Ryan Scores Season Opener Victory

David E. Ryan didn't burn much gasoline to win more than $2,000 during the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Missouri Division 16 season opener, held May 18, 2013, on Lake of the Ozarks.Running out of PB2 Landing in Osage Beach to fish the 55,000-acre lake, the Levasy, Mo., angler caught five bass weighing 18.62 pounds. He sealed his victory by landing a 4.40-pound bucketmouth that won the division big bass award.For the Boater Division victory, Ryan took home a check for $1,859 with an extra $175 for the big bass.“In practice, I didn’t catch much,” Ryan revealed. “I made a decision to not go where I was originally going to go. I decided to fish close and never went more than five miles from the marina. I focused on the first wave of post-spawners moving out to the points and caught all my fish on a DD-22 crankbait. I didn’t catch a lot of fish, but I didn’t lose a fish either. I just caught the right fish.”In second for the boaters, Ted J. Daniels of Crestwood, Mo., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 15.89 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.21-pounder to earn a check for $930.“I found a couple coves and caught all my fish on a green pumpkin lizard between docks in about five to 10 feet of water,” Daniels said.Charles J. Edgar of Warsaw, Mo., placed third among the boaters with five bass and 15.45 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.89-pound kicker to collect a check for $620.“We fished shallow early and deep late,” Edgar explained. “We caught most of our fish on flukes.”Craig Shepherd of Junction City, Kan., placed fourth among the boaters with five bass and 14.33 pounds including a 3.85-pound kicker. Bob L. Renken of Linn City, Mo., wrapped up the top five anglers with a five-bass limit weighing 12.95 pounds.In the Co-Angler Division, Dennis G. Meyer of Ballwin, Mo., found three keepers for 10.02 pounds and the victory. He set the tournament lunker standard with a 5.90-pounder. For the win, Meyer took home a check for $851 plus an additional $75 for the big bass.“We caught a lot of fish,” Meyer remarked. “I caught most of my fish on a Texas-rigged senko.”Taking second for the co-anglers, Ron McLain of Independence, Mo., brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.24 pounds. For the effort, he pocketed a check for $426.“We didn’t go very far,” McLain said. “I caught all my fish on brush hogs and had 11 keepers.”Nick Love of Wildwood, Mo., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass and 8.81 pounds. This included a 4.01-pound kicker, giving him $284 in winnings.“We started fishing deeper, but it wasn’t working so we went shallow,” Love explained. “I found some fish on beds and caught them on a 7-inch green pumpkin lizard.”Wesley A. Myers of Independence, Mo., took fourth place among the co-anglers with three bass at 8.34 pounds including a 3.63-pound kicker. Mike K. Donze of Westphalia, Mo., rounded out the top five co-anglers with three bass and 8 pounds, which included one 3.66-pounder.The next divisional tournament will be held June 8, 2013, out of Long Shoal Marina near Warsaw to fish Truman Lake. For more information on this tournament, call Evan Boutwell, tournament manager, at 256-230-5633 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

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