Merritt Wins ABA Southwest Regional Championship

Merritt Wins ABA Southwest Regional Championship
Merritt Wins ABA Southwest Regional Championship
In the Co-Angler Division, Patrick Weir, 45, of Broken Arrow, Okla., landed five bass for 14.99 pounds, the biggest two-day total of either division. His biggest weighed 3.93 pounds. On Day 1, Weir came in with 4.47 pounds and followed that with 10.52 pounds, the second largest single-day bag in the division."My boater put me in the timber, but I pitched outside of the timber into a creek channel and caught a fish," Weir said. "Then, I caught another and my boater turned around, threw into the creek and caught a fish. I had my weight in about five casts. We caught them around a brush pile in the creek channel. I caught mine on a Zoom cherry seed 11-inch Old Monster worm. I caught about 20 fish during the tournament."In second for the non-boaters, Dan Self of Nacogdoches, Texas, caught two three-bass division daily limits for 13.58 pounds with one 3.48-pound kicker. He landed 4.73 pounds the first day and 8.85 pounds the second day.After blanking the first day, Ron Check of Prairie Du Chien, Wis., caught three bass going 11.23 pounds, the largest single-day bag in the division, to take third. He anchored his stringer with a 4.16 pounder.Andy Vote of Kingwood, Texas, and Steven Sizemore of O'Fallon, Mo., tied for fourth with 8.49 pounds. Vote landed four bass including one 3.66-pound kicker. He caught weights of 5.37 and 3.12 pounds. Sizemore caught five bass. He landed weights of 4.97 and 3.52 pounds.Charner Williams of Bryan, Texas, finished in sixth place with two bass going 7.67 pounds. He caught one bass weighing 5.50 pounds on Day 1 to take division lunker honors. On the second day, he caught one bass weighing 2.17 pounds.The tournament pitted the best anglers and co-anglers from the Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas East, Texas Southeast and Wisconsin/Minnesota divisions for the honor of fishing the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series championship tournament, presented by American Bass Anglers. The championship tournament takes place Nov. 3-6 at Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala.The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series is sponsored by Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Royal Purple, ProBass Networks, BioEdge, Rejuvenade and Carlisle Tire. For more information on this tournament, call (888) 203-6222. On line, see Results

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