Winslett Makes Big Win on Lay Lake

Steve Winslett won it all during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Alabama South Division 2 tournament, held March 23, 2013, on Lay Lake.Running out of Beeswax Creek Landing in Columbiana to fish the 12,000-acre lake, the Opelika, Ala., angler caught five bass weighing 23.22 pounds for a 4.64-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 9.26-pound kicker that secured tournament big bass honors. For the Boater Division victory, Winslett took home a check for $3,513 with an extra $465 for the big bass.“The fish bit early for me,” Winslett recalled. “I fished around Beeswax and Cedar Creek. My three best fish came off a swim jig. The big one hit a swim jig in front of the grass in about three feet of water. After the wind died, I caught two on an Alabama rig.In second for the boaters, Brannon Jones of Montgomery, Ala., brought in a five-bass tournament limit going 21.24 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 7.84-pound kicker, taking home $1,756 for the effort.“We fished grassy edges at the lower end of the lake with a Net Bait Salt Lick senko-type bait and a sweet beaver,” Jones explained. “I was fishing the Salt Lick weightless.”Chris Dill of Hueytown, Ala., took third among the boaters with a five-bass limit for 19.98 pounds. He collected $1,171 for the effort, plus a hefty bonus as the Triton Gold winner.“We were swimming a jig in the mid-lake region,” Dill said. “We targeted grass with wood in it. Most of the fish were coming off the wood.”Frank Chappell of Sterrett, Ala., placed fourth among the boaters with five bass at 19.04 pounds. Rounding out the top five boaters, Michael M. Smith of Laurel Hill, Fla., found five keepers weighing 18.73 pounds.In the Co-Angler Division, Ethan A. Isbell of Columbiana, Ala., landed three keepers weighing 13.18 pounds for a 4.39-pound average. He increased his average with a 5.69-pound kicker. Isbell went home with a $1,638 check in his pocket.“We went downriver and hit main river bluffs,” Isbell said. “I caught my fish on a Lucky Craft FlashMinnow medium-running jerkbait. Action was pretty steady.”Jay Meredith of Grady, Ala., placed second among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit going 12.69 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.79-pound kicker that earned Meredith the division big bass title. For second place, he took home a check for $818 with an extra $213 for the big bass.“We fished the mid-lake area, hitting current eddies,” Meredith revealed. “The big fish hit a jig, but we caught the rest on spinnerbaits. I never lost a fish.”In third for the co-anglers, David “Dawg” E. Cornelius of Maylene, Ala., landed a three-bass limit going 11.36 pounds with a 5.18-pound kicker. He pocketed $546.“We went down river and caught them on a green pumpkin trick worm,” Cornelius said. “We hit the back of the creeks.”David “DJ” T. Pollard Jr. of Roopville, Ga., finished in fourth place among the co-anglers with three bass and 11.27 pounds. Keith Lowery of Chelsea, Ala., wrapped up the top five co-anglers with three bass going 10.46 pounds including a 4.13-pound kicker.For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see

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