Sullivan takes the title in Kentucky opener
ATHENS, Ala. – Cody M. Sullivan started the season with a win during the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Kentucky Division 15 opener, held Feb. 22, 2014, on Kentucky Lake.
Running out of Moors Resort & Marina in Gilbertsville, the Dewey, Ill., angler caught four bass weighing 13.30 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, Sullivan took home a check for $1,754.
“I caught my fish on a shad-colored crankbait in shallow water,” Sullivan said.
In second for the boaters, Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tenn., landed four keepers for 13.17 pounds. He collected $848 for the effort. He caught his fish on a Shad Rap and a vibrating bait fished in shallow water near a drop-off.
Richard Trembley of Russellville, Ky., took third for the boaters with a five-bass tournament limit going 12.84 pounds. He pocketed a check $580.
“I caught my fish on a sexy shad jerkbait in two feet of water,” Trembley revealed.
Finishing fourth, Sam E. Boss of Paducah, Ky., landed a five-bass tournament limit for 12.22 pounds. Tommy Williams of Sheperdsville, Ky., rounded out the top five boaters with four bass at 11.11 pounds. Michael “Todd” T. House of Hawesville, Ky., brought in one bass, but the 4.86-pounder won division big bass honors and a check for $76.
“I caught the big bass on a shad-colored jerkbait,” House explained.
In the Co-Angler Division, Stacy Moody of Finley, Tenn., won with three bass going 11.31 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 5.19-pound kicker to pocket a check for $877.
“I used a crankbait and a black and blue jig up shallow,” Moody revealed.
Taking second for the co-anglers, David B. Carroll of Manitou, Ky., brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.41 pounds. He collected $424 for the effort.
“I caught my fish on a Shad Rap and a black and blue jig,” Carroll said. “I was fishing shallow.”
Eric B. Justice of Clarksville, Tenn., placed third among the co-anglers with two bass going 9.12 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.45-pound kicker that won the tournament bucketmouth title. For the effort, Justice earned $290.
“The big bass hit a black and blue jig,” Justice commented. “It was on an edge about 10 feet deep.”
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Dean Hesse of Brandenburg, Ky., brought in three bass for 8.97 pounds including a 4.52-pound kicker. Daniel T. Mercer of Central City, Ky., finished in fifth place with two bass at 6.01 pounds topped by a 3.10-pound kicker.
Slated for April 4, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Lake Barkley out of Barkley State Park near Cadiz, Ky. 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 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 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.