Cranor takes the lead on Kissimmee Chain
ATHENS, Ala. – Darrell Cranor took the early lead during the first day of action in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Florida Division 6 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 14, 2013, on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.
Running out of Camp Mack’s River Resort near Lake Wales, Fla., to fish the 100,000-acre chain of lakes south of Orlando, the Lakeland, Fla., angler caught five bass weighing 25.96 pounds for a 5.19-pound average and the Day 1 lead. He anchored his bag with a 7.83-pound kicker.
In second for the boaters, Bill Fugate of Kissimmee, Fla., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 21.47 pounds. Russ Osborne of Orlando, Fla., holds third for the boaters with five bass going 18.85 pounds.
Jared A. Dial of Winter Haven, Fla., sits in fourth among the boaters with a five-bass limit for 18.57 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 9.52-pound kicker that set the Day 1 tournament lunker standard. John Dial of Winter Haven, Fla., rounds out the top five boaters after one day of action with five bass at 16.56 pounds including an 8.65-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Lucky B. Wells of Lake Wales, Fla., sits atop the roster with three bass going 9.38 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.59-pound kicker.
Holding second for the co-anglers, Michael Gonzalez of Apopka, Fla., brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.37 pounds including a 5.87-pound kicker. Eddie Scaturro of Orlando, Fla., holds third place with three bass going 9.18 pounds. Tom Mullins of Orlando, Fla., occupies the fourth place position with two bass for 8.53 pounds including a 5.26-pound kicker.
In fifth place among the co-anglers, Garrett Cullen of Fort Pierce, Fla., brought in two bass for 7.33 pounds. One of his bass weighed 6.12 pounds, the largest fish brought to the scales by any co-angler during the first day of competition.
The action continues on Sept. 15 to decide the division champions. The top anglers from this division, plus those from the Alabama South, Georgia, South Carolina 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.