Wooten way out front on Pickwick Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Christopher Wooten took the early lead after one day of competition in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Mississippi Division 17 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 21, 2013, on Pickwick Lake.
Running out of J.P. Coleman State Park Ramp near Iuka, Miss., the West Point, Miss., angler caught five bass weighing 23.31 pounds for a 4.66-pound average on the first day. He anchored his bag with a 6.89-pound kicker that set the tournament big bass standard for Day 1.
Holding second for the boaters, Mark Trousdale of Rogersville, Ala., landed a five-bass daily tournament limit going 18.79 pounds with a 6.02-pound kicker. Jason W. Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., sits in third for the boaters with five bass going 17.31 pounds. Samuel C. Fish of Hoover, Ala., holds fourth place with five bass for 14.35 pounds. Kyle Worsham of Cherokee, Ala., rounds out the top five boaters on the first day with five bass weighing 14.20 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Marty Wray of New Albany, Miss., leads the pack from the back with three bass going 11.23 pounds for a 3.74-pound Day 1 average. He anchored his bag with a 5.20-pound kicker that set the pace for the Co-Angler Division big bass contest.
In second for the co-anglers, Ronald Hindman of Athens, Ala., brought in a three-bass daily division limit for 10.09 pounds including a 4.95-pound kicker. Matt E. Wooten of West Point, Miss., holds third with three bass going 10.02 pounds including a 4.54 -pound kicker. Kevin M. Crum of Nesbit, Miss., sits in fourth place with three bass for 9.78 pounds including a 3.37-pounder. Josh Hamilton of Maben, Miss., wraps up the top five co-anglers after the first day with three bass at 9.44 pounds.
The action continues through Sept. 22, 2013. The top anglers from this division, plus those from the Louisiana, Kentucky, Alabama North 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.