Rocky Conquers Big Hill Lake In ABA Vctory

Charles Strange

Southeast Kansas?s Big Hill Lake saw one of the largest tournaments in its history as District 58 of the American Bass Anglers held its second tournament for the 2012 season this past weekend. Thirty-seven anglers took advantage of summer-like conditions in pursuit of points that would earn them a berth in the National Championship being held on nearby Grand Lake this October.

Topping the scales was Charles ?Rocky? Strange with 16.22 pounds, followed by Larry Havila with 15.5 pounds. Strange anchored his first-place finish with a 6.44-pound largemouth that also earned himĀ  Big Bass of the day honors

Rounding out the top four was Eric Craft in third with 14.41 pounds and Terry Taylor in fourth with 12.78 pounds.

Soft plastics proved to be the winning bait for some anglers, while others caught a lot of fish using spinnerbaits in a variety of colors, taking full advantage of the windy conditions.

With the normally clear lake having just gone through some higher water conditions, Big Hill was back to its normal level but the clarity made things tough as murky waters took their time clearing. For some, fishing would be difficult but others were right on the mark as several double digit weights were announced at the weight-in.

District 58 has several tournaments scheduled for the 2012 season with the next one being April 29, 2012 on Bone Creek outside of Arma, Kansas.

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