South Central Regional Championship Oct. 4-5 at Fort Gibson Lake
ATHENS, Ala. - American Bass Anglers, Inc. will hold the 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series South Central Regional Championship on Oct. 4-5 at Fort Gibson Lake in Wagoner, Okla.
Hosted by the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with American Bass Anglers, Inc., this event features a 200-boat field including the top 40 boaters and co-anglers representing the Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Southeast Texas and East Texas divisions. After this regional event, the best anglers from this tournament will compete against the top anglers from three other regional events during the BWS National Championship tournament, set for Nov. 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, slated for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
Registration for the South Central Regional Championship will take place Oct. 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wagoner Civic Center, located at 201 South Grand Street in Wagoner, Okla. The competitors will run out of Taylors Ferry Landing, located on North Taylors Ferry Road in Wagoner at safe light each morning. The free public weigh-ins will take place at the landing, starting at 3 p.m. on Oct. 4 and Oct 5.
Fort Gibson Lake, named for a 19th century military installation, covers about 19,900 acres of Wagoner, Cherokee and Mayes counties in northeastern Oklahoma. On the Grand River, also called the Neosho River, near its confluence with the Arkansas River, the lake offers anglers more than 225 miles of shoreline.
The lake holds good numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Many anglers fish deep rock piles with soft plastics. Rock piles in the 2- to 10-foot depth can also hold good bass. Fish around these shallow piles with shad-colored crankbaits or 1/2-ounce spinnerbaits. Sometimes, isolated rocks can provide the best action. A football head jig tipped with a plastic worm can also entice bass. In the shoreline cover, flip Texas-rigged creature baits.
Anglers also work spoons or jigs over deep gravel ledges and humps. Frequently, brush piles on ledges can hold good bass. Probe these piles with jigs. Sometimes, schools of big bass come up from the depths to smack shad near the surface. Keep a popper, walking bait or a lipless crankbait handy to throw at schooling bass.
The Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series is sponsored by Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, Busch Beer, Odyssey, Raymarine, Carlisle, Biobor, Rejuvenade, Simms, TH Marine, Best Western and Livingston Lures.
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.
For area information, see www.thecityofwagoner.org. For more information on this tournament, contact American Bass Anglers, Inc. (256) 232-0406 or call Tournament Manager Porter Trimble at (318) 201-3474.