Jared Jigs Way To ABA Victory

fishing tournamentsWinning angler Bill Jared.ABA
Bill C. Jared jigged his way to victory in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Missouri Division 16 tournament, held Aug. 13, 2011, on Truman Lake.Running out of Long Shoal Marina near Warsaw to fish the 55,600-acre lake, the Bella Vista, Ark., angler brought in five bass weighing 15.31 pounds. Winning his first BWS Boater Division title, the third-year veteran anchored his bag with a 4.40-pounder to collect $2,010.?I threw a green pumpkin jig in two to five feet of water most of the day,? Jared advised. ?I mostly fished main lake points. I caught three fish early, but the others were more spread out. I was done by 11:30 a.m.?In second for the boaters, Dirk Sluyter of Russellville, Mo., landed a five-bass tournament limit weighing 14.06 pounds to pocket $1,005. Sluyter also took tournament lunker honors with a 4.46-pound bucketmouth.?I caught all my fish on a worm,? Sluyter said. ?It was kind of a black grape with green glitter. I fished in about eight feet of water.?Kevin Prickett of Peculiar, Mo., landed five bass going 13.61 pounds. For third place, he went home with $670.?My fish hit a red shad worm off flat points in about seven to nine feet of water,? Prickett said. ?I only caught seven fish. The fish were scattered. I caught my last fish at about noon.?Keith A. Hendrix of Monroe City, Mo., caught five bass weighing 12.02 pounds with a 3.63-pound kicker for fourth place. Rounding out the top five boaters, Greg Cooper, also of Monroe City, Mo., returned with five bass going 11.92 pounds.
Winning co-angler Bill Amis.ABA
In the Co-Angler Division, Bill Amis of Shawnee, Kan., landed three bass for 7.70 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 2.58-pounder.

?In the morning, I started with a crankbait, but didn?t catch anything,? Amis admitted. ?Then, I picked up a big watermelon pepper Who Daddy and started catching fish. I was throwing it right at the water edge and working it out to about six feet deep. My biggest fish came out from under a laydown in about three feet of water. I had a limit by 9:30 a.m.?

Just behind, James A. Lewis of Ozark, Mo., took second among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 7.60 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 3.38 pounds.?A Mega Bass Pop topwater bait was my top lure,? Lewis said. ?I had my limit before 8:30 a.m. Most of my fish were in about a foot of water. Two came off a point.?

In third, Mike Winthorst of Jefferson City, Mo., brought in three bass for 7.11 pounds. He won $335.

?I fished a 10-inch worm in about three to five feet of water,? Winthorst said. ?I targeted laydowns and stumps. I finished by 1 p.m.?Jason S. Hahn of Kansas City, Mo., landed in fourth place with three bass and 6.24 pounds. Robin Hessling of Quincy, Ill., followed with two bass going 5.96 pounds including one 3.73-pounder. Jim O?Connell of Castle Rock, Colo., only brought in one keeper, but his 4.22-pounder took the division big bass title.?I caught the big one at about 1:45 p.m. on a brush hog in watermelon and red glitter,? O?Connell said. ?I was fishing an offshore hump in about 15 feet of water.?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.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.For a schedule of other upcoming tournaments, click here.

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