Palmer Wins Oklahoma Bass Tournament
Luke Palmer flipped to victory during the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Oklahoma Division 14 tournament, held June 15, 2013, on Lake Eufaula.
Running out of Eufaula Cove in the town of Eufaula, Okla. to fish the 102,200-acre lake, the 22-year-old angler from Coalgate caught five bass to finish with 15.42 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.65-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Palmer took home a guaranteed check for $5,000 since the tournament drew more than 100 boats.
“The fish were really tight to cover,” Palmer explained. “I targeted woody cover with a black and blue beaver bait and a Texas-rigged junebug and chartreuse brush hog. I threw it as far into cover as I could. I caught about 20 fish, but only five keepers.”
In second for the 116 boaters, Brett Brumnett, 39, of Wagoner landed a five-bass tournament limit going 15.27 pounds. He collected $2,000 for the effort. I lost two really good fish.”
“The fish backed out a bit and were around grass,” Brumnett said. “I caught most of mine on a 3/8-ounce white and chartreuse Strike King spinnerbait with number 5 nickel blades. I was slow rolling it through the grass. I also caught some fish by flipping a black and blue sweet beaver. I caught about 12 bass with six keepers and culled once.”
Kevin S. Apple, 38, of Broken Arrow landed in third for the boaters. He caught five bass to finish with 14.82 pounds to win a check for $1,333.
"With the water high in the bushes and muddy, we had a pretty good day pitching and flipping sapphire blue Berkley Havoc baits in three feet of water,” Apple revealed. “We caught about 12 fish. I culled twice. The fish were in the heart of the thick willows.”
In fourth place, Darin B. Crowder of Collinsville caught five bass for 14.62 pounds with a 5.06-pound kicker. T. Isaacs of Midwest City brought in five bass weighing 14.60 pounds to finish fifth for the boaters. Benjamin W. Rude of Pauls Valley took the Boater Division lunker title with a 5.08-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Ronnie Stiek, 42, of Skiatook led the pack from the back with three bass going 12.29 pounds for about a 4.10-pound average. For the victory, he pocketed a guaranteed check for $2,500 since the tournament drew more than 100 boats.
“I started throwing a jig and right away, I caught a bass bigger than five pounds,” Stiek recalled. “I followed that immediately with another one weighing about four pounds. About 30 minutes later, I caught another one about three pounds. All through the day, I caught a bunch of 2- to 2.5-pound fish. I probably caught about 50 fish. I caught my fish on a 7/16-ounce jig with a Paca trailer. I dragged it really slowly on the bottom. I tied it to 10-pound Seaguar line.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Donnie Benson of Eufaula brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.55 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.43-pound kicker that earned tournament big bass honors.
Kenneth K. Robertson of Haileyville finished third among the co-anglers with a three-bass limit and 9.34 pounds. Shane Cashman of Henryetta landed three keepers for 9.07 pounds. Dean A. Cox of Broken Arrow rounded out the top five co-anglers with a three-bass limit weighing 9.05 pounds anchored by a 3.60-pound kicker.
The next divisional tournament will be held July 13, 2013, out of Taylor’s Ferry North Landing near Wagoner, Okla., to fish Lake Fort Gibson. At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.