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Tom Means
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« on: September 14, 2011, 10:56:51 AM »

 Sabatose - Pendleton : walleye recking machines
This past weekend both the Kinzua Outdoors and the N.E.W.C. held their Walleye Championships on the Kinzua Reservoir. Fishing this time of year during the transition bite is usually tuff and challenging for most teams, you need to constantly be changing presentations and locations during each day to retarget fish and trigger their strikes. This past weekend was no different, with teams having great pre fishing for both numbers of fish, and big fish, but come tourney days, it was quite a different story for most.

The team of Chuck Sabatose and John Pendleton (S & P) was one team that really stayed aggressive and keyed in on the little details. Leaving there best spot on Saturday after cathing 27 keepers (and they were still biting) to allow another team to pull their limit was a class act that might have cost them a 1st place finish that day, finishing .02 pounds behind DeWayne Cawley and Mark Terwilliger who took top honors that day with a weight of 8.56 pounds. Speaking with Chuck and John that evening they were confident they had things figured out, but would the fish stay put, or would they need to find other winning fish.

Sunday afternoon teams started arriving to the weigh in, and it was becoming apparent that it was again another tuff day on the water, but rumors of some big baskets were filtering through the crowd. We had a tight grop of great anglers on top from the day before, and two different battles for team of the year in each circuit was also taking place. The interesting part about this battle is there was one team that was involved in both battles, Sabatose and Pendleton.

Sabatose and Pendleton were trailing Hind and Hind (Pound) by 26 points in the Kinzua Outdoors T.O.Y. race, and in the N.E.W.C. circuit they were trailing the Greczyns. The N.E.W.C. event was a two day combined weight total event, and several things needed to happen to give Sabatose and Pendleton (S & P) a chance to win. If the Greczyns caught no fish S & P could finish in second place and win by two points. If the greczyns caught 4 fish S& P could still take T.O.Y. honors with a second place and big fish.Give the Greczyns a 10 place fish and S & P would need to winn the event with the same other math involved.

As it turned out therE were enough teams to allow for a gap in finishes, and the Greczyns only weighed 1 fish the first day, leaving a glimmer of hope for S & P. This excitement made for a great event, and the entire crowd were standing on their feet closely watching the weigh ins.

On Saturday teams that finished in the top ten were:
1. D. Cawley - M. Terwiliger 5 fish 8.56 pounds
2. C. Sabatose - J. Pendleton 5 fish 8.54 pounds
3. K. Hind - D. Pound 5 fish 8.42 pounds
4. M. Maholic - B. Haven 5 fish 8.24 pounds
5. L. Johnson - J. Lawrence 5 fish 7.64 pounds
6. D. Yohe - R. Rhoades 5 fish 7.24 pounds
7. L. - N. Smith 5 fish 7.00 pounds
8. F - D Mausser 5 fish 6.98 pounds
9. R - M Kemick 5 fish 6.71 pounds
10. R. Fike - R. Rieger 4 fish 6.24 pounds
Big Fish - Fike - Rieger - 2.51 pounds

There was 10 limits weighed, and 7 fish over 2 pounds.

On Sunday after several teams had weighed in, we finally had the team of Hind and Pound pull up to the stage. Rumors of a big fish and a big basket for this team would finally be answered when they pulled a 3.99 pound beauty from their live well, and 4 more eyes that totaled 10.93 pounds. With only a handfull of teams left to weigh in it looked as if they would take top honors for that day, big fish , and T.O.Y.

Every one was asking about S & P, where were they, what did they have. One team let us know they actually confirmed that S & P came in a little early, only to find out they needed to change a trailor tire, and fix their brakes.

Finally we were down to the last three teams to weigh in with S & P up first. Riding in the back of the boat while being pulled up to the stage sat a smiling Chuck Sabatose. I said he needed a huge basket, and he needed a 4 pounder for big fish, he kept smiling. As the crowed silenced and crowded the caution tape line to get a glimpse of what Chuck was about to pull out of his live well, I told him to pull out his big fish. Chuck place a large Eye in the basket, and I asked if it was his biggest one, he replied I think so but I am not sure, so one at a time he started to pull large eyes out of the Live well. After the third fish was pulled out the crowd was going crazy cheering him on knowing they were in a tight race.

Would it be enough to over take Hind - Pound, how about the Greczyns who weighed in 5 fish this day, and 6 for two days.

As the scale settled their big fish weighed 3.78 pounds, just missing the big fish mark. As we place all 5 fish on the scale, it weighed a whopping 13.67 pounds, and the crowed errupted cheering them on, not only for the great basket, but every one knew how hard Chuck had worked at this for this event.

One more team weighed in, then the last team came in. After all the excitement what could be left.

The team of Frank & Doug Mausser pulled up to the stage smiling, but they only had 2 fish. When they pulled the second fish from the live well, the crowd errupted again. After weighing the fish, it tipped the scales at 5.02 pounds, enough to take Big fish honors for the day.

On Sunday teams that finished in the Top 10:
1. C. Sabatose - J. Pendleton 5 fish 13.67 pounds
2. K. Hind - D. Pound 5 fish 10.93 ponds
3. M. Maholic - B. Haven 5 fish 8.66 pounds
4. L. - N. Smith 5 fish 8.30 pounds
5. D. Cawley - M. Terwilliger 5 fish 8.00 pounds
6. R. & M. Kemick 5 fish 7.54 pounds
7. S. Hotteling - M. Smith 5 fish 6.52 pounds
8. B. & L. Greczyn 5 fish 6.36 pounds
9. M. Alviti - P. Ambrose 4 fish 6.28 pounds
10. F. & D. Mausser 2 fish 6.25 pounds
Big Fish - Maussers - 5.02 pounds

There was 10 limits caught, and 13 fish over two pounds, and 4 over3 pounds weighed.

Top 5 overall:
Champion: Chuck Sabatose - John Pendleton - 10 fish - 22.21 pounds
Runner up: Kevin Hind - Darrin Pound - 10 fish - 19.35 pounds
3. Mike Maholic - Brock Haven - 10 fish - 16.90 pounds
4. DeWayne Cawley - Mark Terwilliger - 10 fish - 16.56 pounds
5. Lynn & Nate Smith - 10 fish - 15.30 pounds

Kinzua Outdoors year end:

T.O.Y. Kevin Hind - Phil Hind - Darrin Pound - 847 points
Runner up Chuck Sabatose - John Pendleton - 831 points
3. Dewayne Cawley - Mark Terwilliger - 732 points
4. Mike Maholic - Brock Haven - 716 points
5. Bill & Linda Greczyn - 703 POINTS
6. Rob & Mike Kemick - 702 POINTS
7. Frank & Doug Mausser - 694 points
8. Richard Fike - Ryan Rieger - 693 points
9. Lynn & Nate Smith - 681 points
10. Rob & Bob Yohe - 670 points

Team of Year: Chuck Sabatose - John Pendleton - 873 points
Runner up : Bill & Linda Greczyn - 867 points

This years Championships had a great turn out with both teams and spectators, food and beverages and Chicken BBQ.

Special Thank you to Bradford Eagles Club - Title Sponsor

Fairway ford, Crescent Beer, Case Cutlery, Northern Tier, Bradford Beverage, Allegany Site Management.

Very special Thank you to: Corydon Hotel, Chip & Betsy, Carol & Steve Marcus, Sue, Jim, Barb Wilcox, Lindsey Shine, Maria Blume, Brandi Franco, all the food donations and helpers I forgot.

Chicken BBQ Workers: Rob Yohe, Neal Tambash, Neal Vinca, "Cooker - Dave Lechiarra"

Our last event is Sunday October 9th. This is our Annual fall fest, and will be run out of the Corydon Fire hall.

I would love to see a great turn out for this event, this is our season ending fun event / party, and it shows me how every one appreciates what we do all year. Show us how well we are doing by participating in this final event.

For more details e-mail me at tgmeans@earthlink.net or call me at (814) 362-1423. Entry forms are available on our website www.Kinzua-Outdoors.com

Thank you and congradulations to all,
Tom Means
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