Steele seals victory at Center Hill Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Terry Steele scored a major victory during the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series Tennessee Central Division 3 tournament, held March 1, 2014, on Center Hill Lake.
Running out of Ragland Bottoms Marina in Sparta, Tenn., the hometown angler caught five bass weighing 22.96 pounds for a 4.59-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 5.90-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, Steele took home a check for $2,339.
“I caught my fish on an Alabama rig with white swimbaits,” Steele revealed.
Fresh off his 10th place finish at the Bassmaster Classic, 2013 weekend champion Adam M. Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., landed in second place for the boaters. He caught a five-bass tournament limit going 16.54 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 6.51-pound kicker that won tournament big bass honors. He collected $1,168 for the effort.
“The big fish hit an Alabama rig,” Wagner said.
Tim Wyatt of Crossville, Tenn., took third for the boaters with five bass going 16.43 pounds. He pocketed a check for $804.
“I caught my fish on a Tennessee rig in 10 to 12 feet of water,” Wyatt advised.
Finishing fourth, Josh B. Tramel of Smithville, Tenn., landed a five-bass limit for 15.94 pounds including a 4.39-pound kicker. Larry W. Holland of Murfreesboro, Tenn., rounded out the top five boaters with five bass at 15.70 pounds.
In the Co-Angler Division, Zachary Sparks of Smithfield, Tenn., won with three bass going 10.68 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 5.88-pound kicker that took the division lunker prize. For the victory, he won a check for $1,169, plus an extra big bass bonus.
Taking second for the co-anglers, Dan L. Gamble of Lavergne, Tenn., brought in a three-bass division limit for 9.49 pounds including a 5.04-pound kicker. He collected $584 for the effort.
“I caught my fish on a Strike King product in 20 feet of water,” Gamble said.
Chris Tarpley of Murfreesboro, Tenn., placed third among the co-anglers with three bass going 9.17 pounds. He earned a check for $402.
“I used a homemade jig,” Tarpley said.
In fourth place among the co-anglers, Jason McCanless of Lebanon, Tenn., brought in three bass for 8.59 pounds. Hunter J. Bouldin of Rock Island, Tenn., finished in fifth place with three bass at 7.40 pounds.
Slated for March 29, 2014, the next divisional tournament will be held on Kentucky Lake out of Paris Landing near Paris, Tenn. 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.