Adrian Avena secured his first Major League Fishing BPT win!
SUNDAY, JUNE 11, ON CAYUGA LAKE IN NEW YORK...
Adrian Avena secured his first Major League Fishing BPT win Sunday, June 11, on Cayuga Lake in New York. Avena locked down the win and a $100,000 paycheck by catching a dominating total weight of 105 pounds over his four fishing days.
Avena started the event in 17th place with 21 pounds, 2 ounces on day one of the qualifying round and jumped to seventh place after a monster comeback with a 24 pound, 14 ounce effort on day two. When weights zeroed to begin the knockout round, Avena started by catching a leading 29 pounds, 6 ounces on Saturday before slamming the door shut with 28 pounds, 10 ounces on the final day of the event.
“This event means a lot to me and my family, and it’s my first win since I won on Lake Champlain in my very first professional event ever,” said Avena. “It’s been a long time coming; I worked hard this week and tried to focus on fishing a little deeper than the other anglers and it paid off for me - I am super pumped and I have a lot of people who have believed in me.”
Avena focused on deeper spawning areas that had a little less pressure than most anglers and was able to catch some 6-pound quality bass each of the final days which was the difference in the event. He fished a chartreuse shad colored Berkley Gulp! Minnow on both a dropshot rig and a Berkley Half Head Jig which allowed him to see his bait better as the water dirtied up.
He fished both presentations with a 7-foot medium action Abu Garcia Fantasista X spinning rod and an Abu Garcia Revo Rocket spinning reel spooled with 10-pound Berkley x9 Braid and a Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon leader.
“We are proud of Adrian and his accomplishments throughout his professional career,” said Marc Kempter, VP of Marketing Communications. “Adrian has been a great ambassador and partner for both the Abu Garcia and Berkley brands for a long time, and his success on the water this week is well deserved.”