Gunn Loads Up for ABA Victory


Brian C. Gunn put in two consistent days to win the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, South Carolina Division 9 championship tournament, held Aug. 27-28, 2011, on Clarks Hill Lake.

Running out of Dorn Sport Fishing Facility to fish the 71,000-acre reservoir on the Georgia-South Carolina line, the Savannah, Ga., angler brought in 10 bass for 26.50 pounds with a 4.68-pound kicker. On Day 1, he landed 12.06 pounds to hold second place. He jumped a notch with a 14.44-pound effort on Day 2 to win the Boater Division.

?In the mornings, I started fishing a Pop-R,? Gunn said. ?Once the sun got up, I switched to a 10-inch plastic worm. I fished it really slowly in hydrilla. I knew there were quality fish there. I made up my mind to stay put. Being patient made the difference. On the first day, I caught my four best fish from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.?

In second for the boaters, James Rampey of Liberty, S.C., landed 10 bass for 25.95 pounds with a 4.31-pound kicker. Taking the lead on Day 1 with 14.54 pounds, he followed that with 11.41 pounds on Day 2 to earn $1,554.

?I caught most of my fish on a frog down by the dam,? Rampey explained. ?I caught a lot of fish both days, but couldn?t get the really big bite.?

Steve DeBord of Martinez, Ga., finished with a two-day 10-bass tournament limit weighing 19.18 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.51-pounder that won the tournament big fish title. On Day 1, DeBord landed 8.24 pounds. He followed that with a 10.94-pound effort. He went home with $1,036 for third place and a $292 lunker bonus.

?I caught most of my fish on a buzzbait at the upper end of the lake,? DeBord advised.

Eddie Herlong of Prosperity, S.C., landed in fourth place with nine bass going 18.70 pounds. He caught 5.78 pounds on Day 1 and 12.92 pounds on Day 2. Rounding out the top five boaters, Donald Hinson of Lugoff, S.C., caught 10 bass weighing 18.44 pounds. He caught weights of 7.58 and 10.86 pounds.

In the Co-Angler Division, Dan J. Martin of Bluffton, S.C., brought in six bass weighing 13.32 pounds. Leading after Day 1, he caught 5.81 pounds. On Day 2, he caught 7.51 pounds, the largest single-day bag in the division.

?I caught my fish on a crankbait and a creature bait,? Martin said. ?In the morning, I started with topwater poppers and flukes. Most of my fish came off rocky points on Day 1. On the second day, I caught fish in wood.?

Kyle Giella of Pooler, Ga., took second with two three-bass daily division limits weighing 12.18 pounds. He held fifth place on Day 1 with 5.29 pounds and added 6.89 pounds on Day 2 to collect $717.

?On the first day, I caught almost everything on a big white Sebille,? Giella said. ?They were really hammering it. On the final day, we were around schooling fish, but they wanted smaller baits. We tied a feathered treble hook about six to eight inches under the Sebille and caught 90 percent of our fish on the treble hook. I caught my two biggest fish on a drop shot by the bridge.?

In third among the co-anglers, Eddy Morgan of Charlotte, N.C., brought in six bass for 10.63 pounds. He caught 4.68 pounds on Day 1 and 5.95 pounds on Day 2 to pocket $478.

?On the first day, I threw a Sammy topwater bait all day long,? Morgan said. ?On the second day, I caught one early bass on a Sammy and switched to a Texas rig. On the first day, the fish bit better in the morning. On Day 2, I didn?t catch a fish until 10:30 a.m. I caught my biggest fish an hour before weigh-in.?

Kameron K. Harbin of Abbeyville, S.C., landed in fourth place among co-anglers with six bass weighing 9.90 pounds. He caught weights of 3.74 and 6.16 pounds. Ron Figueroa of Appling, Ga., followed in fifth place with six bass and 9.55 pounds after catching 4.22 pounds on Day 1 and 5.33 pounds on Day 2. Brian D. Hudson of Lexington, S.C., fished a green pumpkin jig in 20 feet of water to catch the division lunker, a 4.39-pound fish worth $135.

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. Online, see

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