Keeton, McCaig sets the pace on Guntersville
ATHENS, Ala. – Jade Keeton and Mark McCaig tied for the early lead after Day 1 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Alabama North Division 1 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 14, 2013, on Lake Guntersville.
Running out of Bucky Howe City Park near the town of Guntersville, Ala., Keeton of Florence, Ala., and McCaig of Oxford, Ala., each brought in a five-bass daily tournament limit weighing 21.17 pounds for a 4.23-pound average. Keeton anchored the bag with a 4.96-pound kicker.
Close behind, Marshall Deakins of Dunlap, Tenn., holds third for the boaters with five bass going 21.01 pounds. George E. Crain of Cropwell, Ala., sits in fourth place with five bass going 19.87 pounds including a 4.81-pound kicker. Jason Hester of Haleyville, Ala., rounds out the top five boaters after one day of competition with five bass at 19.72 pounds including a 5.93-pound kicker.
Josh M. Butler of Hayden, Ala., sits in sixth place with 18.91 pounds. He capped his catch with a 6.14-pound kicker, the largest bass caught by any boater on the first day.
In the Co-Angler Division, Brian D. Martin of Oxford, Ala., sits at the head of the pack from the back with three bass going 14.01 pounds for a 4.67-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 6.47-pound kicker.
Sitting in second among the co-anglers, Jonathan R. Barksdale of Southside, Ala., brought in a three-bass daily division limit for 12.57 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.13-pound kicker. David L. Marr of Cleveland, Tenn., only landed one bass, but his 6.57-pounder set the tournament big bass standard for the first day.
Joshua Butts of Springville, Ala., holds third among the co-anglers with three bass going 11.57 pounds. Chris C. Long of Decherd, Tenn., occupies the fourth place position with three bass for 11.31 pounds. Jason K. Workman of Pell City, Ala., completes the list of the top five co-anglers with three bass at 11.06 pounds.
The action continues on Sept. 15 to decide the division champions. The top anglers from this division, plus those from the Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee Central 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.
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.