Isaacs Wins Chilly ABA Event on Grand Lake
Fighting cold and wind, T. Isaacs won the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Oklahoma Division 14 tournament, held May 14, 2011, on Grand Lake.
Launching out of Martin?s Landing near Grove, the 31-year-old angler from Shawnee looked for specific cover in the normally clear and deep 46,500-acre rocky lake. He found what he needed to win the Boater Division with five bass weighing 18.11 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.61-pound bucketmouth that took tournament big bass honors. For the effort, Isaacs won $2,514 plus a $280 bonus for the big bass.
?I came here thinking I was going to catch fish deep in the clear water,? Isaacs admitted. ?Instead, I found water that looked like chocolate milk. I threw a 10-inch green pumpkin worm into a shallow brush pile and caught a 4-pounder in my second cast during practice so I stayed with that technique. I fished where the main river swung closest to a bluff wall and went up and down looking for that type of situation.?
In second for the boaters, Joel Baker, 52, of Talala brought in a five bass tournament limit weighing 15.84 pounds. Catching a total of 15 bass, he earned $1,257 for the day.
?I ran up Horse Creek where I normally fish until I found clear water in an area out of the wind with sun on it,? Baker advised. ?I found some spawning fish and stayed there. I caught my fish on buzzbaits, brown jigs and senkos in one to seven feet of water. I caught fish just about all day, but the bigger ones came later in the day. The key was slowing down and going back to the area where I saw the most beds earlier in the day.?
Kyle James, 30, of Vian took third with five bass going 15.65 pounds. He went home with $838 in his pocket.
?I fished windy points with a jig,? James said. ?I just popped it off the bottom. I only caught five fish all day. I should have covered more water.?
Tom Nilssen of Perry finished in fourth place with five bass for 15.57 pounds. Kevin D. Barnicoat of Oklahoma City and Creston D. Harrell of Chelsea tied for fifth place among the boaters. Each caught five bass weighing 15.54 pounds. Harrell?s big fish weighed 4.66 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Dick Hindman, 64, of Sapulpa brought in three bass going 12.78 pounds with a 4.87-pound kicker. He pocketed $1,234 for the win.
?My partner was on bedding fish in shallow water,? Hindman said. ?When the lake dropped, it pulled the fish off the bank and I caught them a little deeper. I caught my fish with a Gene Larew Biffle Craw and HardHead Jigs in three to five feet of water. I had all I needed by 8 a.m.?
Larry Soukup of Agra took second for the co-anglers with a division limit of three bass at 10.86 pounds with a 4.16-pound kicker. Melvin D. Camp of Talihina landed in third with three bass going 10.08 pounds, but he nailed the division lunker title with a 5.24-pounder. Rick Vallis of Fort Smith, Ark., placed fourth with three bass weighing 9.82 pounds, followed by Bryan Drummond of Broken Arrow with three bass at 9.45 pounds including a 3.67-pound kicker.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at (318) 201-3474 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.