Oklahoma Division to wrap up at Grand Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – The Oklahoma Division 14 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its two-day divisional championship Sept. 28-29, 2013, on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees.
The competitors will launch at Martin’s Landing, located at 26700 South Highway 125 at Monkey Island. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 27. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=689
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. All anglers will need an Oklahoma fishing license. For Oklahoma license information, see www.wildlifedepartment.com/forget1/OnlineSales.aspx or call 405-521-3852.
Officially dubbed Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees, the reservoir covers 46,500 acres in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains of northeastern Oklahoma near Grove. One of the top bass lakes in Oklahoma, Grand Lake offers anglers more than 1,300 miles of shoreline. Construction began in 1938 with a dam across the Grand River, also called lower Neosho River.
One of the best bass lakes in the nation, the deep and rocky Grand Lake ranks Number 15 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass lakes in the United States. The lake served as the venue for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, held on a bitterly cold and frequently snowy Feb. 22-24.
Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., led the 2013 Classic wire-to-wire to take his first championship crown. He finished with a three-day catch of 15 bass weighing 54 pounds, 12 ounces. Pace caught his fish on Jackall jerkbaits. He also caught fish on a Jackall DD Cherry crawfish-colored crankbait and a 1/2-ounce B&M football jig with a green pumpkin V&M Twin Tail trailer dipped in orange dye.
During the April 20, 2013, BWS tournament on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees, Trenton L. Whitehouse of Bristow, Okla., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 22.13 pounds for a 4.43-pound average. He caught most of his fish by flipping a 1/2-ounce jig with a green pumpkin Berkley Chigger Craw trailer around rocky banks in eight to 10 feet of water. Robert Capps of Muskogee, Okla., took the tournament lunker title with a 6.37-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Steven G. Roberts of Broken Arrow, Okla., landed a three-fish division limit going 14.98 pounds for nearly a 5-pound average. He anchored his catch with a 6.21-pounder that won the division big bass contest. Roberts caught most of his fish on a 5/16-ounce watermelon seed jig with a Net Baits trailer fished in six to 10 feet of water.
The top anglers from the this division plus the South East Texas, Missouri, Arkansas 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.