Crain takes title on Lake Guntersville
ATHENS, Ala. – George E. Crain came from behind to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Alabama North Division 1 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 14-15, 2013, on Lake Guntersville.
Running out of Bucky Howe City Park near the town of Guntersville, Ala., the Cropwell, Ala., angler caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 37.03 pounds. Crain held fourth place with 19.87 pounds including a 4.81-pound kicker on Day 1. On the second day, he brought in 17.16 pounds to move up three places and win the championship. For the Boater Division victory, Crain took home a check for $4,533.
“I caught my bass on a jig and a punch bait,” Crain advised. “Everything was black and blue.”
In second for the boaters, Mark McCaig of Oxford, Ala., landed two consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits going 36.33 pounds. On the first day, McCaig tied with Jade Keeton of Florence, Ala., for the lead with 21.17 pounds. On Day 2, McCaig, the division Angler of the Year, brought in 15.16 pounds while Keeton dropped to 9th place with a two-day total of 30.81 pounds. For second place, McCaig collected $2,266.
“I fished grass in about seven to eight feet of water,” McCaig revealed. “I caught them on a jig and a big worm.”
Billy Brindle of Calhoun, Ga., took third for the boaters with 10 bass going 35.82 pounds. He held seventh place on Day 1 with 18.63 pounds and added 17.19 pounds on the final day to move up four slots, earning $1,510.
In fourth place for the boaters, Paul Tony A. Tidwell of Horton, Ala., landed 10 keepers for 33.50 pounds with a 5.05-pound kicker. He held 17th place with 16.59 pounds on the first day and jumped 13 spots with a 6.91-pound bag on the final day.
Ronnie L. Robison of Hackleburg, Ala., rounded out the top five boaters with eight bass at 33.09 pounds including a 6.09-pound kicker. He held 12th place on Day 1 with 17.22 pounds and added another 15.87 pounds on the last day to move up seven places.
Kyle Dorsett of Odenville, Ala., finished in seventh place with 10 bass going 31.43 pounds. He took the division big bass title with a 6.53-pounder. He picked up $375 for the hefty catch.
“The big bass hit a brown jig,” Dorsett recalled. “I was just going down the bank.”
In the Co-Angler Division, Jason K. Workman of Pell City, Ala., won with a two-day limit of six bass going 24.20 pounds for a 4.03-pound average. He sealed his victory with a 6.27-pound kicker. On the first day, Workman sat in fifth place with 11.06 pounds. He found 13.14 pounds of keepers on the final day to move up four places and pocket a check for $2,167.
“I fished in 20 feet of water the first day and caught fish on a Carolina rig,” Workman said. “I flipped the shallows on the second day.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Josh D. Green of Kingston, Ga., brought in five bass for 22.28 pounds including a 6.39-pound kicker. He held 22nd place on Day 1 with 6.59 pounds. He jumped 20 places on the final day with a 15.69-pound bag, the largest single-day catch made by any co-angler. He collected $1,884 for the effort.
“I flipped a brown jig on the edge of the grass,” Green explained.
Shane M. Howington of Hokes Bluff, Ala., placed third among the co-anglers with two consecutive three-bass daily division limits going 19.20 pounds including a 4.69-pound kicker. Howington sat in 11th place on Day 1 with 9.60 pounds. He vaulted eight spots on the final day with another 9.60-pound catch to earn $723.
“I caught most of my fish just dragging a black worm,” Howington said.
Clint D. Harrison of Georgetown, Tenn., made a major advancement on the second day to finish fourth among the co-anglers with four bass for 18.60 pounds. He held 25th place on Day 1 with one 6.29-pounder. On the second day, he jumped 21 places with a 12.31-pound bag.
John L. Keith of Remlap, Ala., finished in fifth place for the co-anglers with a two-day limit of six bass at 18.55 pounds including a 2.84-pound kicker. On Day 1, he occupied the 13th position with 9.07 pounds and added 9.48 pounds on the last day.
David L. Marr of Cleveland, Tenn., set the tournament lunker standard with a 6.57-pounder. He collected $175 for the bucketmouth.
“The big bass hit a chatterbait,” Marr explained. “I threw it up by the grass. I lost one about six pounds and then threw again and caught the 6.57-pounder.”
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.
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