Haney Opens with Oklahoma Victory

Chris B. Haney opened a new season with a win during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Oklahoma Division 14 tournament, held March 23, 2013, on Lake Tenkiller.Running out of Chicken Creek Ramp near Cookson to fish the 12,900-acre lake on a chilly, rainy day, the 37-year-old Broken Arrow angler caught five bass weighing 21.52 pounds for the Boater Division victory. Since the tournament attracted more than 100 boats, Haney collected a guaranteed $5,000 for the win.“I fish Tenkiller quite a bite,” Haney said. “I was fishing big chunk rocks in the main lake with a Yumbrella rig. The fish were staging at the mouth of the creeks. I fished the bait really slowly just off the bottom. I also caught a couple fish on crankbaits. I caught about eight keepers and two small spotted bass.”In second for the 148 boaters, Brandon Pedigo, 28, of Durant brought in a five-bass tournament limit weighing 21.26 pounds. After a fantastic day on the water, he went home $2,391 richer.“I threw an Alabama rig, but had to slow it down because they were short-striking it,” Pedigo explained. “I caught most of my fish on an Arkie Muddler hair jig. I focused on ledges and the steeper inside edges of points. The fish were in 15 to 18 feet of water. I caught most of my fish between 10 a.m. and time to head back to the weigh-in. We caught more than 40 fish over 2.5 pounds. I culled about 15 times.”Kirk C. Smith, 37, of Edmond also found a five-bass limit, taking third with 21.17 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.56-pounder that bagged Boater Division big bass bragging rights. Catching a total of 16 fish, Smith pocketed $1,594 for third place and an extra $735 for the bucketmouth.“I caught the majority of my fish on an Alabama rig with Storm swimbaits on it,” Smith revealed. “I counted it down to about 15 feet and slow-rolled it back to the boat. The fish were staging and getting ready to move up shallow. I also caught some on a jig. It’s an incredible lake. I can’t wait to come back.”Robert Capps of Muskogee placed fourth among the boaters with five bass at 20.99 pounds. Jerry Lee of Tulsa brought in five keepers for 18.25 pounds and fifth place. His largest bass weighed 6.50 pounds.In the Co-Angler Division, Jason D. Pebworth, 25, of Coalgate landed three keepers for 13.97 pounds. He capped his catch with a 6.01-pounder that won the division big bass honors. For the victory, Pebworth earned a guaranteed $2,500 plus a $353 bonus for the big bass, which comes out to nearly $1,000 per bite.“Fishing was tough,” Pebworth admitted. “I slow-rolled an Alabama rig with 4.5-inch white swimbaits and only caught three fish. I guess I just caught the right fish.”In second for the co-anglers, Donnie Benson of Eufaula landed a three-bass division limit for 10.73 pounds, followed by Jeremiah A. Johnson of Blanchard with a three-fish limit going 10.38 pounds. Donny Murrell of Sapulpa took fourth place with three bass at 10.29 pounds. Ian Isaacs of Konawa wrapped up the top co-anglers with three bass for 10.08 pounds including a 3.92-pound kicker.For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.About American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

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