Ryan comes back to win Missouri tournament
ATHENS, Ala. – David E. Ryan scored a come-from-behind victory during the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Missouri Division 16 two-day divisional championship, held Sept. 28-29, 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 Levasy, Mo., angler brought in the only two-day limit of 10 bass to finish with 28.60 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4-pound kicker. After the first day, Ryan held fifth place with 12.12 pounds. He added 16.48 pounds on the final day to jump up four spots. For the Boater Division victory, the division Angler of the Year took home a check for $2,575.
“On the first day, I flipped shallow boat docks with a 3/8-ounce black and blue rattling jig,” Ryan revealed. “I tipped it with a Speed Craw in blue sapphire. On the second day, I started shallow and caught one. In the last five minutes of the tournament, I caught a 4-pounder on a deep brush pile in 18 feet of water. I called out a small fish and that was the difference between winning and not winning.”
In second for the boaters, David L. Epema of Jefferson City, Mo., brought in eight bass for 27.63 pounds. He also took tournament big bass honors with a 5.70-pounder. Epema also held second on the first day with a five-bass daily tournament limit going 14.75 pounds including a 3.86-pound kicker.
On the second day, he landed 12.88 pounds including the tournament big bass. He collected $1,288 for second place and an extra $140 for the big bass.
“I caught all my fish on jigs,” Epema explained. “I used black and blue jigs in dark water.”
Matthew S. Beckler of Strafford, Mo., finished in third for the boaters with nine bass going 27.36 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.23-pound kicker. On the first day, Beckler held eighth place with 9.50 pounds. On the third day, he brought in 17.86 pounds, the largest single day bag landed in the tournament, to jump five spots and earn $858.
“I caught my fish by flipping docks,” Beckler recalled. “I flipped with a brush hog and a senko, both in green pumpkin.”
Larry F. Egidy of Warsaw, Mo., took the fourth place spot among the boaters with a two-day total of seven bass going 21.96 pounds including a 4.46-pound kicker. He held the lead on the first day with five bass weighing 15.39 pounds. On the second day, Egidy brought in 6.57 pounds to drop three spots.
Heston Crutchfield of Inola, Okla., rounded out the top five boaters with eight bass at 20.58 pounds. He held third place on Day 1 with five bass and 13.73 pounds, anchored by a 4.22-pound kicker. On Day 2, he brought in 6.85 pounds to drop two spots.
In the Co-Angler Division, Wesley A. Myers of Independence, Mo., made a huge leap to win with four bass weighing 13 pounds. On Day 1, Myers held 10th place with one bass weighing four pounds. On the second day, he landed nine pounds, the largest single-day catch by any co-angler in the tournament, to seal the win and pocket a check for $1,288.
“I caught my fish on a 7-inch Power Worm in green pumpkin,” Myers said.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Brian E. Sarson of Ava, Mo., brought in four bass for 12.49 pounds. Sarson led the co-anglers on Day 1 with two bass going 7.84 pounds including a 3.95-pound kicker. He added 4.65 pounds on the final day, enough to collect $643.
“I caught fish on a Biffle bug, a buzzbait and a crankbait,” Sarson said.
Mike J. Youngblood of St. Louis, Mo., placed third among the co-anglers with a two-day total of five bass going 11.98 pounds. The division Co-Angler of the Year also held third on Day 1 with a three-bass daily division limit going 6.43 pounds. He landed 5.55 pounds on the second day to earn $429.
“It was tough fishing,” Youngblood admitted. “I missed my third fish on the second day. I threw a little bit of everything including topwater baits, a brown jig and a buzzbait.”
In fourth place, Robert A. Meenen of Warrensburg, Mo., caught five bass for a two-day total of 11.55 pounds. He also held fourth place on the first day with three keepers for 6.35 pounds and added another 5.20 pounds on the second day.
Thomas E. Lloyd Jr. of Springfield, Mo., finished in fifth place among the co-anglers with three bass weighing 9.51 pounds including a 3.28-pound kicker. He held 14th place on Day 1 with 3.28 pounds, but jumped nine spots on the final day with a 6.23-pound bag.
Larry W. Johnson of Warsaw, Mo., finished in eighth place with two bass going 7.74 pounds. However, one weighed 4.96 pounds, the largest bass caught by any co-angler during the tournament. He pocketed $70 for the big bass.
“I caught the big bass near a dock on a black and blue jig,” Johnson said. “
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.
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