Stewart scores big win on Black Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Ryan Stewart took it all during the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Louisiana North Division 12 tournament, held Feb. 22, 2014, on Black Lake near Creston, La.
Running out of Chandler’s Landing near Creston, the Goldonna, La., angler caught five bass totaling 17.84 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 7.67-pound bucketmouth that also took the tournament big bass title. For the Boater Division victory, Stewart took home a check for $1,572, plus an extra $69 for the big bass.
“I covered a lot of water,” Stewart explained. “I hit as many trees as possible. In the morning, we caught a bunch of small fish on a Terminator spinnerbait with a bream colored skirt. When the wind picked up and the clouds moved in, we moved down the lake and caught our bigger fish. The bigger fish were a little deeper. I caught about 15 bass.”
In second for the boaters, Mark E. Hay of Athens, La., landed a five-bass tournament limit going 17.33 pounds with a 4.77-pound kicker. He collected $766 for the effort.
“The fish moved into about 2.5 feet of water,” Hay advised. “I used a black, blue and purple jig and flipped it into trees. I caught 15 keepers. I caught my biggest fish at about 2:35 p.m. I lost the same 4-pounder twice. She was on a bed. I just couldn’t get her in the boat.”
Cody Martin of Goldonna, La., took third for the boaters with five bass going 17.12 pounds. For third place, he pocketed a check for $514.
“We went above the bridge, but fish weren’t biting there,” Martin said. “We started working some secondary points and found a few fish. The cold front pushed the bass out a bit into about five to six feet of water. I caught fish on several different baits, but my best lure was a watermelon beaver. I was flipping trees and little places with some current. I caught about 18 fish.”
Finishing fourth, Samuel Canoe of Dry Prong, La., landed a five-bass limit for 16.43 pounds. Travis Beaty of Haughton, La., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 13.83 pounds topped by a 5.61-pound kicker.
In the Co-Angler Division, Brian Lucas of Deville, La., won with three bass going 10.41 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.54-pound kicker that took the division lunker nod. For the win, Lucas brought home a check for $743, plus a $28 bonus for the bucketmouth.
“The fish were staged out in six to nine feet of water,” Lucas explained. “We went north and got into a backwater slough. We punched the vegetation with a Paca craw worm in Okeechobee craw color with 1/2-ounce tungsten weight to catch our fish. We used 20-pound test Seaguar fluorocarbon line.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Jerry Hebert of Winnfield, La., brought in a three-bass division limit for 7.62 pounds. Damein “Dubie” C. Clement of Franklin, La., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 6.68 pounds. In fourth place, Justin P. Bailey of Farmerville, La., brought in three bass for 6.05 pounds. B. J. Adams of Bastrop, La., finished fifth place with two bass at 6.04 pounds topped by a 3.72-pound kicker.
Slated for March 22, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake D’Arbonne out of Ludwig Marina near Farmerville, 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.