Rostampour Conquers Old Hickory Lake
Farid N. Rostampour won the regular season finale of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Tennessee Central Division 3 tournament, held July 23, 2011, on Old Hickory Lake.
Running out of Flipper?s Bull Creek Landing in Gallatin to fish the 22,500-acre lake, the Clarksville, Tenn., angler landed five bass weighing 16.68 pounds with a 4.32-pound kicker. For winning the Boater Division, he took home a check for $3,190.
?We caught all our fish by throwing Texas-rigged worms on ledges,? Rostampour explained. ?We caught fish all day long, but the best bite was between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. I caught everything that bit.?
In second for the 81 boaters, Jeff Hollingshead of Murfreesboro, Tenn., brought in a five-bass tournament limit going 15.10 pounds. For the effort, he won $1,595.
?It was tough all day,? Hollingshead lamented. ?I caught most of my fish in the first two hours by cranking. I cranked all day long. At first, I was fishing in three feet of water. Later in the day as it got warmer, I was cranking in about 15 feet of water. I lost a couple good fish.?
Larry Sisk of Evansville, Ind., took third among the boaters with five bass and 14.18 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.01-pounder to earn $1,063.
?I caught most of my fish on a spinnerbait,? Sisk said. ?At the end of the day, I was flipping wood to get my limit. I fished about 30 miles from the landing.?
Sam E. Boss of Paducah, Ky., took fourth with five bass for 12.93 pounds with a 3.92-pound kicker. Rounding out the top five boaters, Brent Anderson of Kingston Springs, Tenn., dropped five bass on the scales for 12.75 pounds. Brandon A. Eddings of La Vergne, Tenn., set the tournament lunker standard with a 5.45-pounder to pocket $405.
?I got lucky,? Eddings said. ?The fish hit a Carolina-rigged brush hog. I broke off another good fish, one about that same size. I also broke one of my good rods.?
In the Co-Angler Division, Tyler W. Zschiedrich of Seymour, Ind., came south and took it all. Zschiedrich landed three bass for 9.43 pounds to win $1,595. Catching 10 keepers, he brought in a 4.78-pounder to win the division big bass title and a $203 bucketmouth bonus.
?I caught my limit of small fish in an hour,? Zschiedrich said. ?We fished ledges in about five to 10 feet of water. I upgraded all day. I caught most of my fish on a 7-inch worm and a football head jig. In all, I caught about 20 fish.?
Eric Blasingim of Cornersville, Tenn., took second among the co-anglers with a division limit of three bass going 8.96 pounds with a 4.45-pound kicker. Blasingim pocketed a check for $797.
?I used a little bit of everything,? Blasingim said. ?I caught fish on Texas-rigged worms and brush hogs on Carolina rigs ? anything plastic. We caught a lot of fish on a Strike King Shim E Stick on a 1/2-ounce Biffle football head jig.?
In third for the co-anglers, Randy Griffin of Murfreesboro, Tenn., landed three bass for 8.21 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.91-pounder, winning $532.
?I was fishing a Texas-rigged 10-inch worm down toward the dam,? Griffin said. ?I caught about 12 bass.?
Wilton P. Houchens II of Hopkinsville, Ky., brought in three bass weighing 7.74 pounds for fourth place. Rounding out the top five co-anglers, Brandon K. Taylor of Bowling Green, Ky., landed three bass going 7.31 pounds.
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