Tennessee Angler Takes All In ABA Tournament

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Winning angler Scott Mansfield.

Scott Mansfield went home with a pocket full of money after winning the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Kentucky Division 15 championship tournament, held Aug. 27-28, 2011, on Kentucky Lake.

Running out of Paris Landing State Park near Buchanan, Tenn., the McKenzie, Tenn., angler landed eight bass weighing 35.23 pounds to collect $3,028. He anchored his bag with a 6.13-pounder that took division lunker honors. He also took home a hefty bonus from Triton Boats.

Mansfield landed 9.12 pounds on Day 1 to finish well back in the pack. On Day 2, he ramped it up, catching a whopping 26.11 pounds, by far the largest single-day bag of the tournament, to vault into the Boater Division lead.

?I caught all of my fish in 10 to 12 feet of water on a 10-inch Berkley Power Worm,? Mansfield explained. ?All of my fish came from the river and the majority of them hit after 1 p.m. during a 30-minute span. On the first day, I caught one big fish from the same spot.?

In second for the 39 boaters, Curt McGuire of Paris, Tenn., landed two five-bass daily tournament limits weighing 33.24 pounds with a 3.88-pound kicker. Leading on Day 1, he landed 17.30 pounds and followed that with a 15.94-pound effort to pocket $1,513.

?Everything I weighed in on Day 2 came from one place,? McGuire said. ?On the first day, I caught fish in three different places. I caught all my weigh fish on a Fat Free Shad crankbait.?

Billy T. Schroeder of Paducah, Ky., took third among the boaters with 10 bass and 26.95 pounds with a 5.26-pound kicker to earn $1,009. Holding second after Day 1, he landed 14.96 pounds. He landed 11.99 pounds on the final day.

?I fished from eight to 25 feet deep,? Schroeder said. ?The deeper I went, the smaller the fish got. I fished about 25 places in two days. I caught everything I weighed in on two baits, a jig and a spoon.?

In fourth place, Tris M. Alexander of Clarksville, Tenn., landed eight bass going 25.83 pounds, catching 13.19 pounds on Day 1 and 12.64 pounds on Day 2. Jeff K. Taylor of Olmstead, Ky., rounded out the top five boaters with 10 bass at 25.33 pounds. He landed 13.54 pounds on Day 1 and 11.79 pounds on Day 2.

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Winning Co-angler Tim Huddleston.

In the Co-Angler Division, Tim L. Huddleston of Paducah, Ky., landed a six-bass two-day division limit weighing 16.67 pounds to win $1,513. He held fourth place with 8.24 pounds after Day 1. On Day 2, he brought in 8.43 pounds.

?Both boaters put me on fish,? Huddleston said. ?I caught bass on about six or seven different baits. On the first day, I caught most of my fish around ledges on a finesse worm. On Day 2, spinnerbaits and jigs were the hot baits.?

Daniel L. Fischer of Shepherdsville, Ky., took second among the co-anglers with six bass going 16.35 pounds including a 4.12-pounder. He led on Day 1 with 10.22 pounds and followed that with 6.13 pounds to win $757.

?On Day 1, we fished such shallow water, the trolling motor was kicking up mud,? Fischer said. ?I never would have taken my boat in there. I caught my fish on a swimbait. On Day 2, I caught more keeper fish than I had in many a tournament. We both had limits by 8:30 a.m. We must have caught eight limits. We fished the river and I caught all my fish on a Carolina rig.?

Daniel L. Woods of Washington, Mo., finished in third place with five bass weighing 16.33 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 6.22-pounder to take the tournament lunker title. On Day 1, Woods brought in 5.37 pounds. On Day 2, he landed 10.96 pounds, the largest single-day bag in the division. For the effort, he pocketed $504 with a $142 bonus for the big bass.

?The big fish hit a big worm at about 9 a.m. on Day 2,? Woods said. ?I fished a big worm most of the time. I culled about three times.?

Finishing fourth, Toby L. Lillard of Clarksville, Tenn., caught six bass for 16.05 pounds with a 4.45-pound kicker. He held second place after Day 1 with 10.02 pounds and followed that with 6.03 pounds. Charles Ervin of Lavergne, Tenn., took fifth with six bass and 15.05 pounds. He landed weights of 6.92 and 8.13 pounds.

For more information on this tournament, call Randy Sullivan, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5633 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

For a schedule of other upcoming tournaments, click here.

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