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Fukae claims Champlain victory

Fukae claims Champlain victory

FLW Tour standout Shinichi Fukae earned his first B.A.S.S. victory on Saturday as he won the Lake Champlain Bassmaster Northern Open out of Plattsburgh, N.Y. His final-day bag, which weighed 18-13, gave him a 3-day total of 56-13.

The victory fulfills Fukae’s dream of fishing a Bassmaster Classic since he will earn a berth in the 2015 event to be held at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina if he competes in the final Northern Open.

“I’ll be happy when I fish the Bassmaster Classic,” he said.

Latham, N.Y., angler Sean Wilkes caught the heaviest bag of the tournament to finish in 2nd place with 54-15. He caught his limit of largemouth flipping a black and blue 1/2-ounce jig in shallow grass.

“That was my Plan D. My first plan was to fish a grassbed that had fish all over it, but when I got down there I wasn’t catching them,” Wilkes said. “I found out that one of the locals had ripped apart the grass before I got there. So I went to Plan B and that didn’t work out. Plan C didn’t work out either. Plan D was actually my kicker plan.”

Wisconsin policeman Scott Siller, who'd led after each of the first 2 days, managed just 11-11 today and finished 8th.

Full details of Fukae's winning pattern will be published soon.

Here are the final totals for the Top 12:

1. Shinichi Fukae: 56-13
2. Sean Wilkes: 54-15
3. Mike Iaconelli: 53-08
4. Sam George: 52-03
5. Micah Frazier: 52-00
6. Jordan Lee: 51-11
7. Dave Wolak; 50-15
8. Scott Siller: 50-13
9. Chris Daves: 48-10
10. Kotaro Kiriyama: 48-02
11. Aaron Martens: 47-06
12. Ott DeFoe: 45-08

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