Jaye Victorious In Alabama ABA Tournament

Winning angler Kelley Jaye.

Kelley W. Jaye of Dadeville caught five bass weighing 15.28 pounds to win the ABA Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Alabama South Division 2 season opener on Lake Martin.

Jaye anchored his bag with a 5.10-pounder to seal the Boater Division victory.

?I caught my bigger fish in the middle of the lake,? Jaye revealed. ?I caught four keepers on a suspending jerkbait. My last weighing fish hit a 1/2-ounce jig fished around shallow brush. I got more bites in the morning, but caught better quality fish later.?

Tim Windsor of Prattville took second out of 90 boaters, bringing in five bass weighing 15.17 pounds, with a 4.35-pound kicker.

?I caught my fish on shallow-diving crankbaits and spinnerbaits,? Windsor explained. ?I fished the mid-lake area in water less than three feet deep. I lost one 2-pounder.?

Richard C. Messer took third among the boaters with five bass going 14.63 pounds. The Opelika angler anchored his bag with a 4.17-pound bucketmouth.

?I fished shallow water in the mid-lake area,? Messer recalled. ?I stayed in less than five feet of water and caught every fish I weighed on a crankbait.?

Placing fourth among the boaters, Todd F. Rooker of Woodstock landed five keepers for 13.38 pounds. L. J. McCollough of Valley followed with five bass going 12.57 pounds. Jimmy Bahakel of Birmingham landed the tournament lunker, a 6.37-pounder.

?I caught the big one on a square-billed crankbait,? Bahakel said. ?It was in about 18 inches of water around clay and hit on the fifth cast of the morning.?

Winning co-angler Vernelle Quinnie.

In the Co-Angler Division, Vernelle L. Quinnie of Tuscaloosa took all the honors. Hisd three bass weighing 9.44 pounds was good enough to win the division, anchored by a 4.43-pound kicker that took the big bass title.

?I caught fish all over all day on several different lure combinations,? Quinnie said. ?I caught some shallow and some deep. We looked for the right combination of rock and wood that held water in the 55- to 56-degree range. The lower the temperature, the slower we fished.?

Herbert Harrell of Alexander City took second. He brought in three bass weighing 8.72 pounds and anchored his bag with a 3.21-pound kicker.

?I fished the mid-lake area in less than five feet of water,? Harrell said. ?I caught most of my fish on a crankbait, but did catch one by pitching a creature bait.?

Chadwick K. Boutwell of Enterprise took third with a three-bass division limit of 7.98 pounds.

?I fished all over and used everything from a jig to a Fish Head Spin,? Boutwell said. ?The fish were really shallow.?

Landing in fourth place among the co-anglers, Chris Studdard of Sylacauga brought in three bass for 7.41 pounds. Bill L. Smith of Ocean Springs, Miss., took fifth with three bass going 7.27 pounds.

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