Rutland Wins Big On Lake Jordan

Chris Rutland went home with near $10,000 by winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Alabama South Division 2 tournament, held April 27, 2013, on Lake Jordan.Running out of Bonner’s Landing in Wetumpka to fish the 6,800-acre lake about 25 miles north of Montgomery, the hometown angler caught five bass weighing 16.25 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.28-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Rutland took home a check for $2,890. He also collected a $7,000 bonus from Triton Boats.“I fished the lower end of the lake,” Rutland explained. “I practiced a couple times this week and found some fish. I went right to that spot and caught fish on my first four casts with topwaters. I caught eight fish in about 15 minutes and weighed in three of them. After that, I flipped or ran a swim jig through the grass and culled up two times. I won $7,000 from Triton on top of my tournament winnings. Anyone who is in the market for a new boat would be crazy not to buy a Triton with that kind of money on the table. It’s a great boat with a great bonus program.”In second for the boaters, Michael M. Smith of Laurel Hill, Fla., brought in a five-bass tournament limit for 15.74 pounds. He anchored the bag with a 3.59-pound kicker to take home a check for $1,445.“I started the morning throwing an Alabama rig and caught an early limit of spotted bass,” Smith recalled. “I culled out all by one of those. I caught two weigh fish by flipping and two on a swim jig in the mid-lake area. The fish really moved shallow with the warmer weather.”Alan Yarborough of Birmingham, Ala., found five keepers for 15.01 pounds with a 3.78-pound kicker for third place. He collected a check for $963.“I caught my fish by flipping piers,” Yarborough said. “I had a good day on the lake and didn’t lose any fish.”Chad Hall of Dora, Ala., landed in fourth place with five bass going 14.53 pounds. His biggest bass, a 4.37-pounder led the Boater Division big bass contest and tied for the tournament lunker award. For the effort, Hall earned $674 plus an extra $350 for the big bass.“I caught the big fish on a jig,” Hall revealed. “We fished grass in the mid-lake area.”Tommy C. Pegues III of Montgomery, Ala., took fifth place among the boaters. He caught a five-bass limit for 13.80 pounds with a 3.61-pound kicker.In the Co-Angler Division, Michael W. McLaurin of Ethelsville, Ala., won with three bass weighing 9.51 pounds. This included a 4.35-pound kicker. McLaurin pocketed a check for $1,445.“We fished around mid-lake all day,” McLaurin said. “All three of my weigh fish came on a black and blue football jig. I fished it really slowly about 10 to 15 feet from the bank. We caught all of our fish off rocky or woody cover. I snapped off one fish that probably weighed about five pounds.”Lynal Chappell of Westover, Ala., took second among the co-anglers with a three-bass tournament limit for 9.19 pounds. Chappell capped the catch with a 3.36-pound kicker to win $723.“I fished the mid-lake area and caught fish on a swim jig,” Chappell advised. “I caught a couple good fish early, but we caught fish all day.”In third for the co-anglers, Kyle Vance of Bessemer, Ala., brought in three keepers at 8.52 pounds. Vance’s biggest bass, a 4.37-pounder, tied for the tournament lunker title and won the Co-Angler Division big bass honors. For third place, Vance earned $483 with an extra $175 for the lunker.“I caught my fish on a swim jig about 200 yards from the marina,” Vance said. “I lost one about 4.5 pounds that would have helped me.”Mark D. Cannon of Salem, Ala., placed fourth among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.33 pounds including a 4.32-pound kicker. Mike Graham of Clanton, Ala., wrapped up the top five co-anglers with three bass for eight pounds.For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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