Gleason wins second Louisiana event in a row
ATHENS, Ala. – Greg D. Gleason won his second tournament in a row after holding off the competition during the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Louisiana South Division 13 tournament, held March 1, 2014, on Henderson Lake.
Running out of the Interstate 10 landing near Henderson, La., to fish the high, and muddy Atchafalaya Basin swamp, the Houma, La., angler caught four bass weighing 6.44 pounds. For the Boater Division victory, he took home a check for $1,410.
“This was the first time I had ever fished this area,” Gleason admitted. “I just went looking for any clear water that I could find. The fish shut down after 10 a.m. I punched a junebug Speed Craw and a junebug Beaver on a 3/4-ounce weight. I caught six fish, but only four keepers. It was a tough tournament. I didn’t think I could win it with four fish.”
On Feb. 1, Gleason won the division season opener, held in the Bayou Black area near Gibson, La. In that event, he caught five bass weighing 15.80 pounds.
In second for the boaters in the Henderson event, Nolan Gaskin of Broussard, La., landed two bass for 6.22 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.88-pound kicker to set the division big bass standard. He collected $705 for the effort.
“I fished wood,” Gaskin explained. “The weather kept changing, so I stayed with the wood. I pitched a Sweet Beaver on a 2-ounce tungsten weight all day. The fish kept moving in and out all day long. I caught five fish, but only two keepers.”
Barry M. Fallon of Slidell, La., took third for the boaters with two bass going 4.68 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 2.81-pound kicker to earn $469.
“I just ran around and found a few fish,” Fallon said. “I had five bites and put two fish in the boat. I was flipping a Netbait Bug with a 1/4-ounce weight back in the buck brush.”
Finishing fourth, Scott Buxton of Napoleonville, La., landed three bass for 4.36 pounds. Jesse J. Langlois of Breaux Bridge, La., rounded out the top five boaters with two bass at 4.18 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Shawn Simon of Jennings, La., won with three bass going 7.28 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.23-pound kicker that won the tournament lunker title. For the victory, Simon pocketed a check for $705 and a bonus for the big bass.
“It was a very tough tournament,” Simon said. “I didn’t figure out a pattern all day. I must have just hit three fish in the head. I threw a blue crawfish type of bait, hitting every piece of wood I could find off the bank in a little bit clearer water. I only caught the three fish I weighed in.”
Taking second for the co-anglers, Troy Stein of Greenwell Springs, La., brought in two keepers for 4.48 pounds. Tony Ray Gafford III of Denham Springs, La., placed third among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit going 4.29 pounds.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Jeremy A. Moore of Broussard, La., brought in two bass for 4.07 pounds. Steve J. Meche of Pineville, La., finished in fifth place with two bass at 3.85 pounds.
Slated for May 3, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on the Atchafalaya Basin out of Doiron’s Landing near Morgan City. 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.