Davenport Opens Ohio Season With Big Win
Dave M. Davenport played the wind to get the win during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Ohio Division 20 opener, season held April 13, 2013, on Rocky Fork Lake.
Running out of East Shore Marina in Hillsboro to fish the 1,384-acre lake in Highland County, the Milford, Ohio, angler caught five bass weighing 18.17 pounds with a 5.36-pound largemouth as a kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Davenport took home a check worth $2,010.
“This is my home lake,” Davenport said. “I grew up 30 minutes from here and fished it all my life. The sun brought the fish out into the windy areas. I caught all of my fish around wind-blown banks. I caught my fish on an Alabama rig with 4-inch Berkley hollow bellies. I caught a lot of keepers, probably close to 40 fish.”
In second for the boaters, Jim Hite of Stoutsville, Ohio, found a five-bass tournament limit for 13 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.05-pounder.Keith Baker of Uniontown, Ohio, finished in third place with four keepers going 10.98 pounds including a 4.90-pounder.
Dustin M. Blair of Waverly, W.Va., placed fourth with five bass at 7.53 pounds, followed by Steven J. Schubert of Rayland, Ohio, with five bass and 5.93 pounds. Donald H. Holt of Perrysburg, Ohio, set the tournament lunker standard with a 5.56-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Clinton Taylor of Vienna, W.Va., won with three bass at 6.37 pounds. He caught a total of four fish including one short bass.
“I caught four fish, but one wasn’t a keeper,” Taylor lamented. “I caught my fish on a Fat Free Sexy Shad in 10 to 12 feet of water and then lost it on a stump. I didn’t catch another fish after that. This was the first time I had ever fished this lake.”
Christopher M. Iredale of Bethel, Ohio, took second among the co-anglers with a three bass division limit weighing 4.71 pounds. David M. Prater of Franklin, Ohio, followed with two bass and 4.69 pounds. In fourth place, Matt Huddle of Mount Orab, Ohio, only landed one fish, but his 4.36-pounder took division bragging rights. Troy Holsinger of Portsmouth, Ohio, wrapped up the top five co-anglers with three bass at 4.28 pounds.
For more information on these tournaments, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at 256-230-5627 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.