Wootens rule the waves on Pickwick Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Christopher Wooten held steady to win the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Mississippi Division 17 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 21-22, 2013, on Pickwick Lake.
Running out of J.P. Coleman State Park Ramp near Iuka, Miss., the West Point, Miss., angler caught a perfect two-day limit of 10 bass for 39.21 pounds. On Day 1, Wooten led with 23.31 pounds for a 4.66-pound average, by far the largest single-day bag of the event. The bag included a 6.89-pound kicker that set the tournament big bass standard for Day 1. On the second day, Wooten coasted to victory with a 15.90-pound catch. For the Boater Division victory, he took home a check for $2,788.
“On the first day, I caught fish in the grass,” Christopher recalled. “On the second day, I fished the ledges. I used a pumpkinseed worm.”
In second for the boaters, Kyle Worsham of Cherokee, Ala., landed two consecutive five-bass daily tournament limits going 32.54 pounds. He held fifth place on the first day with 14.20 pounds. He added 18.34 pounds with a 7.54-pound kicker on the second day to jump three places and earn $1,395. Worsham also took the Angler of the Year title for the boaters.
“I caught fish on a spinnerbait, a football head jig and a few on crankbaits,” Worsham said.
Chris A. Webb of Decatur, Ala., finished third among the boaters with nine bass going 29.74 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 4.80-pound kicker. On Day 1, Webb held 11th place with 11.11 pounds. He brought in 18.63 pounds on the final day to move up eight spots and take home a check for $930.
Jason W. Lambert of Pickwick Dam, Tenn., dropped a notch to finish fourth with nine bass tallying 28.42 pounds. On Day 1, he held third place with 17.31 pounds and brought in 11.11 pounds on the final day.
In fifth for the boaters, Mark Trousdale of Rogersville, Ala., found eight keepers for 28 pounds. He sat in second on the first day with 18.79 pounds including a 6.02-pound kicker. On the second day, Trousdale landed 9.21 pounds. Garrett Riles of Potts Camp, Miss., landed the tournament lunker, a 9.31-pounder worth $175.
“I was fishing a drop shot when I caught the big bass,” Riles revealed.
In the Co-Angler Division, Christopher Wooten’s brother Matt E. Wooten of West Point, Miss., won his first BWS event with four bass going 16.30 pounds for a 4.07-pound average. On the first day, Wooten held third with three bass going 10.02 pounds including a 4.54-pound kicker. Wooten only caught one bass on the second day, but made it count by landing a 6.28-pounder that won the Co-Angler Division big bass title. For the win, Wooten collected $1,288, plus an extra $70 for the big bass.
“On the first day, I caught my fish on a big green pumpkin worm in the grass,” Matt advised. “On the second day, we caught fish out deep with a big shad-colored spinnerbait.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Brice Cohea of Ripley, Miss., brought in a two-day catch of five keepers for 15.51 pounds. On the first day, Cohea sat in sixth place with 9.06 pounds. He added 6.45 pounds on the final day to take home $643.
“Both days, we fished grassy humps with a big junebug worm,” Cohea said. “We also caught some on topwaters.”
Donny H. Davis of Tuscumbia, Ala., placed third among the co-anglers with two consecutive three-bass daily division limits totaling 15.09 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 3.40-pound kicker. The Co-Angler Division Angler of the Year held eighth place on the first day with 8.93 pounds. He jumped five spots on the final day with a 6.16-pound catch to earn $429.
“I caught fish on a Lucky Craft Gunfish topwater bait, a brown and green pumpkin jig and a shaky head,” Davis explained.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Josh Hamilton of Maben, Miss., landed five bass weighing 14.10 pounds. He held fifth place on the first day with 9.44 pounds and brought in 4.66 pounds on the second day.
Heath Bookout of Collierville, Tenn., wrapped up the top five co-anglers with a two-day limit of six bass weighing 13.61 pounds. He held 12th place on the first day with 7.33 pounds including a 3.78-pound kicker and finished with a 6.28-pound sack.
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.