Anderson dominates Kentucky Lake event
ATHENS, Ala. – Brent Anderson brought in two solid bags to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Kentucky Division 15 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 7-8, 2013, on Kentucky Lake.
Running out of Moors Resort in Gilbertsville, Ky., the Kingston Springs, Tenn., angler caught two consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits to finish with an astounding 50.85 pounds. That comes out to a 5.08-pound average. He led on Day 1 with 27.90 pounds for a 5.59-pound average with a 6.83-pound kicker. On the final day, Anderson scored another big bag, one weighing 22.95 pounds to take the win. For the Boater Division victory, Anderson took home a check for $3,475.
“I found some schools out deep,” Anderson explained. “I caught fish a bunch of different ways. I had a good topwater bite early in the morning. I caught fish on Strike King Sexy Dog. After that, I started throwing green pumpkin and plum jigs and worms.”
Tom O’Bryant of Cedar Grove, Tenn., paced Anderson, maintaining second throughout the event. He finished with 10 bass for 38.30 pounds. On Day 1, he brought in 24.69 pounds. He anchored that bag with a 7.07-pound lunker that won tournament big fish honors. On the second day, O’Bryant caught 13.61 pounds. He earned $1,737 for second place and a $250 bonus for the big bass.
“I was fishing shallow, following schools of fish around all day,” O’Bryant said. “I caught all my fish on crankbaits and spinnerbaits.”
Keeping in third for the boaters, George Taylor of Dresden, Tenn., landed 10 bass for 35.33 pounds. He also held third place on Day 1 with 16.41 pounds. He caught 18.92 pounds on the second day to collect $1,158.
“I used black and blue jigs,” Taylor said.
In fourth place, Jeff Defew of Benton, Ky., finished with a two-day limit of 10 bass going 32.57 pounds. He held third place on Day 1 with 18.42 pounds including a 5.74 -pound kicker. On the final day, Defew brought in 14.15 pounds.
Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tenn., rounded out the top five boaters with 10 bass at 31.40 pounds. On Day 1, he sat in fourth place with 17.03 pounds. He added 14.37 pounds on the final day.
In the Co-Angler Division, Daniel T. Mercer of Madisonville, Ky., came from behind to lead the pack from the back with a two-day total of six bass weighing 20.32 pounds including a 5.51-pound kicker. On the first day, Mercer held fourth place with 9.15 pounds. He brought in 11.17 pounds on Day 2. He pocketed a check for $1,737.
“I used a little bit of everything,” Mercer recalled. “I caught fish on a Rat-L-Trap, a jig and a big worm. Top colors were green pumpkin and plum.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, David A. Widman of Mount Washington, Ky., brought in two consecutive three-bass daily division limits for 20.10 pounds with a 5.17-pound kicker. He held 16th place on Day 1 with 6.40 pounds. Landing 13.70 pounds, the largest bag caught by a co-angler on Day 2, he vaulted up 14 spots to earn $868 for the effort.
“I used a 10-inch worm,” Widman said.
Fischer T. Thurston of Russellville, Ky., placed third among the co-anglers with six bass going 19.62 pounds. He sat in second place with 10.23 pounds on Day 1. On the final day, he caught 9.39 pounds to pocket $579.
“I was fishing a shallow flat with a chartreuse crankbait,” Thurston advised.
Dropping three spots from first place to fourth, Terry R. Duncan of Russellville, Ky., landed four bass going 17.12 pounds. On the first day, Duncan led with 14.73 pounds including a 5.95-pounder, the largest bass caught by any co-angler on the first day. He ended the tournament by bringing in a 2.39-pound bag.
Robert Andrew Robinson of Ashland City, Tenn., rose two places from seventh to fifth with a six-bass two-day limit weighing 17.02 pounds. On the first day, he held seventh place with 7.81 pounds. He added 9.21 pounds on the second day. Nick L. Pierce of Oakland City, Ind., took the co-angler big bass award and $125 with a 6.26-pounder.
“I was fishing a break wall with a junebug finesse worm when the big fish hit,” Pierce said.
David Gnewikow of Mount Juliet, Tenn., took the Angler of the Year title for the Boater Division. Robby Hand of Clarksville, Tenn., won the Angler of the Year title for the Co-Angler Division.
The top anglers from this division, plus those from the North Alabama, Tennessee Central, Mississippi and Louisiana 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.
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