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Tom Belinda and Daniel Peterman Claim Victory

2012 FOM Stren Team Series Lake Erie East Regional Championship

by: Frank Evans, Senior Staff Writer,

1st Place - 41.83 lbs - Daniel Peterman and Tom Belinda with FOM President Al Odom
Photo by courtesy Fishers of Men
3rd Place - 36.79 lbs - Charles Goff and Bobby Clarke with FOM President Al Odom
Photo by courtesy Fishers of Men
(Sep. 23, 2012 - Erie, PA)

The 2012 Stren Team Series East Regional Championship came to an exciting close today, as Tom Belinda and Daniel Peterman, Pennsylvania Central, hauled in an additional 20.83 lbs, to give them 41.83 lbs and the victory. Tom and Daniel won a brand new sky-blue, silver, and white, 2012 Skeeter 190 ZX powered by a Yamaha VMAX.

Tom and Daniel worked rocky structure about 3 miles off the southern shore, 20 to 25 miles east of Presque Isle Bay with 3-inch green-pumpkin GULP Fry in 35 to 45 feet of water. Their bass were caught while holding over the hump in the early hours and by drifting with the winds later in the day. Several fish also fell for dark watermelon/purple flake Gitzit tube baits.

Tommy and Jacob Powroznik, Virginia East, moved up 6 places to finish second with 38.97 lbs. Jacob stated that his Dad, Tommy, took the Day 2, 6.19 lbs, 1st Big Fish in the bay area just minutes before check-in time. Both said that they used Berkley Gulp baits and tubes to net their fish. Their Day-Two limit weighed an astounding 23.10 lbs.

Third place went to Charles Goff and Bobby Clarke, North Carolina East, for boating 17.48 on Day 1 and 19.31 today. Charles and Bobby used Carolina rigs and drop-shot baits in and over rocky humps in 25 to 30 ft of the main lake water depths.

Greg and Colin Settnek, (PA-C) moved up from 9th to 4th place today by traveling east about 14 miles each day and holding over a hump (they had located about a mile offshore) in the mornings and drifting over it when winds kicked up later in the day. Greg and Colin worked 4-inch Jackall Crosstail Shad baits to the fish that were suspended about four feet over the hump that dropped off into 30 feet of water.

Fifth place was awarded to the North Carolina Piedmont father-son team of Kenneth and John Shumate. Ken and John took 14.75 (Day 1) and 19.24 today by fishing up to 2 miles from the Presque Isle inlet in about 15 to 20 ft of water with 1/2 and 1/4 oz. jigs, tipped with Zoom chunks, Strike King, 6XDs in chartreuse and Sexy Shad colors, along with Strike Zone 4 in. Slammer worms on shaky heads as conditions warranted.

The Day 2, 5.65 lbs, 2nd Big Fish Award went to Virginia East anglers, Keith and Stephen Estes.

The top 10 teams by weight and the highest placing team from each division, not already qualified, along with the highest finishing Adult-Youth and Male-Female teams from all 2012 Regional Championships will earn a berth to the 2012/2013 Stren Team Series National Championship, Presented by Pflueger, which will be held May 16th, 17th, and 18th on Clarks Hill Reservoir in Columbia County Georgia where the first place prize will be a 2013 Skeeter FX21 powered by the strong running Yamaha 250/SHO and the second place prize, a Skeeter ZX190 powered by a Yamaha 150, or cash prizes.

We want to thank the Team Series Presenting Sponsor, STREN, Joe Holody, Director of Convention Sales and Services for VISIT ERIE, special speaker, Aaron Lego, Bel-Aire Hotel and Convention Center, and all the people who provided and served a great meal; along with all the fine companies that make Fishers of Men possible: Stren (the Team Series Presenting Sponsor), Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Pflueger Fishing, Markel American Insurance Company, Nestor Hosiery, Strike King Lure Company, Power Pole, Marshall's Marine, Helly Hansen Outdoor Gear/Sporting Goods, Keelshield, Buckeye Lures, Jacobs Glass, Solar Bat, Duckett Fishing, Berkley Fishing Products, Outdoor Specialty Products (Rejuvenade "Next Generation"), Abu Garcia, Markel American Insurance, Nester Hosiery, Power Pole, Marshall's Marine of Lake City SC, Keelshield, and Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits.