Harleysville Fishing Pro Wins Bass Tournament

HARLEYSVILLE PA – Harleysville resident and fishing pro Grae Buck won Saturday’s (Aug. 5, 2019) T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Northeast Division tournament after catching five bass weighing a total 16 pounds and 13 ounces out of Oneida Lake in central New York, according to FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization.

All of the fish he weighed were smallmouth.

For his win, Buck earned $5,471 and 250 points in the Northeast Division. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title, after five tournaments, will win $3,000.

“Buck said he used a Tennessee Shad-colored and Purple-colored Cornerstone Baits Shimmy Shot on a drop-shot rig with a No. 2 Hayabusa DSR 132 hook and a ¼-ounce Eco Pro Tungsten Full Contact Drop Shot weight,” the tour publicist offered, in catering to fishing enthusiasts. “His line was 18-pound-test Gliss Supersmooth Monotex Yellow Line, with a 12-inch, 8-pound-test Seaguar InvisX fluorocarbon leader. Buck’s setup was rigged on Dobyns DX 703SF Champion Extreme rods and Ardent C-Force 3000 reels.”

“I was working in 8 to 12 feet of water and targeting areas that had a mix of rock and grass,” said Buck, who earned his fourth career win in bass fishing league competition, and his second on Oneida Lake. “I ran around and probably hit 20 different spots. I never found a school; I was plucking them off here and there. There are a bunch of small perch fry in those areas right now, so I was looking for the bait and matching the hatch.”

The tournament identified seven other Pennsylvania fishers as among top-10 finishers in the competition.

Photo from FLW

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