Whitehouse pulls out in front on Grand Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Trenton L. Whitehouse took the early lead during the first day of competition in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Oklahoma Division 14 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 28, 2013, on Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees.
Running out of Martin’s Landing at Monkey Island to fish the 46,500-acre impoundment in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains of northeastern Oklahoma, the Bristow, Okla., angler caught five bass weighing 16.65 pounds. He anchored his bag on the first day with a 4.10-pound kicker.
Holding second for the boaters, Steve Vann of Skiatook, Okla., landed a five-bass daily tournament limit going 15.50 pounds. He capped his catch on the first day with a 4.47-pound kicker.
Wayne Diffee of Oakhurst, Okla., sits in third for the boaters with five bass going 14.21 pounds. Nick W. Kincaid of Tulsa, Okla., holds fourth place with a five-bass limit for 13.81 pounds.
Lee L. Sanders of Stillwater, Okla., rounds out the top five leaders after catching a five-bass daily limit weighing 13.66 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.96-pound kicker that set the tournament lunker standard for the first day.
In the Co-Angler Division, Richard Greene of Okmulee, Okla., jumped in front on the first day of action. He brought in a three-bass daily division limit for 9.16 pounds.
Sitting in second for the co-anglers, Harold E. Frazier, also of Okmulgee, Okla., brought in a three-bass daily division limit for 8.62 pounds on the first day. Rick A. Moffett of Moore, Okla., holds third with three bass going 8.45 pounds. Allen Organ of Van Buren, Ark., occupies the fourth place position with three bass for 8.40 pounds topped by a 4.42 -pound kicker. Clay Waggle of Muskogee, Okla., holds fifth place with three bass at 8.17 pounds including a 4.61-pound kicker.
Chris Martin of Tulsa, Okla., and Donny Murrell of Sapulpa, Okla., each brought in one bass weighing 4.95 pounds to share 35th place. They also tied for the largest bass caught by any co-angler on the first day of competition.
The action continues through Sept. 29, 2013. The top anglers from the this division plus the South East Texas, Missouri, Arkansas 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.
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.