Gnewikow Wins Kentucky Lake Shootout

Gnewikow Wins Kentucky Lake Shootout

David Gnewikow and his co-angler put more than 150 bass in the boat to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Kentucky Division 15 tournament, held May 4, 2013, on Kentucky Lake.

Running out of Moors Resort in GIlbertsville, Ky., to fish the largest artificial lake by surface area east of the Mississippi River, the Mount Juliet, Tenn., angler weighed in five bass weighing 26.03 pounds for a 5.20-pound average. For the Boater Division victory, Gnewikow took home a check for $2,890.

“I mostly threw a crankbait,” Gnewikow said. “We absolutely smashed them. Between my co-angler and me, we probably caught 150 fish. I don’t know how many 3- and 4-pound fish we threw back.”

In second for the boaters, J. D. Merritt of Benton, Ky., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 25.15 pounds. He topped his take with a 6.65-pound bucketmouth. 

“We hit a couple different schools of fish,” Merritt explained. “My co-angler and I each caught about 30 fish.”

Mike L. Pickett of Brandenburg, Ky., landed in third among the boaters with five bass and 22.75 pounds. He anchored his bag with an 8.26-pound kicker that set the tournament big bass standard.

“I flipped the bushes with a brush hog in the backs of the creeks,” Pickett revealed. “I caught the big one that way. I also caught some bass on a swimbait.”

David Young of Mayfield, Ky., brought in five keepers for 22.01 pounds and fourth place. Lou Scornavacco of Des Plaines, Ill, followed with five bass and 21.29 pounds to wrap up the top five boaters.

Grant D. Davis
Grant D. Davis

In the Co-Angler Division, Grant D. Davis of Franklin, Tenn., brought in three bass for 13.13 pounds and a 4.38-pound average. He upped his average by catching a 6.08-pounder to pocket a check for $1,445.

“I caught my fish on black and blue jigs with Rage Craw trailers,” Davis said. “The water was stained.”

Taking second for the co-anglers, Scott D. Brison of Clarksville, Tenn., landed a three-bass division limit for 12.91 pounds. He capped his catch with a 6.13-pounder that won the division big bass title. Brison went home with a second-place check for $723.

“We flipped trees and bushes all day long,” Brison said. “We caught fish all day long.”

Catching his fish on crankbaits, Jon J. Cunningham of Vine Grove, Ky., placed third with three bass and 12.79 pounds to earn $482. 

Chris L. Tilley of Paducah, Ky., landed in fourth place among the co-anglers with three bass at 12.59 pounds including a 5.87-pound kicker. Robby Hand of Clarksville, Tenn., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass going 12.28 pounds.

For more information on this tournament, call Evan Boutwell, tournament manager, at 256-230-5633 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see

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