Martin wins inaugural Louisiana division event
ATHENS, Ala. – Cody Martin won the first ever event in the new American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Louisiana North Division 12, held Jan. 25, 2014, on the Red River near Shreveport, La.
Running out of Red River South Landing on a freezing morning, the Goldonna, La., angler caught five bass weighing 11.86 pounds. For the first Louisiana North Division 12 Boater Division victory, Martin took home a check for $1,685.
“We found a little depression that was holding some fish and stayed there,” Martin explained. “The fish were in six to eight feet of water next to a drop off with some scattered grass near it. I flipped several different baits and weights with varied retrieves. Colors included black and red, watermelon red and watermelon. I caught seven fish, all keepers.”
In second for the boaters, Mark E. Hay of Athens, La., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 11.46 pounds.
“I caught my fish in Pool 4,” Hay advised. “I found a little cove that dropped into a deep hole with a lot of hyacinths. I caught my fish punching hyacinths with a Penetration Sweet Beaver. I caught five fish and lost a 3-pounder.”
Darold W. Gleason of Leesville, La., took third for the boaters with four bass going 7.87 pounds.
“I could only practice one day,” Gleason said. “With the water being so cold, I just focused on the clearest water I could find. The water was about 45 degrees there. I caught my fish on a drop shot in eight to 10 feet of water with a V&M Trickster worm in watermelon candy or green pumpkin red dipped in chartreuse. I tried to dead-stick it, not moving it very much. It was a tough tournament. The fish didn’t want to bite in the cold water. The current changed and started flowing into the oxbow. That made it muddy.”
Thomas L. McMillan of Choudrant, La., finished fourth with three bass for 5.95 pounds. Richard A. Villemarette of Jena, La., rounded out the top five boaters with two bass going 5.74 pounds. Kevin L. Jeane of Anacoco, La., won the tournament lunker title with a 3.76-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division, Damein “Dubie”C. Clements of Franklin, La., won with a three-bass division limit going 5.98 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 2.03-pound kicker to win.
“I flipped a Reaction Innovations Beaver pegged to a 1/4-ounce weight,” Clements said. “I focused on flooded timber with some grass in eight feet of water. Pegging the weight got the bait down into the grass better. I kept the bait slow and on the bottom. I caught a total of six bass.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Justin P. Bailey of Farmerville, La., brought in a three-bass division limit for 5.30 pounds.
B.J. Adams of Bastrop, La., placed third among the co-anglers with two bass going 3.90 pounds to earn $284. Chris Pearson of Marthaville, La., landed in fourth place with one bass weighing 3.62 pounds that also took Co-Angler Division lunker honors. Larry Bedsole of Shreveport, La., finished in fifth place with two bass at 3.36 pounds.
Slated for Feb. 22, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Black Lake out of Chandler’s Landing near Campti, La. At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
At WBS events throughout the season, boater and co-angler competitors may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
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 is committed to providing 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, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com