Lefevers Starts Season with Tennessee Win

Scott Lefevers opened a new divisional season by winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Tennessee Central Division 3 tournament, held March 23, 2013, on Percy Priest Lake.Running out of Fate Sanders Marina Ramp in Smyrna to fish the 14,200-acre lake, the Hermitage angler caught five bass weighing 17.64 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 7.55-pounder that set the tournament lunker standard. For the Boater Division victory, Lefevers took home a check for $3,276 with a $425 bonus for the big bass.“We went down the lake and threw jigs into deep water to catch those fish,” Lefevers revealed. “We had been catching them up the river.”In second for the boaters, Mickey L. Beck of Lebanon brought in a five-bass tournament limit going 15.71 pounds. For the effort, Beck took home a check for $1,638.“I flipped a 3/8-ounce jig all day,” Beck said. “It was a long, hard day.”
Lance Oligschlaeger of Gallatin found three keepers for 14.72 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.44-pounder to pick up an extra $1,092.
“I caught one keeper early, but started scraping from there,” Oligschlaeger remarked. “I got lucky later and my next two fish were quality fish. I caught them on a red Rat-L-Trap and reddish-orange crankbait. Then, things got really tough and I didn’t get another fish.”Daniel D. Johnson of Lebanon landed in fourth place with 13.71 pounds. Eric Blankendal of Brentwood rounded out the top five boaters with five bass going 12.76 pounds.In the Co-Angler Division, Jeff K. Wheeley of Lafayette won with three bass at 9.14 pounds. Fishing with Johnson, he earned the victory prize of $1,445.“I had a great day,” Wheeley gushed. “We caught fish all day long. We stayed shallow and caught our fish on Rat-L-Traps, Shad Raps and jigs. We changed up colors throughout the day, going through six or seven different baits at every spot.”In second, Matt Simcox of Silver Point brought in a three-bass tournament limit weighing 8.85 pounds. He pocketed $723.“We stayed deep most of the day,” Simcox explained. “I caught my fish on a green jig. Later, we went up more shallow.”Danny “DJ” J. Boggs of Tullahoma also found a 3-bass limit going 7.67 pounds. He collected $482 for the effort.“I caught all of my fish on a jig and a Shad Rap,” Boggs said.Perry W. Crague of Hendersonville took fourth place with three bass and 7.36 pounds. Rick J. Moewe of Nashville wrapped up the top five co-anglers with three bass weighing 7.16 pounds. Dave M. Beardsley of Murfreesboro only landed one bass, but the 5.41-pounder took Co-Angler Division big bass honors and netted the angler $175.“I caught that fish in the first 10 minutes,” Beardsley recalled. “It hit an orange crankbait in shallow water.”For more information on this tournament, call Evan Boutwell at 256-230-5633 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

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