Mississippians wrap up at Pickwick
ATHENS, Ala. – The Mississippi Division 17 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its two-day divisional championship Sept. 21-22, 2013, on Pickwick Lake.
The competitors will launch at J.P. Coleman State Park Ramp, located at 613 County Road 321 near Iuka, Miss. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at J.P. Coleman State Park. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=715.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth or Kentucky spotted bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass.
Pickwick Lake spreads across 47,500 acres and runs for 53 miles along the Tennessee River from Florence, Ala., to Counce, Tenn. Since Pickwick Lake touches three states, an Alabama license allows anglers to fish from dam to dam. A Tennessee or a Mississippi license only allows anglers to fish certain parts of the lake.
One of the best bass lakes in the nation, Pickwick ranks Number 20 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. Dating back to 1938, the lake can produce double-digit largemouth and smallmouth bass. The lake offers anglers 496 shoreline miles, including 85 island shoreline miles. Toward the Mississippi portion of the lake, it widens and spreads out into a typical mid-South reservoir with numerous points and islands that hold fish. Several creeks feed into the system.
“Pickwick has really become one of the best bass lakes in the entire South,” said Tim Horton, a professional bass angler from Muscle Shoals, Ala.
During the Aug. 10, 2013, BWS tournament on Pickwick Lake, Michael “Kyle” K. Worsham of Cherokee, Ala., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 18.22 pounds. He caught most of his fish on a football head jig. Kevin N. White of Henderson, Tenn., won the tournament big bass title with a 9.17-pounder that hit a fluke.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Davis A. Whitten of Tuscumbia, Ala., landed a three-fish division limit going 8.79 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.57-pound kicker. Whitten caught most of his fish on a Carolina rig. Jason McPhail of Savannah, Tenn., won the Co-Angler Division lunker title with a 4.38-pounder that hit a football jig.
The top anglers from this division, plus those from the Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama North and Tennessee Central divisions advance to the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 4-5, 2013, on Neely Henry Lake out of Coosa Landing near Gadsden, Ala. After the four regional tournaments, the top anglers from those events will compete in the BWS National Championship tournament, scheduled for Nov. 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
For more information on this tournament, call Kristin Malott, tournament manager, at 256-771-3709 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.