Egidy rides high in the Ozarks
ATHENS, Ala. – Larry F. Egidy soared to the top during the first day of competition in the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Missouri Division 16 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 28, 2013, on the Lake of the Ozarks.
Running out of PB2 Landing in Osage Beach, Mo. to fish the 55,000-acre central Missouri reservoir, the Warsaw, Mo., angler caught five bass weighing 15.39 pounds. He anchored his Day 1 bag with a 3.35-pound kicker.
Holding second for the boaters, David L. Epema of Jefferson City, Mo., landed a five-bass daily tournament limit going 14.75 pounds. He capped his catch on the first day with a 3.86-pound kicker. Heston Crutchfield of Inola, Okla., sits in third for the boaters with five bass for a 13.73-pound tally. He anchored his catch with a 4.22-pound kicker.
Scott Emmert of Bolivar, Mo., holds fourth place among the boaters with a five-bass Day 1 limit for 12.18 pounds. David E. Ryan of Levasy, Mo., rounds out the top five leaders with five bass at 12.12 pounds. Daniel L. Woods of Washington, Mo., placed ninth with two bass going 9.19 pounds, but brought in the largest bass caught by any boater on Day 1, a 4.82-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Brian E. Sarson of Ava, Mo., set the pace with two bass going 7.84 pounds. He padded his lead with a 3.95-pound kicker.
Sitting in second for the co-anglers, Larry W. Johnson of Warsaw, Mo., brought in two bass for 7.74 pounds. He capped his catch with a 4.96-pounder, the largest bass caught during the first day of the tournament.
Mike J. Youngblood of St. Louis, Mo., holds third among the co-anglers with a three-bass daily division limit going 6.43 pounds. In fourth place, Robert A. Meenen of Warrensburg, Mo., found three keepers for a 6.35-pound bag. Joe Dorcy of Smithville, Mo., holds fifth place with three bass tallying 5.52 pounds.
The action continues through Sept. 29, 2013. The top anglers from the this division plus the South East Texas, Oklahoma, 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 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.