Canada 120-13 pounds. New Hampshire 112-11 pounds. Maine 101-06 pounds and Rhode Island 73-02 pounds.
After one day of competition, the race for the top two anglers from each state, is a tight one. Several states have as many as three or four guys who are within a pound or two of the top slot in their state.
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