Bullington and Butler Win Triton Owner’s Tournament
Paris,TN – Bryan Bullington and Josh Butler won the 15th Annual Triton Owner’s Tournament on Kentucky Lake at Paris, TN today. The pair brought in a limit of 29.08 pounds on Friday and a limit of 24.11 pounds on Saturday to give them their winning two day total of 53.19 pounds to earn an $8000 paycheck.
“This is the largest two weights that we’ve ever weighed in together,” said Bullington. The pair targeted ledges with shell beds and scattered grass in eight feet of water while fishing their second Triton Owner’s event. They used ¾ and 5/8 ounce Shakey Heads with green pumpkin and green pumpkin gold Senkos to catch over 30 keepers per day. The ten or so areas that the two targeted were in the New Johnsonville area of their home lake. Most of their bites came during the afternoon hours of the two tournament days.
Jeff Peach and Darrin Melton finished in second place with a two day total of 51.10 pounds earning $3500 for their two days of work. They, too, were in the new Johnsonville area of Kentucky Lake fishing 6 – 8 feet deep ledges with patches of grass. The team utilized Strike King Series 5 crankbaits in chartreuse/blue and sexy shad colors. Their bites came off and on throughout the day. “We would like to thank Triton for putting on such a great event,” said Peach and Melton.
Third place and a check for $3000 went to the team of Danny Davis and Todd Ruth for weighing in a two day total of 50.62 pounds. Davis and Ruth, also, fished the New Johnsonville area of the lake focusing on 5 – 12 feet deep flats with scattered structure. Most of their bites came on a ¾ ounce green pumpkin Strike King jig throughout the day. “We lost a seven or eight pounder this morning that would have really helped us out,” said Davis. Davis and Ruth said that they would like to thank Triton Boats and their Triton dealer Clarke Marine.
The team of Andy and Wesley Anderson finished in fourth place with 49.18 pounds for two days and collected $2500 for their two days of fishing. “This is the first time we’ve fished TOT as a father and son team and this is the first time this year that we’ve been able to fish together in an event,” said Andy Anderson. The Anderson’s fished shallow ledges in Big Sandy Creek with TN shad Strike King Shadalicious swimbaits and red bug Excite worms. They caught their limit by 8 a.m. on Friday morning and throughout the day on Saturday. Wesley Anderson is a UNA college fishing angler and said that he would like to thank Triton Boats, Mercury, Shoals Outdoor Sports, and Reed Metals for helping to make his fourth place finish possible.
Calvin Clark and Wendell Ketchum fished from Paris to New Johnsonville to catch 47.85 pounds in two days and earn $2250 for their efforts. “It was hard for us to get on anything that we wanted to fish with so many boats on the water,” said Clark and Ketchum. The team targeted 8 -15 feet deep edges with 5.5” Strike King Shadilacious swimbaits, Strike King 10XD and 6XD crandkbaits, and a homemade ¾ ounce green pumpkin jig with a bama bug Strike King Rage Tail trailer to catch their fish over the two days of the event.
The sixth place team of David Gnewikow and Adam Wagner earned $2000 for catching a two day total of 47.76 pounds by fishing 15 feet deep ledges in the New Johnsonville area of the lake. The pair used Strike King 6XD crankbaits in chartreuse sexy shad and Hoppy’s Shellcracker football jigs in green pumpkin to catch their fish throughout the day. “My Humminbird units played a big role in finding the fish that we caught over the last two days,” said Gnewikow. Gnewikow said that he would like to thank Triton Boats, Mercury, Carlisle Humminbird, APR rods, Hoppy’s, Boat U.S., and Orca.
Big Bass of the event was a 9.20 pound lunker caught by the team of Joe Meachum and Mike Carter. That one bite earned the pair a check for $3000. They caught their lunker bass mid lake in seven feet of water with a ¾ ounce green pumpkin Lake Fork jig around 12 noon on Saturday.
The 15th annual Triton Owner’s Tournament was held on May 30th and 31st, 2014 at Paris Landing State Park Marina on Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN.
“I would like to thank all of the Triton Owner’s that attended this year’s event. I would, also like to thank the staff at Paris Landing State Park and the Henry County Alliance for making this event possible,” said Earl Bentz, CEO of Triton Boats.
Complete results can be found at this link.