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2014-02-27 11:04:05

Division 2 heads to Lay Lake for second event

ATHENS, Ala. – The Alabama South Division 2 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its second tournament of the season March 15, 2014, on Lay Lake.

The competitors will launch at Beeswax Creek Landing, located at 245 Beeswax Creek Road off Highway 145 in Columbiana, Ala. Anglers may begin fishing at 6:45 a.m. or safe light. The public weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 14. To register for this tournament, see

To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. In addition, ABA members enjoy these other these other benefits:

- No more dual membership to fish the Weekend Bass Series.
- No more credit card processing fees for tournament entries.
- Liability insurance requirements have been reduced to an acceptable level for weekend anglers.
- Increased payback at divisional events from 20 percent of the field to 25 percent of the field.

Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass, each at least 12 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers competing in this tournament will need an Alabama fishing license. For Alabama fishing license information, see or call 888-848-6887.

In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season 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.

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.

One of the best bass lakes in the nation, Lay Lake ranks Number 94 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. One of the oldest impoundments in Alabama, it dates to 1914 and covers about 12,000 acres in St. Clair, Talladega, Shelby, Coosa and Chilton counties. Running 50 miles along the old Coosa River channel, it offers anglers more than 289 miles of shoreline.

The lake can produce some great bass catches. In February 2010, Kevin VanDam won a Bassmaster Classic held on Lay Lake. In three days, he caught 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 6 ounces. He caught his fish on a 1/2-ounce Strike King Red Eye Shad in gold or gold sexy shad.

The middle to lower portion of Lay Lake generally contains more grass beds, stump fields, brush and other cover. This area typically holds the biggest largemouth bass. At the lower end of the lake, anglers find deep structure and open, clearer water.
Although it can produce big largemouth bass, most anglers know Lay Lake for its giant spotted bass.

Some top seven pounds. The upper portion of the lake retains much of its riverine shape. Water flowing through the dam creates current that often sparks spotted bass feeding frenzies.

During a March 23, 2013, tournament on Lay Lake, Steve Winslett of Opelika, Ala., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 23.22 pounds for a 4.64-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 9.26-pound kicker that secured tournament big bass honors. Winslett caught most of his fish on a swim jig in Beeswax or Cedar Creek. He also caught some bass on an Alabama rig.

In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Ethan A. Isbell of Columbiana, Ala., landed a three-fish division limit weighing 13.18 pounds for a 4.39-pound average. He increased his average with a 5.69-pound kicker. Isbell caught most of his fish on Lucky Craft FlashMinnow medium-running jerkbait. Jay Meredith of Grady, Ala., won the Co-Angler Division lunker competition with a 5.79-pounder that hit a jig in the mid-lake region.

For area information, contact the Shelby County Hospitality Association at 205-620-6650 or visit. For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see

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

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