Giddens atop the pack at Lake Eufaula
ATHENS, Ala. – Marty Giddens squeezed into a tight early lead during the first day of action in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Alabama South Division 2 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 7, 2013, on Lake Eufaula.
Running out of Lakepoint Resort State Park near the town of Eufaula, Ala., the Alpine, Ala., angler caught five bass for 18.16 pounds to take the Day 1 lead by only one one-hundredth of a pound. He improved his situation with a 4.91-pound kicker.
Right behind in second for the boaters, Dustin T. Connell of Clanton, Ala., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 18.15 pounds. He set the pace for his effort with a 4.94-pound kicker.
Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Ala., holds third for the boaters with five bass going 15.33 pounds.
Michael M. Smith of Laurel Hill, Fla., sits in fourth place with a five-bass limit for 14.88 pounds including a 4.03-pound kicker. Ryan W. O’Shea of Crestview, Fla., rounds out the top five boaters after one day of competition with five bass at 13.95 pounds. Joe A. Wikoff of Phenix City, Ala., only brought in one bass, but made it count to set the tournament Day 1 lunker standard with a 5.88-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Michael J. Mora of Jemison, Ala., leads the pack from the back with three bass going 8.53 pounds. He anchored his Day 1 bag with a 5-pounder, the largest bass brought in by any co-angler on the first day.
Sitting in second for the co-anglers, Brad L. Tapley of Dadeville, Ala., brought in a three-bass division limit for 7.73 pounds. He capped his Day 1 catch with a 2.81 -pounder.
Gary N. Wientjes of Deatsville, Ala., holds third among the co-anglers with three keepers going 7.08 pounds including a 3.69-pound kicker. After the first day of intense competition, Eldred B. Lewis of Tuscaloosa, Ala., occupies the fourth place position among the co-anglers with three bass for 6.98 pounds. Kevin Johnson of Grady, Ala., completes the list of the top five co-anglers with three bass at 6.75 pounds including a 2.61-pound kicker.
The action continues on Sept. 8 to decide the division champions. The top anglers from this division, plus those from the Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and East Tennessee divisions advance to the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 4-5, 2013, on Lake: Hartwell out of Gum Branch near Hartwell, Ga.
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 Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or 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.