Wade Scores Victory On Greers Ferry
Jeffry L. Wade soared high during the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Arkansas Division 12 tournament, held May 25, 2013, on Greers Ferry Lake.
Running out of Devils Fork Marina near the town of Greers Ferry, Ark., to fish the 40,000-acre lake, the 37-year-old Air Force member living in Cabot caught five bass weighing 11.91 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.60-pounder that took the tournament big bass title. For the Boater Division victory, Wade supplemented his military salary with a check for $1,345 plus an extra $100 for the big bass.
“In the morning, I hammered two fish on top with Spooks,” Wade revealed. “Then, I started flipping a variety of baits around the bushes. After I got a limit, I started throwing a Yum Flash Mob. I worked it around a mud line and had to slow it down, letting it fall over the edge of some small creeks. I caught about 25 fish, but I caught a bunch of smaller fish.”Right behind in second for the boaters, Rick Ellis, a 36-year-old angler from Cabot, landed a five-bass tournament limit going 11.54 pounds. He capped his catch with a 2.87 pounder to earn a check for $673.
“I sat in about four feet of water and threw out into about 120 feet of water,” Ellis said. “The fish were suspended in the tops of trees waiting for baitfish to come by. I caught my fish on a Paycheck Baits Repo Man in Blow Up color. I also used a brown jig with a green pumpkin Rage Craw. I had to work the baits really slowly and caught about 35 fish.”Dustin Huggins, 23, of Russellville finished third among the boaters with 11.03 pounds. For the effort, he went home with a check for $448.
“I caught fish on a fluke in the bushes early in the morning when the water was slick,” Huggins explained. “As the wind picked up, I backed out deeper. I fished a Carolina rig around mud lines on wind-blown points. I caught about 15 fish in all.”
In fourth place, Bobby Ammons of Waldron brought in a five-bass limit for 10.17 pounds with a 2.88-pound kicker. Bill Puckett of Clinton wrapped up the top five boaters with five bass and 10.16 pounds including a 2.88-pounder kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Robert J. Bartoszek, 25, of Conway won with three bass going 6.77 pounds. The Gander Mountain fishing supervisor capped his catch with a 2.27-pounder to pocket a check for $706.
“We ran to the lower end of the lake early and fished with bone-colored Spook topwater baits,” Bartoszek said. “We caught limits over the top of flooded timber. Then, we went back up the lake and caught some smallmouth in deeper water on green pumpkin Booyah jigs. I caught some smaller fish on Carolina rigs, but the bigger ones wanted the jig. I caught about 15 keepers and another 15 small ones.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Sawyer M. Grace of Russellville brought in a three-bass division limit for 6.55 pounds. He set the division big bass standard with a 2.68-pounder.
B.J. Laster of Oklahoma City, Okla., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass and 6.20 pounds with a 2.56-pound kicker. In fourth place, Joe H. Coble of Malvern found three keepers for 6.08 pounds with a 2.34-pound kicker. Jason Broomfield of Mena rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass for 5.42 pounds including one 2.20-pounder.
The next divisional tournament will be held June 22, 2013, out of Dardanelle State Park in Russellville to fish Lake Dardanelle. 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.