Division 4 heads to Watts Barr Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – Postponed from an earlier date, the Tennessee East Division 4 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its second tournament of the season March 22, 2014, on Watts Bar Lake.
The competitors will launch at Tom Fuller Park, located at 100 South Gateway Avenue in Rockwood, Tenn. Anglers may begin fishing at 7 a.m. or safe light. The public weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 21 at Jerry’s Bait Shop, located at 815 South Gateway Avenue in Rockwood. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=784.
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 in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth or Kentucky spotted bass. Each smallmouth must measure at least 18 inches long. Largemouth bass must exceed 15 inches and spotted bass 12 inches. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers competing in this tournament will need a Tennessee fishing license. For Tennessee fishing license information, see www.tn.gov/twra/licensefees.html or call 1-888-814-8972.
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.
Located about midway between Chattanooga and Knoxville on the Tennessee River, Watts Barr Lake covers about 39,000 acres. The lake runs from the Fort Loudon Dam in Lenoir City, Tenn., about 72 miles to the Watts Barr Dam near Spring City, Tenn. The Clinch River flows into the main channel near Kingston, Tenn. The lake offers anglers about 722 shoreline miles.
Several minor tributaries flow into the system. These include Poplar Creek and East Poplar Creek. Together, the two creeks drain an 82-square-mile watershed. Other tributaries include Caney Creek and White’s Creek. Anglers can also fish around several islands in the system. These include Thief Neck Island, Long Island and Sand Island.
During an April 13, 2013, tournament on Watts Bar Lake, Brandon R. Gaylor of Oliver Springs, Tenn., won the Boater Division with three bass weighing 13.46 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.24-pounder that earned the tournament big bass title. Gaylor caught two bass on a jerkbait around secondary points and one on a red Bandit Model 200 crankbait around stumps on the bank.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, John E. Sanchez of Friendsville, Tenn., landed a three-fish division limit going 14.07 pounds for a 4.69-pound average. He anchored his catch with a 5.23-pounder that led the division lunker contest. Sanchez caught most of his fish on crankbait and a Rat-L-Trap in about two to 10 feet of water.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 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.