Gleason punches to victory in the marshes
ATHENS, Ala. – Greg D. Gleason scored the first victory in a new season of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Louisiana South Division 13, held Feb. 1, 2014, in the Bayou Black area near Gibson, La.
Running out of Bob’s Bayou Black Marina in Gibson, the Houma, La., angler caught five bass weighing 15.80 pounds. With water temperatures in the 40s, he flipped the grass to catch his fish.
“It was really tough out there,” Gleason said. “The water was really cold, too cold for down here. I spent the entire day punching grass mats with a super brush hog in junebug with a 3/4-ounce weight.”
In second for the boaters, Barry M. Fallon of Slidell, La., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 14.08 pounds with a 4.25-pound kicker. Ross Watkins of Carriere, Miss., took third for the boaters with five bass going 11.58 pounds.
Brett Usie of Houma, La., finished fourth with a five-bass limit for 10.80 pounds. Tommy Robicheaux of Erath, La., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 10.58 pounds. Jimmy Charbonnet of St. Amant, La., topped the tournament big bass charts with a 5.62-pounder.>
In the Co-Angler Division, Travis Kelehan of Broussard, La., won with three bass going 6.48 pounds. He kept it shallow.
“I threw black and blue chatterbaits in about three to four feet of water,” Kelehan explained. “I just kept it above the grass.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Bill McCarty of Morgan City, La., brought in a three-bass division limit for 6.16 pounds. Chuck R. Foster of Walker, La., placed third among the co-anglers with two bass going 5.84 pounds. Todd Boudreaux of Gray, La., landed in fourth place among the co-anglers with three bass for 5.50 pounds. Joe Schonhoff of Slidell, La., finished in fifth place with two bass and 4.92 pounds. Charles E. Major of Morganza, La., brought in one 3.93-pounder to win division big bass honors.
Slated for March 1, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Henderson out of the Interstate 10 Landing near Henderson, 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:
The Weekend Bass Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path to professional bass fishing and the Ray Scott Championship. 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 and the American Fishing Tour, The Weekend Bass Series, the American Couples Series or the annual Military Team Bass Tournament, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.