Kincaid Victorious On Tenkiller
On a chilly, windy day after a cold front moved through the area, Nick W. Kincaid won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Oklahoma Division 14 tournament, held April 16, 2011, on Lake Tenkiller.
The 24-year-old Tulsa angler brought in five bass weighing 18.41 pounds to win the Boater Division. His biggest fish weighed 5 pounds. Catching 20 fish in all, Kincaid pocketed $2,797.
"I looked for staging areas where the fish would hold as they were moving back toward the spawning areas," Kincaid said. "I was looking mainly for channel swings near the banks, preferably those with bigger rocks on them. The fish were on the edge of the flats where the channel made a bend in about eight to 12 feet of water. I caught my fish on a 1/2-ounce Tail Walker Copperhead football jig in blueberry color. Later, I threw a 1/2-ounce Hard Head rigged with a Cimarron-colored Biffle Bug. My biggest fish hit really early in the morning. I lost one fish that would have helped."
The anglers ran out of Chicken Creek Landing in Cookson and could fish anywhere on the 12,900-acre lake. Taking second for the 66 boaters, Kevin J. Ledoux, 32, of Choctaw brought four bass to the scales for 16.28 pounds. His 6.34-pounder took tournament big bass honors. For the effort, Ledoux earned $1,362.
"I was keying on main lake staging areas," Ledoux said. "I fished pre-spawn and spawning patterns. I could see beds 10 feet deep in the water. I caught my fish on a green pumpkin senko with a 1/16-ounce tungsten weight pegged about six inches above the hook. Using fluorocarbon line was the key in this clear water. I lost another fish as big as the two biggest ones I brought to the scales."
In third place, Lee L. Sanders, 53, of Stillwater landed 20 fish total and brought a five-fish tournament limit to the scales for 16.23 pounds including a 3.85-pound kicker. He won $935 for third place and another $1,250 in Triton Gold and Toyota Bonus Bucks cash.
"I put in some time pre-fishing," Sanders said. "The fish were in pre-spawn out in deeper water. I was fishing in 10 to 15 feet of water with a 1/2-ounce football head jig. I just cast it up onto the points and worked it back down really slow dragging it on the bottom."
Thomas Canady of Skiatook landed five bass going 16.18 pounds with a 4.52-pound kicker for fourth place. Brandon Mosley of Choctaw rounded out the top five boaters with five bass weighing 15.06 pounds.
Co-Angler winner Mance Fowler
In the Co-Angler Division, Mance Fowler, 64, of Fort Smith, Ark., caught three bass at 11.12 pounds for the win. Catching a total of 15 bass, his biggest bass weighed 4.43 pounds, earning him $1,397.
"We stayed on windy main points," Fowler said. "I threw a 3/4-ounce watermelon football jig with a green trailer on 20-pound fluorocarbon line. My boater threw soft plastics. Everything we caught was in six to seven feet of water. The key was putting the bait next to a big rock near the point."
In second for the co-anglers, Jason K. Rooks of Broken Arrow landed a division limit of three bass going 9.55 pounds with a 4.06-pound kicker. Andy Benson of Siloam Springs, Ark., caught three bass at 9.43 pounds for third place, followed by Larry Soukup of Agra with three bass and 9.26 pounds. Soukup actually caught 9.76 pounds, enough for second place, but suffered a penalty. Rounding out the top five co-anglers, Luke W. West of Chelsea found two keepers for 8.93 pounds. However, his 5.16-pounder took the division lunker title.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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