Goggins Wins Second ABA Tournament

Winning angler Anthony Goggins.

Anthony W. Goggins wrapped up the Alabama South Division 2 2011 regular season with his second win during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, May 21 tournament on Lake Logan Martin.

Running out of Lakeside Park Marina in Pell City, the Sylacauga angler brought in five bass for 14.18 pounds for the Boater Division victory. He anchored his bag with a 4.25-pound kicker, winning $2,317.

?We ran all the way to within a mile of the dam and flipped a pumpkinseed jig all day,? Goggins explained. ?Later in the afternoon, I came back down and fished boat docks. I caught two of my best fish in the last 30 minutes of the tournament.?

The anglers could fish anywhere on the 18,000-acre ?Lake of a Thousand Coves? on the Coosa River. George E. Crain of Cropwell chose to stay in the mid-lake area, boating five keepers for 13.19 pounds. He collected $1,158.

?I caught my fish on a jig with Paca Craw,? Crain said. ?Both the jig and the trailer were green pumpkin. We caught fish all day. The bigger fish bit early, but some big ones also turned on at about 1:30 p.m.?

In third for the 51 boaters, Tim Hurst of Oxford brought in a tournament limit of five bass weighing 12.16 pounds. He went home with a check for $772.

?I fished a Carolina rig really slow,? Hurst advised. ?We caught fish all day, but in the afternoon, they really started biting.?

Jonathan Gulledge of Moody placed fourth with five bass going 12.14 pounds, but anchored his bag with a 5.10-pound bucketmouth that won the tournament big bass title. For the effort, he earned $541 with a $250 bonus for the big bass.

?I caught the big one by swimming a black and blue jig through 2.5 feet of water early in the morning,? Gulledge said.

Ricky D. Smith of Ohatchee came in fifth for the boaters. He dropped five bass weighing 11.91 pounds on the scales.

Co-Angler winner William Wood

In the Co-Angler Division, William B. Wood of Sylacauga won with three bass going 7.58 pounds. He collected $1,174.

?We started fishing topwaters in the mid-lake area,? Wood said. ?I caught them on a Net Bait Thumper and a One-Minus. We caught fish all day.?

In second for the co-anglers, Garrett O. Booth of Northport brought in a division limit of three keepers for 7.54 pounds with a 3.19-pound kicker. He pocketed $587 for the effort.

?We fished up north,? Booth said. ?All of my fish came on pumpkinseed jigs or shaky heads. I broke off on one big fish.?

Marty J. Colley of Ashville landed three bass for 7.44 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.99-pounder to win $391.

?I was using a swim jig and a brush hog in the middle part of the lake,? Colley said. ?We fished in about three feet of water. We caught fish all day, but most of the good fish came early.?

Jason Ryan Davis of Vincent landed in fourth with three bass going 6.45 pounds, followed by Freddie Roberts of Ohatchee with three bass for 6.06 pounds. Robert L. Richardson of Phenix City only brought one bass to the scales, but his 4.19-pounder took division lunker honors.

?I caught it on a pumpkinseed jig with a Berkley Chigger Craw trailer up the river,? Richardson said. ?I caught a lot of short fish.?

For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5632 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

For a schedule of other upcoming tournaments, click here.

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