Kopff Wiggles Way to Victory

#Old baits still work as Jim T. Kopff found out in his win during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Missouri Division 16 season opener, held April 2, 2011, on Lake of the Ozarks.Running out of Osage Beach on the 55,000-acre lake, Kopff of Old Monroe landed five bass weighing 19.76 pounds to win the Boater Division. On the chilly morning, he anchored his bag with a 4.45-pounder to collect $2,514.?This morning, I threw a Wiggle Wart and caught a limit by about 8:30 a.m.,? Kopff said. ?I was fishing a mixture of chunk rock and pea gravel on secondary points. In the afternoon, the wind kicked up and I caught four fish on a spinnerbait in the same type of area. The bass bit a lot harder in the afternoon.?Riding hot on Kopff?s transom, David M. Burks of Fordland landed a five-bass tournament limit tipping the scales at 17.75 pounds. Catching a total of 15 keepers, he took home a check for $1,257.?I caught all my fish on a green pumpkin jig and a tube up shallow,? Burks explained. ?I flipped all day. The fish bit better in the afternoon once the sun got up in the rocks. The fish were about a foot and a half to two feet deep.?In third for the boaters, Tyler Matlock of Omaha, Ark., landed five bass going 17.67 pounds. He pocketed $838 after a slow start.?I didn?t do much until about noon,? Matlock said. ?Then, a little bit of cloud cover came over and the wind went to blowing. The fish really turned on for about two hours. When they turned on, I caught three keepers on one bank in about 30 minutes. I caught my fish on multiple crankbaits including a Bill Norman and a Wiggle Wart.?Gary E. Jones of Kimberling City placed fourth with five bass for 16.59 pounds. Kevin Prickett of Peculiar also landed a five-bass limit for a total of 16.43 pounds and fifth place. Terry J. Nold of Jefferson City landed the division lunker, a 6.14-pounder, to earn $280.In the Co-Angler Division, Ryan S. Schneider of St. Louis scored his first victory in his four-year ABA career. He landed a division limit of three bass going 10.61 pounds to pocket $1,257.?We cranked Wiggle Warts in gold craw most of the day,? Schneider explained. ?I caught one fish with a jig. I had everything by 11 a.m. and culled two fish.?Trailing close behind, Jeff J. Schwent of St Charles brought in three keepers for 10.57 pounds. He won $628.?Everything was up really shallow for me,? Schwent said. ?I was throwing square-bill crankbaits. I had my first two fish by 8 a.m. All three fish came on three different colors.?In third for the co-anglers, William A. Dew of Fulton landed three keepers for 10.47 pounds. Fishing his second ABA season, Dew earned $419.?I fished suspended jerkbaits first thing in the morning,? Dew said. ?I had my first fish by 8:30 a.m. My first fish came in about eight to 10 feet of water. Then, I threw jigs. The last two, in the last hour, came in about five feet of water. I fished main lake points.?Tom D. Truscott of Omaha, Neb., landed in fourth place with three bass going 10.34 pounds, followed by Daniel L. Woods of Washington with three bass for 9.42 pounds. Jeff G. Coleman of Warrensburg only landed one bass, but made it count. His 7.44-pound tournament lunker won him a check for $140.?I caught that fish at 7:30 a.m. on a green square-billed crankbait,? Coleman said. ?We were fishing in three to 10 feet of water.?For more information on this tournament, call Randy Sullivan at 256-230-5633 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

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