Kinsey comes from behind for Ouachita win
ATHENS, Ala. – Von Kinsey came from behind to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Arkansas Division 12 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 21-22, 2013, on Lake Ouachita.
Running out of Mountain Harbor in Mount Ida, Ark., the 47-year-old Lamar, Ark., angler caught a two-day total of nine bass for 17.69 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.73-pound kicker to seal the victory and also take the Boater Division big bass title. Kinsey held ninth place after Day 1 with 5.95 pounds. The Boater Division Angler of the Year found 11.74 pounds, the largest bag on the final day, to jump eight places for the win. For the Boater Division victory, Kinsey took home a check for $2,017, plus an extra $100 for the big bass.
“The water dropped this week, so I couldn’t find the fish I located in practice,” Kinsey advised. “Instead, I went deep looking for brush piles. Some of my fish came out of 25 feet of water. I threw a 10.5-inch cherry seed worm with a 5/8-ounce tungsten weight rigged Texas style on 20-pound Seaguar line. When the wind came up, I fished shallow, about one to three feet deep around logs and stumps.”
In second for the boaters, Steve E. Bowman, the editor of Bassmaster.com from Little Rock, Ark., landed eight bass in two days for 16.84 pounds with a 3.89-pound kicker. He held fifth on Day 1 with 7.07 pounds, but climbed three places on the final day with a 9.77-pound catch. He collected $1,009 for the effort.
“We had a full moon two days before the tournament,” Bowman explained. “Even though it’s late in the year, some bream still spawn in September in really shallow water. I looked for shallow, flat bays that I knew no one else would hit. I went through the shallows with a Strike King Sexy Dog. When I’d come to a brush pile, I threw a Luck E Strike Sneaky Snake. I also fished rocky points. I caught eight keepers and lost a couple fish each day that cost me the tournament. I caught most of my fish between noon and 2 p.m.”
Spencer G. Grace of Dardanelle, Ark., took third for the boaters with eight bass going 15.59 pounds. He held fourth place on Day 1 with 8.17 pounds and caught 7.42 pounds on the second day.
In fourth for the boaters, Shonn Goodwin of Moore, Okla., finished with seven bass for 12.48 pounds. Goodwin caught a five-bass daily tournament limit going 9.83 pounds on the first day for second place and added 2.65 pounds on the final day to drop two places.
Day 1 leader, Danny Gwinn of Mount Ida, Ark., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass weighing 12.37 pounds with a 3.84-pound kicker that he caught on the first day. He blanked on the second day.
John Simonof of Jacksonville, Ark., brought in the biggest bass among the boaters on Day 1. It weighed 4.43 pounds. He finished 10th with four bass and 8.67 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Robert J. Bartoszek, 26, of Conway, Ark., held the lead throughout the event. The Gander Mountain fishing manager finished with a two-day total of six bass going 16.45 pounds. On Day 1, he held a strong lead with 8 pounds including a 4.83-pound kicker that set the tournament lunker standard for the first day.
He again dominated the division on the second day, bringing in the largest single-day bag by any co-angler, three bass going 8.45 pounds. On the second day, Bartoszek anchored his bag with a 5.28-pound bucketmouth to win the tournament big bass battle. For the victory, the divisional Co-Angler of the Year pocketed a check for $891, plus an extra $38 for the big bass.
“I caught all my fish in the tournament around standing timber and laydowns,” Bartoszek revealed. “With the sun out, the fish held tight to cover. I used plum Yum ribbontail worms and a black shad XCalibur crankbait. I caught about 12 bass each day.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Eric J. Turner of Jacksonville, Ark., brought a two-day total of four bass for 7.31 pounds. Turner held third on Day 1 with 4.50 pounds and added 2.81 pounds to move up a notch on the final day.
Scott Lambert of Pottsville, Ark., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 5.76 pounds, which he caught on Day 1 to hold second place. He blanked on the final day.
Dalton J. Craig of White Hall, Ark., landed in fourth place among the co-anglers with three bass for 5.36 pounds. On Day 1, Craig also sat in fourth place with 3.85 pounds. On the final day, he caught one bass, his biggest one, a 1.51-pounder.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers, Tim Crow of Malvern, Ark., finished with two bass at 3.24 pounds. He held sixth place with 1.44 pounds on Day 1 and caught a 1.80-pounder on the second day.
The top anglers from the this division plus the South East Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma 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.
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