Collins sets the pace on Big Sam
ATHENS, Ala. – Albert Collins set a blistering pace to take the lead by nearly seven pounds during the first day of action in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, South East Texas Division 10 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 7, 2013, on Lake Sam Rayburn.
Running out of Umphrey Pavilion near Jasper, Texas, the 2012 BWS champion from Nacogdoches, Texas, caught five bass weighing 24.44 pounds for a Day 1 average of 4.89 pounds. He secured his big Day 1 lead by landing a 5.89-pound kicker.
In second for the boaters, Corey L. Stanley of Orange, Texas, landed a five-bass tournament limit going 17.78 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.95-pound kicker, the largest bass caught by any boater on the first day.
Todd Driscoll of Jasper, Texas, holds third for the boaters with five bass going 15.65 pounds. Sitting in fourth place among the boaters, Clayton Boulware of Zavalla, Texas, found five keepers for 14.52 pounds. Mark A. Richard of Brookeland, Texas, rounds out the top five boaters after one day of action with five bass at 13.79 pounds including a 6.23-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Matthew A. Cormier of Baytown, Texas, jumped out in front of the pack from the back with three bass going 11.02 pounds for a Day 1 average of 3.67 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.39-pound kicker.
Sitting in second for the co-anglers, Chad Cooley of Woodville, Texas, brought in a three-bass division limit for 10.27 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 7.26-pound bucketmouth to set the tournament lunker standard for the first day.
Alton Powell of Marthaville, La., holds third among the co-anglers with three bass going 8.28 pounds including a 4.77-pound kicker. Ron L. Jones of Nacogdoches, Texas, occupies the fourth place position among the co-anglers with two bass for 8.25 pounds. Bryan P. Trahan of Orange, Texas, rounds out the top five co-anglers after Day 1 with three bass at 5.87 pounds.
The action continues on Sept. 8 to decide the division champions. The top anglers from this division plus the Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas East divisions will compete in the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 4-5, 2013, on Lake Fort Gibson out of Taylor’s Ferry Landing near Wagoner, Okla.
The top anglers from the four regional tournaments will compete in the BWS National Championship tournament, scheduled for November 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 Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 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.