Weekend Angler Leads Wire-To-Wire In ABA Win
Winning angler Phillip BatesABA
Phillip Bates led wire to wire during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Southeast Regional Championship tournament, held Oct. 14-15, 2011, on Kentucky Lake.Running out of Kentucky Dam State Park Marina near Gilbertsville, Ky., the Bon Aqua, Tenn., angler brought in a two-day limit of 10 bass
for 32.49 pounds with a 6.44-pound kicker. Leading on Day 1, he landed 20.08 pounds, the largest single-day bag in the tournament. He followed on Day 2 with 12.41 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, he won a fully-rigged Triton boat powered by a Mercury outboard with a MotorGuide trolling motor.?I mostly fished shallow flats off the river,? Bates explained. ?I used Lucky Craft Gunfish topwater baits. It was easier on Day 1, but a lot tougher on Day 2.?In second, Brandon A. Eddings of La Vergne, Tenn., brought in two consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits for 29.62 pounds. Holding second throughout the event, he landed 16.25 pounds on Day 1 and 13.37 pounds on Day 2 to pocket $2,500.?I started practicing in the pockets and caught some good fish, but that got burned out quickly,? Eddings explained. ?I went out on the main river and fished shallow flats with a small crankbait. I hit isolated stumps. After the sun came up, I went back to fishing deep drops with a Carolina rig and a crankbait.?Rogne Brown of Hixson, Tenn., caught 10 bass for 28.58 pounds and third place. He landed 11.95 pounds on Day 1. On Day 2, he followed up with 16.63 pounds, the largest bag caught that day and second largest daily bag in the tournament.?I fished shallow flats early in the morning with spinnerbaits,? Brown said. ?The best bait was a double-willow leaf chartreuse and white. Then, I moved out deeper. I threw a 1/2-ounce up shallow and a 1-ounce out deeper.?In fourth among the boaters, Tom O?Bryant of Cedar Grove, Tenn., landed 10 bass at 28.39 pounds, making catches of 13.87 and 14.52 pounds. Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tenn., took fifth place with 10 bass for 26.68 pounds with catches of 13.44 and 13.24 pounds. Brandon S. Gray of Bullock, N.C., only landed two bass, but one weighed 6.89 pounds, enough to take the division big bass title.
Winning co-angler Bud McKelveyABA
In the Co-Angler Division, Bud McKelvey of Knoxville, Tenn., won with five bass weighing 13.89 pounds. Placing ninth after Day 1, he landed 6.43 pounds. He followed that with 7.46 pounds.?I fished a Spook both days,? McKelvey said. ?Everything I caught came on top.?Day 1 leader, Blake Sweeton of Chattanooga, Tenn., finished second with four bass weighing 13.84 pounds to earn $500. On Day 1, he brought in three bass weighing 11.85 pounds including a 5.53-pound kicker, the biggest co-angler daily bag in the tournament. On Day 2, he caught one bass weighing 1.99 pounds.?On Day 1, I caught my fish on a white and chartreuse spinnerbait,? Sweeton advised. ?I was sitting deep and throwing into the shallows. On Day 2, I tried a little of everything and caught my keeper by flipping around docks.?Jin Q. Nguyen of Kansas City, Mo., landed in third place with five bass weighing 12.92 pounds. Fishing consistently, he brought in bags weighing 6.58 and 6.34 pounds to pocket $400.?We were back in the creeks,? Nguyen said. ?Most of my fish came on a Lucky Craft Gunfish. I fished in Barkley both days.?In fourth for the co-anglers, Chad Walker of Cadiz, Ky., caught five bass for 12.30 pounds. Holding second on Day 1, he brought in 8.64 pounds and followed up with 3.66 pounds. Kevin J. Patin of Chapel Hill, Tenn., took fifth with four bass and 12.08 pounds, but anchored his bag with an 8.71-pounder that took tournament lunker honors. He caught 3.37 pounds on Day 1 and 8.71 pounds on Day 2.For more information on this tournament, call Randy Sullivan, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5633 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com
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